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25 November 2020

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Welcome return of public worship

The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, has welcomed the publication of the Government's Covid-19 Winter Plan, detailing that places of worship will be permitted to reopen for public worship from Tuesday, 2 December. The Diocese of Derby will share more detailed guidance from the Church of England when it is available.

Bishop Sarah, who chairs the Church of England's Recovery Group, said: "We are encouraged by the confirmation that places of worship will soon be able to reopen for public worship in all tiers and in all parts of the country.

"Churches and cathedrals can now approach Advent and Christmas with more certainty; a time when we know many people will look forward to attending services celebrating the birth of Jesus"

More information will be available on the diocesan website once the formal guidance has been issued.

Christmas 2020 - Comfort and Joy

The CofE campaign for Advent and Christmas 2020 is Comfort and Joy.

Comfort and Joy holds together the hope that Christmas will bring joy and celebration after a uniquely difficult year with an acknowledgement that – for those who have lost loved ones or livelihoods, or who are potentially still not able to be together with loved ones – it may be the Church’s role, both nationally and locally, to provide consolation, rather than assume everyone will be ready to join in jubilation. We also have to anticipate there may be further spikes.

>> Find out more on the CofE website

Be part of our Christmas Carol video

There’s nothing quite like singing carols together at Christmas. Sadly, this year, we can’t hold our usual carol services – so we’re going to make a special version of "O Come, All Ye Faithful" to get us all singing as a diocese, in the spirit of hope and togetherness.

We’d love you to take part, by videoing yourself(selves) singing this most well-known of carols! 

>> How to take part (PDF)

>> Download the audio track (mp3)

>> Download the words (PDF)

Announcements from the Bishop of Derby's office

During the Spring term 2021, Canon Linda Wainscot, formerly Director of Education for the Diocese of Coventry, will take up the position as Interim Diocesan Director of Education for two days a week. Also, Dr Alison Brown will continue to support headteachers and schools, offering one and two days a week as required, ensuring their Christian Distinctiveness within the diocese. Both roles will be on a consultancy basis, starting in January 2021.

The Revd Nigel Elliott, Priest-in-Charge of Sinfin St Stephen, Diocese of Derby, has been appointed Vicar of the same benefice following the lifting of Suspension of Presentation. Mr Elliott will be collated on Wednesday, 9 December by the Bishop of Derby and inducted at a later date.

The Revd Keith Cocking will be collated as Rector of Elmton with Creswell and Whitwell with Steetley, Diocese of Derby, on Monday 11 January 2021 by the Bishop of Derby. The Archdeacon of Chesterfield will induct Mr Cocking at a later date.

Faith Engagement Review

The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, has welcomed the opportunity for people nationally to respond to an independent review on Government engagement with faith communities, which will help to shape relationships now and in the future. 

The review, which predates the Covid-19 pandemic, will nonetheless inform how government engages with faith groups during the Covid-19 recovery phase and beyond. This consultation lasts until 11 December 2020. 

The Bishop of London said: “Faith is at the heart of so many of our communities, across the length and breadth of the country. This welcome consultation from the Government is an opportunity to demonstrate and explore how faith enriches and empowers our lives and our relationships with one another. I believe it can play a fundamental role in building a stronger, more tolerant society for the future.  I would urge as many people as possible to get involved by responding to the consultation, ensuring that the voices of our faith communities are heard.”  

Please consider completing the consultation survey. Individuals as well as churches are encouraged to engage. 

>> Faith Engagement Government survey 

Ember Day Prayers for Vocations

Sunday, 13 December - 3rd Sunday of Advent

At such a time as this; a global pandemic, heart-held Black Lives Matter, a national transition to Brexit, a National Church focus on the ministry of the Laity (Kingdom Calling), a Diocesan conversation about mission and ministry over the next five years, we face an invitation to prayer.

Choose your focus, all have great need for the foundation of prayer, the growing faith of disciples and the deepening trust in God, who will take all things for His Good.

This is an invitation to set an alarm for 10.02
[Luke 10:2 Jesus told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.].

As your circumstances permit each day, send an arrow prayer, contemplate the scripture, enter deep silence, let God work in your heart and mind to see the people God is calling in your place, to widen our understanding of lay and ordained ministry in the 21st Century Church and community. Could you read a recent book or paper about lay and ordained ministry?

