Our Parish Church in Mellor

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 11th February 2018 – SUNDAY NEXT BEFORE LENT SERVICES Today 9.30am   Family Communion                 The Vicar Tuesday 13th February 9.30am   Holy Communion                 The Vicar   Ash Wednesday, 14th February 7.00pm  UB Holy Communion                 Rev Dr ...
    Posted 9 Feb 2018, 09:28 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 4th February 2018 – 2nd SUNDAY BEFORE LENT SERVICES Today 9.30am   Parish Communion                 Revs John Hartley and Gary Hunt 4.00pm  ‘Praise and Worship’                 The Vicar   Tuesday 6th February 9.30am   Holy Communion                 The Vicar       Sunday ...
    Posted 2 Feb 2018, 08:30 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 28th January 2018 – PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE SERVICES Today 9.30am   Parish Communion                 Rev John Hartley 4.00pm   Messy Church in the Day School                 The Vicar   Tuesday 30th January 9.30am   Holy Communion                 The Vicar       Sunday ...
    Posted 28 Jan 2018, 01:04 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 21st January 2018 – 3rd SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY SERVICES Today 9.30am  All Age Worship                The Vicar Tuesday 23rd January 9.30am  Holy Communion                The Vicar     Sunday 28th January Presentation of Christ in the Temple 9 ...
    Posted 20 Jan 2018, 09:53 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 14th January 2018 – 2nd SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY SERVICES Today 9.30am  Family Communion                The Vicar Tuesday 16th January 9.30am  Holy Communion                The Vicar     Sunday 21st January 3rd Sunday of Epiphany 9.30am  All ...
    Posted 18 Jan 2018, 02:58 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 7th January 2018 – THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD SERVICES Today 9.30am   Parish Communion                     Rev John Hartley 4.00pm   ‘Praise and Worship’                 The Vicar   Tuesday 9th January 9.30am  Holy Communion                The Vicar     Sunday 14th January ...
    Posted 5 Jan 2018, 09:40 by Richard Jones
  • ??? THE VILLAGE QUIZ ??? Friday, 9th February 2018 in school  - - - - - - -   Rev’d Roland will be Quiz Master – and there will be a Bar and Hot Pot Supper. Tickets will be available soon. All ...
    Posted 2 Jan 2018, 08:08 by Richard Jones
  • A View from Ripon….. Whilst visiting relatives and friends at Christmas time we attended at Annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at St. Mary's Church Mellor.A warm welcome greeted us, in ...
    Posted 2 Jan 2018, 08:02 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 31st December 2017 – 1st SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS SERVICES Today 9.30am  United Benefice Service                 Holy Communion                 Rev Dr John Darch   Welcome to our friends from Balderstone and Samlesbury   Tuesday 2nd January 9.30am  Holy Communion                Rev ...
    Posted 2 Jan 2018, 06:54 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 24th December 2017 – 4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT SERVICES Today   9.30am   Parish Communion                   Rev Roland Nicholson   Christmas Eve   4.00pm  Christingle Service                   The Vicar 11.30pm  First Communion of Christmas                   Rev Dr John Darch Tuesday 26th ...
    Posted 22 Dec 2017, 07:52 by Richard Jones
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View From the Vicarage - February 2018

View From the Vicarage 

 “All you need is love!” 

 Ah, those were the days when we were young and the Beatles were all the rage! For then love (or what we thought was love) was very much in the air. And yet of course as February 14th approaches something of that still survives,  for on St Valentine’s Day the discerning romantic will be able to offer his beloved heart shaped cushions, hot house freesias, jokey boxer shorts or gift wrapped champagne, together of course with the obligatory Valentine card! But.. 

Who was St Valentine? 

 Well, it appears that he was a Christian beheaded at a pagan festival of love in the 3rd century but it wasn’t in fact until the 5th century that he became officially the patron saint of lovers. Gradually, as he grew in popularity so love tokens began to be exchanged so that by the 17th century according to Samuel Pepys  (1633-1703) women received generous gifts of jewellery, perfume and gloves. However, towards the end of the 18th century such presents were gradually replaced by cards which the arrival of the Penny Post in 1840 ensured would grow in popularity, as they have done right up to the present day. But.. 

What is his relevance for us today? 

 Well, we live in a world, as Delia Smith once said, “where the word ‘love’ can be about as meaningful as coca cola. We throw the words to the winds like a bunch of confetti which glitters for a moment then falls to the ground without significance. Love is in pop songs, TV commercials, written on ‘T’ shirts – love promotes, sells, packages. But you don’t need to be a psychologist to detect that when a person keeps going on about something it’s usually because they have a problem, and maybe the modern obsession with the word love is a cry for help. And if the world is crying out for love, what it’s really crying out for is God, because God is love”.  And nowhere is God’s love more clearly seen than in the person of Christ. 

“For this is what love is,” writes St John, “it is not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven (1 John 4:10). For in contrast to our own selective use of the word, Jesus loved the moral outcast (John 8:1-11), the medical outcast (Mark 1:40-45), the social outcast (Mark5:1-20), the physical outcast (John 9:1-41), the legal outcast (Luke 23:39-43) – and he loves you and me. For his love was not confined to his family, friends or compatriots, but extended even to those who hated him, and plotted against him, and who eventually had him scourged and nailed to a tree (Luke 23:33-34). 

No wonder, then, that no less a person than the Emperor Napoleon 1 (1769- 1821) could say that whereas “Alexander, Charlemagne, Caesar and I have founded great empires and rested them upon force, Jesus Christ has founded his on love, and at this hour millions will die for him.” And when Jesus was asked which is the great commandment in the law he replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind. And the second is like it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself” (Matthew 22 : 34-40).