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.

We would be delighted to talk to you about our church life and to welcome you into the congregation. 
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.

Also, every Monday between 6.00 - 7.00pm in the Vicarage, The Rev'd Roland Nicholson is available to discuss Baptisms, Weddings and any matters of a spiritual nature.                         

Mellor Parish Church News & Announcements

  • SUNDAY, 23RD JUNE 2019 - 1st SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICESToday 9.30am   Parish Communion                Rev David KennedyTuesday, 25th June 9.30am   Holy Communion                 Rev Gary Hunt Sunday, 30th June 20192nd Sunday after Trinity ...
    Posted 23 Jun 2019, 08:22 by Richard Jones
  • SUNDAY, 16th JUNE 2019 - TRINITY SUNDAY SERVICESToday 9.30am   Family Service                Rev John HartleyTuesday, 18th June 9.30am   Holy Communion                 Rev Jane Bury Sunday, 23rd June 2019Trinity Sunday9.30am  Parish ...
    Posted 13 Jun 2019, 08:42 by Richard Jones
  • Jessica Crowned 2019 Mellor Rose Queen Mrs Embley-Peers crowned Jessica our new Rose Queen in church this morning. A joyful occasion despite the weather which sadly prevented the procession of witness - so Jessica and her ...
    Posted 8 Jun 2019, 06:31 by Richard Jones
  • SUNDAY, 9th JUNE 2019 - DAY OF PENTECOST (Whit Sunday) SERVICESToday 9.30am   Parish Communion                Rev David KennedyTuesday, 11th June 9.30am   Holy Communion                 Rev John Hartley Sunday, 16th June 2019Trinity Sunday9.30am  Family ...
    Posted 7 Jun 2019, 07:26 by Richard Jones
  • Our Joyful Resurrection Rock Choir! What a way to start a Sunday! … “Well my blues are done, my heart’s on fire!  My feet are dancing to the heavenly choir!” Never a truer word sung ...
    Posted 2 Jun 2019, 09:33 by Richard Jones
  • Thy Kingdom Come - Mellor Prayer Trail
    Posted 30 May 2019, 23:35 by Richard Jones
  • SUNDAY, 2nd JUNE 2019 - 7th SUNDAY OF EASTER (Sunday after Ascension Day) SERVICESToday 9.30am   Parish Communion                Rev Roland NicholsonTuesday, 4th June 9.30am   Holy Communion                 Rev John Hartley Sunday, 9th June 2019Day of Pentecost9.30am ...
    Posted 30 May 2019, 23:27 by Richard Jones
  • ROSE GALA Everyone is welcome at the service in St Mary’s Church on Saturday 8th June at 11.00am for the  . . .Crowning of the Rose QueenThe service begins with ...
    Posted 29 May 2019, 09:40 by Richard Jones
  • THY KINGDOM COME A global prayer initiative, Thy Kingdom Comeis running from30th May until 9th June.Our Church will be open this Thursday 30th May and Friday 31st May and Monday ...
    Posted 29 May 2019, 00:19 by Richard Jones
  • SUNDAY, 26th May 2019 - 6th SUNDAY OF EASTER SERVICESToday 9.30am   Parish Communion                Rev Dennis CrookTuesday, 28th May 9.30am   Holy Communion                 Rev Roland NicholsonThursday, 30th May 7.30pm  ASCENSION DAY                 Holy Communion ...
    Posted 24 May 2019, 02:33 by Richard Jones
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View from the Vicarage - June 2019

Dear Friends

The Anglican Church keeps 24th June as The Birth of St John the Baptist. ‘There was man sent from God, whose name was John. He came to bear witness to the light.’ John 1.6-7.

The great fact about John was that he knew what his mission was and he was content to fulfil it. He sought no greater office and sought no greater reward, than that of doing the work to which he had been called. He prepared for the coming of Christ and, as a signpost, he pointed the way to Christ.

His task was one of both privilege and responsibility. His modesty was outstanding, as was his candid truthfulness. He was content to be the forerunner, bluntly declaring (to avoid any confusion by his hearers) ‘I am not the Christ.’ All in all he knew what his life’s work was, and he was content to fulfil. He looked for nothing further.

John’s ministry was marked by three things: prayer, preaching and perseverance.

Prayer must have been important to him for God to have spoken to him as he did. Doubtless he (like us) would have wrestled in prayer with God, in the wilderness. Prayer was clearly the secret of John’s life and of his strength. For us, too, a strong prayer life is essential if we are to carry out God’s tasks.

John had a message to proclaim and to preach. He was enthusiastic about it. He confronted people with his oratory. Even provocatively, he spoke to everyone. We may not have the powerful words, but, with a deep conviction and a degree of enthusiasm, both by speech and action, our witness can be worthy of the God we proclaim to believe in and dutifully serve.

Although John’s ministry was cut short, from a dark and dank prison he sent his followers to Jesus for confirmation of his belief: ‘Are you the Christ?’ The answer Christ gave satisfied him and he persevered right to the end. We too, in the darker moments of life, when God seems to be very far away – dare I say we feel forgotten – must try to struggle through with all our grit and determination.

We thank God for John the Baptist. We pray that we may share his strength and courage in our own smaller, but nevertheless important lives. We are privileged to witness to Christ where we live and work, but with all privileges there is a degree of responsibility too. Do we realise that ? Privilege and responsibility go hand in hand !

With every blessing

John Hartley


Currently the Parish is Vacant.    

Until further notice all enquiries should be addressed to the Area Dean, Rev Jonathan Carmillie.

The Vicarage, 40 The Sands, Whalley  BB7 9TL Tel 01254 824679 Email:  vicar@whalleypc.org.uk

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