Thank you

Kat Alldread, Acting Lead Officer for Vocations
Revd Carollyn McDonald, Acting DDO


Advent Hope 

As we emerge from the second lockdown and enter Advent, we look for the coming of Christ and of his Kingdom, and the hope that gives us. 

Between 30 November and 24 December 2020, Bishop Libby invites you to join her each week for an hour of prayer and reflection together based upon seasonal Bible passages and collects.   

Advent Hope is open to all and will be held on Monday mornings from 8am - 9am and repeated on Thursday evenings from 8pm - 9pm. Please email for the access link. 

Diocesan Virtual Advent Calendar 

We are excited to announce the launch of a Diocesan Virtual Advent Calendar and are looking for contributions from all over the diocese. We are looking for real stories of how you are planning to mark Christmas, 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. 

We would also like to hear about any projects that are coming up, night shelters, food banks, collection of gifts for the community, serving meals, work with schools etc. 

Send us your short (30sec – 1 min) videos or photographs and approx. 100 words by Friday, 4 December 2020 (but preferably earlier) to Please include your full name, location and your church. We will share as many as we can within the project, our social media channels and publications. 

Advent Resources

Resources for Advent and Christmas are available on the Diocese of Derby website.

>> Advent and Christmas resources


December issue of
Our Diocese Together

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

Inside this issue:
  • Archdeacon Carol writes...
  • Meet the next Bishop of Repton
  • Breaston's Bishop's Badge Winner
  • Advent and Christmas
  • Toby Gaddum shares his experience of the Discipleship course
  • Diocese welcomes new Readers
  • Light, Love and Hope in Killamarsh
  • Stir up a Christmas Cake
... and much more!

>> View in Magazine format

>> View in PDF format

Cycle of Prayer - December

The Cycle of Prayer features daily prayers for December compiled by Revd Annette Love.

>> Download the December Cycle of Prayer

Churchwarden's Yearbook 2021

The Churchwarden's Yearbook 2021 is available now.

It costs £13.95 with free delivery from Churchwarden Publications and can be ordered by phone on 01985 840189 using card payment, or by post (Churchwarden Publications, PO Box 420, Warminster, BA12 9XB) with cheque or card payment.

Virtual Events & Training

Derby Cathedral Virtual Festive Fair

Due to the current lockdown, the scheduled Festive Fair is going online!
Curl up in the comfort of your own home to pick up some lovely gifts from Derby Cathedral’s Online Festive Fair and support local small businesses.

There will be a range of quality products available including soaps, cards, candles, stationery, gin, books and many other gorgeous things! Purchases can be mailed or you can use click and collect. Proceeds will go towards the care and work of Derby Cathedral.

> Visit Derby Cathedral Facebook page

Live-streaming your Christmas Services and Events webinar

Monday, 30 November 2020

What's the best set up for a live-stream for broadcasting inside or outside? How do we capture audio from a group of musicians? How can we use pre-recorded music in a live-stream service?

Join Sam Poch, Content Producer, and James Newhook, Audio producer from the CofE Digital Team in this special Christmas themed webinar to answer your questions and help your events run as smoothly as possible.

>> Register for 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 six 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

Derbyshire Farmer's online Carol Service

Sunday, 6 December 2020

The Derbyshire Rural Chaplaincy and Rural Action Derbyshire are preparing to celebrate the annual High Peak Livestock Society carol service. Normally held at Bakewell Livestock Market, this year it moves online.

The service includes a foreword from Alastair Sneddon (Senior Partner Bagshaws LLP), poetry by Philip Holland, and carols will be led by Bel Canto, St Anne's Church Choir from Baslow and Youlgrave Brass Band. Revd Alan Griggs, the Lead Rural Chaplain, will share a reflection. The service will also include beautiful images of Derbyshire. 

>> Visit Rural Action Derbyshire for more details

Publicising your Advent and Christmas Events and Services on Facebook - Webinar

Monday, 7 December 2020

Emma Sijuwade, Social Media expert, with Amaris Cole and Liz Morgan from the CofE Digital Team, will share tips for promoting your events in your local community using Facebook. Covering free advertising as well as an introduction to paid advertising, this is ideal for novices and anyone seeking fresh ideas.

>> Register for your free place

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