Welcome to our Parish website

Thank you for visiting our Parish website. We hope you find everything you want to know about the Team Parish of Melton Mowbray, which consists of 6 churches across the Melton Mowbray area. For more information on any of our churches, simply click on the picture of your choice of church below.
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Welby Church
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Meet the Parish team

Kevin 5Revd Kevin Ashby  
Team Rector
57 Burton Road, MM, LE13 1DL
(01664) 503535 (07921 919917)

sharon 4 nreRevd Sharon Constable
Team Vicar
26 Firwood Road, MM, LE13 1SA
(01664) 481793 (07581 686736)

Active retired clergy:
Revd Brian McAvoy: 1 The Lees, Cottesmore, Oakham LE15 7DG   (01572) 812404
Revd Graham Spencer: 18 Chetwynd Drive, MM, LE13 0HU 07904 229284 grahamandtrish@talktalk.net
Revd Roy Kilford: 48 Wymondham Way, Melton Mowbray LE13 1HX 07767357589 revkilford@aol.com

Church wardens:
St Mary’s, Melton Mowbray 
Ian Neale 01664 565798
Tim Clark 01664 852628

St Mary the Virgin, Thorpe Arnold 
Carol Parker 01664 857526
Paul Constable 01664 481793

St James’ Church, Burton Lazars 
Janet King 01664 565044
Jenny Pengelly 01664 668095

St Bartholomew's Church, Welby 
Sam Willder 01664 566197
Peter Franklin 01664 569602

St Leonard's Church, Sysonby 
Colin Moulds 01664 852391
David Wilford 01664 560968

Freeby Church 
Jane Meakin 01664 564827
The Parish Office
8 Burton Street
Melton Mowbray
Leicestershire LE13 1AE 

Telephone: 01664 562267



Telephone: 07790013724

The Samworth Centre
at St Mary’s

8 Burton Street
Melton Mowbray 
Leicestershire LE13 1AE

Hayley Copley - Centre Manager
Telephone: 01664 503521
Fax: 01664 503539


Christine Vernon - Cafe Manager
Telephone: 01664 503525

To book rooms or equipment, please ring Hayley on 503521

To arrange catering or buffets, please ring Christine on 503525

For Church bookings, please ring Alison on 503530
To book Concerts in Church, please ring Mary Browne on 851457

Please forward ALL articles to:
Keith Wilson 
email: kgw87mm@aol.com

To advertise in the parish magazine contact Advertising Manager Derek Larder on 01664 569245
To subscribe to the magazine and to receive it regularly each month contact Ken Mason on 01664 851930. 

Prayers for Holy Week and Easter

Ride on Lord Jesus.
Upon a colt, over cloaks, under branches –
Ride on Lord Jesus.
Towards a city, through its gates, past the crowds –
Ride on Lord Jesus.
As Hosannas fade and enemies sneer,
as danger closes and friends falter – ride on Lord Jesus.
Showing the way, teaching the truth, bringing life for all.
In the name of the Lord – ride on Lord Jesus.  Amen.

Jesus, by your wounded hands; teach us diligence and generosity,
Jesus, by your wounded feet, teach us steadfastness and perseverance.
Jesus, by your wounded and insulted head,
teach us patience, clarity and self-mastery.
Jesus, by your wounded heart , teach us love, teach us love,
teach us love.   Amen

Oh Tree of Calvary,
send your roots deep down into my heart.
Gather together the spoil of my heart,
the sands of my fickleness, the mud of my desires.
Bind them all together, O Tree of Calvary,
interlace them with your strong roots,
entwine them with the network of your love.  Amen  (from India)

Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed.  Hallelujah!
Christ is in the midst of us!
He is, and ever shall be! 
Easter Acclamations, the second from the Russian Orthodox tradition
We have waited;
We have waited for this day,
this Rising day overflowing with hope,
and Christ has risen.
Lord, when our success and comfort make us forget those who suffer:
Show us your hands and your side.
Lord, when we are confused, lost and bewildered:
Grant us your peace, and send us out in confidence
to do your will in the world.  Amen


