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The Parish & Church
The parish is immediately to the south of Great Malvern. Malvern Wells and Wyche is a long village, hugging the eastern side of the Hills, with a mix of property from quarry workers terraces, to Victorian mansions and modern estates. The area is largely middle class with an age mix similar to both the Deanery and Diocese but with a higher proportion in the 45-74 age range.
Built at the beginning of 20th century on the edge of the Hills, All Saints was designed by Troyte Griffith, a friend of the composer Edward Elgar who lived nearby and is believed to have played on the church organ. The organ has been recently restored – it was an innovative design a century ago and is now the only one of its type remaining in the UK.
The building is simple and light with an open chancel and apse with a decorative reredos above the altar. There is a toilet and tiny kitchen on the church level, with a meeting room and office below on the crypt level. Stackable chairs and folding tables allow a variety of formats both for services and social events.
Worship and Fellowship
Holy Communion (Common Worship) at 08.45am every Sunday with hymns and short sermon typically attended by about 20 people.
Contemporary Worship at 10.30am every Sunday (Holy Communion twice monthly and All Age Worship once a month), typically attended by 40 people, with groups for children and young people.
The congregation accept that some services will be Holy Communion by Extension.
Messy Church at 3.30pm on the fourth Thursday of every month.
Special services for Lent, Easter and Christmas have been shared between All Saints and St Andrew’s Church.
Community Groups meet weekly to discuss the sermon series or follow specific courses. These groups offer pastoral support to regular members and linked associates from the congregation.
Creative worship formats
Music at the early service the organ. A small music group led the 10.30am service until the recent retirement of the leader who played the keyboard.
Key Church Activities
- Monthly Fellowship Bring and Share Lunch.
- Thriving Toddler Group meeting weekly on Thursday mornings during school term time.
- Social Events include Harvest Festival Supper, Advent Events, Ladies’ Day.
- For nearly 10 years, Venue, a youth club, has been meeting on a Friday evening.
- Creative decorations for all festivals are made by church members, including flower arrangements and banners.
- Occasional baptisms, weddings and funerals with slightly more Thanksgiving services for babies.
- There is a village cemetery with its own chapel within the Parish. This is the responsibility of the local Parish Council.
The church tithes its income, supporting Christian work locally, nationally and overseas.
Although we have budgeted for a small deficit in recent years, we have generally broken even.
We have always paid our Parish share in full, one of only two churches in the Deanery to do so in 2014.
The Big Lunch in the village hall, held every June since the Diamond Jubilee.
The Village Fete, started a few years ago with innovative and continued support from church members.
The Wells Club is a social club started in Queen Victoria’s reign, and was close to closure a few years ago with dwindling membership. Church members initiated the resurgence of the Club, now with over 150 members and a regular programme of quiz nights and other events, including a monthly Church men’s social evening.
The Women’s Institute is well supported by church members, running local groups as well as being part of county and national events.
There are two Church of England primary schools which use the church for special school services. (The Wyche School is adjacent to the church and Malvern Wells School is encouraged to join our worship once every half-term.)
The Abbey College hosts teenage foreign students for English language courses.
The Parish currently includes a garage and petrol station, a sub-post office, several small commercial premises, a golf club, a squash club and The Railway Inn next to the church.
There is a Scout Group based in the Parish and a Rainbows group and playgroup meet in the Wyche Institute near to the church.
Vision For The Future
Church members and leaders work together to promote thoughtful and inspired worship, with open recognition of the work of the Holy Spirit, alongside personal bible study and reflection. All Saints has hosted Alpha courses and other evangelistic initiatives and the 2015 Lent course looked at our Frontline and where God has been at work in our everyday lives. The members of All Saints are committed to following God, meeting Christ and listening for the Holy Spirit, and to supporting each other and to reaching out to the wider community.