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As a Christian church, our services at Great Malvern Priory seek to help us to respond to God’s love in worship. The various styles of service at the Priory encourage us to encounter the Living Lord through praise and prayer, word and sacrament, silence and music. We feel privileged to gather in a beautiful ancient building, whose stones are soaked in the prayers of God’s people down the ages, and whose walls have echoed with God’s praise, since the first Benedictine monks founded the Priory in the 11th century.
Through worship, we seek to meet with God who is our Creator, Jesus who is our Saviour, and the Holy Spirit who comes to pour God’s love into our hearts and help us to grow more like Jesus. While each of us can do that on our own wherever we are, we believe that Christ calls us to be part of His community – that diverse community of all ages, backgrounds, race and culture that is His Body, the worldwide Church. And it is as a community of Christians that we can also discover, and show more of, God’s love.
The main service each Sunday is at 10.30am. This service takes a number of forms. Twice a month, the main service is Holy Communion. At this service (which follows the Church of England’s Common Worship Order 1), the children have separate term-time groups for the first part, and then join the congregation at the Peace.
Once a month we have Altogether Worship, where everyone is present. The children and young people often contribute to this service, for example through musical or dramatic items.
After each 10.30 service (which can vary in length from 60 minutes for Altogether Worship and Morning Prayer to 75 – 80 minutes for Holy Communion), we also have a time for refreshments, where everyone is welcome.
An earlier service takes place each Sunday at 8.00am. This is a quiet traditional service which follows the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, and includes a short address; it lasts for between 30 – 40 minutes. Twice a month – usually on the 2nd and 4th Sundays – there is a similar service in St Anne’s Chapel at 12.30 pm.
At 6.30pm on Sundays there is an evening service, which usually lasts for about 60 minutes. Twice a month this takes the form of Evensong, where the choir leads us in traditional sung Anglican worship following the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Once a month, there is a celebration of Holy Communion, and on the other Sunday we explore other ways into worship, for example using prayers from the Taize or Iona communities.
Daily Prayer takes place in the Priory at 9.00am from Monday to Saturday. This is a short (up to 30 minutes) service of Morning Prayer which uses Common Worship material, and we include any specific requests left by visitors in the prayer request book. Once a week – on Thursday mornings at 11.30 am – a midweek service of Holy Communion (1662 Book of Common Prayer) takes place in St Anne’s Chapel.
It isn't just members of the Church of England who come to worship, and the Priory fellowship includes – and is enriched by - those from many different Christian traditions. Even if you're not used to church services, or you come from a different tradition, do feel free to join with us if you can.
You'll find more information about our Services on the Calendar.