Baslow St Anne’s PCC has decided, in the light of the seriousness of the current stage of the pandemic, to review its position on opening the church. The law is unchanged and it permits the Church to be open, both during the day and for services. However the PCC felt it right to review our current position in the light of the seriousness of the current situation. The decisions we have reached are borne out of concern for the safety of those attending the building, and the risks that are associated with people gathering together.
We are concerned to offer spiritual support to those in need. But the risks are now much greater than previously and so, for the time being, the church will no longer be open during the day. Services, strictly controlled on numbers, social distancing etc will continue on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, with online services for those who do not wish to or cannot attend in person. The gaps between the church being in use ensure we can open safely, maintain the cleaning required to make it safe to do so, and reduce the risk of the virus being present on surfaces. Funerals will take place, in line with the regulations, by arrangement with the Rector.
This decision will be reviewed and may change if the situation worsens. We hope, and pray, that you are all safe and well and we look forward to welcoming you all at St Anne’s once the virus is under control and the law permits us to do so.
The church is here for all. If you would like to get in touch the phone numbers to use are :
• the Rector - Mike Gilbert – 07947 092951
From the Rectory
This week has ambushed me with an old hymn
As I listened to the words a fresh realisation of the love of God came upon me and blew me away.
As we journey through Holy Week, enter into the passion of Jesus and celebrate the resurrection event let’s revel in the amazing grace and the love that changes everything.
My song is love unknown,
Can I gently remind us all of just how tired people are and how, for many, it is still a real struggle. Please be gentle and kind with one another. Someone once said, “Do to others what you would have them do to you”. He was worth listening to.
There is a sense of transition around which is both disorientating and hopeful. However, we are working on ways to help us look to the future and what God is calling us to be in this strange new ‘post covid’ world. We are starting this process, which I am hoping we will be all involved with.
For your reflection and then after Easter I will ask you to feedback to me I have four questions for you as we look back on the last year and look forward to this coming year;-