• The Church is open....

    Good news! After having to shut the premises completely in lockdown, the Church is now open every day for private prayer and reflection. There are a few things to note that make it look a bit different; there is, for instance, hand sanitizer at the door which we ask visitors to use. There is also a one-way system in operation, in case visitors arrive at the same time.

    Sunday morning services are now back in church at 9.45am each week with the following pattern:

    1st Sunday - Holy Communion

    2nd Sunday - Morning Service

    3rd Sunday - Choral Communion

    4th Sunday - Morning Service

    5th Sunday, when there is one, will be notified in the WhatsOn section of this website.

    These services will also be streamed live on our Facebook page whenever we possibly can so that family and friends can join the service, as well as those who are away or unwell.  This also provides the opportunity to catch up later on any services you may miss. 

    We are also gathering for communal prayer in the Church every Wednesday at 7pm and everyone is welcome to come, subject of course to the rules in place on numbers and social distancing.

     

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  • Calendar

    Tuesday 29th September

    18:30 Choir Practice

    Wednesday 30th September

    19:00 Evening Service

    Sunday 4th October

    09:45 Holy Communion in church

    18:30 Online United Benefice Evensong

    Tuesday 6th October

    18:30 Choir Practice

    Wednesday 7th October

    19:00 Evening Service

    Sunday 11th October

    09:45 Morning Service in church

    Tuesday 13th October

    18:30 Choir Practice

    Wednesday 14th October

    19:00 Evening Service

    Sunday 18th October

    09:45 Choral Communion in church

    18:30 Online United Benefice Evensong

    Tuesday 20th October

    18:30 Choir Practice

    Wednesday 21st October

    19:00 Evening Service

    Sunday 25th October

    09:45 Morning Service in church

    Tuesday 27th October

    18:30 Choir Practice

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  • Dear Friends

    We are not a social gathering. The clear guidelines in the new coronavirus rules is that we are allowed to meet for worship in church and in the church centre because the social gathering rule of 6 does not apply to us when we meet for worship. 

    That is helpful as we try and make coming back together as safe and as meaningful an experience as possible.  It means that we can continue to meet for worship in Church.

    We are not a social gathering. We will still have to be masked and there will be no singing so why bother? I believe that something happens when we meet together which goes beyond the social. It is great to be together and wonderful to meet up with our friends but it is so much more than that. When we worship together God’s name is lifted high, the spiritual realms are affected, the blessings of God fall. We are made for worship. The government is right. We are not a social gathering, coming together we are so much more than that. 

    The rule of 6 does, however, have implications for how we order the rest of our church life. It does make coming together in small groups easier, so please do continue to meet up together for encouragement in small groups. However, other things like PCC will be conducted via Zoom.  It also makes things like the pop up market, the Harvest Supper and other events very difficult. We are trying to be creative as to how we manage that. If you have any great ideas then do let myself or Graham know. 

    At the AGM on Thursday we elected two new members of the PCC, Diana Neal and Richard Powell. We also elected a new Warden, Irene Roscoe, who will be ably assisted by her assistant warden, Sue Campbell. Our new Treasurer, Bill Campbell was confirmed in the role, with Mike Woffenden standing down having done a brilliant job for four and a half years.  We all owe a deep debt of gratitude to these folks and all the other people who do so much for the Gospel through the church.

    God bless

    Mike

     

    A Letter from the Rector

    Dear friends

    There are a few people who love change, and some who would much prefer everything to stay the same even if that is hard. Most of us are somewhere in between. Change becomes hard when there is too much, or it is too fast. It might be interesting for you to reflect on where you are on that scale.

    One of the very stressful things of the last few months has been the fact that just about everything has changed; how we do our shopping, how we go on holiday, who we see, even how we greet one another. It has been particularly difficult for those who have to manage that change for others as well as themselves, for those who have to work out how to implement the change, from teachers to shop owners and hospital staff. 

