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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.
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Remembering the Reformation
Almost exactly 500 years ago, in October 2017, a monk strode up to a cathedral in a small German town, nailed a notice to the door and changed the world.
The monk in question was Martin Luther and his 95 theses nailed to the door at Wittgenstein were demands that sparked the Reformation. It had a radical effect on Europe’s social, political and religious life. Things would never be the same. Many of our rights and beliefs that we take for granted have their direct ancestry from this point.
Luther’s beliefs spread like wildfire throughout Europe, helped by the newly invented printing press. Those beliefs would bring freedom to many people and a new faith in the grace of God.
At the heart of Luther’s belief was that because of what Jesus did on the cross we can be forgiven and that we don’t need a priest to act as a “go-between” between us and God but we can have direct access to almighty God. It proved to be an intoxicating and revolutionary conviction that prepared the way for democracy and universal human rights.
500 years later it is still a revolutionary and life changing message. There is a God who, through the death and resurrection of Jesus, his Son, allows us to come to him. Though we are weak and flawed human beings we can, if we want, have a relationship with the living, loving God.
Now that is worth remembering
Mike Gilbert, Rector
You are very welcome to join us at St Anne's Church.
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.
There will be no charge but donations welcome towards the cost of the evening.
Please contact June Powell (01246 583375) if you can help or provide mince pies.
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It has been very busy a few months since we sent the last news update. In the UK, we have moved house; it's only four miles away so are still in the same area and two of our own children have started new schools. All that along with two trips to India has made for a complicated but productive last 4 months!
Sarah and I along with our youngest son Ethan aged 4 then, went to India, leaving Timothy and Isaac for the first time with their grandparents. It was great to meet our new addition to the Home of Hope family (the boy whose mum died at the railway station). He was very pleasant and was always smiling with us. It was a very special moment to meet him. We named him Chris and had a special dedication service for him on the Land. It was very cute as the other children all pronounce his name ‘Kiss’! It gives us enormous joy to see how much Chris came on and the others are doing so well. We do believe God has special plans for these precious children. Thank you so much for your prayers and encouraging messages and being behind us, we really need them to keep us going and to help us be able to continue to help the poor in India.
Recently a few of the younger ones ended up with high temperatures, and one child had a febrile convulsion. After some check-ups with the paediatrician and using some medicines they are doing well. The older ones are enjoying their school. There are always financial needs to keep things up and running– unexpected costs such as medical consultations and medications, and regular costs such as the second terms schools fees being due, new staff salaries, and so on.
I and a few others from our church went to India last month. We visited the HoH and then travelled on to the north for a leader’s conference. After the conference I went back to the Home of Hope whilst the others flew back to the UK.
One of our staff is getting married next month which is exciting for everyone; although it is a happy occasion for her and the beginning of a new season, we will miss her greatly, and especially how much she gave to the children for the last couple of years. We wish her all the best for her future. We have been able to appoint new staff who are settling in well already.
We have some exciting times ahead as we plan and develop the work to take things forward, we will update you as often as we can. Please do pray for the work in India.
Sundar and Sarah
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. The Library will be clearly marked on your left as you walk into the church.
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)
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.
Every church-yard has its interesting stones. My favourite is the coffin shaped memorial to Robert Stafford, situated to the right of the drive near the Old Vicarage.
The body of Robert
Stafford who was buried
here March ye 20th
Ano 1702 aged 78
The Latin "Surgite mortui" means "Arise ye dead". This is the only Latin in the whole churchyard and suggest that Robert was an educated man. There are also two intricate carvings: one is a skull and crossbones - reflecting mortality and the transient nature of life on earth, the other is more intricate including a snake and an hourglass with the same message. Both are well preserved indicating high quality materials and workmanship.
Parish records show that Robert and his father before him were both born in Baslow and that the family originally came from Darley Dale. Apparently he had no children: he died at Parkgate.
I have discovered that he was the sub-accountant at Chatsworth from 1668 to 1689, responsible for managing all income and paying local bills before forwarding any balance to the main accountant at Hardwick. then the main Derbyshire residence of the Cavendish family. This was a busy time. William Cavendish became the fourth Earl in 1684 and started a fundamental reorganisation of the gardens at Chatsworth. Accounts show that he spent £4325 in 1686, a vast sum representing millions today. Later, mainly after Robert’s time, the house was rebuilt costing up to £2,500 a year for six years. Accounting was of course a clerk’s job, but even so it was a very responsible one.
Reading between the lines, Robert Stafford came from a well-to-do Baslow family of the yeoman class. He was educated, maybe at the Charity School at Stanton Ford, before going on to university at Oxford or Cambridge. Later he joined the household of the third Earl of Devonshire rising to the trusted post of sub-accountant. His status is reflected in the memorial in the churchyard
For a few months we've been meeting on the first Sunday of the month for a time of fellowship, prayer, discussion and praise. We've been doing so under the banner of “Connect” as we seek to connect St Anne’s church with people in and around Baslow, to connect ourselves as a community, and also to connect each one of us with God.
Meeting at 4.30pm, having a sociable tea and chat, and then moving onto a time of sung worship, using a mixture of contemporary songs with a few classics thrown in, we have a message delivered in a variety of ways by some of the group that have been meeting, including the Rector. We've explored the Trinity, and are now looking at the progression to Christmas.
For some this has been a welcome addition to their regular worship practice; for others it has been a fresh opportunity for renewal and for some it has been an opportunity to meet for fellowship and worship at an alternative time to the regular St Anne’s services. We've learnt new songs, started new conversations and explored other people's perspectives on passages from the bible.
If this article has interested you - why not pop along to the church rooms on the first Sunday of the month? Tea and chat at 4.30pm, or if you can't get there that early then please feel free to join us continuing our worship at 5.30pm
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)