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Derby Diocese E-news 6 February 2018

The next issue will be Tuesday 20 February 2018. Please send any items for inclusion to by 1pm Monday 19 February 2018. 

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Ashes to Go - marking the start of Lent

People in Derby city centre and Ilkeston on Ash Wednesday should prepare to be ‘ashed’ in a custom dating back centuries.

Members of the clergy will set up temporary prayer stations outside Derby Cathedral and St Peter’s Church in Derby, and outside St Mary's in lkeston, and invite passers-by to join them in a prayer, before having their forehead marked with the sign of a cross in ash. Read More


Revd Canon Dr Sue Jones announced as the next Dean of Liverpool

It was announced today that the next Dean of Liverpool will be Revd Canon Dr Sue Jones. Sue currently serves as Director of Mission and Ministry, Diocese of Derby.  Read more


Join ringing out for Peace this Armistice

An appeal has gone out to church bell ringers around Britain to join in a major event later this year to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1.  The organisers of Battle's Over,an international event marking the armistice, wants to see more than 1000 churches and cathedrals participate by ringing their bells simultaneously at 7.05pm on the night of November 11 2018. 

Churches can register their involvement by completing the Ringing out for Peace entry form found at 


The Commonwealth Big Lunch

In April 2018 the UK has an unexpected opportunity to host the Commonwealth Summit, when leaders from all the member countries to gather in London and Windsor. 

The Summit has the potential to be a major step in educating, supporting and inspiring is as we look beyond Brexit. It reminds us that we are part of a family; a commonwealth with whom we trade not only in material goods but also cultural and moral goods. 

In the lead up to this global event the Archbishop of Canterbury will be supporting the Commonwealth Secretariat, in partnership with the Eden Project, to launch the Commonwealth Big Lunch. The hope is from 12 March to 22 April 2018 local communities will come together across the world to celebrate their Commonwealth connections by sharing food. 

The Commonwealth big Lunch is a wonderful oppportunity for parishes in the diocese to celebrate their connection with the local church in India over simple and profoundly biblical act of breaking bread together. Its also a chance to celebrate the Commonwealth heritage of your wider local community, as the Big Lunch can be teamed with a street party, discussion, sports, debate or other event to bring the community together. 

In the next few weeks resources will be made available from Lambeth Palace to help with the planning of the Big Lunch including branded posters, suggested recipes and bunting. 


The Peak Centre, Edale - an offer to the diocese

26 - 27 February and 12-13 March 2018

Would it be useful to have a venue away from your normal office for a day? A place to have a quiet day or some time to plan with your colleagues? To study or to pray? 

The Peak Centre is once again opening up the centre to any individuals or groups for day visits.  You are welcome to use the centre, where tea and coffee facilities will be available, at no cost during these dates. 

If you haven't been to the centre before we hope that you will find our breakout spaces, open fire and woodland cabin suitable for your needs, cosy and relaxing.

You will have access to a kitchen and dining area, and Edale is a stunning place, should the weather be kind enough for a walk. Welcome and departure times are flexible. 

If you are interested in coming to the Peak Centre for one of these days please get in touch with Sarah, the Manager by email: or by phone 01433 670254 


Prayer for Today

30 April 10am - 4pm
St Francis, Mackworth, Derby

The Community of Oblation invite you to a workshop led by Revd Glenn Martin and Bishop Alastair Redfern.

Join for a day to explore and experience prayer in different forms and to introduce the Community of Oblation. A opportunity to renew and refresh your prayer life. 
Lunch and drinks provided book you place by 16th April by emailing 


Association of Christian Writers

Writers Day on Journalism 
Sat 10 Mar 2018 10 am to 4pm at St Alkmund’s, Kedleston Road, Derby DE22 1GU
 The ACW is holding its March Writers Day in Derby this year. The theme of the day will focus on journalism with two speakers from Premier Christianity magazine, Sam Hailes and Claire Musters. Discover how to find that all important hook to grab the interest of an editor, structure your article writing, conduct interviews, how to work with the local press and much much more.
For further information or to book, visit
Café Writers
And if you are looking for a local Christian writers group, Café Writers meets every 2 months on Saturdaymorning in the Cathedral Café. We are affiliated to ACW and cater for all levels of writer. For information on our talks and meetings in 2018, please contact Richard and Eirene Palmer on 07592 303048 or drop us an email at


New Vocations, Learning and Formation Officers

The New Year began with us taking up our new roles as Vocations, Learning & Formation Officers.  We are here to encourage people to take up training opportunities and to enable and develop a culture of collaborative learning.  We will be working with deaneries and parishes to identify specific training needs and offer training that helps people to flourish within their churches and their communities.  One aspect of our role is to identify available educational resources and signpost them; we have updated the Diocesan webpage with Lent resources for 2018 (you hopefully picked this up in the January e news), which we hope that you will find helpful for your churches and small groups.  We look forward to getting to know you and working with you in the coming months.
Ellie Ballard & Kat Alldread


Consultation on the new HLF future direction and strategy is open

The consultation on the future direction and funding of the HLF is now open – and stays open until 22 March. The past year has seen significant changes in the way the HLF funds churches, and further changes across all its activities are signalled for 2018/19. It is therefore important that there is a strong response to the survey from people speaking for churches. The questions are not only for people that have applied for an HLF grant.
The background to the consultation is here and this is a direct link to the survey. If you would like to see all the questions to consider your answers before completing the online survey they can be found here.

Tower Beacons Guidance

The commemorations of the end of the First World War in 2018 has given rise to fresh interest in beacons on church towers. Ecclesiastical has revised its guidance on church tower beacons, which is available here.


Inclusive Church

Heard about Inclusive Church? Want to know more? Thinking of joining the network as an individual or as a church? Tuesday March 13th, 7.30pm at St Werburgh, Spondon. 
An evening Q and A with a short presentation by Julian Hollywell, Inclusive Church Ambassador in Derby Diocese and other members of Inclusive Church. For more info, get in touch through the contacts page 



The Revd Susan Bloomfield, Mission Chaplain amongst Deaf People, Diocese of Derby, retired on health grounds on 31st December, 2017.   

The Revd Alan Griggs, Assistant Curate (SSM) at Derby St Barnabas , Diocese of Derby, will transfer his curacy and become Assistant Curate (SSM) of Fenny Bentley, Thorpe, Tissington, Parwich and Alsop - en - le - Dale in the same Diocese with effect from Sunday 4th March 2018 . Mr Griggs ’ contact details will remain the same.

The Revd Lynn Hayler will be licensed as Team Vicar in the North Wingfield Team Ministry with special responsibility for Pilsley, Diocese of Derby , on Wednesday 18 th April at 7 pm at St Mary’s Pilsley by the Bishop of Repton assisted by the Archdeacon of Chesterfield. 

The Revd Bryony Taylor, Assistant Curate of Houghton - le - Spring, Diocese of Durham, has been appointed Rector of Barlborough and Clowne, Diocese of Derby. Mrs Taylor will be instituted on Monday 30th April at 7 pm at St James ’ Barlborough by the Bishop of Derby and inducted by the Archdeacon of Chesterfield. 


Diocesan 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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