Our Parish Church in Mellor


Urgent! Parochial Church Council
We need to bring the following to everyone’s urgent attention if we are to continue to have a legally constituted PCC from April this year.

Graham will be standing down as the sole Churchwarden and the Treasurer at the end of his term of office, as he has already stated. We thank him most sincerely for all he has done in exceptionally difficult circumstances.

As we should have two churchwardens, not just one, the PCC formed an Assistant Warden’s Team to take on various responsibilities and, over time, this has worked well and will be continuing. However, the Team is not and cannot be a replacement for elected officers of the PCC. We therefore appeal for people to search their hearts and offer their services to take on the roles of Churchwardens and Treasurer. There is no way forward without new volunteers.

Additionally, there are spaces for more people on the PCC.

Elections will be held at the Vestry and Annual Parochial Church Meeting on Sunday 12 April after morning service. Please give this your very prayerful and serious consideration and speak to Amma Sue, Graham or any member of the PCC if it would be helpful
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.

Amma Sue, our Vicar, 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 22 FEBRUARY 2015 – FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Gary Hunt   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation is invited to join the Choir in the singing of the hymn ...
    Posted 20 Feb 2015, 10:43 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2015 – SUNDAY NEXT BEFORE LENT SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion All Age Worship Rev’d Canon John Hartley   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation is invited to join the Choir in the ...
    Posted 15 Feb 2015, 00:57 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2015 – SECOND SUNDAY BEFORE LENT SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Amma Sue   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation is invited to join the Choir in the singing of the hymn shown in ...
    Posted 8 Feb 2015, 01:20 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2015 – FOURTH SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Dr John Darch   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation is invited to join the Choir in the singing of the ...
    Posted 1 Feb 2015, 08:38 by Richard Jones
  • ???The Village Quiz???   The Quiz will be held on   Friday 13th February in the School, starting at 7.30 prompt.   Tickets are £6.50 each   and include a Meat-and-Potato Pie ...
    Posted 27 Jan 2015, 08:08 by Richard Jones
  • Vacancies We will soon have 2 churchwardens positions to fill. Please do consider if you might be able to take on this job, or if maybe a gran or granddad might ...
    Posted 27 Jan 2015, 08:01 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 25 JANUARY 2015 – CONVERSION OF PAUL SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Amma Sue   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation is invited to join the Choir in the singing of the hymn shown in ...
    Posted 25 Jan 2015, 01:01 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 18 JANUARY 2015 – SECOND SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion All Age Worship & Sunday School Prize-giving Rev’d Canon John Hartley   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation is invited to join ...
    Posted 18 Jan 2015, 01:46 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 11 JANUARY 2015 – BAPTISM OF CHRIST SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Roland Nicholson   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation is invited to join the Choir in the singing of the hymn ...
    Posted 9 Jan 2015, 16:10 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 4 JANUARY 2015 – EPIPHANY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Enid Briggs   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation is invited to join the Choir in the singing of the hymn ...
    Posted 6 Jan 2015, 01:35 by Richard Jones
  • IMPORTANT NOTICE! Churchwardens and Treasurer As we approach the time of the Annual Vestry and Annual Parish Church Meetings at which our churchwardens and officers are elected may I prayerfully ask that all parishioners consider ...
    Posted 31 Dec 2014, 03:45 by Richard Jones
  • Come and join us! Choir Notes We are very fortunate in having our church services led by an accomplished organist and an experienced choir. If anyone would like to be part of the choir ...
    Posted 31 Dec 2014, 03:43 by Richard Jones
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Amma Sue - February 2015

Dear Friends,

“Stop the world I want to get off!” – a heartfelt cry that can be found on the lips of all of us from time to time as life seems to be getting busier and busier. Far from providing the utopian future of ‘time saving machines’ and ‘paperless     offices’ technology and IT seem rather to have created even more pressure with instant messaging, emails and texts; while mobile phones mean that even on   holiday there is no escape from the cares and toils of the modern world. Which is not say that technology has not made much of modern life easier and healthier but it is the abiding weakness of humanity that inextricably mixed into the benefits we always manage to find ourselves embroiled in the negative effects which can so often drag us down in a spiral of ‘busyness.’ And it so often seems that even our leisure time is crammed full of activities and ‘things to do and see’! 

That’s not the biblical view however. It’s interesting to note that in the first  Genesis account of creation [Genesis 1 – 2.3] the first thing God created after        creating humankind was a Sabbath rest! And it’s notable that a Sabbath rest was included in the Ten Commandments [Exodus 20. 8-11]. While the Book of      Leviticus legislates for the land to be included and commands that ever seven years the land should rest [Leviticus 25, 1-7]. Clearly God would heartily endorse the old saying “All work and no play makes a Jack (and Jill) a dull boy (and girl)! And while teaching that the Sabbath was made for humankind and not humankind for the Sabbath [Mark 2,25], Jesus also made sure that he and his disciples took time to rest [e.g. Mark 6, 31]. 

St Benedict was concerned that his monks lived a balance life and included in his Rule times of rest, meditation, worship and work.  And even modern psychology is convinced that for human beings to be both physically and mentally healthy then we all need times of rest and refreshment. Without times of rest and         refreshment our physical, mental and spiritual life becomes dry, anxious and   depressing. 

Now we can’t replicated Joshua’s miracle and make the sun stand still [Joshua 10, 12-13] it is possible to explore the idea of some “Sabbath” down time; and during 2015 there will be a monthly opportunity to do that on every second Tuesday of the month at Balderstone Church. Sister Judith and I will be organising a monthly Silent Space Day, and opportunity to “get off the world” for a while – well      actually from 10.00am -3.00pm. Beginning with a short reflection the day is then open to you to do as you please: pray, meditate, read, go for a walk, even sleep if you want to and closes with a short act of worship! No need to book, just turn up with your sandwiches! We’ll provide tea, coffee and biscuits and we’re asking for a suggested donation of £3.00 for the day to cover costs. Each day is stand-alone so you don’t have to make a monthly commitment just come when you can. 

So why not book a little ‘Sabbath rest’ into the diary and come along “to a quiet place…and rest awhile.”

With blessings    Amma Sue.

 


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