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.

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 14 DECEMBER 2014 – THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion All Age Worship Rev’d Canon John Hartley   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation is invited to join the Choir in the ...
    Posted 14 Dec 2014, 00:07 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 7 DECEMBER 2014 – SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Gary Hunt   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation is invited to join the Choir in the singing of the hymn ...
    Posted 5 Dec 2014, 13:54 by Richard Jones
  • Christmas Tree Festival 19th – 21st December 2014 On Friday, 19th December the tree lights will be switched on at 7.00pm and we invite you to come along and see the beautiful trees donated and decorated by ...
    Posted 5 Dec 2014, 01:37 by Richard Jones
  • Invitation to Christingle + Sunday School Nativity Christmas Eve 4pm Please join us for this lovely All Age Worship service. Celebrate the birth of Christ, the Light of the World with family and friends. Fill a Christingle collection candle and ...
    Posted 5 Dec 2014, 01:08 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2014 – ADVENT SUNDAY SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Dr John Darch   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation is invited to join the Choir in the singing of the ...
    Posted 30 Nov 2014, 09:05 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2014 – CHRIST THE KING SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Dr John Darch   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation is invited to join the Choir in the singing of the ...
    Posted 23 Nov 2014, 01:46 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2014 – SECOND SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion All Age Worship Amma Sue   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation is invited to join the Choir in the singing of the ...
    Posted 16 Nov 2014, 01:46 by Richard Jones
  • Lest We Forget
    Posted 11 Nov 2014, 03:46 by Richard Jones
  • Christmas Fayre Photos A great event and £2500+ raised too! Click on the Photos link below to see more photos on our Facebook page.
    Posted 10 Nov 2014, 02:22 by Richard Jones
  • Remembrance Sunday - 9th November 2014 Following today’s Remembrance Service in church there was a very well attended special service at the War Memorial at which were joined by St Mary's Osbaldeston and Mellor ...
    Posted 11 Nov 2014, 03:56 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2014 – THIRD SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT SERVICES Today Remembrance Sunday   10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Canon John Hartley   6.30 pm Evensong and Sermon Amma Sue Tuesday 11 November 9.30 am Holy Communion ...
    Posted 9 Nov 2014, 01:35 by Richard Jones
  • NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2014 – FOURTH SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT SERVICES Today 10.30 am Parish Communion Rev’d Gary Hunt   During administration of Holy Communion the Congregation is invited to join the Choir in the singing of the hymn ...
    Posted 2 Nov 2014, 01:55 by Richard Jones
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Amma Sue - December 2014

Dear Friends

 A few years ago I was invited to preach at a Mothering Sunday service. Similarly to our own traditions, the parish had arranged for small posies of flowers to be given to the children in Sunday School so that they could then give them to their mothers, grandmothers, aunts etc. Dutifully the children marched into church after Sunday School and handed over their flowers. Except for one little girl who determinedly stamped up the aisle to the vicar and presented him with the flowers; “Who are these for?” he asked, and with all the withering contempt of a six year old, she replied, “Jesus’ mummy of course!” Suitably chastened he placed them on the altar in the Lady Chapel.

Of course at this time of year our thoughts once again turn to Mary, the Mother of our Lord. And as you all know I have a particular devotion to Our Lady. It’s an aspect of my spirituality that folk often find surprising when they also find out that I used to teach Feminist Theology to trainee priests! However, I don’t believe that the two things cancel each other out. The problem is of course that for most of the church’s history Mary has been imagined as meek, submissive, gentle – and not a little soppy! Of course, not having any detailed biography to go on, Mary, like all saints before the advent of mass communication has most often been made in a particular cultural or ecclesial image. It’s a process to which I and other Feminist theologians, are no less immune as we re-assess our own and the church’s image of and relationship to this amazing first century Jewish woman.

 That said it seems to me that we can infer quite a lot about her life and character even from the small amount of information we have in the Gospels and Acts.

First of all there is her amazing faith and courage. It was her heroic trust and faith in God that led to her Fiat – her wonderful response to God’s request that she enter into partnership with God in bringing about the Kingdom. “Behold the servant of the Lord. Let it be to me according to you word!” For a first century Jewish woman found to be pregnant outside of marriage this could have been a death sentence. Mary was prepared to put her life on the line for God and God didn’t let her down! From a worried mother of a lost child, through the agony of watching her son die, to the faithful disciple awaiting the coming of the Holy Spirit, Mary is the supreme example of faith and faithfulness.

But Mary also stands for us, for she is “everyone”. Mary the human mother gazing in love at her new born baby in the manger didn’t have an easy life. She like her son knew the fear of the refugee; she knew the ups and downs of everyday life; she shared the puzzlement of Jesus’ friends and disciples as he engaged with his earthly ministry. And through it all she ‘pondered these things in her heart.’

Far from being the soppy girl on a Christmas card she was a faithful and heroic disciple of her Son, the Word made Flesh. And she remains an example to us all of perfect discipleship as we celebrate once again her willingness to enter into partnership with Almighty God to bring about God’s plan for the salvation of the world –the birth of Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us.

Wishing you all a blessed and happy Christmas

Amma Sue



Mellor Misc

Mellor Misc. is a place on the front page to put any miscellaneous item to do with our village. Send me anything you'd like included.

What's on Locally

St Leonard’s Balderstone Christmas Fair

Saturday 6th December at 2pm in school

Entrance Adults £1 Children 50p

Santa’s Grotto-Stalls-Games-Raffles-Refreshments

Please come and enjoy a pleasant afternoon

 

 

SANTA’S  CHRISTMAS PARTY

In Mellor Village Hall

Saturday 20th December 3-5pm

All Welcome

Tickets £3 party food included.

Bring your own small gift to be

presented by Father Christmas.

 

Tel Louise for tickets 07971 010606


Village Carol Service at Mellor Methodist Church

 Tuesday, 16th December at 7.30pm

 With the Village Choir.

 A very warm welcome to everyone.


Charity Christmas Market At The Millstone 

Don't miss the Christmas market in support of the British Heart Foundation at The Millstone At Mellor between 4 and 9 pm this Wednesday 3rd December.


Ian Gronow Plays Rare UK Gig

Musician and former Mellor resident Ian is returning to the UK from his home in Tokyo over the Christmas period and will be playing a gig at The Belgrave in Darwen on Saturday 3rd January. Check this Facebook page for details

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Mellor Village Hall.

Enjoy a relaxing coffee with a slice of delicious homemade cake on Saturdays!




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