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23 December 2020

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A message of thanks from Archdeacon Christopher

Dear Friends,

Saying farewell this year has been more complicated than usual.  I am very grateful to those who were able to attend my farewell service in the Cathedral, either in person or online, and for making that such a special occasion.

Helen and I particularly want to say thank-you for the very generous gift from the diocese.  We will enjoy deciding how to make the best use of it in the short term but its longer-term significance is as a sacrament of the goodwill and fellowship we have enjoyed with you all.
Although I am now leaving the Diocese of Derby, it will remain an important part of me and I look forward to hearing whatever news makes its way over the border to Wales!
With my love and prayers,

If you missed Archdeacon Christopher's "Farewell" Evensong service, it is available to view on the Derby Cathedral YouTube channel from the link below.
Archdeacon Christophers Farewell Evensong service including his final sermon and gift presentation

Announcements from the Bishop of Derby's office

The Revd Penny Goodchild, Assistant Curate (OLM) of Pinxton 2011-2015 (Derby), Assistant Curate (known as Associate Priest - OLM) of Pinxton 2015-2020, who retired in March 2020, died on Friday,18 December 2020. Funeral details will follow in due course.

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The Revd Nicky Fenton, Priest-in-Charge of Hazelwood, Holbrook and Milford, with occasional work as the Bishop’s Ordained Chaplain and on educational matters, Diocese of Derby, has been appointed by the Church Commissioners to be Chaplain to the Bishop of Derby and Residentiary Canon of Derby Cathedral in the same diocese. Mrs Fenton hopes to take up her appointment in March 2021. Mrs Fenton will continue as Acting Retirement Chaplain and the Bishop’s Advisor in Spirituality as part of her new role.

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The Revd Sarah Watson will be licensed as Interim Assistant Curate (to be known as Enabling Minister) of Chaddesden St Philip with Derby St Mark, of Spondon, the parish of Derby St Andrew and St Osmund, the Derwent Oak Bishop’s Mission Order and the Journey Community Bishop’s Mission Order, Diocese of Derby, on Monday, 4 January 2021 at 4 pm by the Bishop of Derby.
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The Revd Colin Cooper, Team Rector in the North Wingfield Team, Diocese of Derby, has announced his retirement. Mr Cooper’s last day in post will be Sunday, 28 February 2021, with his retirement taking effect from Monday, 1 March 2021. Mr Cooper will be moving away from the diocese.

Vacancies in the Diocese

The Discipleship, Mission and Ministry team is currently recruiting for four posts. More details of these roles, including the specifications and application forms, are available on the Diocese of Derby website.

Ordained Vocations Officer (inc. DDO)
We seek an experienced priest to draw out fresh qualities from our new and existing clergy. Working closely with our Lay Vocations Officer to oversee a team of dedicated assistants in the coordination of our ordinands, discerners and enquirers. Supporting clergy wellbeing, championing ministerial supervision and coordinating the MDR process, will also be key elements of this strategically important role as we support clergy in their vocational journey through ministry.

Lay Ministries Development Officer
At the heart of our new diocesan vision is a renewed commitment to take lay leadership to a whole new level. We’re looking for a theologically alert lay member of the church who can think creatively and lead passionately as we allow our leadership structures to evolve in order to support the future church. In addition, the Officer will head up our Reader family (Warden of Readers) as they help us explore new ways to release lay ministries within the diocese. Working alongside team members committed to delivering ‘Everyday Faith’, the Officer will oversee the creation of tools to help ministers unlock the potential of lay leadership in both inherited and new church contexts.
Ordained Ministries Development Officer
We seek an experienced forward-thinking priest with the necessary, theological, leadership and pastoral abilities to oversee our ordained ministry development programmes. At this exciting time in our diocesan life, as we explore our new vision, it is vital that we ensure all our clergy are fully resourced to engage creatively and positively with the challenges and opportunities of ministry and have the tools and skills they need to help the church flourish. The Officer will lead our IME2 (curacy), first post and leadership development work as well as driving a fully revised CMD programme. With an emphasis around supporting clergy to grow in ministry and discover new ways of being ‘ministry enablers’ the Officer will be adept at supporting ministers across traditions and contexts.
Team Administrator (Vocations & Wellbeing)
Working as part of the admin team, you will help the diocese deliver its vision by developing and maintaining smooth administrative processes and offering responsive and proactive PA support to diocesan officers. The primary focus of the role will be around providing administrative support to those helping discerners and candidates explore vocations to ministry within the church (both lay and ordained) and also the well-being of ministers.

