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 and our Facebook page tell 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 Tuesday, 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)
During Advent we watched and waited for the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ which we celebrated on Christmas Day; however, Christmas is not yet over, we are still in the Christmas Season as we watch and wait for the coming of the Magi. We have a little tradition in our household, that when we put up the Christmas decorations and the Nativity set, the Wise Men are placed at either the end of the mantelpiece or at the end of the hearth, and bit by bit they inch forward, until they finally arrive at the stable on the 6th January, Epiphany.
The Wise Men bring their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, symbolic of Jesus the King, the Priest and the Prophet, and of course a foretaste of his death. They are costly treasures, deeply personal and prophetic of who he is and what he came to do and can be summed up by the words of the Carol Silent Night ‘Christ the Redeemer is here.’
As Jesus gave himself to us as the greatest gift there is, let us this Epiphany take time to reflect what gift we would bring him, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) What gift can we give that is so priceless, loved, personal and fitting …I suggest that there is only really one true gift that we can offer him, and it is the only gift that Jesus wants from us. My favourite Christmas carol, the poem by Christina Rossetti, In the Bleak Midwinter, poignantly says:
What can I give Him,
poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd,
I would bring a lamb;
if I were a wise man,
I would do my part;
yet what I can I give Him –
give my heart.
This Epiphany give Jesus your heart, for there is no other gift that could ever be more precious to Him.
To help you think more about Epiphany we were delighted that Bishop Philip filmed a school collective worship in St Leonard’s Church, Balderstone, with 3 amazing pupils from Balderstone St Leonard's Church of England Primary School. Do watch it, here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kewh1gkrS9E and kneel down and worship the Christ Child all over again.
Rev’d Karen Christ Centered…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.