Our Parish Church in Mellor

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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

  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 17th June 2018 SERVICES   Today                09.30 All Age Worship Tuesday 19th  June 9.30am     Holy Communion                    Sunday 24th June   9.30am   Parish Communion                                PRAYERS FOR THE SICK Giles Tipton, Eileen Ridley, Peter ...
    Posted 16 Jun 2018, 22:47 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 3rd June 2018 - Trinity 1 SERVICES   Today                      09.30 Parish Communion Rev ‘d John Davis 16.00 praise and worship Tuesday 4th  June 9.30am     Holy Communion                    Sunday 10th  June Trinity 2 9.30am ...
    Posted 4 Jun 2018, 08:42 by Richard Jones
  • Church BBQ Update! Date changed to Saturday 14th July     11th Annual Barbecue    Maureen & Alan Bell have kindly invited us to their lovely home and garden on Myre Ash for the 11th ...
    Posted 4 Jun 2018, 08:37 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 27th May 2018- Trinity Sunday SERVICES   Today                      09.30 Parish Communion Rec’d John Davis 16.00 Messy Church Tuesday 30th  May 9.30am     Holy Communion                   The Vicar   Sunday 3rd  June Trinity 1 ...
    Posted 27 May 2018, 06:27 by Richard Jones
  • Mellor S. Mary’s Church and Primary School Rose Gala – Saturday, 9th June 2018 This year, 2018, sees the merger of two important events in the village of Mellor – The Rose Queen Festival and the School Gala Day.  Members of St Mary’s Church ...
    Posted 13 May 2018, 21:49 by Richard Jones
  • Time to say goodbye Reverend Doctor John Darch    On Palm Sunday a large congregation attended John's final service at St Mary's before he and his wife, Madge, retire to live in Shropshire ...
    Posted 13 May 2018, 21:47 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 13th May 2018 – 7th Sunday Of Easter SERVICES   Today                      09.30 family communion Vicar     Tuesday 15th May 9.30am     Holy Communion                   The Vicar   Sunday 20th May Day Of Pentecost 9.30am   All Age Worship Vicar ...
    Posted 13 May 2018, 00:18 by Richard Jones
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View From the Vicarage - June 2018

View From the Vicarage 

Empowered to Serve 

 Sunday June 10th at 11am at St Leonard the Less, Samlesbury will undoubtedly be a very special day for everyone who is present. That’s because  this is the day when we will be welcoming the Bishop of Burnley, the Rt Rev Philip North who will be presiding at a Service of Confirmation, and we hope as many as possible from our three churches will be there to support the candidates and to welcome him. But what is confirmation and how did it begin? 

 Well, like many things it has a long and complex history! In the Bible children and adults were welcomed into the faith either through circumcision in the Old Testament (Genesis 17) or baptism in the New (Acts 8:26 – 40, 16: 11 – 34). Then, around 200 AD the practice arose of always following baptism with either the laying on of hands or anointing with oil, called ‘confirming’. 

 However, in the early Middle Ages, dioceses began to grow so that the bishop could not baptise and ‘confirm’ everybody, with the result that in time most of the baptising was done by his priests, who anointed the baptised with oil he had annually consecrated, as “confirmation”. 

 Then during the 8th and 9th centuries, the Bishops of the Western Church began to travel round their diocese, laying hands on children of “years of discretion” (that is of about 11 years or upwards) and praying that they might be strengthened ( Con – firmed) with the Holy Spirit. 

 At the Reformation in the 16th century however, the reformers abolished the ceremony of “confirming” by anointing with oil, but retained the baptism of infants and the Medieval rite of “confirmation” as a strengthening with prayer for the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12 : 1 -11, Romans 12 : 4 -8). Now, the intention was to encourage those being confirmed to take on them selves the vows which had previously been made for them in baptism by their parents and godparents when they were infants. So what is its relevance for us today? 

 Well, for some it gives the opportunity perhaps for the very first time to publicly profess their personal faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 10: 9 – 13) which then enables them to share in the Communion Service which is the privilege of all who belong to Christ (1 Corinthians 11 : 23 – 28). For others, it provides an opportunity for learning more about their faith strengthened by the prayers of the Bishop. Whoever we are it is an important reminder of Jesus final words to his disciples when he said “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Go then to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always even until the end of the world” (Matthew 27:16 – 20). 

 That is why the Confirmation Prayer can be our prayer that we can also say:

“O Lord and heavenly Father, you are calling us to give you a lifetime of service and to receive your strength through confirmation. Open our hearts to receive all that you want to give, so that in lives made strong by your Holy Spirit we may serve you gladly and bravely all our days; in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen” 

Charles