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All Saints, Bakewell

August 9, 2014

All Saints, Bakewell

DSCF9222Bakewell was heaving with visitors the day I went. It was pretty uncomfortable. But All Saints is a haven of peace and prayerfulness high above the town. It is quite a walk up the hill but well worth it. There is a clear welcome for visitors and is open every day.

DSCF9214There is also much to see in this church from remnants of old stone work to pictures of baptism families (‘Rogues Gallery’!). This is both a living parish church and a visitor attraction and both seem to be carried out very well.

There is a simple 20p guide as well as a more extensive guide book. This seems a good idea as many visitors will buy the cheaper one and those who are really interested the dearer one. There are post cards to buy, books, cards a welcome leaflet (which is very well done) and a children’s quiz sheet ‘Monty Mouses Quiz Sheet and Trail’. This looked good also and it is so rare to find something aimed at younger visitors. I would have liked to have taken a copy but there was only one left…. Also several of the Gospel Imprint leaflets are available. Books are also available. Only 87 people had signed the visitors book in July but multiply that by 10 or more and that is a substantial number of people coming through the door of All Saints.

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There is lots of history on display and interpretation of the artifacts and building to guide the casual visitor. The prayer corner is very good with the opportunity to leave prayers on a board, light a candle and suggestions on how and what to pray. Also pictures of people – church people and projects that this church supports. It all gives the visitor that here is a place which is not just a historic building but is a living, worshipping community which has a concern for others. Another ‘Breeches Bible ‘ is on show as well. A coffee shop is run in the church on Thurs, Friday & Saturday.

The church website is at http://www.bakewellchurch.co.uk/index.html but doesn’t give any visitor information. I rate All Saints as excellent for this study – well worth a look.

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