THE Bishop of Derby will be in Buxton on Sunday to help St John’s Church celebrate its 200th anniversary.
The Right Reverend Dr Alastair Redfern will preside and preach at the 11am Eucharist and then lead a service of evensong at 6pm to help celebrate the bi-centenary of the church, on St John’s Road.
After the service, Bishop Alastair will give a special lecture on 200 years of mission.
Rev John Hudghton, Rector of Buxton, said: “You don’t often get a Bishop for a full day, but on this occasion we have.
“It may be something to do with his wife, Caroline, who sings in our choir, or it may be the fact that he has a soft spot for this parish and this church.
“He is certainly excited by some of the developments taking place here, like the growing congregation, the new toilets and kitchen facilities, the landscaping of the churchyard and our cafe church service.
“He was also delighted to learn about the Town Team initiative taking place in the community as he is involved in something very similar in Derby.”
And encouraging Buxton residents to be part of the celebrations, Rev Hudghton added: “This is an occasion for the ordinary people of our town.
“We have not invited special guests or dignitaries but we hope that the occasion may be shared with all people of goodwill in our community, whether they be practising Christians or not.
“Perhaps those to whom we have ministered through baptisms, weddings or funerals, or those who simply feel an affinity with our building, work or service to the community, may like to come.
“Everyone will be made most welcome indeed.
“Even if you have never come into this magnificent place of worship before, you will receive the warmest of greetings.”