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

  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 17th December 2017 – 3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT SERVICES Today 9.30am   All Age Nativity Service                 The Vicar 6.30pm  The Nine Lessons and Carols                 Rev J Hartley   Tuesday 19th December 9.30am  Holy Communion                The Vicar ...
    Posted 16 Dec 2017, 01:05 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 10th December 2017 – 2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT SERVICES Today 9.30am  Family Communion                The Vicar   Tuesday 12th December 9.30am  Holy Communion                The Vicar   Sunday 17th December 3nd Sunday of Advent 9.30am   All ...
    Posted 10 Dec 2017, 01:30 by Richard Jones
  • Autumn Fayre – 2017 Another successful event raising £2,328.94 for Church funds – thank you to Rev’d John Hartley for conducting an Act of Remembrance at 11.00am and Rev’d Roland ...
    Posted 4 Dec 2017, 10:05 by Richard Jones
  • LESSONS AND CAROLS A traditional service of Nine Lessons & Carols will take place at 6.30pm on Sunday 17th December in St Mary’s Church.   All Welcome.
    Posted 4 Dec 2017, 09:59 by Richard Jones
  • Christingle Service THE CHILDREN’S SOCIETY  Invitation to Christingle Christmas Eve 4pm   Please join us for this lovely All Age Worship service. Celebrate the birth of Christ, the Light of the World ...
    Posted 4 Dec 2017, 09:54 by Richard Jones
  • Celebrating Christmas In & Around Mellor Saturday            2nd      December        Pop Up Coffee in the Mellor Village Hall from 10.00am   Sunday              3rd        December        Advent Service in St Mary’s Church at 4.00pm   Monday ...
    Posted 4 Dec 2017, 08:27 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 3rd December 2017 – ADVENT SUNDAY SERVICES Today 9.30am  Parish Communion                 Rev John Hartley 4.00pm  “Take home the Light of Christ”                 Advent Praise and Worship                 The Vicar   Tuesday 5th December 9.30am  Holy ...
    Posted 4 Dec 2017, 08:09 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 26th November 2017 – CHRIST THE KING (Sunday next before Advent) SERVICES Today 9.30am  Parish Communion                 Rev Roland Nicholson 4.00pm  Messy Church                 In the Day School Tuesday 28th November 9.30am  Holy Communion                The Vicar   Sunday 3rd ...
    Posted 26 Nov 2017, 00:44 by Richard Jones
  • Outreach to India More than 60 theatre gowns for children undergoing cleft surgery have been made by a group of enthusiastic sewers - members of Mothers' Union and friends. These will be given to ...
    Posted 26 Nov 2017, 00:41 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 19th November 2017 – 2nd SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT SERVICES Today 9.30am  All Age Worship                 The Vicar Tuesday 21st November 9.30am  Holy Communion                The Vicar   Sunday 26th November Christ the King - Sunday before Advent 9 ...
    Posted 23 Nov 2017, 03:33 by Richard Jones
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View From the Vicarage - December 2017

View From the Vicarage 

Describe Christmas in Three Words! 

Now that’s a challenge, so what might we say? Last minute shopping, eating too much, filling a stocking, holly and ivy or simply friends and family. But what about the words ‘Christ is born’? Where do these three words fit in? For many, the answer is they don’t, and yet for Christians there are three other words about Christmas that we would like to share with our families, friends and neighbours, and these are: Historical, Joyful and Essential! 

 1 Christmas is Historical: it really happened. 

Jesus is not some mythical make believe character. St Luke, who based his account on information from eyewitnesses, carefully investigated everything (Luke 1:1-4) and came to the conclusion that there had never been anyone else like Jesus. St Peter said the same (2 Peter 1:16)

Jesus lived a life of astonishing power and humility, authority and kindness, self sacrifice and compassion. He performed extraordinary miracles which even his enemies couldn’t deny (John 9) and having died for us, God raised him from the dead (1 Peter 1:21) In fact, he appeared to over 500 people in the days following his resurrection (Luke 24, 1 Corinthians 15) 

 2 Christmas is Joyful: God really cares. 

As the angelic messenger said, ‘I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today a Saviour has been born to you, he is Christ the Lord’ (Luke 1:8-20). Christmas tells us that God, the creator of this incredible universe, loves us (Colossians 1). Why else would he have come in Christ, leaving all the glory of heaven, to be born as a man in the midst of a sinful and suffering world. This is surely a great reason to be joyful: God really cares and demonstrates that care in action. And the knowledge of this can be of enormous strength and encouragement when difficulties arise. 

 3 Christmas is Essential: it really matters. 

Jesus didn’t just come to earth to demonstrate God’s love; he came to achieve an urgent rescue. The apostle Paul, one of the greatest early Christian leaders tells us: ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’, and he did that by taking the punishment we deserve for not letting God be God in our lives, by dying in our place (Romans 3:23, 5:8). That is why he is called ‘Jesus’ because Jesus means Saviour (Matthew 1:21). But his death for us on the cross will mean nothing unless we respond in repentance, faith and trust. Indeed our eternal future, said Jesus, depends on the decision we make about him, now while we are still alive (John 5:24, 39-40, 14:6). That is why Christmas is so important. It really matters.     

For ‘Jesus is the Reason for the Season’ so this year why not put CHRIST back into CHRISTmas. Make time for your creator and saviour. Come and learn more about him. For at the heart of Christmas is God’s heart of love. That is why there are three other words with which we could close. Three other words which tell us what Christmas is all about and they are God Loves You. Now that is something to celebrate and enjoy– and not just now but throughout the coming New Year.