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

  • Lest We Forget There will be numerous acts of remembrance throughout the country to mark the end of World War 1 on Sunday 11th November.In Mellor -The Parish Council is working towards ...
    Posted 14 Oct 2018, 03:45 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 14th October 2018 SERVICESToday                     09.30 Parish Communion During Holy Communion the congregation Are invited to join in and sing the hymn Number in Black Tuesday 16th October 9.30am     Holy ...
    Posted 14 Oct 2018, 02:25 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 30th September 2018 Trinity 18 SERVICESToday                     09.30 United Benefice Service Tuesday 2nd October 9.30am     Holy Communion                  Sunday 7th October 9.30am Parish Communion 4pm Praise And Worship               PRAYERS FOR THE ...
    Posted 30 Sep 2018, 00:13 by Richard Jones
  • BIG BAND NIGHT – SATURDAY, 20TH OCTOBER at The Canberra Club. Once again, we look forward to an enjoyable evening of dancing to Nostalgia Swing Band with a Hot Pot Supper. Tickets will be available soon.
    Posted 19 Sep 2018, 05:55 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 16th September 2018 Trinity 16 Education Sunday SERVICESToday                     09.30 Education Sunday Tuesday 18th  September 9.30am     Holy Communion                  Sunday 23rd September 9.30am Parish Communion               PRAYERS FOR THE SICKGiles Tipton, Eileen Ridley ...
    Posted 16 Sep 2018, 06:47 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 9th September 2018 Trinity 15 SERVICESToday                     09.30 Family Communion Tuesday 11th September 9.30am     Holy Communion                  Sunday 16th September 9.30am Education Sunday               PRAYERS FOR THE SICKGiles Tipton, Eileen Ridley ...
    Posted 16 Sep 2018, 06:45 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 2nd September 2018 SERVICESToday                     09.30 Parish CommunionTuesday 4th September 9.30am     Holy Communion                  Sunday 9th September 9.30am Parish Communion                PRAYERS FOR THE SICKGiles Tipton, Eileen Ridley ...
    Posted 3 Sep 2018, 07:45 by Richard Jones
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View From the Vicarage - October 2018

View From the Vicarage

Do You Weed?

Excuse me?  Do you weed? Well that’s what a parishioner of ours thought he heard when having just moved into his new home a neighbour unexpectedly called. But when he replied yes, he did quite like gardening, she asked again, slightly exasperated with a lisp, no do you READ?! Oh yes he replied. Good she said, next Sunday in church, 1st Lesson! Well that certainly makes a change to the bouquet of flowers, freshly baked cake, helpful practical advice or simply an invitation to come round for a cup of coffee which we might normally hope to receive, but in fact it is a very good question. ‘Do you read – the Bible?’

You see, although it may be the world’s best seller it remains unread by the vast majority of people on this planet. But given the demands on our time and the attractiveness of other forms of communication why should we make the time to do this?

The answer the Bible gives is that it is God’s uniquely inspired Word (2 Timothy 3:10 -17). It is a practical love letter from our Creator. It is God communicating with us verbally and pointing us to Christ personally so that by responding to Him in faith and love we can be saved.

No wonder then that Abraham Lincoln (1809-65) could say “it is the best gift God has given to men” for “no one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates  in every word” (Albert Einstein 1879 -1955). Indeed when we read the Gospels we read what happened when divinity entered history (John 20:30 -31, Luke 1: 1 -4). Therefore “we owe to the Scriptures the same reverence which we owe to God “(John Calvin 1509 -64)) because for Jesus what the Scriptures said, God himself said (John 12:50, 2 Peter 1:16 -21).

So why is the Bible so important? Well the Bible is from God, about God and by God. It was written so that the love of God may be revealed, received and reproduced in us. In fact it is the Word of God that equips the people of God to do the work of God, so it is indispensable if we are to grow in grace and love for God.

That is why October 28 is designated as Bible Sunday and three of the Bible passages for that day include Psalm 19: 7 - 14, 2 Timothy 3: 14 - 4: 5 and John 5: 36 – 47. And what can help us in our daily Bible reading is making use of Bible reading notes such as Premier ‘Voice of Hope’ freely available to individuals and churches (01892 611180), United Christian Broadcasters ‘Word for Today’ (0845 60 40 401) or ‘Day by Day with God’  for women(Bible Reading Fellowship).

How richer our lives could be if we reached for our Bibles with the same regularity that we reach for our phones. For as Billy Graham (1928 -2018) once put it “unless the soul is fed and exercised daily it becomes weak and shrivelled. It remains discontented, confused, restless.” Or as Jesus Himself said, “If you obey and remain faithful to my teaching you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31).