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

  • Poppies Decorate Our Church To Commemorate the Fallen Picture from Mark Smith
    Posted 12 Nov 2018, 23:41 by Richard Jones
  • Autumn Fayre Pictures Super turn-out for this year's Autumn Fayre. Thanks for the pictures Mark Smith.
    Posted 12 Nov 2018, 23:28 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 11th November 2018 Remembrance Sunday SERVICESToday                     09.30 Parish Communion During Holy Communion the congregation Are invited to join in and sing the hymn Number in Black This is followed by the walk to ...
    Posted 11 Nov 2018, 08:46 by Richard Jones
  • Remembrance Sunday Mellor St. Mary C. E. Primary School News   Year 6 would formally like to invite you to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War 1 at ...
    Posted 9 Nov 2018, 01:42 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 4th November 2018 SERVICESToday                     09.30 Parish Communion During Holy Communion the congregation Are invited to join in and sing the hymn Number in Black Tuesday 6th November 9.30am     Holy ...
    Posted 3 Nov 2018, 09:55 by Richard Jones
  • Autumn Fayre Saturday 10th November in school 11.00am – 1.00pm We are delighted that Mr & Mrs Frank Littler have accepted our invitation to perform the opening ceremony.   There will be the usual array of stalls and attractions with one or ...
    Posted 30 Oct 2018, 02:33 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 28th October 2018 SERVICESToday                     09.30 Parish Communion During Holy Communion the congregation Are invited to join in and sing the hymn Number in Black Tuesday 30th  October 9.30am     Holy ...
    Posted 28 Oct 2018, 01:11 by Richard Jones
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View From the Vicarage - November 2018

View From the Vicarage

 “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” (George Santayana 1863 -1952)

  Wise words and certainly needed in our world today because it’s reckoned that since the end of the Second World War there has never been a day in which there has not been a conflict somewhere in the world. That is why this year, the celebration of Remembrance is especially poignant because with the ending of the First World War there was the hope that this would indeed be ‘the War to End all Wars’.

  But why do wars begin? After all, you would have thought that the human race would have realised that conflict inevitably leads to misery with the weakest and the most vulnerable invariably the casualties. Surely it stands to reason that “ jaw - jaw is always better than  war - war” (Churchill). Yet tragically there are those who appear only interested in pursuing their own ambitions no matter what the devastating consequences may be for others. No wonder then that we choose to remember the courage and sacrifice of both men and women who at great cost to themselves refused to allow injustice to triumph and aggression to succeed.

  However, despite the safeguards of the United Nations and NATO, conflicts continue because at the heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart. As Jesus himself said, “from the inside, from a person’s heart , come the evil ideas that lead him to do immoral things, to rob, kill and do all sorts of evil things; deceit, jealousy, slander, pride, and foolishness” ( Mark 7:14 – 23). Or as the Apostle James put it, “What cause wars, why do you fight and argue with each other? Isn’t it because you are full of selfish desires? You want something you don’t have and you will do anything to get it. You will even kill! But you still cannot get what you want, and you won’t get it by fighting and arguing” (James 4: 1 – 10).

  Because deep down all of us need something which only God can give, a new beginning, a new birth (John 3 :1-21) if you like, a new heart so that we begin to love God with all our heart and love our neighbour as ourselves (Matthew 22 : 34 -40). As Charles Colson, President Nixon’s Special Counsel wrote, having been released from prison for his part in the Watergate Scandal (1972), “Governments cannot change what is in the hearts of people. The alienation which afflicts mankind, which divides us in so many places, is not the weakness of institutions, but the sickness of human hearts. The only answer that can change people’s hearts is the power of God through Jesus Christ”.

  On the night before she died, executed by a German firing squad for assisting Belgian and British soldiers to slip through German lines and regain their fighting units, Edith Cavell (1865 – 1915) the British nurse said, “They have all been very kind to me here. But this I would say, standing as I do in view of God and eternity, I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.”

  So we thank God for the sacrifice made by so many in order that we, 100 years later, can live in a free society. And we also thank God that by faith in the death of Christ for us we can be transformed from being God’s enemies (Romans 5:6 -11) into His friends. For as Jesus himself said, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. This is my command. Love one another” (John 15: 12 -17).