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. 

Rev'd Charles Jefferson 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 22nd October 2017 – THE 19th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today  9.30am  Parish Communion                 Rev Roland Nicholson 4.00pm  Messy Church in the Day School                 Details in the Parish Magazine Tuesday 24th October 9.30am  Holy Communion ...
    Posted 21 Oct 2017, 05:14 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 15th October 2017 – THE 18th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today  9.30am  Harvest Praise                 All Age Worship                The Vicar   Tuesday 17th October 9.30am  Holy Communion                The Vicar   Sunday 22nd October 19th Sunday after Trinity ...
    Posted 15 Oct 2017, 00:09 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 8th October 2017 – THE 17th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today  9.30am  Family Communion                 The Vicar   Tuesday 10th October 9.30am  Holy Communion                The Vicar   Sunday 15th October 18th Sunday after Trinity 9.30am  Harvest ...
    Posted 6 Oct 2017, 09:21 by Richard Jones
  • Social Committee News - AUTUMN FAYRE Saturday, 11th November in school from 11.00am – 1.00pm Bearing in mind the date and time, there will be a very short Act of Remembrance and a period ...
    Posted 1 Oct 2017, 08:13 by Richard Jones
  • Social Committee News - BIG BAND NIGHT – Saturday, 21st October at the Canberra Club. With the theme – Saturday Night at the Movies – which leaves lots of scope for those who like to dress up – just come as your favourite character from any film! Dancing ...
    Posted 1 Oct 2017, 08:12 by Richard Jones
  • Recycled Cards We are happy to donate on your behalf £50 to McMillan Cancer Care - £25 to the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at Mellor Village Hall and £25 to the one ...
    Posted 1 Oct 2017, 07:44 by Richard Jones
  • MESSY CHURCH Come and join the fun. St. Mary’s school, Mellor  Sunday October 22nd 4pm.  Everyone welcome For Stories        Songs    Games Crafts and more Crafts    As this goes to press ...
    Posted 1 Oct 2017, 07:37 by Richard Jones
  • Loose Change for Missions This month £50 has been given to Dr George in support of his charity 'Northern Cleft Foundation' And £50 sent to the charity called 'ORBIS' recommended by Lorna which helps ...
    Posted 1 Oct 2017, 07:34 by Richard Jones
  • All Souls' Day Service on 2nd November at 7.00pm in St Mary's Church, Mellor The congregations of our 3 Churches are invited to share in this act of worship, to remember loved ones departed.   If you wish to have the name(s) of your ...
    Posted 1 Oct 2017, 07:33 by Richard Jones
  • Lest we Forget There are beautiful felt poppies (made by Jean) on the Card Stall in church.    There is a box for your contributions - with ALL proceeds going to the Royal British Legion ...
    Posted 1 Oct 2017, 07:31 by Richard Jones
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View From the Vicarage - October 2017

View From the Vicarage

“Sticks and stones . . . 

 May break my bones but words will never hurt me”. Well whoever wrote that had never come across the web or twitter because although sticks and stones can leave bruises, words which are particularly unkind can sometimes leave far more lasting and permanent damage. 

 And words feature prominently in the Bible because God knows the power they have –  to heal or to hurt.  So why should Christians be especially careful about the words they use? Well the message of scripture is very clear. 

 Paul for instance writes, “You must get rid of all these things: anger, passion, and hateful feelings. No insults or obscene talk must ever come from your lips. Do not lie to one another, for you have taken off the old self with its habits and have put on the new self” (Colossians 3:8-10). “Do not  use harmful  words, but only helpful words. Get rid of all bitterness, passion and anger. No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any sort” ( Ephesians 4). Do not be ”slanderers, gossips and busy bodies, talking of things you should not”( 1 Timothy 5:11-13, Titus 2:3). 

 James speaks of the tongue as “a fire spreading evil through our whole being. It is evil and uncontrollable, full of deadly poison” (3:6-12) and advises “be quick to listen but slow to speak” (1:19).  Indeed he adds “do not criticize one another and do not complain against one another” (4:11). 

 While Peter writes, “ No more lying or hypocrisy or jealousy or insulting language”(1Peter 2:1). And if we needed any more encouragement to watch what we say, Jesus himself warns, “Do not judge others” for “you can be sure that on Judgement Day everyone will have to give an account of every useless word he has ever spoken. Your words will be used to judge you – to declare you either innocent or guilty” (Matthew 7:1-5, 12:36-37). 

 Now of course it’s often only when we are tired or upset that we may say things we later regret (although English speakers swear on average at least one obscenity once in every 140 words, so that over the course of a day 0.7% of our language consists of swear words), but what we often forget is the damage hateful words do to us as well as to others. The Jewish rabbis call malicious slander the third tongue because it slays 3 persons – the speaker, the spoken to and the spoken of. 

So what should our approach be? Well someone once said that ‘great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events but small minds discuss people’ for ‘the tongue is where the mind comes out into the open.’ 

But a Christian is called to follow Christ, of whom Peter wrote, “No one ever heard a lie come from his lips. When he was insulted, he did not answer back with an insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but placed his hopes in God the righteous Judge” (1Peter 2:22). 

 So when we consider that latest email, Facebook or twitter, or meet over coffee or chat together at an event what will our words say about us?  Will they point others to Christ, because God’s Holy Spirit is at work in us (Galatians 5:16-24) or will they instead reveal what is in our hearts (Luke 6:45)? 

 We all know how easy it is to be ‘hung by your tongue’ and that is why the prayer of the Psalmist is so important when he prays, “May my words and my thoughts be acceptable to you, O Lord, my refuge and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14). 

Charles