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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!
From the middle of May I will not be around for three months.
I have been given a sabbatical. As clergy we are encouraged every ten years to take time out to recharge the batteries, to spend some time in study, reflection and restoration. I’m not very good at that so it’s been 15 years since my last sabbatical. I’m very much looking forward to it. We are recommended to use the acronym SPICE to help structure the time.
Please do ask me when I get back if I have managed all five of these things.
The Bible also talks about the importance of rest and refreshment. We are instructed to take a day of rest and restoration at least once a week. In the Old Testament the Israelite nation were commanded allow a field to lie fallow for it to be reinvigorated and then, after seven times seven years, all land was restored to its original owner so that extremes of wealth were to be avoided.
It is this pattern of rest and work that allows balance and peace in our lives, daily, weekly and over the longer term. We can be driven by our needs and insecurities and lose that inner peace that we all long for. Perhaps taking some time out, whether it is three months or thirty minutes, may help you find that inner contentment.
We hear again the words of Jesus who said “come to me all you who are weary and heavily laden and I will give you rest.”
Why not try a bit of SPICE in your life?
Mike Gilbert, Rector
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There was a great turn out for the Burns Night Supper held in February, in the Baslow Village Hall, to raise funds for the St Anne’s Roof Fund (please see the following article). There was traditional food and entertainment; a piper, speeches, and dancing to a Ceilidh Band.
A Building Update - Part 2
As promised last month's report we stated that we would complete our update in respect of the overall state of the St Anne’s Building. With Phase 1 of the work on the South Aisle now complete, and paid for, we now look to the next phase of the programme. However, before we commence any further work we need to claim back the VAT that we have already paid on Phase 1. It is anticipated that we will receive some £1,737.43 as a refund.
The priority in respect of the roof is to complete the work on the South Aisle and replace the ridge on the Nave. When we have instructed the contractor we will receive a detailed estimate of the cost involved. We are looking in the region of £25,000 in total, again we will be able to claim back the VAT.
The expenditure of such an amount means that we are only able to move forward one step at a time as we have to display to the contractor, that we have the funds available. This results in us having to put back the work that needs to be undertaken on the tower, the original estimated cost of which was c£50,000. Work needs to be undertaken by the PCC on possible grants that could be available for this is key in respect of the speed that we can move forward.
We were hoping to advise you that problems encountered with the electrics of the organ had been resolved, following the installation of an Uninterrupted Power Supply box, however whilst putting together this article, further power problems were encountered so we are really back to square one. Contact has been made with the designers and the installers of the upgraded organ and we hope to report very quickly that all is working well. Before Christmas the “Blower Room” which houses the mechanism that powers the pipe section of the organ was inspected by a specialist and cleaned out. The inspection gave us a clean bill of health stating the blower was in excellent shape and, despite being manufactured in the 1930’s, would last many more years. Some good news at last!
The Building Maintenance Team
If you would like to join our Prayer Chain, praying for a variety of situations, please contact one of our Churchwardens for further information.
There's so much going on at St Anne's - You are very welcome to come along to any of our services or events.
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.
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)
As you may well know some of the Church collections taken over the Christmas period were to be donated to the Chesterfield based “Church on the Bus” project. We are delighted to say that the following sums were handed over:
St Anne’s School Christmas Service
St Anne’s Carol Service
St Anne’s Crib Service
The project team responded immediately with an acknowledgement and very grateful thanks. “This is an excellent result, thank you”.
We are still collecting warm clothing and sleeping bags as well as coffee, tea, biscuits etc. Please contact us if you have anything to give.