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.

Are you planning a party, meeting or starting up a group or club? Are you looking for a room to use? Do you require a buffet or light refreshments for your function?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then the Samworth Centre, our community resource, could be what you are looking for.
For more information click on the picture of the centre, below.

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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)

Revd Catriona  cat3

1 Palmerstone Road, MM,
LE13 0SS
(01664) 503533

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



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The Samworth Centre
at St Mary’s

8 Burton Street
Melton Mowbray 
Leicestershire LE13 1AE

hayley copley4  CENTRE BOOKINGS
  Hayley Copley -
  Centre Manager
  Telephone: 01664
Fax: 01664 503539


Carol Sloan -
Cafe Manager
Telephone: 01664 503525

 To book rooms or equipment,
 please ring Hayley on 503521

To arrange catering or buffets, please ring Carol on 503525

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

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

If you do not have access to email, hard copy (typed please) can be left at the Samworth Centre front desk.
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. 



Last Sunday evening our Reader, Enid Young, led her last Service which was the Choral Evensong at St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray.
St Leonard's Church, Sysonby, recorded only its third wedding in nearly 400 years in August. To find out more, read on...
St Mary the Virgin waved a sad farewell to Clive and Helen Rogers on 26th October.......read more
Volunteers who have spent years helping to transform the gardens at St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, had double reason to celebrate recently.
Congratulations to Tim Clark, church warden at St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, and all the members of Melton Street Pastors who won the Community Spirit section in the Melton Times Community Awards 2014.
On Friday, October 17th veterans of 156 Parachute Battalion and their families had their annual reunion to remember those men billeted in Melton Mowbray who took part in the Battle of Arnhem.
The next recital on 11th November will be given by Anthony Pinel, Director of Music, St Chad's Church, Shrewsbury.......read more to see programme....
Come and join in the fun as we get ready for Christmas at the next Saturday activities morning at St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray.
The programme of recitalists for the 2015 series of Lunchtime organ recitals has now been published.....read more
Now the situation in Egypt has settled down and the cruise ships are sailing again... and the prices are very reasonable!... it’s time to visit Egypt. For more details, read on..
The Church plays an important part in the whole bereavement process of our town and villages. Let’s never underestimate or shirk that role, writes the Revd Kevin Ashby. To find out more, read on...
Find out what is happening where in the parish this week.
An unusual email request has arrived in the parish office... all the way from Nashville, Tennessee. To find out more, read on...
Samworth Centre Manager Hayley Copley is leaving. To find out more, read on...
A soup and wine fundraiser for St James' Church, Burton Lazars is being held in the village hall on Saturday, November 1.
With the tricky question of Scottish independence safely behind us, it seems entirely appropriate to celebrate the many joys that Scotland brings to the United Kingdom, writes the Revd Catriona Cumming. Find out more by reading on...
We are looking for help again this year to fill shoe boxes to send to needy children overseas.
An opportunity to meet like-minded friends who want to listen and discuss the deeper things of life, faith and philosophy. To find out more, read on...
The monthly prayer diary for November is now available to download. To find out more, read on...
The Revd Roy Kilford, a member of the active retired clergy team in the parish, is leaving Melton Mowbray to return to parish ministry in the Peterborough Diocese.
Some weeks ago an appeal was made to attract volunteers prepared to help cleaning St Mary’s Church, Melton, on a regular basis. The response to the appeal was sadly limited. The need for new helpers has recently become greater. If you can help, read on..
The Team Parish is holding a mini holiday club called S.O.S. on Sunday, November 16, from 2.30 to 4.30pm in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. Cost is £1 per child, but booking is essential.
St James' Church, Burton Lazars offers a day of reflection and prayer ‘MOSAICS OF MERCY’ For more details, read on...
Find out where Services of Loving Remembrance for those who are no longer with us are taking place in the parish. To find out more, read on...
The next Tiny Tots' services for under school-age children at St Mary's Church, Melton, will be held on November 6.
next meeting on Friday 14th November...read on for more
Find out when the next Sharing of Skills meeting will take place in Thorpe Arnold by reading on...
Are you CALLED to a particular Church ministry? Here’s a chance to explore and reflect on how God is calling you now.
St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold, is going to the dogs!
Anyone who saw Melstrum Ukelele Orchestra performing in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Friday (September 12) will be pleased to know that they are returning to Thorpe Arnold Village Hall on Saturday, November 22.
In the first of a series of articles, Ken Brammer looks back on his days as an evacuee during World War Two.
For an updated 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...
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...
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Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets of Melton Mowbray next Sunday morning (November 9) to watch the Remembrance Sunday Parade through the town, honouring those who have given their lives for our country.
  The large parade will include current members of the armed forces, veterans, cadets, scouts, British Legion and RAFA and local dignitaries.
  A change to this year's event is that it will form up and start from the car park at King Street (opposite the police station) at 10.20am, before making its way along King Street, into Sage Cross Street (opposite Latham House) and then join the original route onto Sherrard Street, on route to St Mary's church.  
  After a service at St Mary's Church starting at 10.50am, the parade will move to the Edgerton Lodge Memorial Gardens, where wreaths will be laid at the War Memorial. 
  This year's event is particularly poignant as it is the centenary year of the start of World War 1.
  On the same day at St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold there is a Service of Holy Communion with the theme of Remembrance at 9.45am, followed by the Act of Remembrance at 11am outside the church at the memorial stone, with a wreath being laid by a local parish councillor. Names are read of the men from the village who did not come back.
  And at St James' Church, Burton Lazars there is an Act of Remembrance at 10.45am and reading out of the names of village men who died. A wreath will be laid at the memorial plaque inside church, which is followed by a Remembrance Service in the church starting at 11.15am.



