WELCOME TO MELTON TEAM PARISH WEBSITE
Our Churches serve the Communities of Melton Mowbray, Thorpe Arnold, Burton Lazars, Welby, Sysonby and Freeby.
Our Mission is to be
“Open to God by placing God at the centre of our lives and sharing Gods love with all“
We welcome you to come and join in!
Welcome to the Melton Mowbray Team Parish!
There’s so much useful and interesting information about our Team Parish on this, our new website – do take time to explore it.
And, if possible, we look forward to meeting you in person soon.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, do contact Julia, the Website Administrator by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Team Rector
As we journey through Advent towards another Christmas most of us will be very familiar with the message of hymns and Bible readings of the season. While there is comfort in that familiarity, we mustn’t forget that for those involved in the historical events of the birth of Jesus, much was unexpected and surprising and even alarming and shocking. His mother Mary was greatly troubled by the out-of-the-blue visit of the angel Gabriel, and her fiancé Joseph was initially dismayed by the unforeseen news of her pregnancy. And as for the shepherds on night-watch near Bethlehem – well they were terrified when the glory of the Lord shone around them in an angelic blaze. Although God’s people had long-expected the arrival of the Messiah, they hoped for a warrior appearing in triumphant splendour to oust the Roman occupation, not a vulnerable infant in a manger…
When the unexpected happens to you and me, it can make us feel discombobulated! Personally, John and I anticipated that the removal from Waltham to Melton Rectory would have the inevitable disorder and disorientation that come with any move of home and working base. But my wrist fracture sustained from a fall with a large packing case was unexpected and has led to the unsought difficulties that accompany a painful accident requiring surgery. And I’m well aware that many many people are facing far more serious and disruptive turn of events…
So, how can we respond positively to circumstances for which we feel unprepared and that leave us thrown off balance (sometimes literally!), vulnerable, debilitated or incapacitated? Perhaps the Christmas story challenges us with the reminder that God is a God of surprises and, like the people caught up in the events of the very first Christmas, divine surprises often start off in ways that can feel rather startling or even scary. Yet out of the challenge of the unexpected, God can bring new blessings that would have remained undiscovered had we stayed in the safety of our comfort zone. For Jesus comes as Emmanuel – ‘God with us’ – in all the changing scenes of life.
May you and I know the blessing of Christ’s presence with us now and in all that lies ahead.
St Marys Church, Melton Mowbray
Normal Opening times for prayer, reflection and visitors:-
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays 10.00am – 2pm
- Thursdays and Fridays 10.00am to 12.00pm
How to Find Us
St. Mary’s Church – Melton Mowbray
8 Burton Street, Melton Mowbray
Leicestershire, LE13 1AE
St. Mary’s Church – Melton Mowbray
St. Mary's Church
Church Street Melton Mowbray LE13 0PW
St Mary the Virgin, Thorpe Arnold
ST MARY THE VIRGIN, THORPE ARNOLD
St James' Church, Burton Lazars
BURTON LAZARS, LE14 2UH
St Bartholomew’s Church, Welby
St Leonard's Church, Sysonby
St Mary’s Church Freeby