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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.
Why not come and join us on a Sunday or at one of our events? You're always welcome!
Have you ever tried to read “a Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking? It is the brilliant bestseller by an iconic scientist attempting to simplify the wondrous world of modern cosmology for the lay person, with relativity and black holes abounding.
When I say simplify I would just point out to you that the average reader manages less than 10% of the book before their brains are fried and they give up. It is not that the words he uses are difficult but simply that the concepts are so counter-intuitive and mind-boggling that most of us just can’t get it.
That includes me!
With his recent death we are reminded of his brilliance, certainly one of the greatest minds of the modern era, and the debt we owe him in helping us start to scratch the surface of discovering how this universe was and is.
What is our response to that legacy? For me, who is married to a physics teacher, and whose daughter is about to go off to University to study physics, it makes me stand open mouthed, gawping at the beauty, greatness, weirdness, complexity and wonder of this universe we find ourselves in.
It also makes me humbly worship the God who standing outside time created the whole thing out of love.
Yours in Christ
Mike Gilbert, Rector
You are very welcome to join us at St Anne's Church.
If you are interested in asking the big questions about life or in exploring the Christian Faith then the Start Course is for you.
Using DVDs and interactive activities we explore the issues that really matter. The course is for six weeks and started on 9 March with a two week break for the Easter holidays so it is not too late to join us. We will meet in St Anne’s Church on Fridays at 3pm for an hour.
If you are interested please contact Mike Gilbert on 0794 7092951
The Peak Pilgrimage
For those of you who are not aware the Peak Pilgrimage is a new (three years old) walking route through the Peak District. It winds its way from Ilam to Eyam visiting 12 churches on its 39 mile journey. This includes Baslow church.
It has proved very popular and has been featured on the BBC’s “Countryfile” as well as “Ramblings with Claire Balding” on Radio 4. During the May Bank holiday (4-7 May) the churches of Baslow and Eyam are joining forces to travel the pilgrimage route together.
There will be various groups doing it on foot, by bike or driving. You are very welcome to join us for a day or more. Come for a few miles or the whole thing.
There will be a big celebration service on the afternoon of Sunday 6 May in Baslow and a BBQ and family games at the end in Eyam on the Bank holiday Monday.
Don’t miss the opportunity to sell those items you have sitting around at home: your old items could be someone else’s new “treasure”!
If you would like to join our Prayer Chain, praying for a variety of situations, please contact one of our Churchwardens for further information.
A VIEW FROM THE PEW
It seems to me that we all rush around and complain at minor problems. We are critical most of the time. Just listen to the radio, and nothing is going well. When the Children of Israel were following Moses and Aaron in the desert, they began to complain seriously, probably with very good reason. Moses could only restore their faith by praying for a solution, and God provided the miraculous water and manna to keep them in faith.
In Baslow we count our blessings about so many things. The wonderful scenery and moderate climate. The food which arrives from all parts of the world to satisfy every need. Jobs and vocations are available to most of us and local schools of high standing exist to educate our children. The care and expertise from the wonderful team at Baslow Surgery. Everything is on our doorstep or close by. I could go on, and so it seems unforgivable that we are sometimes so negative about the joy of living.
As a close knit community we are very fortunate. A walk through the village will be rewarded by meeting friends and acquaintances. Very different to living on a main road in Sheffield. However, we perhaps could be more aware of problems and give support if possible. Do some shopping or give a lift, have a chat or even persuade our friends to join local groups rather than stay home to grow old.
At St Anne's we have much to be proud of. We have a dynamic Rector who is never short of imaginative presentations, particularly with children. Our many services show off our beautiful Church at its best, often when Bel Canto and the Church choir render some inspirational music. The Church Warden and team do such a good job and require our support at all times. Our friendly welcome to visitors is praised on many occasions.
Why not see for yourself? Come and join us.
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.
The photos show a Bel Canto practice in the church coupled with the BBC filming for the Real Peak Practice television programme on the local GPs' activities in the area.
Here is a clip of the combined choirs of St Anne’s and Bel Canto singing The Easter Hymn from Mascagni’s opera Cavalleria Rusticana, at the Easter Service. Everyone sang their hearts out! Our thanks to the lovely Debbie Norman for being our soloist.