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)
As I write, we have been very blessed with a spell of warm, dry, sunny weather, very Spring like; but probably by the time you read this, this will have changed! However, what it will be, is that it will almost be Easter, as we have journeyed through Lent, a time of prayer, fasting and giving. Our prayers have very much been with Ukraine as we continue to watch the horror unfold and our giving has focused on helping Ukrainian refugees; as we have been studying the Generosity, Gift and Grace course. However, my thoughts are turning now towards Palm Sunday, Holy Week and finally Easter; the time of Hosanna’s as Jesus enters triumphant into Jerusalem, then just a week later faces betrayal, torture, and death. Thankfully, as post Easter people, we know that resurrection follows, and this will culminate on Easter Sunday as we celebrate at services across the Benefice our risen Lord.
I place here two images of sculptures that I have seen ‘in the flesh’ for you to reflect on. The first is Pieta by Harold Gosney, which is in Ripon cathedral. A very moving piece showing Mother Mary holding the broken body of her son Jesus in her arms; a far cry away from the Nativity scenes of Mary holding her baby. And another amazing work of artof the resurrected Jesus greeting Mary his Mother on that first Easter morning, this can be found at St Beuno’s Retreat Centre, by Fr Rory Geoghegan SJ. My heart is in turn filled with pain and loss and joy and amazement as I contemplate these moving, compassionate images of the God-Bearer and the God-Man, but also that of a Mother and her Son. It is at these difficult times when we witness Mothers separated from their children and whose sons and husbands have been sent to fight that our hearts feel their pain. My prayer is that through the pain that Jesus and Mary suffered, that all those who grieve will be brought joy and peace, knowing that with the resurrection “...death has lost its sting” (1 Corinthians 15.55), and the “...gates of hell will not prevail”. (Matthew 16:18). Amen.
Easter Blessings to you all, 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.