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.

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

  • 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
  • 'Take Home the Light of Christ' Advent Sunday 1st December at 4.00pmA Family Service led by Rev'd Roland All children will be given an Advent Candle to take home- all welcome - 
    Posted 24 Nov 2019, 09:18 by Richard Jones
  • FOLLOW THE STAR Our church is again taking part in the Church of England’s Christmas campaign-Follow the Star. It begins on Christmas Eve and follows the footsteps of the Wise Men ...
    Posted 24 Nov 2019, 09:04 by Richard Jones
  • CANDLELIT ADVENT CAROL SERVICE on Sunday, 8th December at 4.00pmat St Mary’s, MellorOnce again we have reached that ‘mystical’ period of the Church’s Calendar when we have the ...
    Posted 24 Nov 2019, 08:59 by Richard Jones
  • Christmas Fayre We are delighted that the Mayor of Ribble Valley, Councillor Stella Brunskill JP has kindly agreed to open the Christmas Fayre on Saturday 30th November at 11.00am.Please come ...
    Posted 24 Nov 2019, 00:40 by Richard Jones
  • SUNDAY, 24th NOVEMBER 2019 – SUNDAY NEXT BEFORE ADVENT ‘Christ the King’ SERVICESToday     9.30am Parish Communion                 Rev John Hartley  Tuesday, 26th November 9.30am   Holy Communion                 Rev David KennedySunday, 1st December 2019Advent Sunday9.30am  Parish ...
    Posted 23 Nov 2019, 07:18 by Richard Jones
  • SUNDAY, 17th NOVEMBER 2019 – 2nd SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT SERVICESToday     9.30am   Family Service                  Rev Jane BuryCoffee is served after the serviceTuesday, 19th November 9.30am   Holy Communion                 Rev John HartleySunday, 24th November ...
    Posted 15 Nov 2019, 01:53 by Richard Jones
  • Remembrance Sunday 2019
    Posted 11 Nov 2019, 06:17 by Richard Jones
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Vicar's Message - December 2019

Vicar’s Message

Reconnecting with what is important 

 As we prepare to enter the Advent season with our eyes focused on the birth of the Christ Child, I can’t help but reflect on how detached our nation has become from the detail of the Christian story that frames much of our festive activity.  The cards we send, the carols we sing and the story we tell are all wrapped up in the disturbing reality of a homeless family, who make the difficult decision to become political refugees, driven out by a corrupt and tyrannical regime – sound familiar?  

 Closer to home, with elections looming and our future relationship with Europe and the rest of the world still to be determined, we find ourselves on the brink of a decision that will reframe the future of our nation.  A decision that will in many ways redefine who we are and what we believe as a people. And like the Christmas story, this story has similarly been detached from the detail and reality of what it means to be made in the image of God and part of the wider human family. 

 Both stories focus on the expulsion of those who are seen to be disruptive influences, agitators or people who have the potential to cause increased political instability.  Fear overtakes contentment, rejection overtakes welcome and before we know it, the stories that inform and define who we are and the communities we inhabit, become diminished by a self-absorbed approach to living, that places ‘me’ at the center and everyone else on the margins.  

 Advent challenges this world view and way of living, inviting us, instead, to respond differently. The prophet Isaiah announces ‘The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness, on them light has shined.’  The imagery of darkness and light is an important theme within the Advent story suggesting there is an alternative way of living – a way of living that draws us away from the murky realm of narcissism into the glorious freedom of the Kingdom of God.  

 There is a wonderful line in J.K. Rowling’s book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when Dumbledore says ‘It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.’

 Living differently is very much about the choices we make, and living differently is never easy.  The yearly experience of Advent places before us a fresh opportunity to think again about what is important, what we value and how we intend to live. What choices will you make in your life as Advent leads us into Christmas and we celebrate the birth of the Christ child one again?

 Will you let the light of the Kingdom of God shine brightly through your life and be an agent of that transforming love of God flowing through and from the churches across Balderstone, Mellor and Samlesbury? Or will you be consumed by darkness and self-interest, distracted by the worries and cares of our fallen world? The choice is very much in your own hands! 

 I pray that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ may fill you afresh this Advent and Christmas and that his blessing will be a catalyst for transformation and change in your own life, community and church.

 With every blessing 

Peter Howell-Jones 

Dean of Blackburn 


Currently the Parish is Vacant.    

Until further notice all enquiries should be addressed to the Area Dean, Rev Jonathan Carmillie.

The Vicarage, 40 The Sands, Whalley  BB7 9TL Tel 01254 824679 Email:  vicar@whalleypc.org.uk

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