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 7 FEBRUARY 2016 – SUNDAY NEXT BEFORE LENT SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Day School Anniversary Service Rev’d Enid Briggs   During the administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in ...
    Posted by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 31 JANUARY 2016 – FOURTH SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Canon John Hartley     6.30 pm Holy Communion Rev’d Enid Briggs Tuesday 2 February 9.30 am Holy Communion     Sunday ...
    Posted 29 Jan 2016, 01:32 by Richard Jones
  • Recycled cards - donations We have recently completed our donations for the year 2015; these have amounted to £1029.15 for the year. The total donations made since we started making the cards is ...
    Posted 24 Jan 2016, 00:36 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 24 JANUARY 2016 – THIRD SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Enid Briggs   During the administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in the singing of the ...
    Posted 24 Jan 2016, 00:33 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 17 JANUARY 2016 – SECOND SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Sunday School Prize Giving Rev’d Canon Dr. Sue Williams   During the administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the ...
    Posted 24 Jan 2016, 00:31 by Richard Jones
  • Get your tickets! The Village Quiz will be held this year on Friday 12 February in the school hall, starting at 7.30 pm. Tickets are on sale now and as they are ...
    Posted 13 Jan 2016, 08:16 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 10 JANUARY 2016 – BAPTISM OF CHRIST SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Dr John Darch   During the administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in the singing of ...
    Posted 8 Jan 2016, 02:30 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 3 JANUARY 2016 – EPIPHANY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Roland Nicholson   During the administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in the singing of the ...
    Posted 4 Jan 2016, 01:46 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 27 DECEMBER 2015 – FIRST SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Canon John Hartley   During the administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in the singing of ...
    Posted 27 Dec 2015, 01:17 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 20 DECEMBER 2015 – FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion All Age Worship Rev’d Canon Sue Williams   During the administration of Holy Communion the Congregation are invited to join the Choir in ...
    Posted 20 Dec 2015, 01:02 by Richard Jones
  • Any Questions? “Any Questions?” on 10th and 17th December came from the narthex of St Mary the Virgin, the 19th century parish church serving the picturesque village of Mellor ...
    Posted 17 Dec 2015, 02:19 by Richard Jones
  • “From Darkness to Light” A large congregation thoroughly enjoyed and entered into the spirit of this truly special, joyous and memorable service marking the start of the Advent season. The church was in darkness ...
    Posted 17 Dec 2015, 02:17 by Richard Jones
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Sister Sue - January 2016

Dear Friends, 

            What is prayer? A question that can either be answered very, very simply or requires a large amount of explanation; and both approaches to the answer would be right. For prayer is at one and the same time something very basic but is also the greatest of all mysteries. Bishop Stephen Cottrell describes prayer as: “…think of God as the great Lover who longs to communicate his love to his people.”

            The great poetic meditation on Creation that we know as The Book of Genesis describes God as someone who desires to communicate, to have a relationship, whose great love overflows into the creation of the universe abundant with life, animals, plants, and human beings. And the Christian understanding of God as Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit again draws to our attention the fact that at the very heart of God there is relationship.  As Bishop Stephen continues: “We are the objects of God’s love. We are made in his image and…are able to return the love we receive.”

            Here, in a nutshell is the answer to our question; prayer is a communication, a relationship of love between God and us. “The Lover (God) coming into the presence of the Beloved (you) saying “love you.”

Of course, to have a relationship requires a response from the other person and because God is love then God will never coerce or force a response from us, but will continue to wait for us to freely respond. The response to God’s outpouring love is what we call prayer. At its simplest, prayer is the loving communication between God and ourselves in relationship.

            Why then does it seem so complicated, so difficult, so mysterious? For the same reason that love is so complicated, difficult and mysterious; for love too is mysterious. We know love when we experience it but words fail when we try to describe it.

            “What we call prayer is actually our response to God. In its most raw and basic form, it is the longing of our heart to know God. In response to what we see and experience of God doing for us in Christ – the showing forth of love – we sputter in reply, ‘I love you too.’

 

With prayers and blessings

Sister Sue.

– from the Abundance of the Heart –

Stephen Cotterell, D.L.T. 2006


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