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11 November 2020

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Diocese welcomes new Readers

On Saturday, 7 November 2020, eight Readers – four ‘home-grown’ and trained by the Diocese of Derby and four transferring in from other dioceses, were licensed by Bishop Libby from Derby Cathedral.

The service was conducted by Zoom, and - in a first for the cathedral - was not only simultaneously transmitted live via Youtube, but was also interpreted into British Sign Language.

Admitted and Licensed as Readers:

  • Sarah Tupling (Allestree St Nicholas)
  • Eileen Castor (Ilkeston St John)
  • Gill Jackson (Caldwell (within the Benefice of Stapenhill, St Peter) and Winshill and Bretby)
  • Jean Desborough (Littleover St Peter)

and four Readers formerly Licensed in other dioceses now Licensed to the Diocese of Derby:

  • David Neale (Beeley & Edensor)
  • Cathie Hallsworth (Langley Mill & Aldercar)
  • Wendy Bourne (Willington & Findern)
  • Rosemary Nicholls (Marlpool, Heanor, Langley Mill and Aldercar)

Please pray for all our new Readers and for the communities where they will serve, and for over twenty who have entered training this year.

Reader Licensing Service from Derby Cathedral

A call to prayer for the nation

This week, Bishop Libby encouraged us to join her in responding to the Archbishops’ invitation to pray every day at 6pm for our nation.  

Prayer is the bedrock of our Vision - Transforming Lives, Growing Church, Building Community. Our practice of prayer will deepen and strengthen our own faith.

Please take a moment to learn more and view the resources.

>> Prayer resources on Prayer for the Nation page

Living in Love and Faith

The Church of England has published a landmark set of resources drawing together the Bible, theology, science and history with powerful real-life stories as it embarks on a new process of discernment and decision-making on questions of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.

Living in Love and Faith includes a 480-page book, a series of films and podcasts, a course and an online library of other publications, in what is thought to be the most extensive work in this area by any faith group in the world.

The Church of England has invited everyone to learn together. In the New Year, Bishop Libby will draw together a working group to facilitate using these resources for open and honest discussions, listening and learning from each other across the Diocese of Derby.

>> Learn more about Living in Love and Faith

>> Read full press release on the Living in Love and Faith launch

Announcements from the Bishop of Derby's office

The Revd Canon Malcolm Macnaughton, Chief of Staff to the Archbishop of York, has been appointed Bishop of Repton.

>> View announcement in full


Staffing in the Bishop of Derby’s Office

Following a review of staffing in the Bishop’s Office, and after a period of consultation, the following posts have been introduced and filled as detailed below:

Mrs Halina Johnson, Office Manager, has been appointed Senior Executive Assistant. Halina will have oversight of the management of the office and provide executive support to the Bishop.
Her new email is:

Mrs Frances Morrison, Administrative Assistant, has been appointed Administration and Operations Coordinator. Frances will perform operating and project-based tasks, provide administrative support, and oversee facilities and hospitality coordination.
Her new email is:

Safeguarding Leadership Courses - now booking

The new Safeguarding Leadership module replaces C2, C3, and ‘refresher’ training, and is a requirement for all those who have any leadership responsibility in the church.

All those with the Bishop’s licence (clergy, readers and lay ministers), churchwardens, and many others who hold positions of leadership in work with children, young people or adults who may be at risk or are vulnerable must complete this course.

There is no bar to others completing this who don’t ‘qualify’, as increased awareness at this level helps to communicate the importance of safeguarding within the church community.

The module is a mixture of reading and preparation work, two ‘Zoom’ sessions, and some review and evaluation work. 

All churchwardens need to attend this level of training every three years. New churchwardens need to complete this training, along with the on-line C0 and C1 courses, as soon as possible, and within three months from appointment. Continuing churchwardens should do this course once they are approaching three years since they completed the old C2 course. 

