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Diocese of Derby E-news - 15 May 2018

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Thy Kingdom Come - #Pledge2Pray

Individuals and Parishes across the Diocese are embracing "Thy Kingdom Come", the global prayer movement which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ.

What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

The hope is that:

  • people will commit to pray with God’s world-wide family - as a church, individually or as a family;
  • churches will hold prayer events, such as 24-7 prayer, prayer stations and prayer walks, across the UK and in other parts of the world;
  • people will be empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.

“In praying 'Thy Kingdom Come' we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities."
Archbishop Justin Welby

Download the Thy Kingdom Come app from iStore and Google Play.


Live streaming services

We recognise that live streaming has the potential to share church services with a greater audience, however, there are many serious factors to consider before undertaking it including safeguarding, copyright and licensing issues, internet bandwidth/quality, and individuals basic right to privacy. Even ‘live’ sports and events on television have a delay of a few minutes because of these and other factors. There are also implications around liturgy.

The Parish Support Office is working at issuing some guidance and information but in the meantime the advice is to definitely not livestream any services.



The Revd Sue Ives-Smith, Assistant Curate of Tideswell, Diocese of Derby, has been appointed  Priest-in-Charge of Newbold de Verdun, Barlestone, Kirby Mallory and Peckleton, Diocese of Leicester. Mrs Ives-Smith hopes to take up her new post in late summer.

The Revd Fran Grant, Assistant Curate (SSM) of Etwall and Egginton, Diocese of Derby, has been appointed Assistant Curate (SMM-to be known as Associate Priest) of Brailsford with Shirley, Osmaston with Edlaston and Yeaveley in the same diocese. Miss Grant was licensed on Monday 14 May 2018 by the Bishop of Derby in the Bishop’s Chapel, Duffield. Miss Grant’s contact details remain the same.


Join Terry Waite at QUAD

Terry Waite, English humanitarian and author, will be in Derby on Sunday 3 June 2018 from 7pm - 8pm in QUAD to talk about his new book, Solitude, in which he travels around the world to explore what solitude means.

As a hostage in Beirut from 1987-1991, he spent 1,763 days in captivity, nearly 4 years of which was in solitary confinement. Today, strangers still come up to ask him how he coped when living in isolation for so long.

Solitude reflects on his experience and sees Terry meet others who live in solitude – voluntarily or involuntarily - to explore the challenges, riches, joys and sorrows of the solitary life.

Visit the Derby Book Festival website to book tickets.   



Volunteer needed

Anette Love is seeking a volunteer to assist in the running of the second-hand book stall at the Clergy Conference on 12 - 14 November 2018 at the Hayes Conference Centre Swanwick.

The volunteer would need to set up the stall on the Monday afternoon, check up on it from time to time and clear away and dispose of the unwanted books on the Wednesday afternoon. (People traditionally bring in their unwanted books and voluntary donations are made towards the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal). It is a very popular stall where bargains are to be had.  If you are interested, please contact Anette Love.


Free A&M Hymn Books


St Edmunds Church in Allestree are giving away their Ancient & Modern New Standard Hymn books, to collect from Allestree, Derby. The books available are 180 in good condition, 76 worn on spine, 18 melody & 2 full music. Please contact Geoff Bailey.


Parish Giving Scheme

Since the launch of the Parish Giving Scheme within the Diocese in October 2017, the number of parishes participating has increased to 26, with 166 individuals now using the scheme to make regular donations to their parish churches.

In April 2018, a total of £12,829 was given through the scheme (£17 per person per week on average), and the Gift Aid reclaimed on these donations totalled £2,975. Two-thirds of individuals using the scheme have agreed to 'inflationary increases': every year their donations will be increased by the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

For more information about the Parish Giving Scheme please contact the Parish Resource Officers: David Meredith and David Mundy.

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