New appointments in the
Parish Support Office from January 2021

We are pleased to announce that from the new year: 

Kat Alldread will take up the roles of Lay Vocations Officer and DAC & DMPC Administrator

Ellie Ballard will take up the role of E-Learning Content Developer.  

Please join us in wishing Kat and Ellie every success in their new roles.

Items available from
St John's College, Notttingam

As you may know, St John's is shortly to close. They have a number of items which they  wish to give away to local churches.

>> View the list of available items

The college will be open from Monday, 11 to Friday, 15 January 2021, from 9am to 1pm to collect items. The items must be removed by Friday, 15 January or they will be given to a local charity. It will be first come, first served.

If anyone wants to make a donation to ongoing bursary funds for students they are welcome to do so but St John's are not pricing or charging for items which are on offer.

All items are given AS SEEN.

Christmas 2020 - Comfort and Joy

The CofE campaign for 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

Parish Support & Bishop's Office
Christmas Information

Colleagues from the Parish Support Office and Bishop's Office will not be working from Christmas Day through to Sunday, 3 January 2021, resuming work again from Monday, 4 January 2021.


Archdeacons' Office

Should you have an emergency over the Christmas period for which you need to talk to your archdeacon, please contact them via the following:

Archdeacon of Chesterfield: The Ven Carol Coslett
07736 196315

Acting Archdeacon of Derby: Revd Canon Peter Walley

PA to Archdeacons: Cathy Luffman
07749 702 669

Bishop's Office

The Bishop of Derby's Office will be closed from 24 December, re-opening on 4 January. For urgent matters, please contact the archdeacons on the numbers above.

Clergy Housing Emergency Repairs

If an emergency occurs outside of office hours, do not delay, instruct a diocesan approved contractor immediately and inform the property team of the problems when the office is open.
An approved contractors list has been issued to all parishes and is available on the diocesan website. In the unlikely event of an approved contractor not being available, use a reliable local contractor but do try to check that the rates they charge are comparable to those shown on the approved contractors list.
Emergency work should be done immediately and the bill sent to the property team for payment or reimbursement. In case of a plumbing leak, please ensure you know the location of the stopcock for the water main.

Media and Communications queries

For urgent queries, please contact us on 07540 120899.



Emergency contact details are available on the diocesan website.
General safeguarding concerns can be reported via email or the ‘Report a Concern’ link on the diocesan website.
Messages will be reviewed from Monday, 4 January 2021.

For urgent contact with the Safeguarding Team, call 07540 719447.


January 2021 issue of
Our Diocese Together

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

Inside this issue:
  • Shirebrook students making a difference
  • A fond farewell to Archdeacon Christopher
  • All Saints Mackworth in pictures
  • The Dean of Derby writes...
  • News from around the diocese

>> View in Magazine format

>> View in PDF format

January 2021
Cycle of Prayer


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

>> Download the January Cycle of Prayer

Deanery Newsletters

Christmas Resources

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

>> Christmas resources

Virtual Events & Training

Discipleship Training

There's still time to apply for the next run of our Certificate in Mission and Ministry course starting in mid January 2021 - or to try one module to see how you like it.

The first module is "Called to be the People of God", led by Revd Gill Turner-Callis, and explores God's call to us all and God's to you as an individual. It consists of 7 online sessions plus 3 study days (via Zoom).

Here's what our current students say:
"Loving the course, it's brilliant!"
"Great content, really well delivered"
“The course is excellent, thank you."

For more info, please contact the course director, Revd Dawn Glen - or download the course information and application forms from the website.

>> Discipleship Training website

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