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

  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 21st January 2018 – 3rd SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY SERVICES Today 9.30am  All Age Worship                The Vicar Tuesday 23rd January 9.30am  Holy Communion                The Vicar     Sunday 28th January Presentation of Christ in the Temple 9 ...
    Posted 20 Jan 2018, 09:53 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 14th January 2018 – 2nd SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY SERVICES Today 9.30am  Family Communion                The Vicar Tuesday 16th January 9.30am  Holy Communion                The Vicar     Sunday 21st January 3rd Sunday of Epiphany 9.30am  All ...
    Posted 18 Jan 2018, 02:58 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 7th January 2018 – THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD SERVICES Today 9.30am   Parish Communion                     Rev John Hartley 4.00pm   ‘Praise and Worship’                 The Vicar   Tuesday 9th January 9.30am  Holy Communion                The Vicar     Sunday 14th January ...
    Posted 5 Jan 2018, 09:40 by Richard Jones
  • ??? THE VILLAGE QUIZ ??? Friday, 9th February 2018 in school  - - - - - - -   Rev’d Roland will be Quiz Master – and there will be a Bar and Hot Pot Supper. Tickets will be available soon. All ...
    Posted 2 Jan 2018, 08:08 by Richard Jones
  • A View from Ripon….. Whilst visiting relatives and friends at Christmas time we attended at Annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at St. Mary's Church Mellor.A warm welcome greeted us, in ...
    Posted 2 Jan 2018, 08:02 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 31st December 2017 – 1st SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS SERVICES Today 9.30am  United Benefice Service                 Holy Communion                 Rev Dr John Darch   Welcome to our friends from Balderstone and Samlesbury   Tuesday 2nd January 9.30am  Holy Communion                Rev ...
    Posted 2 Jan 2018, 06:54 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 24th December 2017 – 4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT SERVICES Today   9.30am   Parish Communion                   Rev Roland Nicholson   Christmas Eve   4.00pm  Christingle Service                   The Vicar 11.30pm  First Communion of Christmas                   Rev Dr John Darch Tuesday 26th ...
    Posted 22 Dec 2017, 07:52 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 17th December 2017 – 3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT SERVICES Today 9.30am   All Age Nativity Service                 The Vicar 6.30pm  The Nine Lessons and Carols                 Rev J Hartley   Tuesday 19th December 9.30am  Holy Communion                The Vicar ...
    Posted 16 Dec 2017, 01:05 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 10th December 2017 – 2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT SERVICES Today 9.30am  Family Communion                The Vicar   Tuesday 12th December 9.30am  Holy Communion                The Vicar   Sunday 17th December 3nd Sunday of Advent 9.30am   All ...
    Posted 10 Dec 2017, 01:30 by Richard Jones
  • Autumn Fayre – 2017 Another successful event raising £2,328.94 for Church funds – thank you to Rev’d John Hartley for conducting an Act of Remembrance at 11.00am and Rev’d Roland ...
    Posted 4 Dec 2017, 10:05 by Richard Jones
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View From the Vicarage - January 2018

View From the Vicarage



 For some that’s a greeting, for others a political organisation but for many of us respect is something which seems to be sadly lacking in today’s society. In years gone by we would certainly have respected the elderly, the police, doctors, teachers and even politicians! But now in the world of twitter and emails many appear to think they can voice any opinion without considering the effect this may have on others and sometimes that opinion shows a distinct lack of respect. 

 Unfortunately, this attitude is not new. Back in the first century Paul reminded the Christians in Rome that they should obey the governing authorities and give respect and honour to those in authority (Romans 13:1 – 7). This applied not only to secular leaders but also to spiritual leaders in the church. The Letter to the Hebrews encourages Christians to “follow the example of the faith of your spiritual leaders who watch over your souls and who speak God’s message” (Hebrews 13:7, 17). 

 Paul himself later wrote to the Christians in Greece “pay proper respect, and honour those who work among you, who guide and instruct you in the Christian life. Show them great respect and whole hearted love because of the work they do. Live peaceably with one another.”

 (1 Thessalonians 5:12 -13) Indeed the two greatest commandments are these said Jesus “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind, and love your neighbour as you love yourself” (Matthew 22: 37 - 39). So writes James “do not complain or grumble about each other” for if “you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue you are fooling yourself and your religion is worthless” (James 5:9, 1:26). 

 Of course it is right that we should expect the highest standards from those with authority and responsibility and that includes Christian ministers (1Timothy 3:1 -13, 2 Timothy 2:24 -26, 4:1 -5). But even if our leaders occasionally fail we should still respect the office they represent. And even more than this we should respect them as people because we have all been made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26 -27). 

 So as this new year begins perhaps our New Year’s Resolution could be one word ‘Respect’ - respect for creation and the environment, respect for organisations and institutions, respect for property and buildings but most of all respect for one another because we have all been created in God’s image.

And God cares so much for his creation that he came in Jesus to save us and redeem us (Matthew 1:18 -25). 

 Therefore writes Paul “get rid of your old self which made you live as you used to and put on the new self which is created in God’s likeness and reveals itself in the true life that is upright and holy” (Ephesians 4: 17 -32) So may we be of real help and encouragement to each other in the year ahead as we treat one another in a way that we ourselves would like to be treated – and what a difference that could make to our country and our community in 2018.