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    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 7 SEPTEMBER 2014 – TWELFTH 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 7 Sep 2014 01:03 by Richard Jones
    • Recycled Cards Thank you to all who continue to support us by supplying materials and buying the cards. On your behalf we have recently made the following donations:-                                       £25      Diabetes UK                                     £25 ...
      Posted 7 Sep 2014 01:00 by Richard Jones
    • AUTUMN FAYRE This important day of fundraising for St Mary’s Church is planned to take place on Saturday, 8th November 2014 at 11.00am.  There will be the usual variety of ...
      Posted 7 Sep 2014 00:42 by Richard Jones
    • small change for BIG CHANGES  Over the past few weeks we have been trying an experiment, to raise money for the Mission Work of the Church. It goes like this: each day Alan puts all ...
      Posted 7 Sep 2014 00:40 by Richard Jones
    • Important Church Yard Notice! Dear Friends,  The Chancellor of the Diocese has issued updated regulations regarding the care and maintenance of churchyards. In accordance with these regulations artificial silk or plastic flowers, glass containers ...
      Posted 7 Sep 2014 00:21 by Richard Jones
    • "O Lord, hear my prayer..." Do you ever wonder what all this praying stuff is about? Not sure that you are getting your praying 'right'? Getting bored with your usual way of praying?     THEN THIS ...
      Posted 7 Sep 2014 00:19 by Richard Jones
    • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 31 AUGUST 2014 – ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Canon John Hartley   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation is invited to join the Choir in the singing of the ...
      Posted 31 Aug 2014 00:31 by Richard Jones
    • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 24 AUGUST 2014 – TENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Canon John Hartley   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation is invited to join the Choir in the singing of the ...
      Posted 31 Aug 2014 00:27 by Richard Jones
    • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 17 AUGUST 2014 – NINTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d George Thomas   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation is invited to join the Choir in the singing of the hymn ...
      Posted 17 Aug 2014 06:22 by Richard Jones
    • First World War Centenary A Service of Commemoration of the Centenary of the First World War was held in Blackburn Cathedral on Sunday 3 August.  It was a very moving occasion, with readings, poetry ...
      Posted 17 Aug 2014 06:17 by Richard Jones
    • A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY Saturday 23 August United Benefice Midsummer Meet – family day at Brockholes  12.30pm – 4.30pm.  Come along and join the fun, bring a picnic. All children to be accompanied by ...
      Posted 10 Aug 2014 00:33 by Richard Jones
    • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 10 AUGUST 2014 – EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Phil Hunt   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation is invited to join the Choir in the singing of the hymn ...
      Posted 10 Aug 2014 00:30 by Richard Jones
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    Amma Sue - Sept 2014

    Dear Friends

    I do enjoy crosswords.  Not I hasten to add the really clever ones that require you to follow complex cryptic clues; despite many attempts these remain quite beyond my capacity and I end up agreeing with that old Monty Python sketch – “doctor, my brain hurts!”  I’m afraid that I only aspire to those which my on line newspaper calls “Quick.”  I’m sure you are all familiar with them they’re the ones where the answers are usually simply different words meaning the same or similar things, or are test of your general knowledge asking for the capital city of a particular country for example.  Contrary to their title I usually find the ones on line are anything but quick!  The problem is English is such a funny language, even for native speakers who have spent all their lives speaking and listening to it.  You see, as the crossword compilers have demonstrated there are many different words that mean almost the same thing, and other words that are spelt the same, even sound the same, but in different contexts mean quite different things, and those which are spelt the same but depending on what you mean are pronounced differently!  Take “bow” for example.  Depending on what you’re talking about it could mean “bow” as in “I bow before the throne”; or it could mean “bow” as in a hair ribbon or on a bunch of flowers; or it could even mean “bow” as in the bow of a ship! You see my point? 

     From my limited knowledge of other languages it seems to me that this is somewhat less of a problem for them.  Take Greek for example.  Greek has two words that in English are translated as “time.” Chronos which is “clock-time”, hours, minutes, seconds; days, weeks, months.  And kairos which means something like the “right time,” the “best opportunity” or to quote Captain Jack Sparrow of the Black Pearl – “The opportune moment.”  For many of our great spiritual writers and thinkers, it is kiaros that best describes spiritual time.  A sort of God’s eye-view of things; as that great twentieth century spiritual writer Henri Neuwen has suggested, chronos – clock-time keeps us prisoner and leads us to believe that clock-time is all we have to live, but when we come before God in prayer and worship we are given a glimpse of eternity, of kairos,  of the right time.  The Christian hope and foundation is that chronos is not the only time, that this life is not the only reality, but that in Christ we have the doorway to kairos – a new and eternal life and time in Him.  

    So as we live our clock-time, busy with the day to day activities of life, let us not lose sight of kiaros the opportune moment, the time spent with God in private prayer and public worship.  For it is only kiaros that we find to be our true freedom and the true time which is the promise of eternal life in Jesus; to quote Henri Nouwen himself: “Looked upon from above, our years on earth are not simply chronos but kairos… which is the opportunity to claim for ourselves the love that God offers us from eternity to eternity.” 

     May God bless you all today and in eternity. 

    Amma Sue.



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