St Mary

Guarlford St Mary's

Welcome to St Mary's Guarlford, England

The anglican parish church of St Mary the Virgin, in the Diocese of Worcester, is easy to find as it stands on the bend of the main road passing through Guarlford.

Services are held on most Sundays, usually at 9.30 am, but check the schedule of services for more accurate information. You are most welcome to join us. Parking is available in Rectory Lane behind the church.

Poster

Away at Christmas; click picture above to find out about Christmas services, in other areas.

The history of the Benefice

A plaque above the main door records that St Mary’s was built in 1844. It was then named St Mary's Barnards Green, a Chapel of Ease served by curates from Great Malvern Priory. The first stone was laid by Lady Emily Foley on 19th August 1843. It was built by the local firm of George McCann to a design by Thomas Bellamy of London.

When the parish of Guarlford was formed, out of Madresfield, in 1866 St Mary’s became its parish church with its own Rector and Parochial Church Council (PCC).

Click here for images of the interior as it is now and as it was 100 years ago.

In 1981 the three ecclesiastical parishes of Guarlford, Madresfield and Newland were linked and put under the care of one priest in charge.

In 1999 the three parishes were united to form a single parish with one PCC and two parish churches - St Mary’s, Guarlford and St Mary’s, Madresfield. At the same time this new parish was linked with the parish of Powick to form the 'Benefice of Powick and Guarlford and Madresfield with Newland' all under the care of one priest.

The parish of Powick includes Callow End and has its own PCC. The ancient church of St Peter’s at Powick is the parish church, and St James at Callow End is a Chapel of Ease.

The beautifully decorated former parish church building of St Leonard’s at Newland is now in the care of the Beauchamp Community, and serves as its chapel; but the churchyard at Newland is still maintainted by Guarlford and Madresfield with Newland PCC.

You can read more about the history of Guarlford church and the people connected with it in our books, 'The Guarlford Story' and 'The Guarlford Scene', as well stories listed on the GHG Reminiscences page.

Incumbent

Sue IrwinVicar of Powick and Rector of Guarlford and Madresfield with Newland,

The Revd. Sue Irwin

The Vicarage

31 The Greenway

Colletts Green

Powick

WR2 4RZ

Tel: 01905 830270

e-mail: vicarage@powickparish.org.uk

Licensed Lay Ministers in the Benefice.

Miss Julia Davis

Mrs Ros Davies

Mrs Rosemary Wells

Authorised Lay Minister (pastoral)

Mrs Barbara Hill

Chaplain to the Beauchamp Community.

Revd Canon Peter Nokes

Registers

Except for early baptisms, the original registers of baptisms, marriages and burials are still in use and kept in the church. Although no archived registers are listed for St Mary Guarlford by Worcester Records Office at the Hive, it was discovered in 2014 that the baptism records for 1843 - 1884 were microfilmed by the LDS, and a copy is in fact held on microfiche by the Worcester Record Office at the Hive.

To date, a full on-line index of Guarlford baptisms, marriages and deaths has not been created, but we have a transcription of headstone inscriptions and an extract from the baptism register (click links).

War memorial

There is a war memorial at the north gate. No names are inscribed, but you will find the names of the fallen inscribed on a board at the back of the church. Click to go to web page listing their names.

More information about casualties of WWI can be found on the Malvern Remembers website.

About services

The times of services can be found on Parish noticeboards and in Parish magazines, and by clicking the 'services' button in the navigation bar above.

Sometimes a joint service is held at either Guarlford or Madresfield, for example on Palm Sunday.

At other times you may see a Four in Faith service mentioned when all four congregations from Guarlford, Madresfield, Powick, and St James are invited to come together in one of the four churches.

Refreshments may be provided after services at Powick and St James which have kitchens. On special occasions a kettle may be brought in to provide coffee at Guarlford and Madresfield!

For information about services at Newland, please click the St Leonard's link below.

Links

The Church of England

The Diocese of Worcester

Any Church Near You, St Mary, Guarlford

Any Church Near You, St Mary, Madresfield

St Leonard's church and the Beauchamp Communit at Newland

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For some years the parishes supported the work in the Diocese of Masasi in Tanzania.

Click this link to find out more about the friends of Masasi and Newala charitable trust


Last updated 24th August 2016