Bakewell Parish Church is part of the Church of England and the Diocese of Derby, located in a beautiful market town in the heart of the Peak District. You can find opening times and how to find us here. Our church is dedicated to All Saints, and so as we gather together to worship and to serve our community, we are seeking to become God's holy people in the world. We offer refreshment and teaching to all who are trying to follow the way of Jesus Christ with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Our services include a variety of styles, from the traditional to the not-so-traditional. Children are especially welcome at Fusion and Tots & Teds. We are continuing to develop ways to serve our local community better. You can find out more about our faith, our history and all our activities on this site. Whether you join us at one of our forthcoming services or our other events, we look forward to welcoming you.
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29 March – Passion Sunday - Fifth Sunday of Lent
Most merciful God,
who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ delivered and saved the world:
grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross we may triumph in the power of his victory;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
First Reading: Romans 8.6-11
To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law – indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.
Gospel Reading: John 11.1-45
A certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, ‘Lord, he whom you love is ill.’ But when Jesus heard it, he said, ‘This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.’ Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
Then after this he said to the disciples, ‘Let us go to Judea again.’ The disciples said to him, ‘Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?’ Jesus answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.’ After saying this, he told them, ‘Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.’ The disciples said to him, ‘Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.’ Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.’ Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow-disciples, ‘Let us also go, that we may die with him.’
When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ Martha said to him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.’
When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, ‘The Teacher is here and is calling for you.’ And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him!’ But some of them said, ‘Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?’
Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, ‘Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upwards and said, ‘Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.’ When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’
Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.
Please remember in your prayers:
The Community: For all who live or work locally
The Sick: Philip Brown, John Stamp, David Warrington, Mary Lees, Rita Bonsall
The Departed: David Sheldon, Margaret Miller, Allen Walker.
Thy Kingdom Come pledge:- Please pray for five of your family, friends and neighbours to know the presence of God’s Love in their lives.
For access to the Emergency Prayer Chain or to activate the Pastoral Care Team please contact Revd Brenda Jackson – 01629 813143 / 07340 506749
Protocols for the Benefice during the current Covid 19 Crisis
The work of the Church
The Government Guidelines of Monday 23rd March to restrict public movement and social interaction as part of the drive to keep people safe included the need to close and lock all of our church buildings and for there to be no access during the current crisis.
Prayer is the primary work of the church, and whilst we cannot offer it in a church setting, we can continue to do so in our homes. Resources to help you interact with Morning and Evening Prayer can be found on the Church of England website at: www.churchofengland.org Look up Coronavirus Liturgy and Prayer Resources.
Please pray daily (or more often!) for our five churches and parishes, those in need and those caring for them. With public worship suspended and access to church buildings impossible, it is so important that we feel drawn together in the prayers we can offer. It doesn’t matter if you don’t feel articulate in praying or what particular style you may have- prayer unites, reassures, comforts, strengthens and offers our thoughts and intentions to God who is there in our midst.
The clergy will be say in their respective homes every day at 9 am and 4 pm their prayers centred around the Daily Office. Why not try at one of those times to offer your prayer, thoughts and feelings to God and know that we are held together in love and unity?
Although the Government Guidelines continue to allow for funerals in church with a maximum of 5-6 people(this includes the vicar and Funeral Director and nobody over 70’s or people with symptoms), I took the decision with the suspension of public worship that there will be NO Funeral Services held in the benefice churches during the pandemic on the grounds of maximising public health and safety. Graveside services will be conducted by the benefice clergy following the guidelines on public gathering and spacing.
For Crematorium Services, we are guided by the Council authorities operating them and the conditions imposed of how many people can attend etc.
We will offer a large memorial/thanksgiving service in church once all of the pandemic restrictions have been lifted.
All funeral planning with families and FDs must be conducted via phone or skype – the no physical contact advice should be followed. Hands must be washed before and after every funeral.
As of March 23rd for an initial period of three weeks there will be NO Weddings conducted in the UK and this will be reviewed after the initial suspension.
Canon Tony will advise couples who are affected by the complete suspension and those who are planning to marry in July and August with regard to the application for a Common or Special Marriage Licence if public worship is not resumed.
Guidelines during the pandemic where a wedding could have taken place allowed for a maximum of 5 people to be present (including the vicar – no over 70’s etc.) in services, with probably no music and certainly no bells. It is possible that these restrictions may remain in place if the suspension of Marriages in the UK is lifted.
We will offer a Renewal of Vows in a year’s time (with no charge). Wedding planning will be via phone or skype.
We are all urged not to leave our homes unless it is for essential things, such as collecting necessary food or medical supplies. Therefore, no visiting of people in their homes is allowed as part of our pastoral care for one another. You may have volunteered to offer practical help to people (delivering food, shopping), but we are not recommending, because of Safeguarding, (the need for a DBS and attending the appropriate Safeguarding training), for people to do anything on behalf of the church and if you are possibly going to be involved with any community distribution, then it will be with the strictest health guards and with the necessary Safeguarding checks.