The next Lunchtime Organ Recital on Tuesday 13th May will be given by Keith Morgan a former Director of Music at St Mary's to see programme read on....
Our new Curate, Catriona Cumming, was in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Wednesday (April 23) and attended the Litany and Holy Communion service.
Every dad dreams of the day he can walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding, but the Revd Kevin Ashby is in the enviable position of carrying out the marriage ceremony as well.
The sight of a giant rabbit might make some people look twice, but for the congregation at St Mary's Church, Melton, it's all just part and parcel of the Easter celebrations.
Make sure you don't miss the next activities morning in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray on Saturday, May 10, from 10.30 until 12 noon.
“Here comes the bride...” is a song which has been echoing around the Rector's house for a while now. For more details, read on...
ASCENSION DAY, this year, is on Thursday 29th May. Do join us for the 7.30 p.m. Communion Service at Freeby Chapel.
Find out what's happening in the parish this week.
Advance notice: Concert in St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray on Sunday May 25th 2014 at 7.30pm. The Holman- Climax Male Voice Choir from Cornwall have generously agreed to perform in St Mary’s and all proceeds will go to the Re-ordering Project.
St Mary’s Mothers’ Union ~ the Mothers’ Union Meeting will take place on Friday 16th May at 2.00pm in the Samworth Centre.
Spare a thought for the Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby, next Wednesday (April 30) when he takes part in the British Pie Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton from 10.30am until 3.30pm.
On Sunday, June 1 in the afternoon, there will be coaches running to the Cathedral where the Dean will give us a guided tour and a talk about the Richard III project.
Neighbourhood Watch Ward Managers are currently required in Newport Ward, Egerton Ward and Sysonby Ward (you don’t need to live in a ward to manage it). To find out more, read on...
At the 'Stute', Asfordby Hill in aid of St Bartholomew's Welby Church Project Fund ...read on
Everyone is welcome to attend the monthly bar night held at Thorpe Arnold Village Hall. The next night is on Friday, April 25 at 7.30pm.
There was a good turnout for the procession to mark Palm Sunday on April 13.
It was chocs away as more than 100 people had a real Easter treat at the activities morning held on Saturday in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.
The next Tiny Tots' services for under school-age children at St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, will be held from10.30-11.30 am in in Room 4 of the Samworth Centre on May 1.
A planning meeting will be held in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray on Saturday, April 26, from 10am until 12 noon to organise the Pedalling to the Promised Land fund-raising event in September.
Thanks to your great support for our link with Albania, the money has been sent and the 20 beehives have reached families in Bitaj. For more details, read on...
On Tuesday, March 18 members of the Fabric Express Committee of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, visited Wakefield. The Cathedral has recently been re-ordered. For more details, read on...
The next Care and Share lunch will be held on Sunday, April 27, at 12 noon in the Samworth Centre, Melton Mowbray.
Investigations have taken place to decide whether there was once a north door at St Bartholomew's Church in Welby.
A Taizé Eucharist with Consecration of the nave altar took place at St James' Church, Burton Lazars on Sunday, March 23.
The monthly prayer diary for Aprilis now available to download. To find out more, read on...
Here are some dates for your diaries of forthcoming events being organised by the social committee of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.
The 80s Fellowship Group meets on Friday, April 25 from 2 until 4pm in the Samworth Centre, Melton Mowbray, for puzzles, quizzes and tea.
During the first week of every month, we at St Mary’s, Melton devote one of our regular Wednesday Services of Holy Communion to the needs of our Armed Forces and their families. For more details, read on...
OUR TEAM PARISH ANNUAL MEETING will be after Easter on Wednesday 30th April 7.30-9.30 in the Samworth Centre.
The Rev Brian McAvoy recalls his time as officiating chaplain to the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray.
St Philip's Church in Nablus has a clogged up well within the church which, if cleared, would provide clean water for the church and the community. This will cost £5,000 and this is the Bishop’s Lent Appeal 2014. To find out more, read on...
A special Eucharist celebrating the 20 year anniversary of the ordination of women to the priesthood will be held at Leicester Cathedral on Sunday, May 11 at 3pm.
A number of future events have been arranged to support the Project Funding of St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, in the coming months. To find out more, read on...
Thorpe Arnold Sharing of Skills invites you to come and join friends old and new with a cuppa and learn card making and sewing skills and much more. To find out more, read on...
The Rector will be organising a tour of Jordan from 22nd – 30th September this year.
For a list of fundraising and social events for St Mary the Virgin Church and the village hall in Thorpe Arnold in the following year read on...
A Storehouse box is in all our churches. Please pray for this ministry and give when you can. For more details, read on...



