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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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The parish team

Team Rector

57 Burton Road, MM, LE13 1DL  
(01664) 503535 (07921 919917)

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Team Vicar

The Vicarage, 23 Melton Road,
Waltham on the Wolds, LE14 4AJ (01664 464293) 

Active retired clergy:
Revd Graham Spencer,
07904 229284
The Revd Canon Peter Moseling, 48 Wymondham Way, Melton Mowbray LE13 1HX 01664 669289

Church wardens:
St Mary’s, Melton Mowbray 
Ian Neale 01664 565798
John Spence 01664 813944

St Mary the Virgin, Thorpe Arnold 
Tricia Lynott 01664 562959
Catherine Shenton 01664 850422

St James’ Church, Burton Lazars 
Janet King 01664 372373
Jenny Pengelly 01664 668095

St Bartholomew's Church, Welby 
Peter Franklin 01664 569602
Colin Beavis 01664 851386

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

If you have a safeguarding concern, then please contact our local Safeguarding
Co-ordinator, Alyson, via the Parish Office in the Samworth Centre (address and telephone number above) or the parish priest. If you wish to speak to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, or to someone outside the church, their contact details are available by clicking here



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  Phil Balding


For Church bookings, ring Alison on 503530
To book concerts in church, please email James Gutteridge at: or call 07832 974668

Please forward ALL articles to:
Keith Wilson 

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. 

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This year's spectacular Christmas Tree Festival lights will be switched on by brave seven-year-old Evie Moore, who is pictured above left and who has fought leukaemia twice and undergone a life-saving bone marrow transplant.
Tickets for the switch-on at our Wine and Buffet Preview Evening are now available to buy priced at £8.50. To find out more click here.
And we're excited to announce that local singer-songwriter George Simpson, pictured above, will be performing at this year's Christmas Tree Festival. To find out more click here.
Plus, we've just heard that our very own Queen Elsa, pictured above right, will be appearing at this year's tree festival. To find out more click here.
To find out more about this year's Christmas Tree Festival click here.
*Sign-up sheets to help serve refreshments, to take money on the door, to donate food and to help with sweeping or general tidying of the church during the Christmas Tree Festival are now up on the red boards in the servery area in St Mary's Church. To find out more click here.
One of the more unusual entries in this year’s Christmas Tree Festival has been made from horseshoes by our friends at the Defence Animal Training Regiment. Find out how you can win one of five horseshoe trees by clicking here.