The task as a church will be to keep in touch with church members via ‘phone. The Pastoral Care Group under the coordination of Revd Brenda have liaised with Churchwardens to devise an accurate list of church members and contact details, all within the GDPR guidelines. In addition, there will be the opportunity for Leaders and Coordinators of the various Church Groups and Activities within the benefice to offer oversight for contact and identifying need with members of such groups.
The Clergy Team will coordinate the phoning of people weekly, moving to fortnightly for those who are coping, and escalating to a central place for people who need extra telephone care. A central list of names, emails and telephone numbers will be kept on the Church’s GDPR-compliant database. Instructions on how to access this database will be sent out to all wardens and pastoral team volunteers asap.
Nobody will be doing the official contacting of people without the endorsement of Revd Brenda and those being contacted will have the opportunity to opt out under the GDPR guidelines.
Our only form of communication will be by phone and possibly by email. The Pastoral Care Team will keep in touch with isolated people and others after liaising with Revd Brenda.
We are trying to prevent anybody being missed, as well as people not receiving multiple calls. The local churches want to support the work of other agencies and groups caring for people in the community and so we will be collecting all sorts of contact details to resource particular needs that we may become aware of, and for community group activity to be a source for our prayer.
We may want to consider offering to hold next of kin details for parishioners who live alone, but we will make sure any such personal information is stored securely and we have the individual’s permission to have these details in keeping with General Data Protection regulations.
The clergy will set up a WhatsApp group so they can communicate quickly and confidentially. Video conferencing software will be identified and used to communicate between clergy and wardens.
The clergy will organise a weekly recording of a Benefice Service with homily which will be broadcast live on the Bakewell All Saints Facebook page at 10.30 every Sunday. The first one on 22nd March has attracted over 300 viewers.
In addition, there are many resources that the Church of England are promoting to help maintain our spiritual well-being in isolation. The Diocese of Derby are preparing a three week course for release in the week beginning 30th March. Our church websites will also be building up resources to use over the next few weeks.
Although naturally our church finances are the last thing on our minds, we need to remember that although there is no public worship our giving needs to continue if we are to continue the work of the church. Although running expenses will diminish, there are still overheads we have to cover: The Diocesan Common Fund; the covering of essential working expenses; paying utility bills, insurance etc. It would be dreadful if we felt we had to cut our costs in order to keep a healthy bank balance.
Easter is the great Feast of the Church that speaks of new life and hope. Clearly this year we will be celebrating it in a different way, but the clergy are determined that we find ways of do so that will inspire and comfort us and more details will follow.
Please do not lose hope. Find ways to remain positive. In loving and caring for your neighbour and those who are doing the caring, remember to love yourself.
In these unprecedented times, as we learn how to sing the Lord’s song in this strange land, I pray you know His peace
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake. Amen.
God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Canon Tony 24/03/20
News from the Buxton Food Bank:
Will the need for foodbanks increase?
More people will lose jobs and need to claim benefits. They have to wait for at least five weeks for their first payment. They can take out a loan during those five weeks but this gets deducted from their next 11 monthly payments. Many High Peak businesses will be affected because the crisis is expected to hit the tourism market particularly hard. The government is supporting businesses to keep people in work, but we have not heard of additional plans to support people who lose jobs and need to claim benefits, especially self-employed people.
When children who get free school meals are off school, their family will have extra expenses.
How do people access High Peak Foodbank?
From 17th March to refer to the foodbank ring 07811 684299. An appointment time will be given.
To receive a food parcel, clients must have no money or food and be taking steps to resolve their situation. Self-isolation alone is not a reason to need the foodbank.
What can I do?
There are several things you can do to help:
ï Donate online at highpeakfoodbank.co.uk to help us cover core costs to help meet the emergency needs of some of the most vulnerable in our communities.
ï At some point we may ask for increased food donations. Please be prepared to donate if you can.
You can donate food items in the Co-op supermarket, Methodist and Anglican Churches in Bakewell, and Bakewell Library.
At the moment we need: UHT milk, tinned meat, pasta sauce and plastic bags.
Donate online at www.highpeakfoodbank.co.uk or post cheques made payable to High Peak Foodbank to URC, Hardwick Square East, Buxton SK17 6PT.
SAFEGUARDING link https://derby.anglican.org/en/safeguarding.html
As part of the process of rooting out and dealing with all cases of abuse, past and present in the C of E, the Church is undertaking a review, Past Cases Review 2, into all records and reports held by Parishes, to make sure that all cases have been properly dealt with. For some churches this will be a longer process than for others.
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 and victims can use the helpline to provide information or to raise concerns regarding abuse within the Church of England context; whether they are reporting issues relating to children, adults or seeking to whistle blow about poor safeguarding practice.
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 hope that this will be part of ensuring that the Church is a safe environment for all.
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