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 4 DECEMBER 2016 – SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT 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 3 Dec 2016, 02:01 by Richard Jones
  • Christingle & Sunday School Nativity Invitation to Christingle + Sunday School Nativity  Christmas Eve 4pm   Please join us for this lovely All Age Worship service. Celebrate the birth of Christ, the Light of the World with ...
    Posted 29 Nov 2016, 09:23 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2016 – ADVENT SUNDAY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d David Kennedy   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing  the hymn shown in ...
    Posted 29 Nov 2016, 08:59 by Richard Jones
  • Advent and Christmas Services Our church google calendar now has all the services etc. leading up to Christmas.Take a look at the bottom of the Home Page or follow this link : Christmas Calendar
    Posted 29 Nov 2016, 09:04 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2016 – CHRIST THE KING SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion All Age Worship Rev’d Roland Nicholson   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing  the ...
    Posted 18 Nov 2016, 04:50 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2016 – REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY SERVICES Today 9.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d David Kennedy   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing  the hymn shown in ...
    Posted 13 Nov 2016, 01:14 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2016 – THIRD SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT 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 7 Nov 2016, 01:26 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER 2016 – ALL SAINTS’ DAY SERVICES Today 10.45 am United Benefice Service at St Leonard’s Salmesbury Rev’d Dr John Darch   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the ...
    Posted 29 Oct 2016, 00:45 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER 2016 – BIBLE SUNDAY SERVICESToday10.30 am Parish CommunionRev’d Colin PenfoldDuring administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing  the hymn shown in ...
    Posted 23 Oct 2016, 09:51 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 2016 – TWENTY FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 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 15 Oct 2016, 07:44 by Richard Jones
  • Harvest Festival Pictures
    Posted 10 Oct 2016, 04:02 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 2016 – TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Harvest Festival Rev’d Canon John Hartley   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing  the ...
    Posted 10 Oct 2016, 03:38 by Richard Jones
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Pam’s Paper Blog - December 2016

Pam’s Paper Blog:

Dear friends,

Whatever possessed the United Nations to choose Wonder Woman as their ambassador to encourage women? I was quite incredulous at the decision, positively open mouthed. In one blow they must have offended such disparate groups as faithful Muslims and Western feminists in choosing such a Barbie doll idea. Never mind what it burdens our children’s self-image with.

This is not the first time the United Nations has chosen a fictional character to emphasise a desirable outcome with Winnie-the-Poo, for example, being chosen as an ambassador for friendship. But what does the unrealistic nature of super powers say to women across the world? Is being the best in human terms not enough? No, I’m with the female employees with my back turned and my arm raised.

Every Christmas we listen to the same story of a young woman’s obedience to God that enabled the incarnation. Mary was very young, unmarried and unprepared for what was being asked of her. But her decisions, and the faith that supported them, is an example to us all. Yet Mary too has been given a makeover with statues of a pretty white face and blue cloak. Often I find myself wondering what she was really like as I listen again to the Christmas story.

Our history is littered with great women, most of whom would not find their place on a catwalk. Women who defied the expectations of their age like Elizabeth 1st who ruled for 40 years; or Marie Currie who won two Nobel prizes for work on radiation; or Florence Nightingale who earned the right to serve soldiers as a nurse. All of them worked determinedly against the current of expectation and none of them were gifted by super powers.

Surely in the 21st century we expect more from women than a thin waist and fanciful abilities? We could wish them the political astuteness of Elizabeth 1st or the intelligence of Marie Currie; or the compassion of Florence Nightingale. But I think what is most useful to both men and women is an obedient faith in our sovereign Lord; it’s about as good as it gets humanly speaking; a faith that inspired Mary to say: 

‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
 for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.

Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him, from generation to generation. 

He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud

in the thoughts of their hearts.

He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; 

he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 

according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.

Merry Christmas, Pam Daunton


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