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 three ‘special’ services each year, Songs of Praise in June, the Harvest Festival in September and Carols by Candlelight in December we usually see some seventy or eighty people in the church. 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 three 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 also with The Limes Retirement Home and Yaxley House. 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!
We have also been joined by a part time Curate, the Revd Eleanor Goodison, who is with us for three days a week, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. As a Curate, Eleanor is continuing her ministerial training ‘on the job’.
Monthly 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.
Betty Wells, Churchwarden2016