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Meanwhile, three-year-old Cody Bull, pictured above, was happy to hear that estate and letting agency Bentons will be bringing bags of reindeer food and Santa's magic keys to this year's Christmas Tree Festival. To find out more click here.
*A special quiz night is being held to boost funds for this year's Christmas Tree Festival. Our friends at Montero Lounge, in Sherrard Street, are holding the quiz on Monday, November 25th, at 8pm. Everyone is welcome to come along. Teams of up to 6 people, entry is £2 per person and there will be a sports round! So thinking caps on, grab a few friends and come along to support a good cause.
*Plus don't miss The Tiger Who Came To Tea! For more details click here.
*Plus meet Kenya's shining stars. For more details click here.
*Plus tribute to a champion racehorse. For more details click here.
*Find out more about Santa's space adventure by clicking here.
*Mice work if you can get it! Find out more by clicking here.
*Anyone who had a heart! For more details click here.
*Can you guess the theme? For more details click here.
*All aboard for festive fun! For more details click here.
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The 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play in Bavaria comes around every 10 years and the Rector has a trip organised, followed by a week in Sorrento, Italy, and including a visit to Pompeii, Herculaneum, Vesuvius and the Amalfi Coast, especially Pozzuoli, the port where St Paul landed in the country. Dates are 7th – 16th September. Brochures and booking forms are now available by clicking here or from the Rector on or 07921 919917. To view a letter from the Rector explaining about the trip click here. The tour is now nearly full, so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Let’s prepare for the Christmas season with a Candle-lit Advent Carol Service in St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday, 8th December at 4pm.
Find out which services are on in the parish by reading on...
Find out what is happening where in the parish this week.
Did you know that every day of the year is designated a ‘special’ day to be celebrated by someone, somewhere?
As we come to the end of another successful series of lunchtime concerts we look forward to our now traditional Festive Recital on Tuesday 10th December when James Gutteridge, our own Director of Music, plays with a 'Christmas choir'.
Come and celebrate Christmas with Govannen and special guests in St James' Church, Burton Lazars, on Saturday, December 14th, at 7.30pm.
Wow, what a way to end the year for our popular activities mornings in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday when 145 adults and 113 children packed into the building to enjoy our Frozen themed event.
There was plenty of Christmas cheer when members of the Senior Fellowship Group met in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray on Friday, 8th November.
Safeguarding Awareness Training sessions have been organised for PCC and DCC members in the Deanery.
Two events are being held this month in Thorpe Arnold Village Hall with all proceeds going to St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold funds.
A Service of Loving Remembrance for those who are no longer with us is being held at St Leonard's Church, Sysonby on Sunday, 24th November at 3pm.
The next Care and Share Lunch will be held on Sunday, 17th November, (change of date from 22nd November) at 12.15pm in Mary’s Place. As always ~ all are welcome to join us for fellowship and food.
A steady stream of people visited St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday (November 2nd) to find out how they could help celebrate the 850th anniversary of the building by paying for new furniture and furnishings.
We are delighted that Allchurches Trust have awarded us a substantial grant of £3,600 towards the St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold building project, writes Catherine Shenton.
Rock on! One of the Melton Team Parish Holiday Club painted rocks has now travelled more than 4,000 miles and ended up in a garden in Charlotte, North Carolina!
“Overworked and underpaid” is a phrase often used in the work-place, and it’s very true of clergy, as it is of so many others, writes the Revd Kevin Ashby.
Find out who will be giving organ recitals in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, in 2020 by reading on...
St James' Church, Burton Lazars, was delighted to welcome the ever popular Melstrum Ukulele Orchestra on Saturday, October 19th to provide a packed audience gathered in the village hall with an evening of fantastic music and entertainment.
Our Tiny Tots Service for children under school-age, from babes in arms up, and their parents, grandparents, childminders, nappy changers, etc, takes place in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Thursday mornings.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Mike Kapur OBE, and the Chairman of the County Council, Pam Posnett MBE, were joined by a long list of local dignitaries to celebrate our wonderful county at a special service in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.
The congregation of St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, enjoyed their Harvest Festival Service on Sunday 15th September and this year the Harvest Outreach was to support the Bible Society in their project to provide Bibles to China, writes Colin Beavis.
This weekend at St Mary the Virgin Church in Thorpe Arnold we have been celebrating the wonder of creation, giving thanks for our harvest and remembering our responsibility to the world, writes Catherine Shenton.
It’s not too late to join The Prayer Course, an eight-week journey designed to help anyone grow closer to God in prayer, which started last Wednesday.
Once again this year St James' Church, Burton Lazars, celebrated Harvest with a traditional service followed by a buffet supper and auction of produce.
The monthly Prayer Diary for October is now available to download. To find out more, read on...
Cricket fans enjoyed a gala dinner in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Friday (27th September).
A decision has been made to to try using the nave altar for 8am services in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. To find out more read on...
This Autumn, those who look carefully at the Parish Service lists in the magazine, Weekly News and on the website will spot a change of name for two monthly services at St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold, writes the Revd Dr Mary Barr.
Have you always wanted to sing? Well here's your chance because St Mary's Church Choir is looking for new members.
It is our practise in Melton Team Parish to admit children aged 7+ to receive Communion (before Confirmation). If your youngster would like to consider it, please have a word with the Rector or Revd Mary as soon as possible.
New to the web site? Take a quick tour to get you started...


Samworth Centre name change

The Samworth Centre has changed its name to Mary’s Place.
It opened in Burton Street, Melton Mowbray, 14 years ago as a church centre, community centre and café after receiving a generous donation from the Samworth Foundation.
For more information about Mary's Place go to the new website by clicking here.


Services in the Team Parish

Sunday 24th November
~ Christ the King
St Mary's, Melton Mowbray

8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am Team Confirmation Service 
4.00pm Choral Evensong

St Mary the Virgin, Thorpe Arnold
Joining the Team Confirmation Service at St Mary’s, Melton

St James, Burton Lazars
Joining the Team Confirmation Service at St Mary’s, Melton

St Leonard's, Sysonby
3.00pm Service of Loving Remembrance

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This beautiful floral display is part of the work of St Mary's Church Flower Guild. To find out more about the Flower Guild and what it does click here.

 Upcoming Events 
Thursday 28 November
10:00amTiny Tots Group @ Jungle Bugs, Mill Street, Melton Mowbray
Tuesday 10 December
1:00pmA festive recital @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Saturday 14 December
7:30pmChristmas with Govannen @ St James' Church, Burton Lazars


"That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.