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, 17th NOVEMBER 2019 – 2nd SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT SERVICESToday     9.30am   Family Service                  Rev Jane BuryCoffee is served after the serviceTuesday, 19th November 9.30am   Holy Communion                 Rev John HartleySunday, 24th November ...
    Posted 15 Nov 2019, 01:53 by Richard Jones
  • Remembrance Sunday 2019
    Posted 11 Nov 2019, 06:17 by Richard Jones
  • SUNDAY, 10th NOVEMBER 2019 – 3rd SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT Remembrance Sunday SERVICESToday     9.30am  Remembrance Sunday Service                  with Mellor Methodists10.45am  Observances at the Cenotaph                  Rev John Hartley              Tuesday, 12th November 9.30am   Holy Communion                 Rev Roland Nicholson ...
    Posted 9 Nov 2019, 09:00 by Richard Jones
  • A CHRISTMAS FAYRE Saturday 30th November in St Mary’s Primary School 11.00am – 1.00pmOnce again we invite all parishioners and their friends to this annual fundraising event, formerly known ...
    Posted 1 Nov 2019, 09:28 by Richard Jones
  • Remembrance Day Service - Sunday 10th November Councillor Stella Brunskill (Mayor of Ribble Valley) is to share her Civic Service with us and has invited the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Nigel Evans, M.P for the Ribble ...
    Posted 1 Nov 2019, 09:10 by Richard Jones
  • “All Souls’ Day Service” Monday, 4th November at 7.30pm United Benefice of Balderstone, Mellorand Samlesbury“All Souls’ Day Service” to be celebrated on Monday, 4th Novemberat 7.30pmat St Mary the Virgin, MellorSt Mary’s ...
    Posted 1 Nov 2019, 09:03 by Richard Jones
  • WELL DONE HILDA  Every month our ‘one and only’ Hilda collects loose change  given to her and donates this to various Charities – so far this year to – the  Northern Cleft Foundation, Eye Surgery ...
    Posted 1 Nov 2019, 08:49 by Richard Jones
  • SUNDAY, 3rd NOVEMBER 2019 – ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY SERVICESToday   9.30am  Parish Communion               Rev Gary Hunt                             Coffee is served after the ServiceMonday, 4th November 7.30pm  All Souls’ Day Service                for the United BeneficeTuesday ...
    Posted 1 Nov 2019, 08:39 by Richard Jones
  • SUNDAY, 27th OCTOBER 2019 – LAST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY – Bible Sunday  SERVICESToday   9.30am  Parish Communion               Rev Roland Nicholson                             Tuesday, 29th October 9.30am   Holy Communion                 Rev David Kennedy Sunday, 3rd November 2019All Saints’ Sunday9.30am ...
    Posted 1 Nov 2019, 01:29 by Richard Jones
  • SUNDAY, 20th OCTOBER 2019 – 18th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICESToday   9.30am  Family Service                The Rev David Kennedy                Coffee is served after the service and Jessica will be selling cakes in aid of the Christie CharityTuesday, 22 ...
    Posted 20 Oct 2019, 00:29 by Richard Jones
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View from the Vicarage - November 2019

Vicar’s Message

Dear friends,

I hope that you will excuse me for starting this letter with a poem (not by me, but by Thomas Hood 1789-1845). It's called 'November'.

No sun - no moon

No morn - no noon

No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day

No warmth - no cheerfulness - no healthful ease

No comfortable feel in any member

No shade, no shine - no butterflies, no bees,

No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds,


 Is this an exact descriptive poem about the hopelessness of this often dreary month? Or does it rather describe a clinically depressed person who does not realise that bright health is near (not too far to Christmas), but who is so wrapped up in the repeated joylessness of November that s/he can see no joy at all? Is this how you regard November? All gloom and doom. Surely as God's people we should regard this month as a time for remembering and of preparation for Advent and the joy of Christmas?

'Remembering?' I hear you say. Well. what about the first Sunday in November when we remember All the Saints? All the Saints!! How many do you think there are, and how many could you name? (There is no prize for the nearest approximation). According to my .Dictionary of Saints (pub.1985), there are 881 - an obviously out-of-date figure. What do you know about St Lebuin/Labienus (f.d.12 Nov)? Or St Justus of Canterbury (f.d. 10 Nov.), or even St Laurence O'Toole (f.d. 4 Nov.)? Neither do I, but they are all there in the book. On the other hand, you will all know something about St Andrew (f.d.30 Nov.), particularly if you are a Scot. All Saints is, of course, followed by All Souls when we remember those members of our families who are no longer with us and 'in a better place and on a wider shore'.

On November 5th we remember Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. Perhaps we should have a re-run with the current Parliament to see if that might bring some sense into their current deliberations!! Five days later we have Remembrance Sunday and Remembrance Day, when we cast our thoughts towards those who were killed, maimed or injured (military or civilian) in two World Wars. We are now almost half-way through this gloomy month, but there is still joy to be found, because the last Sunday of the month - the last Sunday before Advent is the Feast of Christ the King, when we remember him as the Lord of Creation. If you are of an older generation, you may think of it as 'Stir-up Sunday' when , by tradition, all Christmas cakes and puddings should have been made!!

So November is not all gloom and doom, but a time for quiet reflection and joyful preparation. I began with a poem, and I am going to end with another, which I think is more in tune with these idle thoughts of an idle fellow, and presents a fairer picture of this month.

November comes

And November goes

With the last red berries

And the first white snows.

With night coming early

And dawn coming late

And ice in the bucket

And frost by the gate.

The fires burn

And the kettles sing

And earth slips to rest

Until next Spring.

With every blessing, now and always, Gary.


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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