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.

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 21 AUGUST 2016 – THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 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 19 Aug 2016, 13:47 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 14 AUGUST 2016 – TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today 10.30 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 14 Aug 2016, 01:55 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 7 AUGUST 2016 – ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 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 14 Aug 2016, 01:54 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 31 JULY 2016 – TENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today 10.30 am United Benefice Parish Communion Rev’d Canon John Hartley   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing  the ...
    Posted 24 Jul 2016, 00:35 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 24 JULY 2016 – NINTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today 10.30 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 24 Jul 2016, 00:34 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 10 JULY 2016 – SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 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 10 Jul 2016, 00:30 by Richard Jones
  • 9th Annual Church BBQ A huge THANK YOU to Alan and Maureen Bell for their warm generosity in allowing us to use their lovely home for the 9th Annual Church BBQ.  The event raised ...
    Posted 4 Jul 2016, 04:04 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 3 JULY 2016 – SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY 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 4 Jul 2016, 04:03 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 26 JUNE 2016 – FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today 10.30 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 27 Jun 2016, 07:52 by Richard Jones
  • Joyful Confirmation Service Bishop Philip confirmed these lovely young people today. God bless them!   I took seven pictures of this scene so please feel free to download the ones you like best from ...
    Posted 19 Jun 2016, 04:51 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 19 JUNE 2016 – FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Confirmation Service with Bishop Philip Rev’d Canon John Hartley   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in singing ...
    Posted 18 Jun 2016, 08:06 by Richard Jones
  • Please Return Your Church Questionnaire by Thursday 30th June HAVE YOUR SAY IN OUR CHURCHES' FUTUREPlease read this month's letter from Father Roland opposite, complete a questionnaire and return it by 30th June. Many thanks.
    Posted 14 Jun 2016, 04:54 by Richard Jones
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Vicar's Letter - July 2016

Enid writes – 

The day I was asked to write for the UB magazines, I’d been preaching on St. Luke’s story of the Widow of Nain, and Jesus’ raising of her son.  It had reminded me of the time when there were teenagers in my family, and the inspiration I used to find in the story of St. Monica!  

St.Monica, celebrated on 27th August, was the mother of St.Augustine of Hippo, celebrated the day after on 28th.  (This is not Augustine of Canterbury, but the major theologian who - whether we now disagree with much that he wrote or not! - had an immense influence on the western Church.)  But 27th & 28th? Is the calendar reflecting what they say – that behind every good man is a better woman!?! 

Monica was born into a Christian family in what is now Algeria in 332AD, but she married a pagan who was a violent and unfaithful drunk.  On top of that, her disagreeable mother-in-law lived with them!  However, by patient persistence, she won them both over to Christianity.  It was Augustine, the eldest of her three sons, who caused her the most pain, rejecting her faith and enjoying an immoral lifestyle. 

Monica’s priest advised her to avoid conflict and argument, and to rely solely on praying for him.  He said, It is not possible that the son of so many tears should be lost. 

In 383AD, Augustine left secretly for Italy, but the widowed Monica followed him and became a disciple of St. Ambrose.  Three years later, Augustine was, at last, converted and baptised.  In his autobiographical book Confessions, he firmly attributed this to his mother’s example and prayerfulness.  Comparing his conversion to Jesus’ raising of the widow’s son, he wrote She never let me out of her prayers, that you, O God, might say to the widow’s son, ‘Young man, I say to you, arise!’  For this reason, this Gospel story is read on her feast-day. 

Remember St. Monica, and keep on praying for the people you worry about.

Rev'd Enid Briggs


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