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Prayers of Remembrance 

Caring Lord, we pray for all who in bereavement, disability and pain continue to suffer the consequences of fighting and terror. 
We remember with thanksgiving and sorrow those whose lives, 
in world wars and conflicts past and present, 
have been given and taken away.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
Loving Lord, we commit ourselves 
to work in penitence and faith
for reconciliation between the nations, 
that all people may, together, 
live in freedom, justice and peace.  Amen

We pray for all who suffer as a result of the wickedness and folly of others. We especially pray for those who suffer from the breakdown of law and order, or from the absence of just and humane laws and are thus denied the 
freedom to realise their birthright as your children on this earth.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Living Lord, in a dark hour you spoke of the gift of peace, we seek that gift for ourselves. 
Grant us, we pray, the inner serenity which you alone can give that we may become messengers of peace to a strife-torn world. 
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Send us out, Lord,  to be beacons of peace in a dark world of conflict.
Make us instruments of peace for whoever we meet and wherever we go,
In the name of the Prince of Peace, 
Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ  Amen

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God. (Matthew 5: 9)

Goodness is stronger than evil; Love is stronger than hate; Light is stronger than darkness; Life is stronger than death.
(Prayers from CTBI Remembrance service, Baptist Peace Union, Desmond Tutu)



 Upcoming Events 
Saturday 1 November
11:30amSoup and wine fundraiser @ Burton Lazars Village Hall
Monday 3 November
10:00ampram club @ upper rooms samworth centre
Thursday 6 November
6:00pmA Vocations Evening @ St Mary's Church,Melton
Monday 10 November
10:00ampram club @ upper rooms samworth centre
Tuesday 11 November
1:10pmLunchtime Organ Recital @ St Mary's Parish Church, Melton Mowbray
Friday 14 November
2:00pm80s Plus Fellowship Circle @ Samworth Centre
Saturday 15 November
10:00amDay of reflection and prayer @ Dove Cottage, Stathern
Saturday 15 November
7:00pmGoing to the dogs! @ Thorpe Arnold village Hall
Sunday 16 November
2:30pmMini holiday club @ St Mary's Church,Melton
Monday 17 November
10:00ampram club @ upper rooms samworth centre
Saturday 22 November
10:30amA Frozen run-up to Christmas! @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Saturday 22 November
7:30pmAn Evening with Melstrum @ Thorpe Arnold village Hall
Monday 24 November
10:00ampram club @ upper rooms samworth centre
Monday 1 December
10:00ampram club @ upper rooms samworth centre
Friday 5 December
9:00amChristmas Tree Festival @ St Mary's Church,Melton
Monday 8 December
10:00ampram club @ upper rooms samworth centre

Tiny Tots' Service 

The next Tiny Tots' services for under school-age children at St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, will be held from 10.30-11.30 am in church on Thursday, November 6. Why not come along and join in the fun?
  The mornings include a chance to chat, a short service with a story and singing, a drink and some craft for the older children. 
 More helpers, especially refreshment people are needed, as some people who helped last term are unable to this term. If you want to know more or to offer to help please have a word with the Rector asap.