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
Grief and gratitude
It’s a game of two halves, to quote a well-worn phrase. During the last twelve months or so we have lost so much. There has been so much grief. The loss of so many people because of the virus has been devastating. Even if we haven’t had someone close to us die there has been so much loss in other ways. We have lost opportunities, human touch, holidays, experiences, companionship, regular and familiar events. The list seems to go on and on.
On the other hand, it is right to count our blessings as well. Though they vary from person to person, people have found much to celebrate over, much to give thanks for. These include the endless resourcefulness of people, the creative ways of finding different ways of doing things, the thousands of touching and beautiful acts of kindness.
As I open my Bible, it is there also, this game of two halves. Much that is written there is ‘lament’, a crying out to God, to anybody who is listening, that things aren’t right, that things should be different. Yet, in the midst of the mess, there is this golden thread of hope and thankfulness where joy and goodness are found.
As a church we are therefore having a time of ‘grief and gratitude’, a chance to process together the grief but also celebrate the goodness of God and others. Before we can truly recover from this pandemic, like all trauma, we have to process it. I would like to invite you also have a think about your grief and gratitude. If you would find it helpful there is a board in church where you could write these things down, because one thing we are grateful for is that we are able to open up St. Anne’s during the day once more.
Mike Gilbert, Rector