On this site you can find out about us, learn about our groups and activities and see the events we have planned.
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!
This August saw the 70th anniversary of the independence of India from British colonial rule and the partition of India to form two countries and then eventually three, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The stories being retold seventy years on from 1947 make for chilling reading. The independence of India was initially full of hope. It was a chance for a country that had been ruled by Britain for two hundred years to find freedom and grow as a nation. This hope was shattered within days when Muslims left India for Pakistan and Hindus and others undertook the reverse journey. This mass migration spilt into unimaginable violence, resulting in over one million people killed and fifteen million displaced.
The tragedy was that neighbours who had lived together peaceably for generations now saw each other as different from them, as enemies and the cause of the problems. Friends turned on friends and neighbours killed neighbours. The tragedy still haunts the two countries to this day.
Hopefully we will never live through anything as terrible as that.However, violence and hatred, bitterness and distrust always erupts when we stop seeing people as neighbours with a common humanity, all made in the image of God with differences that we can celebrate.
We may look at people and fear the unfamiliar and be anxious about the differences but that can be overcome as we look into people’s eyes and see the same hopes and fears as we have and see them as people loved by God and worthy of our respect and kindness. It will make it easier for them to do the same with us and our strange ways. Perhaps the Beatles were right, “all you need is love”.
Mike Gilbert, Rector
You are very welcome to join us at St Anne's Church.
August is a month when most people are thinking about having some sort of a holiday – even Rector Mike and the family went away.
Morning Communion on Wednesdays was suspended, pending Mike’s return, although those of us who usually meet for this time together were keen to continue meeting to simply pray, meditate on His word and sing God’s praises - and in this we were greatly helped by having Jennie Smith able to play the church organ so beautifully.
Times like these are very simple but nevertheless a real blessing. In Matthew’s Gospel chapter 18 and verse 20 the Lord Jesus informs:
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.
This might sound like nonsense. How does Jesus Christ meet with a handful of believers in St Anne’s church Baslow as and when they decide to meet? He meets with all who gather in His name through the Spirit – the Holy Spirit - and there is a real sense of the presence of the Holy Spirit as we gather on Wednesday mornings.
If you want to get closer to God why not take a little time out off your day and come and join with us at 10am. You would be very welcome as you would be at any of the various services which are held at St Anne’s.
St Anne's Church On-Line Bulletin
Put together by St. Anne’s Church Secretary, David Upton, an on-line Bulletin is something that has been talked about for a year or so.
On-line Bulletins such as this are a brilliant way of circulating information that needs getting circulated quickly, but on the other hand it is not in any way intended to negate the excellent work done by the Parish Magazine which will still continue to be published, so if you need something circulating at very short notice, by all means consider this as a means of getting the message out, otherwise please continue to make use of the Parish Magazine.
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 7pm (we will eat at 7.30pm).
There will be a Pie and Peas Supper (vegetarian or gluten free available) 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
THE BIG SWITCH-ON
Friday 1 December
The Christmas tree lights will be switched on at 7pm on 1 December, the opening event of the Baslow Winter Festival!
The event will be a similar format to previous years – the School singing in a short church service, the big switch on, then a BBQ, mulled wine, mince pies and the Cressbrook Brass Band at the Church Rooms.
Don’t miss it!
Members of St Anne's Church PCC
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 TEA PARTY
A dining-room full of members, spouses and friends enjoyed Anne and David Tempest's tea party in July. Steady rain had put paid to holding it in the garden - and may have deterred some members from attending - but it was a fun afternoon. David's quiz challenged us. Jenny Smith and Angela Swindells were the clear winners. The rest of us learned a thing or two in correcting our wrong answers.
Many thanks to Anne and David for their hospitality and to all who baked the delicious cakes and scones.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 12 September at 2.00pm in the Church Rooms where our speaker will be Ann Baldock. Her subject will be “Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery”.