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.
Rev'd Karen Herschell our new Vicar from 27th June 2021
Rev'd Karen's Letter
I thought it may be a good idea to take this opportunity to introduce myself before my Institution and Induction on 27th June. I am very much looking forward to being the Vicar of the United Benefice of Balderstone, Mellor and Samlesbury, of getting to know you all and of working alongside you as we serve Christ, one another and our parishes.
I thought you may like to know a little more about me and my family before we move house in early June and before I take up post.
I am currently the Assistant Curate of Ribchester, Hurst Green and Mitton, here in the beautiful Ribble Valley; I am very pleased that I won’t be going far and will be remaining in the Whalley Deanery. Prior to moving to Hurst Green 3 years ago following training as an Ordinand at St Mellitus Northwest Theological College, I had spent my whole life living on the Fylde Coast, being born in Blackpool and living in Thornton-Cleveleys.
I am married to Stuart and we have a 21 year old son Xander and a 3 year old Springer Spaniel called Callie. We are excited about settling into village life and I hope to be meeting as many of you as soon as possible across the 3 parishes. You may already have seen us, as we have been over in Mellor a few times, preparing St Mary’s Vicarage to be our home. Please do say Hello and introduce yourselves if you see us ‘South of the River.’
This is certainly a busy time and a time of transition and it is perhaps appropriate that we still find ourselves in the Easter Season; a time of resurrection hope and transformed lives. A time where we continue to say Alleluia Alleluia Christ is Risen as we look forward to Pentecost, the birth of the Church and the empowering outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
I have been reflecting on the theme of transformation a lot recently. As Jesus’ broken body was transformed into a new resurrected body, my prayer is that, like a caterpillar that becomes a pupa in order to transition into a butterfly, may we know the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in our lives, as we continue to be changed into the likeness of Christ.
As St Paul reminds us: “And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
With love and Blessings. Rev’d Karen
NB: As mentioned above, the planned installation date for Karen Herschell is Sunday 27th of June in the afternoon, with a short service at Samlesbury and Balderstone, followed by a longer service at Mellor. Further details to follow
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.