There are three cohorts of leadership training available before Christmas. To book a place on this online course, please email indicating your role, parish, and chosen dates:
Thu, 26 Nov - 10am : 11.30am and 1.30pm : 3pm
Tue, 1 Dec - 7pm : 8.30pm and Thu, 3 Dec 7pm : 8.30pm
Mon, 7 Dec - 1.30pm : 3pm and 7pm : 8.30pm

Beware of suspicious emails

Sadly, we are once again hearing reports of suspicious emails that appear to be sent from clergy asking for a favour or urgently needing gift vouchers. Responding to the emails will result in requests for money or gift cards.

Please DO NOT reply to the emails - DELETE them.

We are not currently aware how many may be affected; however, it is important that we are all aware and be vigilant to protect our online safety and security.

>> Learn more on the Diocese of Derby website 

How will you be marking Christmas 2020?

This year, Advent and Christmas will be unlike any other year, but it will still happen. We would like to make sure that the spirit of Christmas reaches all corners of the diocese to celebrate with those people who can and support those that will find this year extra hard.

We are looking for contributions from all over the diocese for a special project that will go live on 1 December. We are looking for real stories of how you are planning to celebrate, how you will reach out to friends, family and others within your community, the ways your church will encourage worship, how your community is coming together - figuratively if we can’t physically - to share around the diocese.

Please tell us about any projects that are coming up, night shelters, food banks, collection of gifts for the community, serving meals, work with schools etc.

Why not have a go at sending us a short (30sec – 1 min) video, photographs and a short, written article (approx. 100 words) explaining how Advent and Christmas will be different for you this year and how you will be marking it?

Please send your contributions to by Friday, 4 December including your full name, area where you live and the church you worship in (if appropriate). We will share as many as we can within the project, our social media channels and publications.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Communications Team, Church House


Deanery Newsletters

November issue of
Our Diocese Together

Uniting the Diocese of Derby during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Inside this issue:
  • Archdeacon Christopher writes...
  • Ordinations 2020
  • Remembrance
  • St Edmund's Allestree, a harvest reflection

... and much more!

>> View in Magazine format

>> View in PDF format

Virtual Events & Training

The Theology of Wellbeing

Saturday, 14 November 2020
10.00 am - 11.30 am

Wellbeing is commonly viewed as a secular concept, despite the Bible describing how we can live well and be content in all circumstances.

In this introductory session we explore what the Bible has to say and its significance for discipleship and mission.

Only 30 places available

>> Book for free place

Free CPAS Webinar

Leading in Uncertain Times (3): Leading with Courage
Wednesday, 18 November 2020
10am - 11am or 2pm - 3pm

James Lawrence, Leadership Principal at CPAS will offer some perspective on where we find ourselves now, explore how to lead with courage during this difficult season, and highlight the latest helpful resources available as we head into Advent and Christmas.

>> Book your free place 

Mental Health Manifesto for Churches

Monday, 30 November 2020
2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

This online Zoom session will present the manifesto and provide space to discuss it.

The mental health manifesto is a statement of intent to prioritise mental health and has 6 core standards to help organisations make it a priority.

From inclusion to measuring wellbeing, the mental health manifesto asks the church to pay attention to what and how they do things so that people might flourish and bring their whole selves.

We’ll then explore what we already do within our church tradition that may enable and promote good mental health and how we might hone them or deliver them with human flourishing in mind.

>> Book for free place

Care of Mind, Care of Soul
an online reading group

An online reading group to reflect upon how we might integrate insights from psychology into the practice of spiritual direction. Those joining the group will need to purchase a copy of Gerald G May’s ‘Care of Mind Care of Soul: A Psychiatrist Explores Spiritual Direction’, 1982 or 1992 Harper Collins

Five zoom sessions to run on Thursdays from 2:00pm - 3:15pm from Thursday, 5 November – Thursday, 3 December. Please book in for each session.


CofE "Net Zero Carbon" webinars

The CofE has a range of webinars on different aspects of our environmental journey to ‘net zero carbon’.  This series of webinars is designed to support and equip churches, cathedrals and others in the Church towards the ambitious "net zero carbon" emissions target. 

You’ll find everything from forming a team to putting solar panels on the roof, including low cost 'housekeeping' actions which can pay back quickly.

>> More details of topics, dates, and how to book

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