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 2 OCTOBER 2016 – NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 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 30 Sep 2016, 03:18 by Richard Jones
  • Autumn Fayre It is that time of the year again when we are turning our thoughts to the AUTUMN FAYRE Saturday 12th November 2016 11.00am to 1.00pm    It is one ...
    Posted 28 Sep 2016, 08:39 by Richard Jones
  • Choir Members WANTED...children and young people to join the choir for the exciting Christmas period and possibly beyond??   Why not give it a try?   Contact Mike on 01254 581816 or see ...
    Posted 28 Sep 2016, 08:35 by Richard Jones
  • Social Committee News We are very pleased that Mrs Joanne Embley-Peers has kindly agreed to open the Autumn Fayre on Saturday, 12th November. Tickets will be available soon for the Christmas ...
    Posted 28 Sep 2016, 08:33 by Richard Jones
  • United Benefice Joint Services It has been agreed that whenever there are 5 Sundays in a calendar month the three churches in the benefice will have a joint service in the morning starting at ...
    Posted 28 Sep 2016, 08:31 by Richard Jones
  • *Christian Meditation Group* If we are to grow in our own spiritual life; indeed if our parishes are to grow, it is good to spend time quietly in the presence of God. This ...
    Posted 28 Sep 2016, 08:29 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2016 – EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 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 25 Sep 2016, 01:38 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2016 – SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today All Age Worship 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 ...
    Posted 19 Sep 2016, 02:14 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2016 – SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICESTodayEducation Sunday10.30 am Parish CommunionRev’d David WotherspoonDuring administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing  the hymn ...
    Posted 9 Sep 2016, 03:23 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2016 – FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 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 3 Sep 2016, 09:13 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 28 AUGUST 2016 – FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 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 3 Sep 2016, 09:11 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 21 AUGUST 2016 – THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 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 19 Aug 2016, 13:47 by Richard Jones
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Pam’s Paper Blog:

Dear friends,

All this week I’ve been humming the first line of that short hymn: Come, now is the time to worship; and It has had me thinking about what worship actually means.

According to my dictionary worship is: To show profound religious devotion and respect to; adore or venerate (God or any person or thing considered divine.) But that is not particularly helpful is it? We know we come to church to worship God but what exactly do we mean by it? 

I have a rather old book about taking collective worship in schools by John Bailey. As you’d expect he talks about the practical things that are necessary for a good assembly but he also makes a very key point. Good worship involves something out of the ordinary; that assemblies should be a special time which includes an opportunity for spiritual development. He expands this idea by talking about the importance of children being involved in their own collective worship. 

It is that key idea of our own involvement in something special that matters. I don’t know about you but sometimes I come to church and my whole attention is somewhere else. I say the prayers and sing the hymns but I might as well not be there. Other times worship is so moving that it brings tears of devotion to my eyes. Certainly what is going on in our own lives will make a huge difference to our time in church. When we’re angry, hurt or heart- broken it can be very hard to feel near to God. 

Likewise the quality of those prayers and hymns also matter in making our time in church special. Sometimes the construction of a service can be unhelpful to us. I’m not a big fan of singing those long psalms in Matins yet others find it deeply rewarding. The contents of a sermon can simultaneously inspire and offend different members of the same congregation. The construction of a service is a delicate balance that requires respectful preparation which avoids blandness. 

I’ve lost count of the times that I’ve been part of a team leading a service and found that the whole is far greater than each individual part. In the bringing of small pieces by different people God seems to weave something much more special. Here, I think, we have the crux of the matter. True worship is when we come wholeheartedly to meet up together with Jesus who is always there waiting for us. When we come ready to listen, then act upon what we believe and follow him. 

As Paul says in his letter to the Romans: Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1

We can all say amen to that! Pam Daunton


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