I have just revisited an old film. Jim Carey’s character in “Liar, Liar” which came out in 1997 is a lawyer (or a liar, as his son remarks there isn’t much difference). A compulsive liar, he weaves increasingly sophisticated webs of deceit until his son wishes that just for one day his dad would tell the truth. The wish comes true with hilarious and yet profound consequences. This lawyer is forced to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. He finds it difficult and disturbing; yet through the truth he is set free and finds restored relationships and meaning to his life.
It made me think; what would be the consequences for us if suddenly we were all injected with a truth serum? Well for a start, our hospitals might be better funded and our schools better resourced as the HM Revenue & Customs would have that £64 billion a year which it loses from “under-reported income”.
There would be less cynicism, greater honesty and a flourishing of trust if you knew what people said was true and their word was their bond. Why then do we find it so hard to tell the truth and justify our white lies so easily? Is it because we are not true to ourselves and not honest about ourselves to those around us? For me it is challenging but comforting when I read the words of Psalm 139 which states “you have searched me, Lord, and you know me; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord know it completely.”
That would be a terrifying thought if it wasn’t for the fact that he who knows the worst as well as the best has a love for us that is true and unshakeable. Remember the words of Jesus “the truth will set you free”.
Mike Gilbert, Rector
You are very welcome to join us at St Anne's Church.
I have been going to church with my mum and dad since I was very small. I enjoy going to church as everyone is very nice and talks to me. I like to join in with the singing and when I get a bit older and can read I will even try to sing the right words! It is nice for me to be able to walk around the church especially as no-one seems to mind me being noisy. I know people go to church for prayer and to learn about God, and at first I thought that people might not be too impressed with me running around, but everyone always smiles at me and some people even play with me when they are meant to be listening to the preacher and prayers.
I was christened at the church in February last year and I liked that everyone was there to celebrate with me - I am glad that the church is now part of my family and I am part of its family. I enjoy being at church and Mike and the other preachers always tell interesting stories and talk about a book called the bible - I think when I get a bit older I will have to read this book as it has a lot of stories in it!
After the service I enjoy having a biscuit and talking to the other people. It is nice that there are other children, like my friend Ffion, for me to play with because at some churches there are no children. Last week there was even a little dog at church who I looked after and sat with.
I hope, when I am older to help take part in the services and with the messy church activities. I also hope that more children start to come to church as it is a fun place to be with lots of friendly people.
I look forward to Sunday as it means I get to come to St Anne's and learn about Jesus with everyone else.
Jack Thomas (aged nearly 2)
Editor’s note: I suspect Jack had some help with this but he is definitely our youngest contributor to date!
JUST 10 DISCUSSIONS
Over a period of ten weeks the Methodist Chapel and St Anne’s are considering “God’s Timeless Values for Life Today in the Ten Commandments”, both in our services and discussion groups on Wednesdays in Chapel at both 2.00 and 7.00pm.
“You shall not Murder”; Manage your Anger
“Honour your Parents”; Keep peace with your Parents
“Remember God’s Day of Rest”; Catch your Breath
“You shall not misuse God’s Name”; Take God Seriously
“You shall not make Idols”; Know God
“You shall have no other Gods”; Live by Priorities
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
(INTERNATIONAL AND INTERDENOMINATIONAL)
“Am I Being Unfair to You?”
Praying for the Philippines
Friday 3 March 2017 at 10.00 am
in St Anne’s Church
followed by refreshments
All are welcome
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.
If you would like to join our Prayer Chain, praying for a variety of situations, please contact one of our Churchwardens for further information.
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.
We are very pleased to say that as a result of many people’s generosity we were able to donate in excess of £1,200 to the Church on the Bus project in Chesterfield. This money was used to house some of the homeless families who otherwise would have spent Christmas on the streets.
However, help is still needed so 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)
Would you be prepared to organise the Annual Road Collection for Christian Aid? If so, please contact June Powell on 01246 583375
The Baslow Charities
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.