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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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Good News of Great Joy
I love good news. Most of the news that we receive through the media seems to be heavy and doom laden but every so often there is a piece of good news that makes us smile, it lifts our moods and puts a spring in our step. It could be news of something wonderful occurring on the world stage or something very special happening to somebody close to us. It might be an all clear from an illness or reunion with a long lost friend. It could be the news I have just heard that Jeremy, the left swirled snail, has found a one in a million mate.
What is our reaction? Joy, a bubbling up of something within us that flows out into laughter or love. It is a feeling that gives us hope, it enriches our lives and makes us better people.
This was the reaction of those who first heard the news that God had not left us to drown in our own sorrow but had sent his own flesh and blood to rescue us. Incredible fireworks of joy exploded into their darkness. Hope was found in despair and laughter was born again. The saviour was born in Bethlehem.
And today here in Baslow, if you look around you, you might see that same joy on the faces and smiles of those who have discovered the good news of great joy that the God of love has sent Jesus to us.
Mike Gilbert, Rector
You are very welcome to join us at St Anne's Church.
We have started a new Prayer Chain, praying for a variety of situations. All church members are invited to join. Please contact one of our Churchwardens for further information.
Church on the Bus
During the year we have supported the “Church on the Bus” project in Chesterfield in a variety of different ways; donating cash, food, clothes, sleeping bags and blankets. As winter sets in your help is desperately needed. If you are able, please leave any non-cash donations at the back of the church and we will gather them up and take them to Chesterfield at the appropriate time.
If you wish to make a cash donation please contact Richard or June Powell (01246 583375)
How should we live in a changing world where political rule books are being ripped up and, what we thought were shared values no longer seem to be valid? How do we live together in a way that allows all people to flourish? Is there a shared value system that we can all agree on?
In this confusing time we thought it would be good to discuss what that shared value system would look like. As a basis I would like to suggest the Ten Commandments found in the Bible as a great place to start. I am not expecting everyone to agree but I think it will be a fascinating discussion.
So on a Sunday at church we will be thinking about them and then during the week there will be groups scattered around the village which you can come to if that week’s topic interests you.
So here they are just to get you thinking …
Ten top tips for a healthy and happy life
Find true contentment
Hold to the truth
Prosper with a clear conscience
Affair proof your relationships
Manage your Anger
Keep peace with your parents
Stop driving yourself crazy
Take God seriously
Know the real God
Live by priorities
What do you think, can you do better? Contact me if you want to know more
Apart from the church itself, the Baslow Charities have the longest continuous theme in the history of Baslow. In the late 1600s there was recognition of needs in the village and several villagers responded by giving money to “the Curate, the Poor, and the School”. The Charity School had been founded 50 years earlier, and the building still exists as the garage of the house at Stanton Ford, next to the river. The donations still are recorded on boards in the church, in the corner straight ahead from the main entrance.
The School closed down in 1889, and the Charities Commission stepped in. They created a scheme which determined the allocation of funds and a board of local trustees to supervise. The money was invested in several parcels of land. In the 1920s these were sold and the proceeds invested, first in Consuls and now with the Charities Official Investment Fund.
The Trustees still meet regularly to distribute the money to Baslow and Curbar schools, the poor of Baslow, and the Vicar (now Rector). Unfortunately inflation has grossly reduced the original substantial payments but these are still made annually in the proportions specified 300+ years ago. Each school receives a cheque of about £200.
But the Trustees have a problem. The governing scheme says that some of the money goes to “the Poor of Baslow”. A hundred years ago this took the form of a delivery of coal to a number of residents, and would have been very welcome at the time. Today only a £100 or so is available annualy. Each year the Trustees deliberate about who is poor or in need and would accept such a payment from a charity. An example might be the acute stage of a bereavement or divorce.
If you or anyone you know might benefit, please get in touch with the Chairman or the Clerk (strict confidentiality will be maintained)
In the meantime let us celebrate the History of Baslow and the continuity provided by the Baslow Charities.
From my early days growing up in Burton-On-Trent with my seven brothers and sisters I have always found Christmas to be absolutely magical. Looking back now I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for my Mother and my Father, a brewery worker, to provide for so large a brood but they did and so well that they have left us all with memories of very happy times. Now that David and I have a family of our own, Christmas is no less special, even more so now that we have a Grandson, Teddy, who has just turned 2.
The weeks leading up to Christmas are usually really busy in the shop and Post Office too, sacks full of parcels going all over the world, confectionery ordered in July is out on the shelves, everywhere is stocked up and it is time to enjoy the time of year when everyone seems to be in a cheerful mood. Once the door closes at 5 o'clock on Christmas Eve it is time to head off back down to Burton-On-Trent for the evening to meet up with Mum, brothers and sisters, nephews and nieces and even great nephews and nieces, quite a houseful!
Christmas took on a whole new meaning for me when, at 15, I became a Christian. The older I get, and the more I meditate on it, the more wondrous it becomes. God chose to clothe Himself in flesh and become one of us! We often hear politicians tell us that we are 'all in it together', umm! really? but God actually did become one of us in His son Jesus Christ. It conjures up in my mind a picture of a moment in heaven where the angels hold their breath and all becomes silent as they witness such a profound happening.
God did not send his son into a wealthy, mature family, instead he chose a young woman, Mary, who had the faith to believe and accept what was happening to her, He chose a man, Joseph, who had faith to believe what God told him, that the son his betrothed was carrying was the Christ; can we even begin to imagine? In faith Simeon waited and waited for the promise God had made him, that he would see the Saviour before he died. As an old man in the Temple where Joseph and Mary had brought their son he did just that. Anna, also in faith, aged 84, was in the Temple at the same time as Simeon; she too recognised her Saviour in the baby boy.
How extraordinary a story which, to me, is so much more than that.