We all know that telecommunications have revolutionised our world. This was brought home to me on my last trip abroad, last November. In Hong Kong at about 2 in the morning my mobile rang; my youngest son wanted a chat. I don’t think he realised the time difference. This is so very different from the early 90’s when I communicated with Jenny, my then fiancée, who was working in Kathmandu, through letter writing. We still have a pile of two hundred letters carefully stored.
Yet, despite this telecommunication revolution, we still struggle to communicate in a meaningful way. I thought it very telling that, when Jim Carrey starred in his film “Bruce Almighty”, the writers of the script gave God a phone number that Carrey could dial to talk with the Almighty. But instead of using the 555 prefix that film makers and TV shows generally give phone numbers – they gave God a 776 prefix. People who saw the film wrote the number down and started dialling it. One lady in Florida received 20 calls an hour from people who wanted to talk to God.
This has always been the case. So if you want to know God’s phone number it is Jeremiah 333. In the Bible verse 3 of the 33rd chapter of the book of Jeremiah invites us to “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
Prayer is the greatest form of communication. Anybody can use it anywhere to say anything. He is never engaged; he will never put you in the queue and he will understand exactly what you are talking about. Today as we are bombarded and overloaded with communication with little significance why not try calling on God and listen to that still small voice that brings love, joy and peace into our hearts and homes.
Mike Gilbert, Rector
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My “View from the Pew” rather depends on whether I am climbing under it or on top of it!
My name is Teddy David Somerton and every Wednesday morning I go to St Anne’s Church with my Grandma and Grandpa.
I enjoy going to Church because there are lots of toys to play with and nobody minds at all if I make a noise, which I do because I’m a boy!
When I arrive, my special bag filled with toys is waiting for me at the front of the Church. This is especially nice because it means Grandma, who looks after me, can join in with the other grown-ups.
After a while we all go and stand or kneel at the altar. I know this is a very special time because it is the only time when others are given something to eat and drink and I don’t ask for some … I like my food!
When all the grown-ups are finished we get to the best bit, a drink and a biscuit.
I love biscuits and Ann and June are very kind and make sure I have plenty but that is just between you and me, Mummy doesn’t need to know that bit!
I like going to Church because everyone is so kind and welcoming and if you are 2 ½ years old and are thinking of going, I can highly recommend it.
Teddy, assisted by Grandma Christine Upton
I would like to thank all the people who have helped me over the past 16 years with the road envelope collections. It is greatly appreciated and would not have been such a success each year without all your help.
Unfortunately no one has volunteered to take this task over so I am afraid Baslow will not be able to have a road collection again until a replacement is found. If anyone would like to become our organiser please contact me and I will pass over the paperwork.
Fellowship Group Lincoln Cathedral Visit
We are organising a visit to Lincoln Cathedral on Tuesday 13 June, leaving at 12 noon on a Hulley’s coach. There will be an organised tour of the Cathedral, followed by afternoon tea at the Deanery with Dean Christine and Alan Wilson. We will follow this by attending Evensong at the Cathedral at 5.30pm.
The cost, which includes coach travel, Cathedral entry and afternoon tea, will be £20 for members and £25 for non-members. Last day for names is 31 May. For those who have already put their names down please can you pay by 26 May. Cheques should be made payable to St Anne’s Church.
Please let either June Powell or Mary Johnston know if you wish to join us. All are very welcome.
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.
Some members of the church choir taking a break from rehearsal.
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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)