Our Parish Church in Mellor

St Mary the Virgin
Mellor is a friendly Parish Church committed to serving God and the community of Mellor in the heart of Lancashire.

This website tells you something about who we are, what we do, when we do it etc.. We update it regularly and contributions are welcomed. We hope you find it helpful and interesting.

If you'd like to know more about us, please come along to worship with us on a Sunday, or join in any of our events - we'd love to see you. Take a look at "News & announcements" or check out the 'What's on?' page to see what's coming up. 

Rev'd Charles Jefferson would be happy to talk to you about our church life and to welcome you into the congregation.                           

Mellor Parish Church News & Announcements

  • Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols Everyone is invited to the festival ofNine Lessons and Carolson Sunday 23rd December at 4.00pm.Coffee & Mince Pies will be served.
    Posted 9 Dec 2018, 02:52 by Richard Jones
  • Invitation to Christingle Christmas Eve 4pmPlease join us for this lovely All Age Worship service.Celebrate the birth of Christ, the Light of the World with family and friends.Fill a Christingle ...
    Posted 9 Dec 2018, 02:46 by Richard Jones
  • ANNOUNCEMENT An announcement was made at the 9.30am service on Sunday 25th November that the Rev’d Charles D Jefferson is to resign as Priest of the United Benefice of ...
    Posted 9 Dec 2018, 02:17 by Richard Jones
  • St Mary's needs You! St Mary's is looking for someone with basic IT skills who can spare half an hour a week to put the weekly information regarding services, dates for upcoming events ...
    Posted 9 Dec 2018, 02:15 by Richard Jones
  • Lorna As I am sure we all are very saddened and shocked to hear about the death of a dear friend and important part of our church community Lorna. We are ...
    Posted 19 Nov 2018, 02:12 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 18th November 2018 SERVICESToday                     09.30 Parish Communion During Holy Communion the congregation Are invited to join in and sing the hymn Number in Black Tuesday 20th November 9.30am     Holy ...
    Posted 19 Nov 2018, 02:09 by Richard Jones
  • Poppies Decorate Our Church To Commemorate the Fallen Picture from Mark Smith
    Posted 12 Nov 2018, 23:41 by Richard Jones
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View From the Vicarage - December 2018

View From the Vicarage

“What’s in a Name?”

Well surprisingly quite a lot. For instance, “P.G.Tips” , the tea monkeys loved to drink, started out in the Second World War as “Digestive Tea” which eventually became “Pre-Gestee”, a variant of the name, and then abbreviated to P.G. “Hovis” – once our favourite brown bread - started life in 1887 as “Smith’s Patent Germ Bread” – hardly a mouthwatering prospect. So a competition was arranged with the winning entry being “Hovis” – taking the Latin words “hominis vis” (strength of man) and then subtracting the middle bit!

“Jelly Babies” began life in 1864, invented by an Austrian immigrant working at Fryers of Lancashire and were originally marketed as “Unclaimed Babies”! By 1918 they were produced by Bassett’s in Sheffield as “Peace Babies” to mark the end of the First World War. Production was suspended during World War Two due to war time shortages but in 1953 the product was re launched as “Jelly Babies”.

Of course, names vary in popularity as the years go by. Children in China in 1949 were often called “Nation Builders”, “Liberators” and “Great Celebrations”. The start of the Korean war (1950–53) then saw a spate of “Motherlands”, “Patriots” and “Anti – Imperialists”,  while the cultural revolution spawned a generation of “Rebellions”, “Revolutions” and “Reds”. But old habits die hard. In 1990, for instance, a village in Eastern China named 21 newborn babies “Asian Games” which only goes to show how important names can be.

 And that is why the name Jesus is also so important for us to really understand - for if our greatest need had been for information, God would have sent us an educator; if it had been for money, he would have sent us an economist; if it had been for technology, he would have sent a scientist; if it had been for pleasure, he would have sent an entertainer. But because our greatest need was and is to receive God’s forgiveness he sent JESUS which literally means “Saviour” (Matthew 1:21).

For all of us, whether we choose to recognise or admit it, need a Saviour. Sometimes we need to be saved from ourselves, from a worry or a habit which so often drags us down. Sometimes we need to be saved from others, from those at work or at school, who make our lives a misery. But even more important than this, all of us need to be saved from an eternity without God “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that everyone who believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). This is why Jesus the Saviour was born - for as Luke proclaims in Chapter 2 of his Gospel:

“I bring you good news of great joy. Today in the town of David your Saviour was born - CHRIST the LORD” for “God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).