I love going away. With it comes a great sense of adventure. Holidays or trips produce a delicious sense of excitement. Senses are heightened, wonder is increased and that feeling of not knowing what is around the next corner can be exhilarating. This excitement usually lasts until the queues on the motorway but we can still dream.
Yet it’s also great coming home. After time away, for many people, there is nothing more special than opening that familiar front door, putting the kettle on and sitting in that old comfortable chair. Home at last.
The Christian faith combines both of these situations.
It is an adventure. The church is called God’s pilgrim people. Many journeys are described in the Bible that become life changing encounters with others and with the divine. We are invited on this journey not knowing where it will take us but knowing that we have a companion and a guide who will never leave us.
Yet it is also a homecoming. The Psalmist says “how lovely is your dwelling place” as he seeks to be truly at home with God. Like the father with the prodigal son our Father God is always inviting us home to a place of security and love.
In him our desire for adventure and our need to be secure our perfectly met. So whether you are travelling far or staying at home - have fun.
With every blessing
Mike Gilbert, Rector
You are very welcome to join us at St Anne's Church.
Well I turned up at church some 20 minutes before the concert was due to start and my usual seat had already gone. More and more came, and by “curtain-up” the church was packed. The weather was glorious outside and the church offered a marginally cooler environment for both the performers and the audience.
Having been given a programme on entry we settled down to listen to what looked to be a well selected and varied offering. Bel Canto, under the leadership of Claire De La Haye, were at their very best. During the course of the concert the “friends” all played their part with Nichola Dinnigan on the classical guitar, John Trevarick singing a number of different numbers and Lynda Radford using her very powerful voice in a rendition of “Love Changes Everything” as well as taking the solo part in the final number of “Praise His Holy Name”.
From a number of individual pieces we moved, in the second half, to a variety of songs from the shows each performed with the right degree of verve and pleasure. I thought the rendition of the Military Wives’ Prayer, “Wherever You Are” was excellent and well done to Kate Holbrook for taking on the solo. The touch of using a number of the choir to introduce the individual numbers worked very well, however a wider use of the microphone may have helped those at the back. A packed church does absorb the sound!
Well done to Claire, the Choir, and Friends for putting on the concert, it was a lovely way to spend a glorious summer evening even if the wine was non-alcoholic.
Your local Trainee Reporter
The Home of Hope children continue to do well. The staff are secure in their roles and doing a great job. Two new ladies are on board and fitting in well. It was great to take everybody for an excursion when I was last there in March. We and took them to an adventure playground for a boat ride on the lake, to play in the water fountains, then to a traditional craft exhibition centre and finally to the airport to spot aeroplanes. A very busy but stimulating day for little people – they loved it! Since then, it has been the summer and very hot; the children who go to school start early in the morning and finish before lunch to rest. During the summer holidays we ran a holiday club for the children which they enjoyed – with games, colouring and learning songs and memory verses. These they sang over the phone to us back in England! They’ll be back at school in June.
We celebrated the ladies graduating from one of the sewing centres. It was a happy occasion and the newly graduated students were delighted with the sewing machines we gave them. It was a surprise that the ladies in the village provided a meal for us - the students had collected money together for it. We were touched by this act of kindness and appreciation; it was very moving to be served in this way by them – which doesn’t happen too often!
We continue to work closely with the government, for example, we recently provided emergency shelter for a young boy who was found on a train nearby without a ticket, all the way from North India! He was a troubled child who tried to run away from us and we had to invest a lot of time to help calm him down, counsel him and try and find out about his background. He’s now been taken by the authorities to try to reunite him with his own family.
We continue to work towards purchasing a bus – for the HoH family and to transport villagers to events/services on the land. There is quite a bit of investment needed and to develop agricultural projects – fencing, digging bore wells etc. We still hope to install a playpark for the local community.
Sundar and Sarah Pinninty Co-founders, FLM International
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)
This year’s Harvest Supper will be held on Saturday 7 October in the Village Hall at 6.30pm (we will eat at 7pm). There will be a Pie and Peas Supper with homemade puddings. Tea or coffee will also be served. Please bring your own drinks and glasses.
Entertainment this year will be provided by the Bamford Village Singers.
Tickets are £10 and there will be a raffle. After expenses have been paid a donation will be sent to the Agricultural Chaplain.
If you would like to join us please add your name to the list at the back of church. All are most welcome.
June Powell - 583375
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.
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 had been in doubt with the Church Army’s support of a full-time evangelist coming to an end but it was re-launched in January on a new, volunteer-led basis. The new team is now 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)
Please help support our church and the heritage of our village.
St Anne's is an important landmark which has been and will continue to be there for you and your family.
FELLOWSHIP GROUP OUTING TO LINCOLN CATHEDRAL
37 members and friends enjoyed the trip to Lincoln Cathedral where we were welcomed by Alan Wilson, our former Church Warden.
Our guide, Judi Jones, gave us a fascinating tour, explaining the history from 1066, when William the Conqueror commanded Bishop Remigius to build a new cathedral there. An earthquake in 1185 destroyed most of the original edifice. A Carthusian monk, Bishop Hugh oversaw the re-building, proceeding from East to West. The Gothic arches at the West end were out of true, but had held up for centuries.
We saw the beautiful Dean’s Eye and Bishop’s Eye windows in the transept. Judi also pointed out the “devil’s in the detail”, including a small stone cat carved in the cloister and the famous Lincoln Imp above a pillar in the Chancel. They symbolise the Devil distracting the faithful from prayer. We were taken to see the chained library, containing medieval manuscripts and the Wren Library, housing Michael Honywood’s collection, but there was no time to study the historic cookery books or Don Quixote.
The Dean, the Very Rev Christine Wilson, former Archdeacon of Chesterfield, and Alan hosted a delicious afternoon tea in the garden of the Deanery, where Christine had already planted a colourful herbaceous border. Judi and Alan then showed us round parts of this historic home, including the chapel.
Afterwards we attended Choral Evensong, at which Christine officiated. It was wonderfully uplifting to hear the singing from St Hugh's Choir, and made a perfect end to a lovely visit.
Many thanks to Christine, Alan and Judi for making us so welcome, and to June Powell for organising the trip.