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. 

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 17th September 2017 – THE 14th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today 9.30am  All Age Worship                The Vicar         Tuesday 19th September 9.30am  Holy Communion                The Vicar   Sunday 24th September 15th Sunday after Trinity 9.30am ...
    Posted 18 Sep 2017, 00:32 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 10th September 2017 – THE 13th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today 9.30am  Education Sunday Service                The Vicar                 Tuesday 12th September 9.30am  Holy Communion                The Vicar   Sunday 17th September 14th Sunday after Trinity 9.30am ...
    Posted 18 Sep 2017, 00:31 by Richard Jones
  • CHURCH OPEN EVERY WEDNESDAY MORNING St Mary’s will be open every Wednesday morning from 9.30 to 10.30.Between 9.30 and 10 there will be an opportunity to pray specifically for the ...
    Posted 4 Sep 2017, 08:09 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 3rd September 2017 – THE 12th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today 9.30am  Parish Communion                The Rev John Hartley 4.00pm  ‘Praise and Worship’                The Vicar                 Tuesday 5th September 9.30am  Holy Communion                The Vicar   Sunday 10th ...
    Posted 2 Sep 2017, 23:30 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 27th August 2017 – THE 11th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today 9.30am  Benefice Service                at Balderstone, St Leonard                The Rev John Hartley                  Tuesday 29th August 9.30am  Holy Communion                The Vicar     Sunday 3rd September 12th ...
    Posted 2 Sep 2017, 23:27 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 20th August 2017 – THE 10th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today 9.30am  Parish Communion                The Rev Gary Hunt     Tuesday 22nd August 9.30am  Holy Communion                Rev David Kennedy     Sunday 27th August 11th Sunday after Trinity ...
    Posted 18 Aug 2017, 03:32 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 13th August 2017 – THE 9th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today 9.30am  Parish Communion                The Vicar Tuesday 15th August 9.30am  Holy Communion                Rev John Hartley     Sunday 20th August 10th Sunday after Trinity 9.30am ...
    Posted 12 Aug 2017, 01:20 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 6th August 2017 – THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD   SERVICES Today 9.30am  Parish Communion                 Rev Roland Nicholson 4.00pm  ‘Praise and Worship’                 The Vicar                 Details in the Parish Magazine Tuesday 8th August 9.30am  Holy Communion                The ...
    Posted 6 Aug 2017, 00:21 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 30th July 2017 – 7th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today 11.00am  Benefice United Service                   at Samlesbury  -  The Vicar   Tuesday 1st August 9.30am  Holy Communion                The Vicar     Sunday 6th August The Transfiguration of Our Lord ...
    Posted 28 Jul 2017, 09:06 by Richard Jones
  • Vision 2026 From the Vicarage   Vision 2026   2026 marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Diocese of Blackburn and to celebrate that after a great deal of prayer, reflection ...
    Posted 22 Jul 2017, 23:46 by Richard Jones
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View From the Vicarage - September 2017

View From the Vicarage

‘Do something religious!’ 

 Perhaps you know the story told by Bob Hope, the American comedian. He’s on a plane when it’s struck by lightning. The passengers begin to panic and one turns to him and says, ‘Do something religious!’  ‘So I did’, he said, ‘I took a collection!’ Why? Because our churches often appear to be only concerned with money even though Jesus himself said, “Our Father in heaven will give good things to those who ask him” (Matthew 7:11) and Paul was confident that “my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). 

 So while recognising that the ordained ministry has to be paid for, and places of worship provided for, it could be that many churches have lost sight of what they are called to be and to do (Mark 11:15-18). After all, Jesus’ final command to those who believed in him was simply to “Go to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:16-20). 

 But what are the distinctive characteristics of a disciple of Christ? The answer to that can be found in Acts Chapter 2 verses 37-47 where we read that they “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”  In other words, they believed the Good News about Jesus. They turned away from their sins (repented), committed themselves to Christ (were baptised) and received God’s gift, the Holy Spirit. So there was Bible teaching and Bible reading (John 8:31), sacrificial Christ-like concern for one another, worship (Hebrews 10:23-25) and prayer (Acts 1:14). These are what distinguished those first Christians and “every day the Lord added to their group those who were being saved”. 

 So was Bob Hope right? For a Christian the answer is surely ‘no’, because all Christian giving is first and foremost a response to God’s incredible gift of himself to us (2 Corinthians 8:5 John 3:16) for at it’s heart Christianity is neither a ritual nor a religion. Rather it is a relationship in which by grace (Ephesians 2:8) we become God’s children (Romans 8:14-17) and God becomes our Father (Matthew 6:9). Therefore, when our priorities are right, God’s provision will follow. 

  So – do something religious? No. Instead, says Jesus, we are to “believe in the one whom God has sent” (John 6:28-29). 

 Charles