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Derby Diocese E-news 28 November 2017

The next issue will be Tuesday 12 December  2017. Please send any items for inclusion to by 1pm Monday 11 December 2017. 

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Bishop Jan announced as the chair of The Sandford St Martin Trust

The Sandford St Martin Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of the Bishop of Repton, the Right Reverend Jan McFarlane as its new Chair. In the role she will head the Trust's work advocating and lobbying for religious literacy in broadcasting at industry, parliamentary and regulatory level, including overseeing the UK's most prestigious awards for programmes exploring religion, ethics or spirituality.  She succeeds the Rt Rev Nick Baines, Lord Bishop of Leeds, who steps down following 9 years in role.

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The Transformation of St Wilfrid's: Anglo-Saxon Church in Barrow upon Trent wins National Lottery Support

The PCC of St Wilfrid’s Church, Barrow upon Trent has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the “Transformation of St Wilfrid’s” project, it has just been announced. Made possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to preserve and celebrate this important heritage site, transforming it into a multi-function building fit for community use, education and research, with the ability to sustain itself.  The first round pass of £597,400 includes development funding of £34,700 which has been awarded to help St Wilfrid’s PCC progress their plans to apply for the full grant at a later date. 

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The new 'A Church Near You'

Exciting changes are coming to the popular 'A Church Near You' website including the chance for parishes to use it to create their own free and bespoke website!

Earlier this year the national Digital Communications team at Church House in London produced a report on how to get the most from the new 'A Church Near You'. 

A Church Near You is the online information portal accessible to all churches across the country. Each church can own its own page and keep it updated with the latest information about what is happening. 

It is a powerful tool and receives a lot of visitors ... people wanting to find out what is happening at parishes local to them. It is particularly popular at Christmas and Easter. 

It was decided recently to work to enhance the site for maximum impact and to create new features, including adding church schools into the databanks and a new analytics feature showing number of page views each week. 

There are two phases to the project, with the second phase offering parishes the opportunity to use 'A Church Near You' to create their own bespoke website. 

The Digital Team spoke to 1,800 people across the country to gather insights and thoughts on how to make the service much better for a site that receives over 13 million page views each year. 

Using this feedback the designs are now complete and signed off, and the work of building the site is well underway for a launch in November 2017. Key new features for phase one include:

* Churches will be able to add extra information to events and services, such as a location other than the church, times, accessibility and contact details. This will enable churches to showcase their one-off services out in the community or parish away days outside the church building.

* Space to include information about the facilities the church has, from a post office to foodbank or Alpha.

* Churches will be able to see the number of page views their profile gets each week, month and year thanks to a new analytics feature built into the logged in view.

* Users will not only be able to search for their nearest church – and now Church of England school – but they are also able to filter the search to show results that include key features and facilities they are looking for or need, such as accessibility, car parking or service type.

* In phase two, churches will be able to turn their simple page into a full church website – even having the option of using a unique URL, or the URL of their current website. From the launch in November, profiles will already begin to look far more like a website, with editors able to add pages, images and customise the tiles on their profile.

The digital team is keeping in regular contact with A Church Near You editors as they prepare for launch and the site will also sit at the heart of the national Christmas campaign under this year's theme of #GodWithUs. 

If you have any questions about the project, you can email


Marsh Innovative Church Project and Church Volunteer Awards

Churches, chapels and meeting houses have an important place in every community, but much of the outreach work that is carried out is not publicly known. Faith volunteers are usually unsung heroes who make a big difference to other people’s lives through their faith and church or chapel. Please help us to shine a light on the incredible contributions being made by faith volunteers and through church-led activities that benefit communities across the UK. Please circulate this message and nominate great community projects and activities being run in places of worship. There is also the chance to nominate people who are making remarkable individual contributions to their church and community through volunteering. The National Churches Trust is offering two award categories this year thanks to the generosity of the Marsh Christian Trust. Winners and representatives from shortlisted activities will be invited to a special event in London in June 2018 at St Paul’s Cathedral. Please make your nomination by 14 January 2018.

