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.

Amma Sue, our Vicar, would be happy to talk to you about our church life and to welcome you into the congregation. 

Mellor Parish Church News & Announcements

  • ART EXHIBITION   A fourth EXHIBITION OF ART by local amateur artists will be held in Mellor St. Mary’s Parish Church on 13, 14 & 15th May 2016.   On Friday from 1.00 ...
    Posted 30 Apr 2016, 04:21 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 1 MAY 2016 – SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Enid Briggs   During the administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in the singing of the ...
    Posted 29 Apr 2016, 23:36 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 24 APRIL 2016 – FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Enid Briggs   During the administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in the singing of the ...
    Posted 23 Apr 2016, 23:40 by Richard Jones
  • Sister Sue's Farewell Service Sister Sue's final farewell service will be Evensong at 6.30 pm on Sunday 1 May at Mellor.  This will be followed by tea and cakes in the narthex ...
    Posted 15 Apr 2016, 09:09 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 17 APRIL – FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion All Age Worship   Vestry and Annual Parochial Church Meeting for the election of churchwardens, PCC members and sidespersons will take place in church ...
    Posted 15 Apr 2016, 09:08 by Richard Jones
  • PCC Review of the Year 2015 Parochial Church Council Review of the Year 2015 The PCC met 6 times during the year.  In addition, there were the Vestry Meeting and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting.  We ...
    Posted 10 Apr 2016, 00:29 by Richard Jones
  • Church Fabric Report 2015 The Parish Church of St Mary, Mellor Fabric Report 2015   We reported last year on two major issues: redecoration of the chancel and water ingress in the vestry.  Unfortunately, these ...
    Posted 10 Apr 2016, 00:27 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 10 APRIL – THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Dr John Darch   During the administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in the singing of ...
    Posted 10 Apr 2016, 00:08 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 3 APRIL – SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Enid Briggs   During the administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in the singing of the ...
    Posted 10 Apr 2016, 00:06 by Richard Jones
  • THE ANNUAL CHURCHYARD SPRING CLEAN Monday 4TH APRIL starting at 6.00pm Once again it is time for the annual churchyard spring clean to remove the dead leaves, broken branches and the general litter ...
    Posted 29 Mar 2016, 01:23 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 27 MARCH 2016 – EASTER DAY SERVICES Today 6.00 am Dawn Service   10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Dr John Darch   6.30 pm Holy Communion Rev’d Roland Nicholson Tuesday 29 March 9 ...
    Posted 26 Mar 2016, 05:09 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 20 MARCH 2016 – PALM SUNDAY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion All Age Worship Rev’d Roland Nicholson   6.30 pm Passiontide Reflections   Tuesday 22 March 9.30 am Holy Communion 7.00 pm ...
    Posted 19 Mar 2016, 10:39 by Richard Jones
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Sister Sue - May 2016

Dear Friends

 

“The road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. And far ahead the road has gone, and I must follow if I can”

J. R. Tolkien in his epic works about Middle Earth placed these words in the mouths of his two hero Hobbits, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. I have always thought that they express something of Tolkien’s understanding of his deep Christian faith as his tale about the adventures of the Hobbits are enclosed within a journeying motif.  On the one hand the physical journey of the characters as they play their individual parts, and on the other,  the greater journey of the tale itself which stretches from the beginning of time and on into the unknowable future.  Journeys and pilgrimages have long been ways in which Christians describe their understanding of their discipleship in remembrance of Jesus’ words to the fishermen – “Follow me!”

The faith pilgrimage can take many forms. Sometimes it can mean an inward spiritual pilgrimage; then again it can be a way of describing our living out of our faith throughout the ordinary daily round; and sometimes it can mean an actual physical journey for a limited time or to a new calling elsewhere. However we interpret it is a significant part of the Christian understanding that there is a good deal more to life and being a Christian than appears on the surface. Listening and obeying the words of Jesus “Follow me!” is a truly life, and heart, changing experience.

Over the past three years we have all been on the journey of our own individual pilgrimages and our corporate pilgrimage together as a United Benefice. As with all journeys there have been times when we have moved along smoothly and there have been times when the journey has been unsettling and challenging. That journey continues. As the United Benefice enters into a new stage of the journey it is important that the challenges of being God’s church in this place and being faithful witnesses of the Gospel be faced and necessary changes made in order that Jesus command to “make disciples of all nations…” be fulfilled.

The silver lining of being ill over these last weeks has meant I have had the opportunity to ponder on my own pilgrimage and have come to realise that for me that means an actual as well as spiritual journey. That has not been an easy decision to make and will mean some drastic changes as we believe that we as a Religious Community are being called to lay down paid employment and live by faith in order to develop a new ministry and open a small house of prayer where people can come for times of quiet space, prayer, or short retreats. We would greatly value your prayers for this project which will be based in the village of Tunstall situated just north of Lancaster and about 4 miles from Kirby Lonsdale. We would be more than delighted to welcome you to St. Joseph’s House at any time.

As the United Benefice steps out into the new phase in your pilgrimage together there will be changes, small and large, exciting and unsettling, welcome and unwelcome. And it will be important that all these changes are grounded in prayer and openness to God’s prompting. After all it is God’s church and God’s mission and God’s plan for the future. When I came to serve as your Vicar I strongly believed that this was God’s calling – and I have never doubted that belief. My time here has been shorter than I first envisioned but I am glad that I followed the call and am truly grateful for all the love and friendship I have experienced here and I shall continue to hold you in my thoughts and prayers.

“Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord your God, who teaches you for your own good, who leads you in the way you should go.” [Isaiah 48, 17].

 

With every blessing for the future pilgrimage

Sister Sue.


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