Our Parish Church in Mellor

Welcome!
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.

During our interregnum, Rev'd Roland 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 19 MARCH 2017 – THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT SERVICESToday9.30 am Parish CommunionRev’d Roland NicholsonDuring administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing the hymn shown in ...
    Posted 17 Mar 2017, 04:51 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 12 MARCH 2017 – SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT SERVICES Today 9.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Canon John Hartley   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing the hymn shown ...
    Posted 12 Mar 2017, 00:19 by Richard Jones
  • Passiontide Reflections A devotional service of readings, hymns and music for congregation and choir.    Sunday 9th April 2017 6.30 p.m.  If you would like to sing with the choir, please ...
    Posted 4 Mar 2017, 09:43 by Richard Jones
  • Charles Jefferson - our new Vicar ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’  As we prepare to leave South Northamptonshire, Cathryn and I are looking forward very much to being part of the community and making our ...
    Posted 4 Mar 2017, 09:37 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 5 MARCH 2017 – FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT SERVICES Today 9.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Roland Nicholson   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing the hymn shown in ...
    Posted 4 Mar 2017, 08:43 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2017 – SUNDAY NEXT BEFORE LENT SERVICESToday10.30 am Parish CommunionRev’d Gary HuntDuring administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing the hymn shown in ...
    Posted 25 Feb 2017, 14:08 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2017 – SECOND SUNDAY BEFORE LENT SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Canon John Hartley   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing the hymn shown ...
    Posted 18 Feb 2017, 13:05 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2017 – THIRD SUNDAY BEFORE LENT SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Dr John Darch   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing the hymn shown ...
    Posted 12 Feb 2017, 01:27 by Richard Jones
  • IMPORTANT NOTICE  CHANGES TO TIMES OF united benefice CHURCH SERVICES    Following discussion between the Venerable Mark Ireland Archdeacon of Blackburn, the Church Wardens of Balderstone St Leonard, Samlesbury St Leonard the Less ...
    Posted 5 Feb 2017, 01:07 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2017 – FOURTH SUNDAY BEFORE LENT SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Roland Nicholson   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing the hymn shown in ...
    Posted 4 Feb 2017, 09:09 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 29 JANUARY 2017 – PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE SERVICES Today 10.30 am United Benefice Service at Balderstone St Leonard Rev’d David Kennedy   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in ...
    Posted 27 Jan 2017, 06:39 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 22 JANUARY 2017 – THIRD SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Dr John Darch   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing the hymn shown ...
    Posted 21 Jan 2017, 07:43 by Richard Jones
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Pam's Paper Blog - March 2017

Pam’s Paper Blog: 

Dear Friends,

In the month of March and we start thinking about spring and Mothering Sunday so our minds turn to family life. Families are the groups that God places all of us in for love and support through good times and bad. You can tell the strength of a family by how they deal with the difficulties we all face in life.

It’s when things go wrong we find ourselves asking those ‘What if?’ and ‘Why me?’ questions. We naturally wonder if we could have changed things; What if I’d done something different would these difficulties have been avoided? This can be very useful if it helps us learn from our mistakes but it can also be very debilitating if we’re dealing with things we cannot change like an illness or a death. So is it’s cousin, that Why has this happened to me? thought that make us feel singled out unfairly and keeps us hugging our hurts.

When things are going well and happiness seems ours it’s easy to believe in a loving God that cares for us. But when things are going badly it’s easy to believe God doesn’t care or has abandoned us all together. Or worse still, we stop believing there is a God at all. That’s when we need the love and support of our family, particularly our Christian family.

Sometimes we can have a genie view of God; that we rub our magic prayer book and he’ll grant us three wishes to spare us all troubles. That when danger comes he sends his magic carpet to whisk us off to safety.  But if God did make all Christians free of trouble all their lives then what use would they be to mankind? It’s only through dealing with our own troubles that we have any understanding of what others are going through in theirs and to be able to offer support.

This is why Mothering Sunday fits so snugly into Lent; the time we use to prepare ourselves for the festival of Easter. It’s at Easter that Jesus gives us his example of how he uses his innocent suffering for the benefit of those who put their trust in him. Now he is always there with us, in good times and in bad; part of our joy and sharer of our pain just like our physical family.

Perhaps a more useful question for us to get to when things are going wrong is ‘What next?’ We cannot change the past, we can only use it to make things better, usually for somebody else. It’s often as we reach out to help others that we find ourselves being healed along the way. So this Lent consider not giving things up but taking things on. Think about some small thing you can do to help another. You could babysit or visit an elderly neighbour or offer a friend a lift; simple things. Sometimes you can do a great deal with a simple smile and word of encouragement. If you want to be really serious about it then have a look at the 40 acts website for ideas. http://www.40acts.org.uk/

Let’s make a real difference in Lent this year,

 Pam Daunton


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