Regular worship continues to take place in Mellis St Mary’s Church as it has done for near on a thousand years, although these days it is mostly in modern English! As with many other rural churches, regular congregations are small, but for our two ‘special’ services each year, the Harvest Festival in September and Carols by Candlelight in December, we usually see some seventy or eighty people in the church. (There were actually 105 at the Carol Service in 2017, plus one dog……) These are happy, community occasions, with children from Mellis School taking part, together with the Mellisians, Mellis’s very own singing group. Everyone enjoys refreshments afterwards, usually in some alcoholic liquid form.... and there is much chat and laughter between friends and neighbours.
Our Vicar, the Revd Julia Lall, has been with us for some five years now, and we share her with the other seven churches in our group, or Benefice — Gislingham, Thornham Parva, Thornham Magna, Yaxley, Stoke Ash, Thorndon and Wetheringsett — so she has her work cut out! She works closely with the schools in the benefice, and has two Messy Church sessions each month, one in Thorndon and the other in Yaxley. She lives in the Rectory in Thorndon. If you have not met her yet you will find her very approachable and sympathetic, and blessed with an excellent sense of humour!
Regular services and other activities are always displayed on the village and church notice boards and details can now also be found in the Mellis ENews. We look forward to seeing you at one of our activities.