Just as the weather turned a touch chilly, we were delighted to able to return to St Anne's for Church Choir Rehearsals. During full lock down, we managed to continue singing together online via Facebook, and during August attempted outside rehearsals in the Church Rooms Courtyard. However, on 1 September we appreciated being back in church, working within the new guidelines for singers and with very careful distancing measures in place.
We are practising a beautiful arrangement of”The King of Love My Shepherd Is” by the contemporary American composer, Dan Forrest. Whilst we are still considering how we can incorporate members of the choir safely in future Choral Communion services, we already have one engagement in October to make a recording of this piece for the Derbyshire High Peak Farmers' Society online Harvest Festival, which will be filmed in the open air, in a farm yard!
New choir members are always welcome, but at this time, we would ask you to telephone Claire to discuss details and provide your contact information on 07515 287222, before coming to a rehearsal.
June Powell who cares for village residents, on behalf of the Church, gave the following report at the St Anne's Annual General Meeting:
"The Church notice sheets were updated each week for prayers for the sick and for bereaved families. Prayers for the families of the bereaved stay on the sheet for three months. (I first enquire if they would like their names included on the sheet or just for private prayer). A prayer request book is at the back of the church for visitors and the congregation to use.
I send “Get Well” cards, Bereavement cards, special anniversary, birthday cards or “welcome to new home” cards. I make visits with flowers or cooking to those who are sick. We have had a number of our elderly congregation in Care Homes to visit and sadly I attend funerals where appropriate. I post the monthly magazine to people who have left the village and who like to keep in touch with us.
During Covid I have been making phone calls to the sick which luckily overlap with our Senior Citizens members contact list. Leftover cakes from the Pop-up Market were taken each week to people including a note “With love from St Anne’s Church”."
We are very blessed to have June in our community.
Our library facility is temporarily closed to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission.