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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Notices for the week

Services suspended until further notice


Light a Candle Every Sunday at 7 pm and put it in a window

For the eradication of Coronavirus and the healing of those suffering from the virus

For those who have died in the UK during the last week and their families in their time of loss.



Please check our facebook page Bakewell All Saints for live videos:-

Holy Week
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - A Reflection for Holy Week - at 7pm
Maundy Thursday - A service remembering the Last Supper - at 7pm
Good Friday - A Good Friday Reflection - at 2.30pm
Holy Saturday - Morning Prayer - at 9am
Easter Day - An Easter Celebration - at 10.30am

The videos are also available to view on this website on the 'Worship' section 'Coming Services'.


10 April  Good Friday

The Collect

Almighty Father, look with mercy on this your family
for which our Lord Jesus Christ was content to be betrayed
and given up into the hands of sinners and to suffer death upon the cross;
who is alive and glorified with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen

First Reading Isaiah 52.13-53.12

See, my servant shall prosper; he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high.
Just as there were many who were astonished at him– so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of mortals – so he shall startle many nations;
kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which had not been told them they shall see,
and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate.

Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;
and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account. 

Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way,
and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
By a perversion of justice he was taken away.
Who could have imagined his future? For he was cut off from the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people.
They made his grave with the wicked and his tomb with the rich,
although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. 

Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him with pain.
When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;
through him the will of the LORD shall prosper.
Out of his anguish he shall see light; he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.
The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he poured out himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Second Reading Hebrews 10.16-25

The Holy Spirit testifies to us, for after saying, ‘This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds’,
he also adds, ‘I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.’
Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. 

Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. 


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. 

 Pastoral care:

 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.

And finally:

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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