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.

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 16 NOVEMBER 2014 – SECOND SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion All Age Worship Amma Sue   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation is invited to join the Choir in the singing of the ...
    Posted 16 Nov 2014 01:46 by Richard Jones
  • Lest We Forget
    Posted 11 Nov 2014 03:46 by Richard Jones
  • Christmas Fayre Photos A great event and £2500+ raised too! Click on the Photos link below to see more photos on our Facebook page.
    Posted 10 Nov 2014 02:22 by Richard Jones
  • Remembrance Sunday - 9th November 2014 Following today’s Remembrance Service in church there was a very well attended special service at the War Memorial at which were joined by St Mary's Osbaldeston and Mellor ...
    Posted 11 Nov 2014 03:56 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2014 – THIRD SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT SERVICES Today Remembrance Sunday   10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Canon John Hartley   6.30 pm Evensong and Sermon Amma Sue Tuesday 11 November 9.30 am Holy Communion ...
    Posted 9 Nov 2014 01:35 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2014 – FOURTH SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Gary Hunt   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation is invited to join the Choir in the singing of the hymn ...
    Posted 2 Nov 2014 01:55 by Richard Jones
  • Churchyard Memorial Safety Inspection 25th October 2014 - Report We've completed the latest inspection and produced the report which can be downloaded by following the link below. Sadly, more memorials had to be laid down this year and ...
    Posted 3 Nov 2014 11:13 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 26 OCTOBER 2014 – LAST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Dr John Darch   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation is invited to join the Choir in the singing of the ...
    Posted 25 Oct 2014 08:19 by Richard Jones
  • FOSMS NEWS - Bonfire Extravaganza!  Our annual Bonfire Extravaganza with its fantastic firework display will take place on Wednesday 5 November.  It will start with a BBQ at 5.30 pm, the bonfire will be ...
    Posted 17 Oct 2014 02:15 by Richard Jones
  • FOSMS NEWS - Family Scavenger Hunt Sunday 19th October FOSMS News Please come along to our family Scavenger Hunt around Mellor at 2.00 pm on Sunday 19th October. The hunt starts at Day School where you will receive ...
    Posted 17 Oct 2014 02:14 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 19 OCTOBER 2014 – EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion All Age Worship Rev’d Canon John Hartley   6.30 pm Evensong and Sermon Mrs Christine Ritson   Tuesday 21 October 9.30 am ...
    Posted 17 Oct 2014 02:11 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 12 OCTOBER 2014 – SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Harvest Festival Amma Sue   6.30 pm Evensong and Sermon Amma Sue Tuesday 14 October 9.30 am Holy Communion     Sunday 19 October ...
    Posted 13 Oct 2014 05:11 by Richard Jones
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Amma Sue - November 2014

Dear Friends,

Why do we keep changing the colour of the altar frontal, the lectern fall, the vicar’s stole and the burse and veil over the chalice? A question that I have often been asked, and not only by confirmation candidates either! 

Human beings are not just “heads on legs” but have at least five senses (and possibly more!)  It’s a fact that the Church has appreciated for a very long time – centuries in fact; that’s why churches have such things as stained glass windows, banners, statues, carvings and beautiful kneelers.  Indeed God has from time to time given some very detailed instructions about how to build and decorate places of worship.  In the Book of Exodus we find God going into minute detailwith Moses about how to decorate the Tent of Meeting which was to be the template for the Temple at Jerusalem that Solomon eventually built [Exodus chapters 25 to 30 &1 Kings chapter 6].  Worship is about more than words and people of faith have always wanted to set places apart as sacred to God and to offer their very best to God and that includes arts and crafts as well. 

The association of particular colours with times and seasons and with special occasions has a long history and a good psychology, as we understand more and more about the emotional impact that colour has on our lives.  It seems only natural that we associate certain colours with certain things e,g, red with blood; yellow with energy; white with purity etc.  And the use of colour in Christian worship has a very long history; we find discussions about what colours priests and deacons should wear from as early as the 5th Century A.D.  By the twelfth century we find even more evidence that certain colours had become to be associated with certain times in the Christian year and for special festivals such as Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Epiphany and Ascension etc.  Today these seasonal variations, Liturgical Colours, are used for altar frontals, vestments, banners and other hangings in Anglican, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox churches throughout the world. And indeed many of the Free Church denominations have also begun to follow this ancient tradition. 

As a general rule the following colours are used at different times in the Church’s year: Lent and Advent =Purple; Easter and Christmas= White and Gold; Pentecost, Christ the King and Feasts of Martyrs =Red; Ordinary time =Green. 

So, as we change to Purple for Advent at the end of the month and then begin to think about getting the Christmas decorations out, let’s give praise to God for the wondrous variety of colours that we find both in the natural world and in the colours invented by human ingenuity! 

With every blessing     Amma Sue.



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