Our Parish Church in Mellor

Alleluia, Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia.
Happy Easter!
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 23 APRIL 2017 – SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER SERVICES Today 9.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Roland Nicholson   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing the hymn shown in ...
    Posted 22 Apr 2017, 07:37 by Richard Jones
  • The Dawn Service - Easter Day 2017
    Posted 16 Apr 2017, 03:16 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 16 APRIL 2017 – EASTER DAY SERVICES Today 9.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Charles Jefferson   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing the hymn shown in ...
    Posted 15 Apr 2017, 06:43 by Richard Jones
  • Holy Week United Benefice Services
    Posted 13 Apr 2017, 09:19 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 9 APRIL 2017 – PALM SUNDAY SERVICES Today 9.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Charles Jefferson   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing the hymn shown in ...
    Posted 9 Apr 2017, 01:03 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 2 APRIL 2017 – FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT SERVICES Today United Benefice Service 9.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Charles Jefferson   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing the ...
    Posted 2 Apr 2017, 00:16 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 26 MARCH 2017 - MOTHERING SUNDAY SERVICES Today 9.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Roland Nicholson   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing the hymn shown in ...
    Posted 2 Apr 2017, 00:17 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 19 MARCH 2017 – THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT SERVICESToday9.30 am Parish CommunionRev’d Roland NicholsonDuring administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing the hymn shown in ...
    Posted 17 Mar 2017, 04:51 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 12 MARCH 2017 – SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT SERVICES Today 9.30 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 12 Mar 2017, 00:19 by Richard Jones
  • Passiontide Reflections A devotional service of readings, hymns and music for congregation and choir.    Sunday 9th April 2017 6.30 p.m.  If you would like to sing with the choir, please ...
    Posted 4 Mar 2017, 09:43 by Richard Jones
  • Charles Jefferson - our new Vicar ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’  As we prepare to leave South Northamptonshire, Cathryn and I are looking forward very much to being part of the community and making our ...
    Posted 4 Mar 2017, 09:37 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 5 MARCH 2017 – FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT SERVICES Today 9.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Roland Nicholson   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing the hymn shown in ...
    Posted 4 Mar 2017, 08:43 by Richard Jones
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The Vicar Writes - April 2017

Living with Doubt.. 

            ..is uncomfortable isn’t it, because we would far rather live with certainties. But life’s not like that – not now or 2,000 years ago. And one man who had every reason to doubt was Thomas – absent when Jesus first appeared to his disciples and therefore sceptical when they claimed that Jesus had risen from the dead. And yet as Francis Bacon (1561-1626) the famous Elizabethan philosopher and statesman once said “ if man will begin with certainties he will end in doubt, but if he will be content to begin with doubt he shall end in certainties.”

            So what transformed ‘Doubting Thomas’ into a fearless disciple of Christ – from someone who could say “unless I see the nails holes in his hands, put my finger in the nail holes and place my hand where the spear went into his side, I will not believe” – into someone who could exclaim “My Lord and my God !” (John 20)? The answer is – the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ.

            It is this which distinguishes Christianity from being a merely another religion or simply a moral code or system of ethical behaviour; into a faith in a person who through the presence of God the Holy Spirit is alive in Christians today. Because 30 years before the dreadful events of Easter a baby was born who would be called ‘Emmanuel’ which means ‘God with us’ (Matthew 1). And the resurrection of Jesus is proof for Christians that this is true and therefore death, for those who die with a faith in Christ, has been defeated (1 Corinthians 15).

            And that means that although the circumstances of life may often lead us to doubt ourselves, each other or even God, a Christian believes that behind and in control of this incredible universe is the God who has revealed His power and His love in the historical person of Jesus Christ – and because of that is someone on whom we can depend as Thomas himself discovered.

            So this Easter whatever your fears or uncertainties, why not bring them to God in Christ? He knows and understands what we are going through (Hebrews 4:14-16) for with “little doubts come little understanding, but with great doubts come great understanding” (Chinese proverb) when we bring our fears and anxieties to Jesus.  And in doing that we may find understanding and so be able to say with Thomas “My Lord and my God.”

            With best wishes for a very happy and Christ centred Easter,

 

 Charles Jefferson


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