    Whilst recognising all the stress that lies behind the enforced changes I want to suggest to you that there might be a silver lining to that cloud. You can change the things that are wrong, that haven’t worked, that you have been stuck in or with for years. Are there things that you are now free of that makes you relieved? Here is the chance to never reinstate them. 

    Certainly as a church we are finding that we have had to change almost everything from worshipping online to zoom meetings and most stops in between. Though we grieve some of the cherished things that we have lost at present it is a great opportunity to see what can be let go of,  what can be improved and what we can do new that will bring life and joy to others.

    We look to the changes perhaps not with relish but with a serenity. Why? Because we trust in a God who does not change, is always constant, always faithful, always loving, always good. With that security we can face the future, that will probably be unimaginable, with confidence.

    The hymn writer put it far more eloquently than I could:

    Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
    There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
    Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
    As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

    Mike

     

    Church Choir Rehearsals

    We are delighted to be able to move our church choir rehearsals back into church from Tuesday 1st September, and will be returning to our usual time of 6.30pm.  Careful precautions for minimising Covid risk will be in place.  Choir members are asked to enter through the main door wearing facemasks/visors and sit in the allocated spaced places around the back of the church. 


    New choir members are always welcome, but at this time, we would ask you to telephone Claire to discuss details and provide your contact information on 07515 287222, before coming to a rehearsal


     

     

    Projects Update

    With the end of the Summer, our much-loved Saturday Morning Pop Up Markets and Flour4FoodbanksBaslow project have come to a close. As well as being a marvellous community event and a real highlight of the week for many people, we have raised over £3,000 across the Summer. Thank you so much to everyone who got involved, who came along and supported us. We are currently exploring our plans for the Autumn and Winter, so do watch this space!

    Church Library

    Our library facility is temporarily closed to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission. 

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  • Parish Safeguarding 

    The Church of England is called to share the good news of God’s salvation through Jesus Christ. The life of our communities and institutions is integral to how we address this task. The good news speaks of welcome for all, with a particular regard for those who are most vulnerable, into a community where the value and dignity of every human being is affirmed and those in positions of responsibility and authority are truly trustworthy. Being faithful to our call to share the gospel therefore compels us to take with the utmost seriousness the challenge of preventing abuse from happening and responding well where it has.’  HANDBOOK


    PCR2

    Protocols and practice guidance for the Church of England’s Past Cases Review 2, (PCR2) have been published and are on the National Church of England Website

    Individual survivors who wish to make representations to the PCR2 process in the Derby Diocese or who need to come forward with information or make any disclosures regarding church related abuse are encouraged to make direct contact with the Safeguarding Team 01332 388678

    However, recognising that this may not feel safe for those with experience of abuse from within the church, a dedicated national helpline - 0800 80 20 20 - operated independently from the church, by the NSPCC, was set up in September 2019 and remains available.

    Survivors were not invited to contribute to the 2007-2009 PCR and the Church has wanted to ensure a different, trauma informed approach is taken by PCR2. Listening to survivor voices has helped to shape how this review will be conducted. 

    We are now at the beginning of the PCR2 process, this is an independent review to look at all the safeguarding files, historic and current for both adults and children, including all Church officers. The review aims to ensure that wherever concerns have been raised that the cases have been handled appropriately.

    The National Church has given a commitment to undertake a new Past Cases Review (PCR2) which will not only look at all types of harm, both to children and or adults, but will probe much deeper in records or concerns held in parishes, some of which may not have been reported to the DSA. Your vicar (or church warden if in Interregnum) will now have received a letter from +Libby outlining what is required to enable this significant piece of work to be completed. We need to submit the final report to the National Safeguarding team by the end of December 2020. We will be in touch directly with PSOs’ to give the detail of the next step, but it may be helpful if you identify where any parish records are held so that there is less work to do when we ask you for the details. The timescale for responding to PCR2 in the Diocese of Derby is by 31st March 2020.

    Safeguarding Concerns

    If you have any concerns over any safeguarding matter, please contact the Parish Safeguarding Officer, Richard Nicholson on 01246 583023 or Member of the Clergy, Revd Mike Gilbert on 07947092951 or the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 01332 388678.

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