I’d like to hold a funeral in one of your churches.
We’ll do everything we can to help you with funeral arrangements. Please visit our funeral page for more details.
How do I enquire about baptism?
To find out more about baptism in one of our churches, visit our baptism page.
How do I get married in one of your churches?
We’d love to help you with this. To find out more about weddings in our family of churches, visit our weddings page.
What should I wear?

Clothes are good. Seriously, beyond that we’re not fussy.

Jesus always liked to keep everything casual and “real.” He and his followers dressed like normal people of their day, so we try to keep things normal too.

When do you meet?
There are services every Sunday across many of our locations. To find out what’s happening this Sunday, use the what’s on page, or visit the page of the individual church on the Our Churches menu.
Are visitors welcome?
Jesus said, “Whoever comes to me I will never drive away” (John 6:37) So whether you’ve just moved to the area, or are just visiting for a weekend; whether you’ve been going to church all your life, or have never set foot in one before, you are welcome at our churches.
How can I find out more about Christianity?

We’ll generally have a course starting soon to explore this – please get in touch to find out more.

Courses coming soon:

None. Please check back later.

This video gives a brief introduction to what Christians believe.

 

What’s happening this week?
Here’s a brief glimpse of what’s happening across our family of churches in the next few days. Click on the individual events to find out more.

 

  • Holy Communion

    January 20 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
    |Recurring Event (See all)
    Third Sunday
    at Hanley Swan, St Gabriel’s
  • Matins

    January 20 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
    |Recurring Event (See all)
    Third Sunday
    at Hook, Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Morning Prayer

    January 20 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every month that begins at 9:30am on day Third of the month, repeating until January 31, 2021

    at Ripple, St Mary’s
  • Prayer and Praise Service

    January 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every month that begins at 11:00am on day Third of the month, repeating until January 31, 2021

    at Welland, St James Church
  • Matins

    January 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)
    Every Third Sunday
    at Hanley Castle, St Mary
  • Morning Worship

    January 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)
    Every third Sunday
    at Earl’s Croome, St Nicholas’ Church
  • Churches Together in Upton Recovenanting Service

    January 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Upton, St Peter and St Paul
  • The Deep End

    January 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    |Recurring Event (See all)

    One event on January 20, 2019 at 6:00pm

    One event on January 27, 2019 at 6:00pm

    One event on February 17, 2019 at 6:00pm

    One event on March 17, 2019 at 6:00pm

    One event on March 24, 2019 at 6:00pm

    One event on March 31, 2019 at 6:00pm

    One event on April 14, 2019 at 6:00pm

    at Upton, St Peter and St Paul
Who took that beautiful picture of the sun setting over the Malverns?
The photo was taken by Jason Viper, a Worcester-based photographer and graphic designer . If you’d like to know more about Jason’s work, and view his portfolio, you can see it here.

Last rays of light, Malvern Hills, England, U.K.
Last rays of light, Malvern Hills, England, U.K.
Why are you called the Hope Church Family?

Great question!

The Hope Church Family s is a group of Church of England churches working together to share the good news of Jesus Christ in the area around Upton-upon-Severn.

But why the “Hope Church Family”? Let’s take each word in turn.

  • FAMILY – because in Jesus, we are adopted sons and daughters of God.
  • CHURCH – because although we all worship the living God, we live in a number of different communities (or parishes), each with it’s own church building.
  • HOPE – because being a Christian isn’t a personal, private thing, it’s  good news for the whole world.

There’s another reason too. The “Hope Church Family” sounds way way better than our official, Church of England title, which is so long that it can only be read out loud after a drinking a can of Red Bull. Unless you’ve got one handy we suggest you don’t read beyond this point …

Glutton for punishment? Then here it is: “The Proposed Combined Benefice of Upton-upon-Severn, Ripple, The Hook, Hanley Castle, Hanley Swan, Welland, Hill Croome, Strensham and Earls Croome.”

 

 

Christianity Explored