Our Parish Church in Mellor

Welcome and Happy New Year!
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.

During our interregnum, Rev'd Roland 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 15 JANUARY 2017 – SECOND SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion All Age Worship Rev’d Roland Nicholson   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing the ...
    Posted 18 Jan 2017, 03:07 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 2017 – BAPTISM OF CHRIST / EPIPHANY 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 18 Jan 2017, 03:06 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 1 JANUARY 2017 – NAMING OF JESUS 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 1 Jan 2017, 07:42 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 25 DECEMBER 2016 – CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Dr John Darch   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing the hymn shown ...
    Posted 1 Jan 2017, 07:40 by Richard Jones
  • FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS Don't forget our FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS today at 6.30 pm. Celebrate the real meaning of Christmas! The Christmas story with music - and mince pies afterwards
    Posted 18 Dec 2016, 01:17 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER 2016 – FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion All Age Worship Rev’d Roland Nicholson   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing the ...
    Posted 17 Dec 2016, 08:43 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER 2016 – THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT 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 17 Dec 2016, 08:41 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER 2016 – SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Dr John Darch   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing the hymn shown ...
    Posted 3 Dec 2016, 02:01 by Richard Jones
  • Christingle & Sunday School Nativity Invitation to Christingle + Sunday School Nativity  Christmas Eve 4pm   Please join us for this lovely All Age Worship service. Celebrate the birth of Christ, the Light of the World with ...
    Posted 29 Nov 2016, 09:23 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2016 – ADVENT SUNDAY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d David Kennedy   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing  the hymn shown in ...
    Posted 29 Nov 2016, 08:59 by Richard Jones
  • Advent and Christmas Services Our church google calendar now has all the services etc. leading up to Christmas.Take a look at the bottom of the Home Page or follow this link : Christmas Calendar
    Posted 29 Nov 2016, 09:04 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2016 – CHRIST THE KING SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion All Age Worship Rev’d Roland Nicholson   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing  the ...
    Posted 18 Nov 2016, 04:50 by Richard Jones
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Pam’s Paper Blog - January 2017

Pam’s Paper Blog: 

Dear friends, 

The underfunding and crises of care for the elderly is very much in the news at the moment. People by and large are living longer. It is a mixture of medical treatments being so good that people don’t succumb to illnesses that would once have shortened their lives and our ability to stay fitter and healthier earlier whilst we are younger. But surely living longer is a good thing as long as it is a life of quality and not quantity?

But with this longer fitter existence has come a strange taboo about talking of death. There is this social unease about when it is polite to ask if someone is dying or not. In the press coverage of the crises of care for the elderly there is little discussion about the right to die. It usually centres on the inability of the NHS to fund us all right to the bitter end or the eye watering costs of care homes or the sad cases of neglect that occur.

As Christians we need to keep in tension two important truths. The first is that we are God’s temple. In I Corinthians Paul asks us this question. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”1 Cor 6: 19,20. Each of our lives, long or short, is precious to God and he wants us to use it for his service. We should live knowing that God lives in a relationship with us that is special and important. That’s equally true when we are young as well as when we’re very old.

The other truth is that death is not the end. As Christians we know that Jesus shows us the way to his separate kingdom; the one we call heaven. That when we die we leave this world and move fully into the kingdom of God. Paul was so sure of this that he says in his letter to the Philippians:  “For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labour for me; and I do not know which I prefer. 23 I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better;”Phil 1: 21-23.

During these winter months many elderly people are cut off from others because we all tend to stay indoors at home more.  As Christians we need to let that Holy Spirit within us prompt us to phone or visit elderly friends sharing with them and caring for them. But also we should be ready to talk about that hope we have of heaven. Not in some bombastic thoughtless way but in the way Paul does. That we know that death is gain rather than an embarrassment.  

Pam Daunton


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