Great music will mark church’s 1812 opening

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St John’s Church will be celebrating its 200th birthday with a special Service of Thanksgiving on Thursday, August 9 at 7.30 p.m.

The church, built in 1812, at the request of and funded by the Duke of Devonshire, was designed to meet the needs both of the growing population of Buxton and of the influx of worshipers coming to the town for the popular spa baths.

It continues to cater for both visitors and parishioners alike.

The three Festival Masses held this year have delighted congregations this season and the service on August 9 will be no exception – expect some great music and singing at this event as well.

The Bishop of Derby, the Rt. Revd Dr Alistair Redfern will be attending the service and has also agreed to do a book-signing after the service.

He will be bringing along copies of his new book titled “Out of the Depths”, which explores themes regarding prayer.

Bishop Alastair has generously offered to donate 50 per cent of the profits to The Christian Bookshop here in Buxton; the remainder will go to his 2012 Harvest Appeal Fund.

Each year the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal identifies a cause overseas which will benefit from the fundraising efforts of churches across Derbyshire as they celebrate harvest festivals.

The evening at St John’s will be rounded off with a ‘Celebratory Bishop’s Buffet’.

Everyone is welcome.