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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.
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I don’t know when the last time you prayed. You might never have. However, most people have at least at some point of the time attempted to talk to God. It seems almost like a basic human instinct. Quite often it is in sheer desperation when something goes wrong or we are in need. Was it in the loneliness of your sadness? Perhaps it was as a young child by your bedside or chanted together with everyone else at school. It might have been as part of an explosion of joy that you couldn’t stop spilling out.
The Churches throughout this land are coming together to pray. For ten days from 10 to 20 May we are being encouraged to pray “Thy Kingdom Come”. This is part of the prayer Jesus taught his disciples when they asked him to teach them how to pray.
Here is a challenge. Why don’t you join in. pray each day for those ten days? It could be just a few words or complete silence, morning or evening, at home or at work, pray with someone else or write them down.
The church will be open and there will be a special opportunity during this time to come and pray for yourself and for others as well as for our world. It will be open for you simply to sit in the presence of a God who loves you
I dare you … you never know what might happen.
Mike Gilbert, Rector
I have been granted a sabbatical which means that I have three months off my normal duties. Every ten years or so clergy are given this time as a chance to recharge batteries, experience something new and have time to reflect and pray.
I have a few plans which include making some journeys throughout the country either running, walking or cycling. I am looking forward to have more time to pray, read and reflect.
I am starting in mid-May and will be back mid-August. Due to the amazing people at church and in the village everything at church will carry on and should you need anything the easiest way to get in contact is via the Church Office on 01433 630930.
I will be mainly at home so please do talk to me and do ask me about it when I get back.
Mike Gilbert, Rector
You are very welcome to join us at St Anne's Church.
Don’t miss the opportunity to sell those items you have sitting around at home: your old items could be someone else’s new “treasure”!
The Peak Pilgrimage
For those of you who are not aware the Peak Pilgrimage is a new (three years old) walking route through the Peak District. It winds its way from Ilam to Eyam visiting 12 churches on its 39 mile journey. This includes Baslow church.
It has proved very popular and has been featured on the BBC’s “Countryfile” as well as “Ramblings with Claire Balding” on Radio 4. During the May Bank holiday (4-7 May) the churches of Baslow and Eyam joined forces to travel the pilgrimage route together.
There were various groups doing it on foot, by bike or driving.
There was a celebratory service on Sunday afternoon in Baslow and a BBQ and family games at the end in Eyam on the Bank Holiday Monday.
If you would like to join our Prayer Chain, praying for a variety of situations, please contact one of our Churchwardens for further information.
This special moment in the Christian calendar was awaited with some additional expectation this year in Baslow.
The leader of the church choir, Claire de la Haye, had announced that it would sing the Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni, together with the ranks of the ladies’ choir, Bel Canto. As a surprise extra the church choir was also to sing “This Joyful Eastertide”, the well-known hymn which casts aside the sorrow of the crucifixion with the joy of the resurrection.
This programme was the most ambitious to date that the joint choirs had tackled, since the Easter hymn was in 5 parts, including the solo soprano part and the accompaniment which was difficult and fast, both of which were central to a successful performance.
Initially individual choir practice began some 4 weeks before the performance date. When Claire distributed the 14 pages of music to members of the church choir, we looked aghast - some of us had not seen musical composition of this length or complexity before! Two weeks later both choirs came together for the first time to practise - line by line, phrase by phrase, and page by page -1st Soprano’s, 2nd Sopranos, Altos and Basses began to piece together the music. But still there was the question of the soprano soloist or “Santuzza”. A friend of Claire’s, Debbie Norman, was announced as singing the lead role but would not attend practices as she had sung the role many times and knew it well. She sings regularly with the Welsh National Opera and is rumoured to have performed at La Scala in Milano. The panic on this announcement was audible; the standard required from the choirs would be demanding if this performance was to be successful. Words of confidence were needed and supplied by our leader who proceeded with the programme of systematic practice until, as the day approached, wonderful melodies rang out from St Anne’s in anticipation.
The day arrived. There was a full church. The service was led by Rev Bob Jackson who had designed an exceptional service, published in the Order of Service, entitled “Holy Communion and Celebration” to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
The singers were concerned that the early start would affect the tone of the choir; there was a lot of throat clearing. The soloist, Debbie, was introduced to everyone and even she suggested it was early in the day since most performances were at night. Fortunately, there were to be two hymns sung before our “big” moment. Then all too soon it was here -the Easter Hymn.
The start is crucial with the need for pianissimo, quiet atmosphere, building with local short crescendos and the need for precise diction and expression. Santuzza introduces herself and establishes the key melody and her authority in the music. The choirs then move into separate parts, exchanging individual roles in the music but arriving together at specific points and then moving towards the conclusion of the piece by establishing a gradual crescendo. Then to a final huge climax for all parts. And then into silence and spontaneous applause from the congregation.
Everyone knew that this had been a great success in no small way due to the expert leadership and the high quality accompaniment on the organ provided by our church organist Jenny Smith. She was superb. Rev Jackson then skilfully picked up this inspirational atmosphere and preached to us under the title “Victory over the enemy” by which he meant “death”. It was a rousing message on a topic which can be surrounded by personal fear and concern but which he roundly dismissed in accordance with the positive assertion of the Christian message.
The service moved into formal Communion, following the normal pattern of spoken and sung response. Toward the end of this, the church choir sang “This Joyful Eastertide” and then quickly to the conclusion of the service with a rousing hymn, “Thine be the Glory”, which resulted in the choir and congregation reaching a fantastic crescendo in the final verse. Tears of exhilaration and inspiration were seen in the choir and within the congregation.
After the final blessing and conclusion many positive comments were heard such as “I feel a lot more inspired now than when I arrived”; “I wouldn’t have missed this for the world”; “That was a wonderful experience” And so, we left to re-enter the local world and face the normal problems of everyday life, having benefitted from a unique and wonderful event. I am sure that I can hear whispering in the aisles, the chancel, the knave saying, “Give us more of this, more! more!
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.