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St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, plus friends and supporters, is busy planning to pedal 2,500 miles through a variety of countries... and it needs your help.
The sponsored event will begin at 6pm on Friday, September 12 and finish at 6pm on Sunday, September 14, followed by a service in church.
The church will take on a different look as each country is reached as the cyclists soak up the miles on exercise bikes. The participants will set off in England and among other countries "visited" will be France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Poland and the Holy Land. As each new destination is under way the church will change, with different scenery, sights, music and cuisine and maps of places which they have been to and where they are going. 
 The event should capture the imagination of the whole town and encourage a variety of groups, organisations and businesses to take part, as it involves something for all ages.


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The idea is to bring the community together and to raise funds. At the moment, the provisional plan is to split the proceeds between St Mary's Re-ordering Project and a project to house young Christians in Bethlehem.
  And that's where YOU come in. People are needed with skills in finance, advertising, and sponsorship, those who can help with food, those skilled in using computers for electronic displays, maps and music... in fact, if you would like to help in any way or have any ideas we can use, we want to hear from you. You can help at the moment by spreading the word that we are Pedalling to the Promised Land and the dates and times.
  The next planning meeting will be held in the church on Saturday, April 26 from 10am until 12 noon. Everyone is welcome to attend and any ideas or offers of help can be made then. If you would like more information in the meantime, have a chat to the Rector.


A tour of jordan

The Rector will be organising a tour of Jordan from 22nd – 30th September this year. This will include Petra, the rose-red city in the rock, the Roman remains at Jerash, Wadi Rum with its link to Lawrence of Arabia, Madaba where the earliest mosaic map of the Holy Land can be seen, and many other places. For more information, please contact the Rector.

For an itinerary click here.
For a booking form click here.
For a letter from the Rector click here.

 Upcoming Events 
Friday 25 April
2:00pmThe 80s Fellowship Group @ Samworth Centre, Melton
Saturday 26 April
10:00amPedalling to the Promised Land @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Sunday 27 April
12:00pmCare and Share Lunch @ Samworth Centre, Melton
Monday 28 April
10:00ampram club @ upper rooms samworth centre
Thursday 1 May
10:30amTiny Tots' Service @ Samworth Centre, Melton
Monday 5 May
10:00amno pram club @ upper rooms samworth centre
Friday 9 May
7:20pmQuiz Night @ The Stute, Asfordby Hill
Saturday 10 May
10:30amSaturday Morning@St Mary's @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Monday 12 May
10:00ampram club @ upper rooms samworth centre
Tuesday 13 May
1:10pmLunchtime Organ Recital @ St Mary's Parish Church, Melton Mowbray
Monday 19 May
10:00ampram club @ upper rooms samworth centre
Monday 26 May
10:00amno pram club @ upper rooms samworth centre
Tuesday 27 May
1:10pmLunchtime Organ Recital @ St Mary's Parish Church, Melton Mowbray
Monday 2 June
10:00ampram club @ upper rooms samworth centre
Monday 9 June
10:00ampram club @ upper rooms samworth centre
Tuesday 10 June
1:10pmLunchtime Organ Recital @ St Mary's Parish Church, Melton Mowbray
Monday 16 June
10:00ampram club @ upper rooms samworth centre