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 19 FEBRUARY 2017 – SECOND SUNDAY BEFORE LENT 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 18 Feb 2017, 13:05 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2017 – THIRD SUNDAY BEFORE LENT 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 12 Feb 2017, 01:27 by Richard Jones
  • IMPORTANT NOTICE  CHANGES TO TIMES OF united benefice CHURCH SERVICES    Following discussion between the Venerable Mark Ireland Archdeacon of Blackburn, the Church Wardens of Balderstone St Leonard, Samlesbury St Leonard the Less ...
    Posted 5 Feb 2017, 01:07 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2017 – FOURTH SUNDAY BEFORE LENT 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 4 Feb 2017, 09:09 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 29 JANUARY 2017 – PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE SERVICES Today 10.30 am United Benefice Service at Balderstone St Leonard Rev’d David Kennedy   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in ...
    Posted 27 Jan 2017, 06:39 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 22 JANUARY 2017 – THIRD SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY 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 21 Jan 2017, 07:43 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 15 JANUARY 2017 – SECOND SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY 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 Jan 2017, 03:07 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 2017 – BAPTISM OF CHRIST / EPIPHANY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Enid Briggs   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing the hymn shown in ...
    Posted 18 Jan 2017, 03:06 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 1 JANUARY 2017 – NAMING OF JESUS 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 1 Jan 2017, 07:42 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 25 DECEMBER 2016 – CHRISTMAS DAY 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 1 Jan 2017, 07:40 by Richard Jones
  • FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS Don't forget our FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS today at 6.30 pm. Celebrate the real meaning of Christmas! The Christmas story with music - and mince pies afterwards
    Posted 18 Dec 2016, 01:17 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER 2016 – FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT 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 17 Dec 2016, 08:43 by Richard Jones
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Pam’s Paper Blog - February 2017

Pam’s Paper Blog:

Dear friends, 

As I settled down to write this month’s article for the magazine, the news was full of the tragic death of the two young school girls in Oldham who were knocked down crossing the road in a hit and run incident. I wonder if you assumed as I did that the driver would be a young man. This would have taken the tragedy to three lives as his would always be blighted by his own youthful recklessness.  Somehow the folly of youth is easier to understand and forgive.

But of course I was wrong. It fills me with anger and frustration that these two young cousins were apparently killed by someone old enough to know better; someone who had already been banned from driving.  These frustrating events create a desire in us to have the perpetrators locked up and the key thrown away. Do these people not understand the consequences of their action? Obviously not!

As Christians we’re asked to live by the rules that Moses brought down Mount Sinai two thousand years before Jesus lived; the ten commandments. These rules were once the heartbeat of our society, learnt by rote at school, but now they’re not that well known. Jesus summarised them into the ‘golden rule’:

‘In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets. Matthew 7 : 12 

In our modern justice system there is now a practise called restorative justice. This is used to help prisoners face the consequences of their crimes by listening to the feelings and effects their crime has had on the lives of those they have wronged. When a victim of a crime talks about how the crime has injured them and how they have had to adapt their lives afterwards it can be very powerful. It prevents the prisoner from ignoring the consequences of what they have done; it forces them to face their crime and helps them to be sorry. It is far better to challenge the attitude of a prisoner so they change their ways than it is to simply lock them up. Restorative justice has been found to be so successful it is now used routinely in schools to settle incidents that happen there.

Restorative justice is often talked about in terms of human dignity but it is really the use of this ‘golden rule’ of Jesus’. When we take that moment to ask ourselves how we would like to be treated in any set of circumstances. Then use that thinking to guide our own actions in the way we treat others it changes how we proceed in life. If we all used it wisely we would find we lived in a much more caring and safe environment. 

Pam Daunton


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