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20 May 2021

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Inside All Saints' Church, Mackworth

For the first time, you can now see the inside of All Saints' Church in Mackworth, which was devastated by fire in December 2020.

Whilst the tower was largely unaffected, the nave and chancel were almost completely destroyed, including the roof. However, a number of artefacts survived and some of these have already been sent to experts for restoration. The work has also revealed a crypt that was not known about.

The images of the church's interior follow months of clearance work and the stabilisation of the site - phase one of the project. The next phase will be to make the building watertight and the PCC will be seeing presentations from contractors in the coming weeks.

Most of the funding for the work carried out so far has been provided by the church's insurers, Ecclesiastical.

>> Read full article and view images on Diocese of Derby website

Bishop Libby in Christian Aid Week 300,000 steps challenge

Bishop Libby, together with her family, is supporting Christian Aid Week by taking part in the 300,000 steps for May challenge - and there's still time to join her!

Take 300,000 sponsored steps across the month of May to raise vital funds for communities battling the worst of this climate crisis. Whether you decide to walk, jump, skip, hop or run your steps is completely up to you!

>> Read the full article on the Diocese of Derby website

Derby Cathedral Volunteer Information Evening

Tuesday 15 June, 7pm

Derby Cathedral are looking for volunteers to support various sectors such as Art, Music and Singing, Heritage and Culture, Welcome and Guides, Architecture, Education, Embroidery, Floristry, Events and Local History. They are hosting an online session to provide more information, to register your interest email or call 01332 341201. The Zoom link will be sent directly to you. 


Ordained Vocations Officer

The Ordained Vocations Officer (OVO) will hold responsibility for four vital aspects of Clergy engagement:

  • Lead a team of skilled assistant OVO's as they discern with Christians from diverse backgrounds their vocations to both reimagined and traditional forms of ministry.
  • Coordinate the Ministerial Development Review process ensuring an integrated experience that delivers clear ministerial progression goals in a supportive and encouraging framework.
  • Lead facilitator for Clergy well-being as the Diocese responds positively to GS2133.
  • Diocesan champion in driving towards every minister engaged in a supervisory relationship.

>> View full job description

>> Apply via CofE Pathways

Stories from around the Church of England
CofE's Ethical Investment Advisory Group issues new guidance on Human Rights

Archbishop of Canterbury appoints new chaplain

CofE sets out entitlement for collective worship
Children’s choir steals hearts – and packs a punch – in bid to focus G7 leaders' minds on the poor

‘It was ridiculous!’ How vicar’s TikTok meant for seven teenagers reached 1.7 million

National Register of Clergy launched

Planning an event for your church? Tell us about it!

As churches move towards opening further in the months ahead as restrictions ease, we are becoming aware that many churches are already planning to hold events during 2021.

We have introduced the Parish Events Diary on our website and welcome details of your events to feature on there.

Send details to

Fire Safety for Churches course

Tuesday, 6 July 2021 - 11.00am (via Zoom)

  • How to reduce the risk of fire at your church
  • What to do if the worst should happen
  • How we can help

This online event includes an opportunity for small group discussion and Q&A panel with representatives from Ecclesiastical Insurance, the Diocesan Property Department and the DAC.

The Zoom link will be sent to attendees on Friday 2nd July.

>> Book your free place

Convent of the Holy Name - 
"Going, going, gone" outdoor sale

Saturday 22 May
2.00pm - 4.00pm
The Convent of the Holy Name
Morley Road, Oakwood, Derby DE21 4TB.

On offer: Furniture (tables, chairs, garden furniture etc.), gardening equipment, bric-a-brac, plants.
No charge for anything, but donations welcomed. Please maintain social distancing and wear a mask. 

Tear and Repair Textiles Exhibition

Derby Cathedral
Monday 17 May - Thursday 24 June

Artist Nicola Moody ran a series of workshops with women from Azalea, a charity that works with women caught in commercial sexual exploitation. She created 5 woven hangings that use the language of textiles to communicate 5 different narratives.

Entry into the exhibition is free of charge and the work is accessible during Cathedral opening times.


Deanery Newsletters

>> Derby City Deanery news

Church of England Webinars

Digital Labs

Learn the ways your church can use digital communications. 
Full details and sign-up info available here

Environment and Climate Change

A series of webinars designed to support and equip you to reach the Church’s ambitious "net zero carbon" emissions target.
Full details and sign-up info available here 

Evangelism and Discipleship Webinars

Learn practical ideas for church leaders at a local level.
Full details and sign-up info available here 
The May issue of Our Diocese Together is available here
The June issue of The Cycle of Prayer is now available. 
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