Our Parish Church in Mellor
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" to see what's coming up.
Karen our Vicar can be contacted on:
Rev'd Karen Herschell our new Vicar from 27th June 2021
The Vicar’s Light Reflections
Light Reflections… “Let your light shine…” (Matthew 5.16)
As I write, it is exactly a month since I became your new Vicar and time has flown by, it has certainly been a whirlwind four weeks. It has been a busy time ministering across three parishes, getting used to the Sunday Service Rota and having the joy of conducting my first Baptism, my first Wedding and the privilege of supporting two families who sadly said farewell to loved ones. I have also led my first All-Age Service at Mellor and we had our first ‘Outdoor’ Forest Church at Balderstone, both of which were well supported and enjoyed by all. I have also visited our three schools and look forward to leading Collective Worship from the new Autumn Term and getting to know our school families.
I would also like to say once more a huge thank you for the wonderful welcome you have given me and my family, and especially for the very special Licensing Service. It is a day I will not forget.
And this leads me onto the two Readings I chose especially for my Licensing. They are both very personal to me and have guided me on my Christian journey. The first is the wonderful passage from Isaiah 61:1-7, which is in fact what Jesus reads from the scroll in the synagogue (Luke 4:16-21). Here Jesus says that the scripture of bringing good news to the poor, of releasing the captives, bringing sight to the blind and letting the oppressed go free is now fulfilled in Him. In Christ we are indeed set free as we hear and respond to the good news He brings. However, further on in the Isaiah passage I have been reflecting on these verses: “They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display his glory. They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.” V3b-4
As Jesus invites us this summer to “Come away to a deserted place…and rest a while” (Mark 6:31), to recuperate and rest; and whilst we enjoy our holidays we may wish to reflect on these verses and on the words build, raise and repair. In our own lives and in our churches, let us ask ourselves and ponder on:
what needs building up?
what new things need to be raised?
what needs repairing?
And underpinning our faith and lives as Christians is the fact that we all are called to tell the good news of Jesus’ saving grace, and this is vividly put in the other reading I chose, Romans 10:14-17. Here St Paul quotes Isaiah “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!.” v15 May your feet be beautiful feet as you tell and live out your faith for all to see and may you be a planting of the Lord to display His glory. Have a super summer; stay safe and have fun and find time to rest well.
Blessings Rev’d Karen
Christ Centred…Kingdom Focused
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?
Mellor Village Hall
Ocean Clear Recycling at the Village Hall
There are now collection boxes at Mellor Village hall (found clearly marked in the kitchen) for plastics that are currently NOT recycled by RVBC.
They are baby and pet food pouches, toothpaste tubes and old brushes, cosmetic jars, crisp packets, biscuit wrappers.
ALL wrappers/jars etc are accepted. It is the type of product not the manufacturer that matter.
If you have any items to deposit please make sure they are empty and clean.
The village hall is open almost every day and Janine Foster and or Carolyne Hymas tend to be there Thursday afternoons 2-4; Fridays 2-4 and on the first Saturday of the month 9.30-12.30 (pop-up cafe)
If you have any queries please speak to Janine or Carolyne.
Please support this as we need to reduce the amount
of plastic going to landfill and ending up in the oceans.
Aerobics every Monday 9.30-10.30 Cost £4,
First session free
Enjoy a relaxing coffee with a slice of delicious homemade cake!
Pop up Coffee Shop
Unfortunately the pop up cafe is CLOSED until further notice due to COVID restrictions
We are open the first Saturday of the month 8.30 – 1.30 ish! (later if we are busy enough) A warm & friendly welcome is guaranteed The Pop up Coffee shop is run by volunteers of Mellor and all proceeds are for the village hall.