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.

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 12th August 2018 SERVICESToday                     09.30 Parish CommunionTuesday 14th  August 9.30am     Holy Communion                  Sunday 19th August 9.30am Parish Communion                PRAYERS FOR THE SICKGiles Tipton, Eileen Ridley ...
    Posted 12 Aug 2018, 00:18 by Richard Jones
  • Blackburn Summer Lunch Box Project Mellor St. Mary's  M.U. and P.C.C. members were busy preparing ham, cheese and tuna sandwiches for the Blackburn Summer Lunch Box project, July/August. Catering ...
    Posted 7 Aug 2018, 00:10 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 5th August 2018 SERVICESToday                     09.30 Parish Communion4pm Praise And Worship Tuesday 7th August 9.30am     Holy Communion                  Sunday 12th August 9.30am Parish Communion                PRAYERS FOR THE SICK ...
    Posted 6 Aug 2018, 23:59 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 29th July 2018 SERVICESToday                     09.30 United Benefice Service Tuesday 31st July 9.30am     Holy Communion                  Sunday 5th August 9.30am Parish Communion                PRAYERS FOR THE SICKGiles Tipton, Eileen ...
    Posted 29 Jul 2018, 06:14 by Richard Jones
  • The 11th Annual Barbecue held on Saturday, 14th July. We were blessed with a warm, sunny evening on Saturday, 14th July when the friends of St. Mary’s Church enjoyed the good food from the barbecue and refreshments ...
    Posted 24 Jul 2018, 22:35 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 22nd July 2018 Trinity 8 SERVICES Today                      09.30 Parish Communion     Tuesday 24th July 9.30am     Holy Communion                    Sunday 29th July   9.30am United Benefice Service Balderstone                          PRAYERS FOR THE SICK Giles Tipton ...
    Posted 24 Jul 2018, 22:32 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 15th July 2018 Trinity 7 Mary Magdalene SERVICESToday                     09.30 All Age Worship Tuesday 17th July9.30am     Holy Communion                  Sunday 22nd July 9.30am   Parish Communion                PRAYERS FOR THE SICKGiles Tipton, Eileen ...
    Posted 15 Jul 2018, 01:35 by Richard Jones
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View From the Vicarage - July 2018

View From the Vicarage 

“What would be worse than being born blind?” 

 That’s the question Helen Keller (the American writer, 1880 – 1968, who became deaf and blind at 19 months) was once asked.  She replied “To have sight but no vision”. And she’s not alone, for in the Book of Proverbs we read ‘A people without vision will perish’ (Proverbs 29:18 AV). Surely that is why as part of the Blackburn Diocese Healthy Church self- assessment tool, there is a section entitled ‘Clear vision that gives direction to the church’s ministry and mission’. 

 “A healthy church has a clear sense of purpose and direction based on seeking to find out what God wants. The church prioritises mission, is committed to growth and focuses on doing a few things well. A healthy church is willing to self - reflect; change and adapt according to context; is committed to working towards fulfilling its vision”. So every church is encouraged by the diocese to ask themselves these 10 questions: 

  1   Do we have a strong desire and commitment for the growth of our church that informs the church’s ministry and mission?

  2   Have we used The Five Marks of Mission (to proclaim the good news of the kingdom; to teach, baptize and nurture new believers; to respond to human need by loving service; to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation; to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth) to reflect on our values and purpose for our church?

  3   Have we involved our people in discerning what God wants our church to do and become – by holding prayer events and giving people the opportunity to join in an open discussion sessions ?

  4  Is the church vision communicated and is it understood and owned by members of the church?

  5   Is our church intentional in setting priority goals for growth that move us towards our vision?

  6   Have we ensured that we can resource our priority goals – if necessary by stopping activities that are not directly supporting our vision?

  7  Are these goals SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Resourced, Timed)?

  8   Are we prepared to welcome and embrace change if change is required to make our vision a reality?

  9   Do we review progress at every PCC meeting?

10   Do we repeat he whole process at least every three years?

 Well, there’s no denying that this is a challenging task and yet whenever a Christian community is prepared to review, reflect and respond to God growth can come. After all, if there is one thing biology teaches us it is that the survival of any organism depends on its ability to change at least as quickly as the environment in which it lives. Indeed ‘It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent – but the ones most responsive to change’ (Charles Darwin 1809 – 1882). 

 That’s why the famous prayer of the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 – 1971) is something we could all say:

 “God give us the serenity to accept what cannot be changed. Give us the courage to change what should be changed. Give us the wisdom to distinguish one from the other” Or in the words of the Diocesan Prayer Vision 2026 ‘Heavenly Father give us the eyes to see Your vision and so follow in the footsteps of your Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.’ 

Charles