On this site you can find out about us, learn about our groups and activities and see the events we have planned.
St Anne's is a vibrant worshipping community that is Good News for Baslow - a church that is praying, loving, growing and connecting.
We hope that by looking at this site, you will discover that God is alive and active in Baslow through the life of His church.
Why not come and join us on a Sunday or at one of our events? You're always welcome!
“A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare”
So ends the popular WH Davies poem, “Leisure”. It captures beautifully a powerful need in us as humans. We crave leisure and recreation because that is the way we are built. The Sabbath command in the Ten Commandments is not a killjoy instruction against fun but an essential instruction for our health and for us to flourish, whether or not we use it to go to church.
Yet our increasingly online, on-demand, instant way of life often compels us to keep on going, because if we stop we might lose something. The hamster wheel of modernity robs us of the simple pleasure of stopping, of wasting time, of having time
“to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows”
Can I suggest that this summertime we don’t forget to waste some time, stop and look around and
“to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance”
With every blessing
Mike Gilbert, Rector
You are very welcome to join us at St Anne's Church.
Described as a worship service, to some this means a “happy, clappy” gathering to which they are not accustomed and so it is overlooked - which is a great shame. Most of the Sunday “Songs of Praise” I have seen in recent months have been distinctly happy and clappy and with a full congregation participating, so clearly many are blessed by such gatherings.
In point of fact the Pentecost service, which was televised on the Sunday morning concerned and was led by Archbishop Justin Welby, was the most charismatic service I have seen on the TV in a long while and was so moving I had to watch it twice!
Charisma is not to be feared. The “Connect” services are prayerfully put together and designed to make young and old alike feel comfortable in church. For me and others attending, it does this admirably as well as providing a range of songs with which to worship God, which are not necessarily found in your standard hymn book and yet which are nevertheless as moving as anything penned by the hands of the great hymn writers.
It was particularly uplifting to discover that at the last “Connect” service, a local lady walking her dog through the church grounds was so struck by the singing she could hear coming from the service that she stopped to listen at the open door. Beckoned in, (dog beside) she sat and took in the rest of the service and is keen to come to the next.
There is no “Connect” service in August, but look out for the one in September.
St Anne's Church On-Line Bulletin
Put together by St. Anne’s Church Secretary, David Upton, an on-line Bulletin is something that has been talked about for a year or so.
On-line Bulletins such as this are a brilliant way of circulating information that needs getting circulated quickly, but on the other hand it is not in any way intended to negate the excellent work done by the Parish Magazine which will still continue to be published, so if you need something circulating at very short notice, by all means consider this as a means of getting the message out, otherwise please continue to make use of the Parish Magazine.
New lending library for books and magazines in Baslow St Anne’s Church
Before and after services, and through the week when the church is open. Library will be clearly marked on left as you walk in
For a maximum of 4 weeks. Honesty book for the details of the book, your name and your contact info (in case someone else needs the book you have borrowed)
This year’s Harvest Supper will be held on Saturday 7 October in the Village Hall at 7pm (we will eat at 7.30pm).
There will be a Pie and Peas Supper (vegetarian or gluten free available) with homemade puddings.
Tea or coffee will also be served. Please bring your own drinks and glasses.
Entertainment this year will be provided by the Bamford Village Singers.
Tickets are £10 and there will be a raffle. After expenses have been paid a donation will be sent to the Agricultural Chaplain.
If you would like to join us please add your name to the list at the back of church. All are most welcome.
June Powell - 583375
Members of St Anne's Church PCC
St Anne's Church Choir Welcomes New Members
We welcome new members who might like to join the church choir. We rehearse once a week at Tuesday teatime from 6.00pm to 6.45pm, and sing for one choral communion each month, as well as the Palm Sunday, Harvest and Christmas Carol Services.
If you would like to join our Prayer Chain, praying for a variety of situations, please contact one of our Churchwardens for further information.
As you will be aware one of the local charities that we support is the “Church on the Bus” project in Chesterfield and Matlock. The future of this project had been in doubt with the Church Army’s support of a full-time evangelist coming to an end but it was re-launched in January on a new, volunteer-led basis. The new team is now working with other Christian organisations in Chesterfield who already work with the homeless and needy to determine how the various projects can work together and how the “Church on the Bus” project can complement the work of these other groups.
At the heart of these changes remains the wish to reach out to the homeless and needy in Chesterfield, Matlock and surrounding areas. It is recognised that change can be challenging for those directly affected but with the continued support of the dedicated volunteer force 2017 will be an exciting year.
St. Anne’s will continue to give support to this project and coffee, tea warm clothes are constantly needed. Please remember those less fortunate than ourselves.
If you wish to make a cash donation please contact Richard or June Powell (01246 583375)
Please help support our church and the heritage of our village.
St Anne's is an important landmark which has been and will continue to be there for you and your family.
FELLOWSHIP GROUP TEA PARTY
A dining-room full of members, spouses and friends enjoyed Anne and David Tempest's tea party on 11 July. Steady rain had put paid to holding it in the garden - and may have deterred some members from attending - but it was a fun afternoon. David's quiz challenged us. Jenny Smith and Angela Swindells were the clear winners. The rest of us learned a thing or two in correcting our wrong answers.
Many thanks to Anne and David for their hospitality and to all who baked the delicious cakes and scones.
There will be no group meeting in August. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 12 September at 2.00pm in the Church Rooms where our speaker will be Ann Baldock. Her subject will be “Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery”.