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14 October 2020

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Latest News

Derby Cathedral awarded £270k grant

Derby Cathedral has been awarded a grant of £270,800 to cover overheads, IT and digital resources and personal protective equipment (PPE) required as a result of Covid. 

The Cathedral will use some of the grant to improve its online presence and digital capabilities, making it more accessible to the City of Derby, the County of Derbyshire, the Diocese of Derby, its many visitors and a wide range of worshippers.

It is one of more than 400 organisations across the country to receive a lifesaving financial boost from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund to help them through the coronavirus pandemic.

>> Read full story and statement from the Dean of Derby

Dr Alison Brown to step down from Education role

After a year as Acting Director of Education and 16 years as Deputy Director of Education and Schools’ Adviser, Dr Alison Brown will be leaving the employment of the Diocese of Derby. Her last day in post will be Sunday, 3 January 2021.

Alison will be joining Christian Aid to start in a new role as its Global Neighbours Schools’ Programme Officer.

On announcing her new appointment, Alison said: “It is with mixed feelings that I am leaving the Diocesan Board of Education. I am very excited about the prospect of my new role with Christian Aid. It will allow me to work with schools across the country in working towards their Global Neighbour Award and thereby helping their pupils grow into people who make the world a better place. However, I am sad to be leaving the family of Church schools which I have known and worked with for the last 17 years".

>> Read full story incl. comments from Alison and the Ven Carol Costlett

The Knife Angel - 1 year on

A year ago, throughout October 2019, Derby Cathedral hosted the Knife Angel.

In the four weeks it stood outside the cathedral, more than 200,000 people visited, 130 volunteers were trained and gave up their time to inform visitors of the danger of carrying a knife and 23 special educational events were held to discuss knife crime.

Rachel Morris, Diocesan Secretary & Derby Cathedral Chapter Steward, Chief Executive Diocesan Board of Finance, said: “Derby Cathedral was humbled and honoured to host the Knife Angel in Derby.

"The perseverance and hard work of key partners, generous sponsors and wonderful volunteers brought the project together in a way which benefitted the many thousands of visitors who experienced and were affected by the statue. 

“The educational and public events enabled the successful delivery of the key outcomes to educate and raise public awareness of the horrors of knife and violent crime. 

"We are very grateful to every individual involved, and keen to support the ongoing legacy of the Knife Angel in Derby.”

>> Read article in full

Anniversary of the Knife Angel's visit to Derby

Growing faith and developing ministry

Sign up now for January 2021

Three options available:

Diocesan Certificate in Mission and Ministry course to help with growth in faith and the development of ministry.
100% online modular course. Each module consists of seven sessions which you complete on your own and three which you complete with other students on study days via Zoom.
Keen to deepen your faith and increase your knowledge?
Take single modules as and when they are running. The modules running next term (16 January 2021 to 20 March 2021) are:
  • Introductory Level Module: Called to be the People of God
  • Advanced Level Module: Mission and Evangelism
  • Note - Modules each cost a flat fee of £25, payable prior to commencement of each one (you only pay for the modules you study).
Think you may have a calling to be a Reader?
The new Reader Training course starts in January. The first year is a discernment year which you can take while working with a Vocations Adviser and the supervision of your incumbent. This gives you the opportunity to explore whether Reader ministry is for you. You will need the support of your incumbent (or the equivalent in a vacancy) in order to sign up for this course.

Closing date for applications is Friday, 8 January 2021.

>> Visit the Discipleship Training website

>> Contact Fiona Bennett, Course Administrator


Deanery Newsletters

Cycle of Prayer - November

The November Cycle of Prayer is now available to view and download from the Diocese of Derby website.

>> View Cycle of Prayer for November

Virtual Events & Training

New Digital Labs webinars

The new season of Digital Labs webinars are live on the CofE website.

Upcoming webinars include:

  • Masterclass: Livestreaming with OBS
  • Comfort and Joy: Resourcing your church this Christmas
  • Basics of livestreaming with Facebook and YouTube
  • Video presentation skills
  • Using Zoom for interactive services and events

>> View webinar programme and book your free place(s)

Legacy Giving webinars

Legacies are a lifeline for our parishes. CofE parishes receive over 4,000 legacies each year - gifts to finance mission projects, maintain beautiful church buildings and grow faithful communities. These gifts make a real difference to the future work of the Church - as regular giving often concentrates on maintaining the existing mission and ministry.

In this webinar, you'll find out why gifts in wills are so important and how to run a simple legacy campaign in your church. The National Giving team guide you through the free resources available to help you and answer your questions.

>> Book your place - 15 October, 2pm

>> Book your place - 3 November, 11.30am

Growing in God's Life

Thursday 15th October

Please note- this event has now been transferred online and has been split into two sessions on the same day

The two sessions will be connected so, if possible, it is best if you sign up for both, but if you can only manage one of them, we'd still love to see you.

Session 1 - Thursday 15th October 10.30am -12pm - BOOK NOW
Session 2 - Thursday 15th October 1 - 2.30pm - BOOK NOW

>> Learn more about this course

Re-imagining the Promised Land: Green Christian festival

23 - 25 October 

Covid-19 has brought dark times, yet we have seen positives emerge through lockdown: breathing space for nature, renewed community spirit, a focus on the local.

Please book through Eventbrite. This Zoom event is free of charge.  
>> Learn more about the festival

Flexible Christingle / Doing Christingle differently: 
The Children's Society

Thursday 5 November

This event is free however you will need to register in advance here to register to a Microsoft Teams webinar. 

Churches and supporters will be grappling with how to do Christingle differently in the light of Covid-19 restrictions. An opportunity to find out about this year's resources and how they can support both socially distanced and online Christingles, and to ask questions of a tech vicar!

Eco Church conference 2020

Free videos from the conference are available on Facebook
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