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.

We would be delighted to talk to you about our church life and to welcome you into the congregation. 
 
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.

Also, every Monday between 6.00 - 7.00pm in the Vicarage, The Rev'd Roland Nicholson is available to discuss Baptisms, Weddings and any matters of a spiritual nature.                         

Mellor Parish Church News & Announcements

  • United Benefice Service Sunday 29 March, 2020 Fifth Sunday in Lent (Passion Sunday)   Worship at home  Here is the Order of Service for tomorrow's online service.United Benefice Service Sunday 29 March, 2020 Fifth Sunday in Lent (Passion Sunday)If you need ...
    Posted 28 Mar 2020, 10:50 by Richard Jones
  • SUNDAY, 22nd MARCH 2020 – 4th SUNDAY OF LENT Mothering Sunday SERVICESToday   9.30am  No serviceTuesday, 24th MarchWednesday, 25th MarchThe Feast of the Annunciationof Our Lord to the BVMSunday, 29th March 2020 ...
    Posted 28 Mar 2020, 05:18 by Richard Jones
  • SUNDAY, 15th MARCH 2020 – 3rd SUNDAY OF LENT SERVICESToday   9.30am  ‘Jonah Man Jazz’ will be performed by the Day School Children, Kiddie Choir and Church ChoirRev David KennedyCoffee is served after the ServiceTuesday ...
    Posted 13 Mar 2020, 13:48 by Richard Jones
  • SUNDAY, 8th MARCH 2020 – 2nd SUNDAY OF LENT SERVICESToday   9.30am  Parish Communion                Rev Jane BuryYou are invited to join in the singingof the Hymn number in black duringthe administration of Holy CommunionTuesday ...
    Posted 13 Mar 2020, 13:46 by Richard Jones
  • SUNDAY, 1st MARCH 2020 – 1ST SUNDAY OF LENT SERVICESToday   9.30am  Parish Communion                Rev Gary HuntYou are invited to join in the singingof the Hymn number in black duringthe administration of Holy CommunionCoffee ...
    Posted 28 Feb 2020, 02:46 by Richard Jones
  • CHOIR NEWS - JONAH MAN JAZZ We invite you to come and join us at the Family Service Sunday, March 15th  2020 at 9.30a.m. when Seb Roberts will be conducting the lively, Pop Cantata ...
    Posted 24 Feb 2020, 09:23 by Richard Jones
  • WORLD DAY OF PRAYER.  We warmly invite you to our World Day of Prayer Service on FRIDAY , 6th. MARCH  2020, at 11am.This year it is  Mellor St. Mary’s turn to host the ...
    Posted 24 Feb 2020, 08:00 by Richard Jones
  • SUNDAY, 23rd FEBRUARY 2020 – SUNDAY NEXT BEFORE LENT SERVICESToday   9.30am  Parish Communion                Rev Gary HuntYou are invited to join in the singingof the Hymn number in black duringthe administration of Holy CommunionTuesday ...
    Posted 22 Feb 2020, 09:31 by Richard Jones
  • VILLAGE QUIZ TONIGHT! Friday 14th Feb at 7.30 pm in schoolTickets £7.50 Meat & Potato Pie Supper with a vegetarian OptionThere will be Bar selling Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks ...
    Posted 14 Feb 2020, 09:45 by Richard Jones
  • SUNDAY, 16th FEBRUARY 2020 – 2nd SUNDAY BEFORE LENT SERVICESToday   9.30am  Family Service                Rev David KennedyCoffee is served after the ServiceTuesday, 18th February9.30am  Holy Communion               Rev David KennedySunday, 23rd February ...
    Posted 14 Feb 2020, 08:33 by Richard Jones
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Vicar's Message - March 2020

Clergy Letter


This month we are grateful to the Rev'd Ness Starkey, who

ministers at Balderstone St Leonard, for writing the letter for

the United Benefice magazines.

 


There’s a saying that’s doing the social media rounds at the moment. It’s also appearing on (expensive) T-shirts and mugs. Ironically, popular though this phrase is, because of the lack of the very quality that is shouted from the many different platforms that proclaim it, a young, female celebrity felt hounded to death and she is not alone. What are these words? “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” 

Caroline Flack was struggling. She was vulnerable and she was under the intense scrutiny of the public gaze because she was a celebrity. She experienced kindness as something that was in very short supply, even though her boyfriend, family and friends tried to support her, encourage her and demonstrate how much they love her. The media and social media weren’t kind. She was subject to hideous trolling and character assassination. Various psychological studies have shown that it takes a minimum of three positive experiences to overcome the psychological damage and pain arising from just one negative experience.  A culture of kindness might have helped Caroline to cope with the difficult business of living under a microscope where one moment you’re held up as a paragon of all that is perfect and the next, tumble from grace to be demonised. “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” 

Traditionally, in Lent, we voluntarily give something up, to bring alive the story of Jesus’ privations, as he fasted in the desert for forty days. By the time you read this, we’ll be well into Lent and you’ll already have decided whether to give up various yummy foods and/or drinks or maybe you’re going for zero single use plastics, or shopping only at local markets and independent shops. We’re aware of many kinds of “fasts”, these days and that’s brilliant. Perhaps you can be persuaded, as an aspect of Lenten work, to take on something extra?

Jesus wasn’t a two-dimensional, soppily over-emotional character. He was strong, challenging and yet, he was endlessly kind. In your parishes, I have been the grateful recipient of much kindness. I have been warmly welcomed and encouraged. You have graciously overlooked my (many and various!) shortcomings. Thank you! From what I’ve experienced, there is kindness aplenty here. Speaking from my own perspective, it’s very easy to be kind on Sunday morning in these sacred spaces and yet, can I sustain kindness throughout the week? With God’s help, I pray so!

This extra Lenten fast then, is this…….”In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”

Ness


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