This week on the 3rd July the Church celebrates the Festival of the Apostle Thomas. Thomas was one of those first 12 disciples. We may be more familiar with the names of the other disciples Peter and Andrew and James and John but what do we know about Thomas and how can his story speak into our own lives? To explore the story of St Thomas join us on our Youtube channel – Worship from St Thomas – on Monday through to Friday evenings at 7.00pm from the 29th June 2020 to the 3rd July 2020.

Painting by Caravaggio 1601-1602

“Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” John 20:25  A week later Jesus appeared and told Thomas to touch Him and stop doubting. Then Jesus said, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29

Hello everyone

The last 3 months have been a difficult time for many people. Here at St Thomas we have all had to make many changes in our daily lives not least in how we have been trying to continue to meet as a church community for worship and also how best to keep in touch with each other.

However things are slowly beginning to change and restrictions are being eased. From the 15th June 2020 churches are being allowed to reopen for private prayer.

It’s a small first but significant step.

Here at St Thomas we will be opening our doors for people to come inside for private prayer on Wednesdays and Sundays from 9.30am to 4.30pm. There will be guidelines to follow in order to keep each other safe and well such as continuing to maintain a 2 metre distance from others and using the hand sanitiser provided on entering and exiting the church.

Though regular services in church will not be resuming at the moment, Morning Prayer from Monday to Saturday and our Sunday Morning Worship, both at 10.00am, will continue online via our ‘Worship at St Thomas’ Youtube channel. (details below)

I look forward to when we can all meet up again

With best wishes,

Revd Tracy

If you would like to join me, and have a computer or smartphone, you can subscribe to the Worship from St. Thomas’ YouTube channel by clicking on the link below or copying it and pasting it into your browser.

https://bit.ly/2ynuqHq

To make it easier, this QR code will take you straight there.

Click “Subscribe” which will be in red – see picture below – (there is no cost involved) and you will enter the site where you will be able to (view my prayers.)

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Once you have clicked “subscribe” it turns to “subscribed” and a notification bell appears to its right – see picture below.

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To join in with my live prayers each day, click on the notification bell symbol. Following its dropdown menu click “All”.  See picture below.

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Then as each broadcast is starting you will get an invitation to click on the notification to join live.

WHAT WE ARE MISSING – The fun of the Mellor Church Fête

With all this lovely weather we have been having we are thinking back to another sunny and very memorable day in our community calendar – the MELLOR CHURCH FETE. It was a really hot day with a gentle breeze and lots of fun was had by all. There were lots of activities like the dog show where proud owners could boast of having the dog with the prettiest legs. There was the commemoration of the 50 years of the moon landing where you could fire your teddy bear into space with a giant catapult. We had some fine ales lined up in the beer tent and some lovely food stalls. Lots of arts and crafts were on sale and great challenge games to play which involved jumping, throwing, etc. Of course there were the Rose Queen celebrations which have been a tradition at Mellor for generations along with a magnificent well dressing. A day to celebrate everything that is good in our community.

This year, for obvious reasons, we can’t hold the Fête so we thought we could at least remind ourselves of the fun we had by opening a special celebration webpage on our website (https://mellorchurch.org/rose-queen/) for you to enjoy. We have asked the community to send along their pictures. Maybe you can spot yourself on there!

While you are there maybe you would like to listen to some of our daily YouTube posts which have services and interesting thoughts posted for you to ponder on. (see the link on the home page https://mellorchurch.org/).

We hope the photos of the Fête bring a smile to your face. We look forward to next year’s Fête and we invite you to help us achieve this by sending a donation (see below). The Fête is very popular and you have been generous each year in coming and spending your money to help us keep going as your community church in the future (it brought in a vital £10,000 last year!). We will be struggling without you this year and hope you can help us through to next year.

Looking forward already to next year’s Fête!

Many thanks

Mellor Church Parochial Church Council

Let’s “celebrate what we are missing. You are invited to make a donation:  

You can:

Just Click Donate for the fête and fill in how much you would like to give;   OR

Send a cheque to Parish Office, Church Road, Mellor, SK6 5LX (Payable ‘Mellor PCC’, address on back)

DONATE

If you would like to support the work of the church, as we support the people in the parish of Mellor and Marple Bridge and in the wider diocese, there are various ways to donate:

  1. Click here to donate. (If eligible, please tick ‘Gift Aid’ option after payment).
  2. Cheques payable to ‘Mellor PCC’ may be sent to: The Treasurer, Mellor Parish Office, Church Road, Mellor, Stockport, Cheshire, SK6 5LX
  3. For information on regular giving schemes or giving online, please contact the Parish Office at office@mellorchurch.org, or phone 0161-484 5079

Thank you.

Who are we?

St Thomas’ Church is the parish church for Mellor and Marple Bridge. We are part of the wider Diocese of Chester which is part of The Church of England.
There have been settlements on this site since Iron Age times which offers visitors spectacular views across Stockport and Manchester and on a good day views of the Welsh Hills.

What are we about?

At the heart of any church though is the people. We would love to offer you a warm welcome when you visit us at the ‘Church on the Hill’.
We provide a breathing space where all people can come with their questions and doubts. We explore together how to live out the Christian faith in today’s world. Finding ways to see the sacred in the ordinariness of daily life.

Coming together each week to celebrate the Eucharist is an important part of our worship which is supported by our amazing choir.
We are passionate that all are valued and respected for who they are as beloved children of God and are thankful for all the gifts and talents that people offer to the life and well being of our community and the wider world.

An Open Church

St Thomas’ in Mellor and its Parish Centre is usually OPEN everyday – all are welcome to enjoy this beautiful breathing space for private prayer, rest, meditation or just a few quiet moments.

This is the local parish church and it’s for you and yours …