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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.
Why not come and join us on a Sunday or at one of our events? You're always welcome!
Did you know that the average person loses more than 3,000 possessions in their lifetime - including 384 pens, 192 items of clothing and 64 umbrellas? A study of 2,000 adults found we’ll typically misplace four items a month with keys, mobile phones, pens and glasses the most common, and with the average person spending £4,480 over their lifetime replacing stuff they have lost.
As a person who loses things far more than average I am all too familiar with that sense of rising panic as you desperately search for something you once had but now seems to have vanished into thin air. There is also that sweet sensation when you lift up the cushion and there are your car keys.
As we begin to think about the story of Easter we realise it is all about being “Lost and Found”. As we hear the story again of Jesus being humiliated, tortured and brutally put to death you can sense the profound sense of loss that the disciples, his closest friends, must have experienced. He, whom they had put all their hope in, was suddenly gone and now they had nothing. What was worse, when they went to his grave to mourn, there was nothing. He was gone, even the body was lost. They had nothing but that overwhelming loss.
So I wonder if we can begin to imagine the sense of joy and almost disbelief when turning around they found Jesus, not a body but their friend and Saviour, alive, walking towards them coming to find them.
The reason why Easter is the greatest “Lost and Found” story ever told is because Jesus came, died and rose again because he loved us. It was He who came looking for us. It was us who were lost and through His love can now be found.
Mike Gilbert, Rector
You are very welcome to join us at St Anne's Church.
Baslow Village Hall dance floor was filled to capacity at the recent Burns night. Earlier guests had been entertained by a Piper and the traditional address of the haggis was given by Bill Campbell with an entertaining English version provided by Mike Woffenden. Guest participation in the “toast to the lassies” was encouraged when ladies on each table were read a verse from “the red rose” by the men, some very dramatic renderings were produced. A wonderful meal was enjoyed by all before the dancing commenced .
Although not a profit making evening St Anne's was pleased to add another event to the social life of Baslow.
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Celebrate Easter with The Easter Hymn
To celebrate Easter Sunday, Baslow St Anne’s is inviting people to join its combined choirs to sing The Easter Hymn from Pietro Mascagni's opera, Cavalleria Rusticana, as part of its Easter morning service.
The Easter Hymn is a wonderful and moving piece that sings out the message “Rejoice that the Lord has Arisen!”
We are delighted to announce that International soprano and current principal with Welsh National Opera, Deborah Norman, has agreed to be our female soloist for the piece, singing with our gathered choruses of guests, the Baslow St Anne’s Church Choir and Bel Canto.
Anyone who would like to join us to sing this amazing piece of music will be very welcome. If you are interested in singing, we ask you to attend a rehearsal in church on Saturday 31 March from 1.30pm to 3.00pm.
Interested singers will also need to come along to two practice rehearsals on one of the following dates, in Baslow church:
6.45pm to 7.45pm Tuesday 20 March or
7.30pm to 8.30pm Wednesday 21 March
6.00pm to 7.00pm Tuesday 27 March or
7.30pm to 8.30pm Wednesday 28 March
Music will be supplied for all singers and we will be singing in English (the Frederic Weatherly translation).
Please contact Claire De la Haye on email@example.com or 07515 287222 to confirm if you would like to sing, so that we are able to organise copies of the music and seating.
All are welcome to join us for the service.
Claire De la Haye
Posters of images painted by artist Jenny Hawke will once again be going up around the village as we approach Easter. These thought-provoking images tell the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The image here is entitled “FAMILY - Jesus speaks to his mother and his best friend”.
If the resurrection of Jesus is just some fable, it certainly wasn’t to the many that bore witness to the event, so why not take some time to ponder the full implications as you view the different images?
The full set of posters will be displayed in the Methodist Chapel and all are warmly welcomed to call in and take a few minutes in quiet contemplation.
If you would like to join our Prayer Chain, praying for a variety of situations, please contact one of our Churchwardens for further information.
Friday Afternoon Bible Study
It seems some while ago now since Sue Campbell, David and I got together on Friday afternoon to pray. Here we are today, with others who have joined us and that prayer time has developed into a prayer time and Bible study.
The Bible study – to which everyone is warmly welcomed - is fairly informal. At the moment, we are studying the Book of James. It is quite challenging as part of it speaks of the power of the tongue. It is such a small member of our body yet it can cause such devastation if used carelessly. It has the power to crush someone or to lift someone up who is having a tough time. It has the power to celebrate or commiserate … if we allow it to.
It is always interesting to hear others perspectives and experiences, though of course, it is not a matter of what we think but more importantly, what scripture says. 2 Timothy 3:16 says: All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
We meet together at 3pm on Friday afternoons in the church and you are most welcome to join us.
A VIEW FROM THE PEW
It seems to me that we all rush around and complain at minor problems. We are critical most of the time. Just listen to the radio, and nothing is going well. When the Children of Israel were following Moses and Aaron in the desert, they began to complain seriously, probably with very good reason. Moses could only restore their faith by praying for a solution, and God provided the miraculous water and manna to keep them in faith.
In Baslow we count our blessings about so many things. The wonderful scenery and moderate climate. The food which arrives from all parts of the world to satisfy every need. Jobs and vocations are available to most of us and local schools of high standing exist to educate our children. The care and expertise from the wonderful team at Baslow Surgery. Everything is on our doorstep or close by. I could go on, and so it seems unforgivable that we are sometimes so negative about the joy of living.
As a close knit community we are very fortunate. A walk through the village will be rewarded by meeting friends and acquaintances. Very different to living on a main road in Sheffield. However, we perhaps could be more aware of problems, and give support if possible. Do some shopping or give a lift, have a chat or even persuade our friends to join local groups rather than stay home to grow old.
At St Anne's we have much to be proud of. We have a dynamic Rector who is never short of imaginative presentations, particularly with children. Our Easter, Harvest and Christmas Services give us an opportunity to show our beautiful Church at its best, often when Bel Canto and the Church choir render some inspirational music. The Church Warden and team do such a good job, and require our support at all times. Our friendly welcome to visitors is praised on many occasions.
Why not see for yourself? Come and join us.
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.