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    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.

    Graham or Jim , our church wardens, would be happy to talk to you about our church life and to welcome you into the congregation. 

    Mellor Parish Church News & Announcements

    • ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN Thankyou to everyone who has helped to tidy up and make the outside of the church more attractive, especially Ian with painting and varnishing and Pat with the flower planters ...
      Posted 9 Apr 2014 12:37 by Richard Jones
    • Art Exhibition! Friday 25 April to Sunday 27 April   On Friday 25 April there will be an Open Evening to launch the weekend exhibition of paintings by local artists. Tickets are £5 ...
      Posted 9 Apr 2014 09:04 by Richard Jones
    • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 6 APRIL 2014 – PASSION SUNDAY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Canon John Hartley If you have young children we have a Children's Corner where there are bags of quiet toys ...
      Posted 9 Apr 2014 08:05 by Richard Jones
    • Alleluia! He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Come and join the celebrations Easter Sunday 6am    A short walk to our outdoor service Then breakfast in church All welcome ST. MARY ...
      Posted 9 Apr 2014 09:29 by Richard Jones
    • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 30 MARCH 2014 – FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Mothering Sunday – All Age Worship Amma Sue   6.30 pm Holy Communion Amma Sue Tuesday 1 April 9.30 am Holy Communion     Sunday ...
      Posted 30 Mar 2014 01:55 by Richard Jones
    • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 23 MARCH 2014 – THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Dr John Darch   If you have young children we have a Children's Corner where there are bags of quiet toys ...
      Posted 22 Mar 2014 10:43 by Richard Jones
    • PCC Final Accounts The final accounts to end of 2013 are now available to view/download here
      Posted 17 Mar 2014 07:15 by Richard Jones
    • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 16 MARCH 2014 – SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Canon John Hartley   REMINDER:  Vestry Meeting and PCC  Annual General Meeting - these will take place after this morning’s service ...
      Posted 15 Mar 2014 15:55 by Richard Jones
    • ANNUAL CHURCHYARD SPRING CLEAN - MONDAY, 31st MARCH from 6pm Once again it is time for our annual churchyard spring clean to remove the dead leaves, broken branches and the general litter that has accumulated over the winter months. This ...
      Posted 14 Mar 2014 07:41 by Richard Jones
    • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 9 MARCH 2014 – FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Amma Sue   Members of the PCC are reminded that they have a meeting to approve the 2013 accounts after this service.   If you ...
      Posted 10 Mar 2014 09:49 by Richard Jones
    • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 2 MARCH 2014 – SUNDAY NEXT BEFORE LENT SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Day School Anniversary Rev’d Canon John Hartley   FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT Please visit the stall selling Fairtrade products in the Narthex after the service ...
      Posted 28 Feb 2014 05:28 by Richard Jones
    • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2014 – SECOND SUNDAY BEFORE LENT SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Dr John Darch   If you have young children we have a Children's Corner where there are bags of quiet toys ...
      Posted 26 Feb 2014 04:42 by Richard Jones
    • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2014 – THIRD SUNDAY BEFORE LENT SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion All Age Worship Amma Sue   If you have young children we have a Children's Corner where there are bags of quiet toys ...
      Posted 18 Feb 2014 08:45 by Richard Jones
    • The Order of the Companions of Martha and Mary - Daily Office times Amma Sue and Sister Judith have made some slight changes to their Daily Office times as they respond to life here in the United Benefice. The Sisters will continue to ...
      Posted 9 Feb 2014 07:13 by Richard Jones
    • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2014 – FOURTH SUNDAY BEFORE LENT SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Dr John Darch   If you have young children we have a Children's Corner where there are bags of quiet toys ...
      Posted 8 Feb 2014 04:16 by Richard Jones
    • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2014 – PRESENTATION OF CHRIST SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion   If you have young children we have a Children's Corner where there are bags of quiet toys which can also be used ...
      Posted 1 Feb 2014 07:23 by Richard Jones
    • News from the diocese  HM The Queen to visit Lancashire for Maundy Service You will be delighted to hear the news, announced today, that HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh will ...
      Posted 27 Jan 2014 05:29 by Richard Jones
    • Congratulations Reverend Roland! Reverend Roland has been chosen to receive 'alms' or Maundy Money from the Queen when she visits Blackburn Cathedral on 17th April. It's a great and very well deserved ...
      Posted 25 Jan 2014 06:49 by Richard Jones
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    Amma Sue - April 2014

    Dear Friends,

    “Holy, holy, holy week, there to make the clergy weep!”  So sang my friend as we sat together over lunch one Holy Saturday.  Over the years since being ordained I have come to understand just what he meant, for I too have always found Holy Week to be a very trying and tiring experience. And from conversations I’ve had with other folk whether ordained or not there is certainly an air of tiredness and even slight depression around this particular time in the Church’s calendar. So why should such a familiar and annual event have this effect on people?  What’s so different about this particular religious festival?

    Well, I think that it’s because during this particular week, unlike any other in the year, as we consciously and deliberately walk the road to Calvary, we are coming face to face with the common lot of all humanity.  For we have all, no matter how young or old, experienced times of loss and sadness; times of endings and partings.  Some of them we can recall and some have entered so deeply into our subconscious that we’re not even aware of feeling them.   And so, as we think and pray and meditate on Jesus’ Passion and Death in the final week of his earthly ministry, it’s no wonder we’re tired and no wonder we become a little bit giddy on Easter Day.

    For Easter Day is the promise of hope and new life, the promise that the common human experience of pain and loss punctuated by the odd Bank Holiday break is not the only thing that we have to look forward to, and it’s a promise not only for us gathered in Christian churches, it’s a promise held to everyone.  As the scripture reminds us “God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself.”   That most generous of all the generous gifts of our generous God, spills over to affect even those who can’t, won’t or have not had the opportunity to hear the Good News.  For Easter influences us all, as we all share in the pleasure. And as we eat our chocolate Easter Eggs, share celebration meals, or just chill out with friends, family or even on our own, we can be sure that we share this pleasure with many others whether they claim the Christian faith or not.  For in great generosity our Creator God chose to be limited by the human experience, to enter fully into all that that would mean, to know intimately all our experiences of joy, of pain, of loss and of sadness. And who for our sake was prepared to walk the road to Calvary, not simply in memory or imagination but to walk that road in reality, and who as he lay pinned and dying prayed for those who did not, would not, or could not believe as well as those who did.

    A Happy, Hopeful and Blessed Easter to you all.

    Amma Sue



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