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.   (Suspended for the time being due to Covid-19)                      

Mellor Parish Church News & Announcements

  • Holy Week Readings
    Posted 6 Apr 2020, 04:47 by Richard Jones
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches  In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice. What should churches ...
    Posted 3 Apr 2020, 03:24 by Richard Jones
  • Service Sheet for United Benefice Online Service Sunday 5th April, 2020 - Palm Sunday Worship at homeHere are the Service Sheet and 'cross colouring' sheet (for children/families) for this Sunday's online service:Service Sheet for Palm SundayCross colouring sheetIf ...
    Posted 3 Apr 2020, 03:08 by Richard Jones
  • United Benefice Service Sunday 29 March, 2020 Fifth Sunday in Lent (Passion Sunday) Worship at homeHere is the Order of Service for tomorrows online service.United Benefice Service Sunday 29 March, 2020 Fifth Sunday in Lent (Passion Sunday)If you need the ...
    Posted 3 Apr 2020, 02:25 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
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Vicar's Message - April 2020


It’s simple...don’t be afraid.

Fear is a universal reality, fear of death, fear of sickness, 

unemployment, change of personal circumstances and many other things.  People can be so concerned about the mistakes they have made in the past and fearful of the future that they do not enjoy living in the present. When we read the bible it is amazing how many times we are told not to be afraid. In the Christmas and Easter narratives it is the message given by the angels. At the birth of Jesus the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary saying, “don’t be afraid.” When Mary Magdalene came to the tomb on Easter morning to discover that Jesus was not there an angel stood with her and said, “don’t be afraid....he is not here, for he has been raised.”

At significant moments angels appear and their message is clear...”don’t be afraid.” Whatever it is we may be facing the glorious truth is that Jesus rose from the dead to accompany us on our journey. That is the wonderful Easter reality, we are not on our own. Whatever may come our way Jesus meets with us and walks with us, strengthening and encouraging us to continue. I heard the story of someone who was ready to throw the towel in but God threw it back and said, “get up, wipe your face you are almost there.”

It is said of Michelangelo that he would take a block of marble and chip away until the angel appeared. I have spoken to people who are very clear that at a critical moment someone appeared unexpectedly to help. They were convinced it was an angel in human form given to rescue and comfort them.

This Easter could we all make it a priority to “be an angel” to others. By words of kindness, reassurance and generosity help to take away fear and enable people to live as Christ intends. A life without fear.

Bishop Cyril Ashton

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