Our Parish Church in Mellor

Welcome!     😁                                                            
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

  • SUNDAY, 19th JANUARY 2020 – 2nd SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY SERVICESToday   9.30am  Family Service                Rev Roland NicholsonCoffee is served after the serviceTuesday, 21st January9.30am  Holy Communion               Rev Roland Nicholson  Sunday, 26th January ...
    Posted 17 Jan 2020, 09:27 by Richard Jones
  • SUNDAY, 12th JANUARY 2020 – THE BAPTISM OF CHRIST SERVICESToday   9.30am  Parish Communion               Rev Jane BuryTuesday, 14th January9.30am  Holy Communion               Rev Jane Bury  Sunday, 19th January 20202nd Sunday of Epiphany ...
    Posted 17 Jan 2020, 09:25 by Richard Jones
  • SUNDAY, 5th JANUARY 2020 – THE FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY SERVICESToday   9.30am  Parish Communion                Rev John HartleyCoffee is served after the service        Tuesday, 7th January9.30am  Holy Communion               Rev John Hartley   Sunday, 12th January ...
    Posted 9 Jan 2020, 05:36 by Richard Jones
  • SUNDAY, 29th DECEMBER 2019 – 1st SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS   SERVICESToday   11.00am  United Benefice Service                  at St Leonard the Less                  Samlesbury Tuesday, 31st December9.30am  Holy Communion               Rev David Kennedy  Sunday, 5th January 2020The ...
    Posted 26 Dec 2019, 10:22 by Richard Jones
  • SUNDAY, 22nd DECEMBER 2019 – 4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT SERVICESToday    9.30am  Parish Communion                  Rev John Hartley 4.00pm  The Nine Lessons and Carols                The Clergy                    Coffee and Mince Pies                are served after this Service        Tuesday, 24th ...
    Posted 20 Dec 2019, 07:11 by Richard Jones
  • SUNDAY, 15th DECEMBER 2019 – 3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT SERVICESToday    9.30am  Family Service                 Rev Jane Bury  Coffee is served after the service          Tuesday, 17th December 9.30am   Holy Communion                 Rev Roland NicholsonSunday, 22nd December ...
    Posted 13 Dec 2019, 08:47 by Richard Jones
  • EASYFUNDING DOUBLE DONATION WEEK Come on everyone lets raise some money during DOUBLE DONATION WEEK. This money is FREE. Remember to log on and buy through easyfunding for Christmas presents. It cost nothing.Please ...
    Posted 11 Dec 2019, 04:20 by Richard Jones
  • CHRISTMAS FAYRE Thank you to everyone who generously supported the event.The amount raised for church funds was £1793.73   A list of Christmas Draw Prize Winners is posted in the Narthex ...
    Posted 6 Dec 2019, 03:51 by Richard Jones
  • SUNDAY, 8th DECEMBER 2019 – 2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT SERVICESToday     9.30am  Parish Communion                 Rev David Kennedy  4.00pm  Candlelit Advent Carol Service                 for the United Benefice Tuesday, 10th December 9.30am   Holy Communion                 Rev Roland Nicholson ...
    Posted 6 Dec 2019, 03:41 by Richard Jones
  • Christmas on Jesus  The Kingdom Outreach group are planning to make sure that families who are struggling financially have a Christmas Dinner by providing a  ‘Christmas on Jesus’ hamper.Each hamper will contain ...
    Posted 24 Nov 2019, 09:28 by Richard Jones
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Vicar's Message - January 2020

New Year, New Beginnings

By the time you read this, we shall have a newly-elected government, which will doubtless bring joy to some and disappointment to others in our divided country. Those whom we will have elected deserve our respect and our prayers as they work to heal the nation’s divisions and get to grips with the difficult challenges that have stalled Parliament for the last three years.

The New Year also brings a new season of church life, with the Feast of the Epiphany on 6 January. For those of us who were in the Holy Land a few weeks ago the Epiphany, when we celebrate the revealing of Christ to the world through the coming of the Wise Men, will have a special resonance. We read that the Magi were filled with joy when they saw the star come to rest over the place where the child was. We were certainly filled with joy as we queued in a vast throng from all the nations of the world to descend into the Grotto of the Nativity. There we sang Away in a Manger.

When I stood in the ancient church of the Nativity, with Pam and Paul Daunton and others from around the diocese, we were reminded that this is the oldest standing church in the Middle East. Originally built by the Emperor Constantine after he was converted to Christ, and enlarged in the sixth century, the church survived the Arab invasion of the Holy Land because when the invaders arrived in Bethlehem they saw painted on the front of the church a huge fresco of the Magi, wearing familiar Arab dress. Out of respect for the Magi, this ancient church was preserved from damage.

This New Year will also, we pray bring a new season in the life of our united benefice. I am filled with hope by the way the churches have come more closely together and are using every opportunity to reach out to their communities. The churchwardens of the three churches are now meeting regularly to pray and to plan together. They are preparing a parish profile so that we can advertise for a new priest. This work is nearly complete, and once the profile is approved by the three PCCs we hope to be able to advertise for a new vicar early in the New Year.

I invite you to join with me in praying that this New Year will see a new beginning in the life of our three churches, that God will bring the person of His choosing to be your new priest, and that many new people, young and old, will come to know Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.

‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’ (Romans 15.13)

Happy New Year!

Mark Ireland, Archdeacon of Blackburn

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