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.

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 26 JULY 2015 – EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 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 24 Jul 2015, 07:30 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 19 JULY 2015 – SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion All Age Worship Rev’d Canon John Hartley   Sunday School Picnic will be held after today’s service.  Details below.   6.30 pm ...
    Posted 18 Jul 2015, 08:49 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 12 JULY 2015 – SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 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 18 Jul 2015, 08:48 by Richard Jones
  • *HOLD THE DATE* Millie and Caitlin’s Summer Soiree 19th July  Sadly our retiring queen Millie won’t be at Walking Day as she will be broadening her education on a school ...
    Posted 8 Jul 2015, 04:47 by Richard Jones
  • Little Angels We have all enjoyed some lovely meetings during the year – thank you to all who bring their little ones to church for a time of fun together.The next time ...
    Posted 8 Jul 2015, 04:23 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 5 JULY 2015 – FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Canon John Hartley   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation is invited to join the Choir in the singing of the ...
    Posted 6 Jul 2015, 07:01 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 28 JUNE 2015 – FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 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 28 Jun 2015, 01:34 by Richard Jones
  • Gala Day - FOSMS IT’S CIRCUS TIME!! Please come along to the FOSMS Gala Day on Saturday 27 June from 12 – 2 pm.  A brilliant family event with a fun circus theme!  Lots of stalls, BBQ, face ...
    Posted 19 Jun 2015, 05:32 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 21 JUNE 2015 – THIRD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 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 19 Jun 2015, 05:04 by Richard Jones
  • Catlin Slater Crowned Mellor Rose Queen 2015 Zoe Metcalf had the honour of crowning this year's radiant Rose Queen Catlin Slater. The church filled to witness the joyful annual celebration and then to process around the ...
    Posted 14 Jun 2015, 01:44 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 14 JUNE 2015 – SECOND SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 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 13 Jun 2015, 09:59 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 7 JUNE 2015 – FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 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 5 Jun 2015, 09:13 by Richard Jones
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John Hartley - June 2015

Dear Friends

                Do you have a favourite holiday destination ?    Mine is the little village of Umhausen in the Austrian Tyrol, about a 30 minutes drive from Innsbruck. Situated about 3000 feet up in the Oetztal Valley, surrounded by mountains, it is idyllic for me.   I could live there tomorrow.   However, my family tells me it is too late to uproot now.   Fortunately we are going there at the end of August, continuing a tradition we began about 25 years ago.

                The word ‘holiday’ is derived from ‘holy-day’ – a day being set apart for religious observance.   In times past the holy days – the great feast days of the Christian Church – were the only holidays enjoyed by working people.   Even today, in many European countries (the UK seemingly being an exception) the Church’s feast days are often national holidays.   For what is the holiday set apart ?   In what way should it be different ?

                Two principles are at stake.   Rest is a duty, as well as work.   God is concerned with our bodies as well as our souls.   It is part of Old Testament teaching.   The New Testament goes further in that it teaches the sanctity of the body.   This is based on both the doctrine of creation (the body being holy because God made it in his image) and also the doctrine of incarnation (when God came to redeem the world he took a human body like ours).   Our bodies are the sanctuary of his Spirit.

                We suffer from the strain and stress of an absurd pace of life.  The nervous breakdown, the heart disease, the mental and physical exhaustion – sadly, all are too common.   The true value of the holiday is the opportunity to slacken the pace of life, enjoy a health recreation, get away from the horrible noise of daily life, even to eat better.   As Christians we can go a step further   We are not just body, we are mind and spirit too.   The holiday should take account of that too.   A tired mind needs rest as much as the tired body.   For some it’s a good book, a piece of relaxing music, a hobby, exploring new places, meeting people – as the mind is broadened and relaxed.

                What of the spiritual side ?   Obviously if we go on holiday we don’t leave our religion at home.   If our religion has a detachable quality, we might as well leave it at home for good, for it is not the real thing.  Our Christian faith requires time for communion with God and our cultivation if it is to grow.   It demands time to think, to reflect, to be quiet, to pray, to worship.   A holiday away, or at home, affords time for this.

                Let’s be grateful for our holidays, wherever they are spent.   Never begrudge them.   Let us return to the daily routine strengthened in spirit and renewed in mind and body.

 God bless

John Hartley


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What's on Locally



Mellor Village Hall.

Enjoy a relaxing coffee with a slice of delicious homemade cake!

Pop up Coffee Shop

 

We are open the first Saturday of the month 9.30 – 1.30 ish!

(later if we are busy enough)

                                •        We offer a choice of home made soup with bread

                                •        Sausage & Bacon teacakes from Littlers                                                      butchers

                                •        Homemade cakes

                                •        Choice of coffees, tea, herbal tea and hot                                                     chocolate & Juice for the children

                                •        Special cakes for children

                                •        Daily papers & magazines

                                •        Children’s table

                                •        Scrabble, dominoes & cards

     A warm & friendly welcome is guaranteed

The Pop up Coffee shop is run by volunteers of Mellor

and all proceeds are for the village hall.




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Mellor Village Hall bookings for parties or room hire 'phone 07592 053489