  1. Marsh Innovative Church Project Awards – in their third year, these awards celebrate faith volunteer led activities that serve local people. The activities will have been made possible through changes or additions, including extensions, to a place of worship, e.g., putting in toilets, better access and catering facilities. Activities may be particularly novel or be extremely well conceived and run. We are looking for a winner and runner up, but we promote a shortlist of up to 7 activities. Anyone working for a charity or church can make a nomination. The winning project will receive £1,000. The runner up £500. All shortlisted projects receive a certificate and will be promoted to inspire others. 
  2. Marsh Church Volunteer Awards – we are delighted to announce this new award category to celebrate individual volunteers who are making an exceptional contribution to their church or a group of churches and their community through their church building. For examples please see the website. We are seeking seven people from around the UK to win. Each person will receive £250 and a certificate. Anyone can make a nomination. 

You can find more information and make your nomination here.


Singing for Fun

Singing for fun is an opportunity to sing with others regardless of whether you can read music, or you think you can't sing. It's an evening when you can just enjoy being part of a group who like to sing. 
Join us in the New Year, Monday Evenings at St Bartholomew's Centre, Derby.

To register send your name, phone number and email address to



WIN!  Tidings of Comfort and Joy: A Christmas Feast of Faith and Fun by Pam Rhodes

Pam Rhodes is well known as the face of BBC's Songs of Praise. In this book she offers a selection of her favourite carols, poems, stories, bible readings and other inspirational passages from a wide range of sources. Alongside the items themselves, Pam share some of her own Christmas reminiscences and explores the resonance of the Christmas story for all of our lives. 

We have one copy of the book to give away. To enter email your name and address to by Thursday 14 December



The Revd Nick Green, Rector of St Mary's Episcopal Church Dunblane, Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane, has been appointed Vicar of Walton St John, Diocese of Derby. Mr Green hopes to take up his new appointment in February 2018. 

The Revd Lynn Hayler, team Curate of the South Cotswolds Team Ministry, Diocese of Gloucester, has been appointed Vicar in the North Wingfield Team Ministry with special responsibility for Pilsley, Diocese of Derby. Mrs Hayler hopes to take up her new appointment in April 2018. 

The Revd Jane Legh will be licensed as Interim Part-Time Priest-in-Charge of the Benefice of Boylestone, Church Broughton, Dalbury, Longford, Long Lane, Radbourn, Sutton-on-the-Hill and Trusley, Diocese of Derby, on Sunday 3rd December at 10.30am at St John the Baptist Boylestone by the Bishop of Derby.

The Bishop of Derby’s Office has direct dial phone numbers. Please use as follows for:

Claire Beavis, Bishop’s PA: 01332 650582
(for queries including diary requests and matters relating specifically to Bishop Alastair)

Frances Morrison, Administrative Assistant: 01332 650581
(for queries including finance, MDR, Lay administration of Communion)

Pippa Rowen, Bishop’s Chaplain: 01332 650584

The Bishop’s Office general number is still available (01332 840132) but if you know the person to talk to please use the direct dial.

The phone number for Hilary Darvill, the Bishop of Repton’s secretary, remains: 01332 650583.

Earlier in 2017 the Church Commissioners provided funding for a number of new posts that would enable the diocese to develop mission and growth, and to accelerate our plans to strengthen our financial stability.  
As part of those plans we have recruited a number of new people which include:

Mrs Ellie Ballard and Mrs Kat Alldread who will join the Mission and Ministry Team as Vocations, Learning and Formation Officers. Both Ellie and Kat bring a wealth of experience with them which they will use to good effect as they work with the Deanery leadership teams to encourage the development of lay leadership, to support mission and ministry and help us ‘re-imagine’ church in those areas where we wish to encourage local leadership. Ellie and Kat will take up their new posts on Tuesday 2nd January 2018. 
Mr David Meredith who was appointed as a part time Parish Resource Officer in September 2017. Working alongside David Mundy they have been focusing on Common Fund and the new Parish Giving Scheme. As Church Commissions funding is being reduced over the next 10 years we will require common fund to provide 65% or our income and underachieving it presents a major risk to our financial position. Due to the importance of these roles the Diocese will be appointing two further part time Parish Resource Offices again funded by the Church Commissioners in early 2018.
Sarah Legg also joined the Property Team as an administrator and will work with Nigel Sherratt as he works with the Deanery Leadership Teams to formally complete the pastoral reorganisation required to create the new Deanery legal entities.
We are delighted to welcome everyone to the Church House family and hope you will join me in wishing them well as the start, or continue in their respective roles. 
Rachel Morris                          Sue Jones
Diocesan Secretary                 Director of Mission and Ministry         


School of Formation Training Calendar 

All diocesan training and learning opportunities are available under the School of Formation webpage. This complete list will make it easier to find training, it is constantly being updated with new events so do keep checking back. 

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