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

  • ANNUAL VESTRY & ANNUAL PARISH CHURCH MEETINGS The Annual Vestry and Annual Parish Church Meetings will be held in church on Thursday 19th April 2018 at 19.00. Please attend as all are welcome.
    Posted 16 Apr 2018, 09:57 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 15th APRIL 2018 – 3rd Sunday of Easter SERVICES   Today 09.30am    All Age Worship Tuesday 17th April 9.30am     Holy Communion                   The Vicar   Sunday 22nd April 4th Sunday of Easter 09.30         Parish Communion                          PRAYERS FOR ...
    Posted 16 Apr 2018, 00:41 by Richard Jones
  • Choir Dinner for Canon John & Rev'd Roland Last Wednesday the choir held a dinner at The Millstone to thanks Canon John and Rev Roland for their friendship and support for Mellor Church Choir. Here are some photos ...
    Posted 13 Apr 2018, 05:52 by Richard Jones
  • Tuesday Coffee Mornings Thank you to all who attend and /or bake cakes – your support enables £50 to be donated to church funds every month. Also, please continue to save your ‘loose change ...
    Posted 13 Apr 2018, 05:17 by Richard Jones
  • Recycled Cards- Donations! During February we made the following donations:-                                     R N L I                                    £25                                     Diabetes UK                         £25                                     Cancer UK                £25 The total donations made so far this year is       £175.00 Since ...
    Posted 13 Apr 2018, 05:15 by Richard Jones
  • Party Time for 'Little Angels'  It’s party time again as we celebrate 20 years of ‘Little Angels’ at St Mary’s – and still going strong… We are delighted that Sarah, from the Diocese, will ...
    Posted 13 Apr 2018, 05:05 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 1st APRIL 2018 – EASTER DAY SERVICES   Today 6.00am   Dawn Service                 Lighting of the Paschal Candle in                   church, then we proceed to the                   Mill Hill as dawn breaks – prayers                   to be led by Geoff Gill ...
    Posted 13 Apr 2018, 04:27 by Richard Jones
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View From the Vicarage - April 2018

View From the Vicarage 

‘Fools for Christ?’ 

 April 1st is here again and with it All Fools Day but what lies behind this unusual event? Well its origins may lie in several pagan festivals. For instance there was the Roman end of winter orgy ‘Hilaria’, and the Celtic celebration when the god Lud cured the curse of demons by spraying them with a brew of crushed insects in water! There is also the story of Persephone. In this Greek myth she was snatched away by Pluto, the god of the underworld, from her mother the corn spirit Ceres who followed the trail of Persephone’s indignant shrieks across the land to no avail – the original ‘fool’s errand’! 

 Or there again, All Fools may simply be the day commemorating Christ being mocked and tormented before his crucifixion (Luke 23:32 – 43, Matthew 27: 32 -43). Whatever the background, at noon the foolery must cease! 

 But in the New Testament we meet two other sorts of ‘fool’. There is the fool whose foolishness is seen not simply in the rejection of wisdom but particularly in the rejection of the source of all wisdom, God Himself (Psalm 14:1, Romans 1:18 -32). In fact, it was the failure of Jesus’ disciples to understand that the death and resurrection of Christ had been foretold by the prophets which led the risen Jesus to say, ’How foolish you are’ (Luke 24:25), because as he had said to the religious leaders, “You are wrong because you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God” (Matthew 22). 

 However, there is yet another sort of ‘fool’ in the Bible and this is the ‘fool’ whose life has been transformed by Jesus.  Saint Paul, one of the ancient world’s greatest thinkers, could later speak of himself as a Fool for Christ (1 Corinthians 4:10) once he had encountered the risen Christ on the road to Damascus (Acts 9). For it was this life changing experience which then impelled him (2 Corinthians 5:14) to preach Christ crucified and to live for Christ (1Corinthians 1). 

 So who might be a fool today? Well we are all conscious of times when we have acted foolishly. We have said or done things we later regret, we have allowed ourselves to be fooled by others, or we know we have acted unwisely. None of us are perfect! 

 But if it’s true that Jesus Christ is ‘the power and wisdom of God’ (1 Corinthians 1:24) then surely the wisest thing would be to listen to what he has to say. And what God requires and desires is this: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind, and love your neighbour as you love yourself.” Or as another translation puts it, “Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence. Love others as well as you love yourself” (Matthew 22 - The Message). 

 For after all, said Jesus, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and yet don’t do what I tell you? Anyone who hears my words and does not obey them is like a man who built his house without laying a foundation; when the flood hit that house it fell at once – and what a terrible crash that was!” (Luke 6) So, if you want to build your life on sure foundations listen to Christ even if others may think you are a Fool for Christ! 

 Charles