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 12th November 2017 – REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY SERVICES Today Remembrance Sunday   9.30am  Family Communion                   Celebrant: Rev John Hartley                   Preacher: The Vicar 11.00am  Parish Act of Remembrance                   at the War Memorial   Tuesday 14th November 9 ...
    Posted 10 Nov 2017, 08:48 by Richard Jones
  • Messy Church Come and join the fun.   St. Mary’s school, Mellor   Sunday, November 26th at 4pm.   Everyone welcome For Stories        Songs    Games Crafts and more Crafts
    Posted 3 Nov 2017, 06:30 by Richard Jones
  • Wednesday Prayer and Peace Each Wednesday from 9.30 am the church is open to give you a chance to come into this peaceful place in the middle of your busy week. The hour ...
    Posted 3 Nov 2017, 06:26 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 5th November2017 – ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY SERVICES Today All Saints’ Sunday 9.30am  Parish Communion                 Rev John Hartley 4.00pm  ‘Praise and Worship’                The Vicar Tuesday 7th November 9.30am  Holy Communion                The Vicar   Sunday ...
    Posted 3 Nov 2017, 06:00 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 29th October 2017 – LAST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today Bible Sunday 9.30am  Benefice Service at Balderstone                 Rev David Kennedy   Tuesday 31st October 9.30am  Holy Communion                The Vicar Thursday 2nd November 7.00pm  All ...
    Posted 29 Oct 2017, 10:12 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 22nd October 2017 – THE 19th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today  9.30am  Parish Communion                 Rev Roland Nicholson 4.00pm  Messy Church in the Day School                 Details in the Parish Magazine Tuesday 24th October 9.30am  Holy Communion ...
    Posted 21 Oct 2017, 05:14 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 15th October 2017 – THE 18th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today  9.30am  Harvest Praise                 All Age Worship                The Vicar   Tuesday 17th October 9.30am  Holy Communion                The Vicar   Sunday 22nd October 19th Sunday after Trinity ...
    Posted 15 Oct 2017, 00:09 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 8th October 2017 – THE 17th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today  9.30am  Family Communion                 The Vicar   Tuesday 10th October 9.30am  Holy Communion                The Vicar   Sunday 15th October 18th Sunday after Trinity 9.30am  Harvest ...
    Posted 6 Oct 2017, 09:21 by Richard Jones
  • Social Committee News - AUTUMN FAYRE Saturday, 11th November in school from 11.00am – 1.00pm Bearing in mind the date and time, there will be a very short Act of Remembrance and a period ...
    Posted 1 Oct 2017, 08:13 by Richard Jones
  • Social Committee News - BIG BAND NIGHT – Saturday, 21st October at the Canberra Club. With the theme – Saturday Night at the Movies – which leaves lots of scope for those who like to dress up – just come as your favourite character from any film! Dancing ...
    Posted 1 Oct 2017, 08:12 by Richard Jones
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View From the Vicarage - November 2017

View From the Vicarage 

LIGHT UP THE FIRE!

 Winter is certainly here with the approach of November 5th,  for no matter how dark and cold it may be outside the sky will soon be ablaze with the whiz and bang of fireworks because that’s the day we remember the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot.

 For it was around midnight on November 4th 1605, just a few hours before the official opening of Parliament, that Guido (or Guy) Fawkes (born 1570) was caught red handed in a cellar under the House of Lord’s, surrounded by 32 hundred weight of gunpowder. He had hoped to ‘light up a fire’ which would change the face of England. But the whole plan went disastrously wrong and on January 31st 1606 he was publicly hung drawn and quartered.

  We still remember Guy Fawkes and the fire that failed, and yet hundreds of years before he was born, a ‘fire’ was started which continues to spread all over the world today – a ’fire’ fuelled not by gunpowder but by love, the love of God for a world he had come to save (John 3:16).

  For Guy Fawkes, of course, death was the end. For Jesus Christ, however, it was just the beginning – for because of his resurrection and the gift of the Holy Spirit he became an eternally living person who can enter and transform our lives so setting us ‘on fire’ for him. For the ‘fire’ that Jesus brings has done more than overthrow governments – it has overthrown in those who have welcomed him in, the most stubborn tyrant of all – selfishness in the human heart.

  And down through the centuries countless millions have been inspired to share that light with others, even at the expense of giving up their lives. Like Hugh Latimer, the Bishop of Worcester (1485-1555), burnt at the stake in Oxford who, as the fire was kindled around them, said to Nicholas Ridley, the Bishop of London (1500 – 1555), ‘Be of good comfort Master Ridley and play the man. We shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace in England, as I trust shall never be put out.’

 They were convinced that God in Christ longs for nothing more than to enter our lives and to set them ablaze with his love. In the words of that popular song ‘Colours of Day’ (1974) so they too longed that God’s people in turn would ‘light up the fire and let the flame burn, open the door, let Jesus return. Take seeds of His Spirit, let the fruit grow, tell the people of Jesus, let His love show.’                                                                    

  But we will only be able to show Christ’s light and love to others if we have first welcomed him into our own lives as Lord and Saviour (Romans 10:9-13). After all, Jesus himself has said, ‘Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in’ (Revelation 3:20).For those who follow Jesus are ‘the chosen race, the  king’s priests, the holy nation, God’s own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his own marvellous light’ (1Peter 2:9). So let us then LIGHT UP THE FIRE for God, as we seek in his strength to live for him.

 Charles