Happy Church New Year! And happy Advent - as we all begin to look forward to Christmas with anticipation. It’s also time to open your first door on your Advent Calendar. Here’s mine! It’s nice and traditional- has chocolate inside but there are so many to choose from! Perfumes to building blocks (aka Lego) , Screwfix even do one ( other DIY stores are available) My other one is a Little Mix one - well, it has to be. As you get closer to Christmas make time for yourself and the real Christmas presence - born as a baby to a refugee family in a town far far away. Blessings - Rev Gary Crellin
A message from Reverend Gary - 28th June 2019
Who was St Peter? Why do you think our church is named after him?
On 30th June the Church celebrates the feast day of two great saints, Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Peter and Paul were both friends of Jesus, but their lives were very different. The church in Powick is named after St Peter. Chances are, you would have heard a few stories about Peter from Open The Book. Check to see how much you can remember of our special saint...
Peter, a fisherman in Galilee, was first named Simon but Jesus gave him the name ‘Peter’, which means ‘rock’. Jesus told Peter that he would build his Church on this rock. Jesus called Peter to leave his work as a fisherman and follow him. Peter became the leader of the twelve Apostles (the special friends of Jesus). When Jesus asked his friends who they thought he was, Peter said “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.” At the Last Supper, Jesus foretold that Peter would deny him three times, before the cock crowed. That night, when Jesus was arrested, Peter was so frightened that he denied knowing Jesus – three times – and then the cock crowed, and Peter wept. After Jesus rose from the dead, he asked Peter three times “Do you love me?” When Peter replied, three times, that he did, Jesus told him “Feed my sheep”.
Peter was an important leader of the early Church. After Pentecost he was able to preach to large crowds, telling them about Jesus. He became the first Bishop of Rome: the first Pope.
Why not visit St Peters church for the church fete this coming Saturday, 29th June from 12noon to 4.30pm. Celebrate St Peter's fete! Our special church service is on Sunday 30th June from 1030am . Try looking for the fish is the church - a lot of you in school made them! Rev Gary
A MESSAGE FROM REVEREND GARY - 21st June 2019
Dear parents and carers
As well as your children being part of a delightful school, your child and the wider family of the school are part of your local churches too. You may not go to church, but you are still part of a church community through your association with this school. I am your local vicar for these important school years and hopefully beyond. I am really chuffed that so many of you come to the church assemblies and put-up with my gags, collections for charity, support your child/children in the assemblies or services but more hopefully get something from the place that has been there for centuries. In church, we pray for our schools regularly, which I hope is a comfort.
The church, like any organisation, takes some organising. Hundreds of hours of volunteering goes both into keeping our church going in our community, as well as hundreds of hours of being involved in wider community ventures by church members to keep our communities vibrant each month. I do appreciate all that the volunteers do, but we are all getting old and all have increasing pressures on our "spare" time.
In the Bible, Jesus uses this phrase - "The harvest is plenty, but the labourers are few" (Luke 10.2). It sums it up really, but I hope this appeal for help doesn't fall on deaf ears (that's another Bible saying from the Book of Jeremiah). So much to do, give thanks for and develop. But we cannot do this alone.
Perhaps over the remaining weeks of term, and the coming summer holidays, you could think - "how can I, we, help our church?" At the moment, I need a person to dip the oil tank at St Peters in Powick (why should we expect churchwardens in their 70's to do this)? Maybe, if you have AmDram in your blood, you can join our Open The Book teams (the children, your children - love the Bible stories being told in this way). For those interested in church buildings and the churchyards, I need folk to be the new wave of Churchwardens (especially at Powick and Guarlford from next April, if not before). For book keepers, accountants , retired Directors of Finance, why not come on board and be a parish treasurer? Someone, please, help the vicar with the church admin and get our website and social media presence up and running! Alternatively, can you make tea and cake, or are a good listener and be part of our fellowship and pastoral visiting teams? Please come and help.
Contact me for further information or advice. (01905 830270 , DM via Facebook "gary crellin" or via Twitter). Thank you for reading this. Best wishes - Rev Gary
What is Epiphany?
Chances are, you are all sitting at home with boxes or bags of decorations to struggle up into the loft or to find the time to put the decorations away in the garage. But should we? Really, we should keep some decorations up until early February, but that’s another story. Was that a surprise revelation to hear that ? Well, that’s what the Epiphany is all about - a little four week season just after Christmas that reveals so much. And very few people know about, I sense.
Epiphany moments - a wake up call - a revelation- that’s what happened when the Three Wise Men or Kings turned up to see Jesus. Chances are, given the distances and camel speed, they arrived when Jesus was a toddler rather than just in time for Mary to change the godly nappy. But the thing is - they arrived and by doing so we remember as Christians that Jesus was revealed to all of us - for all time. What a revelation!
Another revelation - the epiphany is a traditional time to as God’s Blessing on your homes and schools. How do we do this? Well, write the following on a piece of card and put it up near your front door:
No, this is not some algebra Or the latest maths challenge to resolve but an important message.
Put the card up somewhere and see how many people ask you what it means. Or be radical - chalk it up on the brick work!
A prayer - Loving God, bless our house, our community and our school. May we be blessed with health, happiness, goodness of heart and abiding in your will. Amen
A Message from The Reverend Gary Crellin
Welcome from YOUR Vicar
Hello, I am The Reverend Gary Crellin - I am the Vicar of two parishes that serve the communities of Powick, Callow End, Guarlford and Madresfield with Newland, in this lovely part of Worcestershire – over the rivers and in front of the hills. I am reasonably new in post, having started in June 2018, but I am really looking forward to getting known and finding out about the people and places around my parishes.
First and foremost, I am here for all people in these parishes, regardless if you go to a church or not; have a faith or struggling to believe. I would be most pleased to meet you to discuss anything that my faith and my churches can help you with. It could be a question about christenings, weddings or even handling a bereavement. You might want to pull me upon the Church’s role in society. Or you might want to find out more about Christianity. Of course, it would be good to see you in church, but as a parent of three daughters of recent school age, I know that getting to church on a Sunday morning may not be high on your list of priorities. A shame, but that’s life. But I can do something about it. I will bring church to YOU. In a way…..
My involvement with the three Church of England Schools - Powick, Madresfield and Callow End - will bring me into school, and you and your children into church. You, your child/children are part of a flourishing network of Church of England Schools delivering education and life experience to your children from a distinctive Christian (Anglican) perspective. Therefore, a vicar is going to be useful to have about. I have agreed a number of assemblies and services that will be creative and fun experiences and help you to understand and be part of the Christian values that we are going to experience and develop together, over your life time at the school. You see - I am going to be YOUR vicar for the next six years – if you go to church, or not. Enjoy!
I look forward to meeting you after assemblies, on the school gate , or around and about. Please say hello (I don’t bite). And if I can help you, or your families in any way, here are my contact details:
firstname.lastname@example.org Office - 01905 830270 Twitter - @oldhillsparish2
Best wishes and blessings to each of you
Open the Book
Each Thursday, we welcome a local church group to 'Open the Book' and re-tell a Bible story. This always involves a child- friendly interpretation, keen pupil actors chosen from across all year groups, super props and sets and a fine selection of knitted beards! Here are some of the stories they have shared with us recently...