The Christian church for most of its existence has kept the six weeks leading up to Easter as Lent, a time of reflection and self-examination. This year it starts on Wednesday 1 March.
This year I have signed up to a series of online reflections from the wonderful charity, Tear Fund. The focus is on the two biggest issues facing the world today, which are poverty and climate change.
It is easy to be so overwhelmed by such big issues that we become either depressed because we can't do anything about them or complacent because we concentrate on our own little world. Yet it doesn't need to be like that as we can become change makers, however small we think our contribution may be. With these reflections will come a challenge. Am I part of the problem or part of the solution?
That is why periods of intentional wrestling with the big stuff is important. It lifts us out of ourselves and forces us to look at the world through fresh eyes as a place where we can serve and help others. The Bible tells us that the earth is the Lord's along with everything in it. That means it does not belong to us. We have just been put here to care for it.
After your pancakes what will you be thinking about? For me it will be realising that this earth has been Lent, not Given. God bless
Mike Gilbert, Rector
You are very welcome to join us at St Anne's Church.
Several years ago I joined the congregation of St Anne’s Church, as a new phase of my life began.
In early 2012 I felt that God was asking me to take early retirement from my teaching role in order to look after my ageing parents, one of whom was terminally ill.
I joined the team of organists at St Anne’s as I wanted to use my musical talent in order to further God’s kingdom.
Hence, I accompany two services each month - the prayer service for all ages held on the first Sunday in each month and Messy Church, a service for young people held usually on the third Sunday of the month. Both congregations have made me feel very welcome as we worship God in different ways - a formal service for all ages and informal for the young people at Messy Church.
I feel that God is working his purpose out in both types of service, be it through intercessionary prayers or through fun activities which are included in the young people’s service.
Several occasions have been especially precious and memorable for me. In particular the Christmas Crib service is always special as so many people of all ages attend from the village and surrounding area. It is good to see the children re-enacting the Christmas story when they get the opportunity to see and understand the true meaning of Christmas.
Another moment which stands out for me was during a Christening service, taken by Rev Mike Gilbert, whose sermon message was about Jesus being a shining light in a world which often seems to be full of darkness. After the service, several people thanked me for playing and also commented that the service had had a special personal meaning for them.
I still enjoy playing either the organ or the piano at St Anne’s and I look forward to experiencing more special moments in the future.
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)
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 has been in doubt with the Church Army’s support of a full-time evangelist coming to an end as a result of Captain Alan Park fulfilling his contract and moving on to pastures new.
The project was, however, re-launched on 8 January on a new, volunteer-led basis. The new team will be 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)