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22 April 2021

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Bishop Malcolm installed at Derby Cathedral

Malcolm Macnaughton has been installed as the Bishop of Repton in a special Evensong at Derby Cathedral. During the same Evensong, the Revd Nicky Fenton, formerly Vicar of Shottle, Holbrook, and Hazelwood and Milford, was installed as Residentiary Canon as she takes up her new role as Chaplain to the Bishop of Derby.

Bishop Malcolm’s installation followed his consecration as bishop at Lambeth Palace on Wednesday, 14th April. The Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Sarah Mullally, presided, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, was the preacher.

>> Read more on the Diocese of Derby website

>> See more photos from the installation [Flickr]

Choral Evensong and Installation Service

Thy Kingdom Come 2021

This year’s Thy Kingdom Come will take place 13th – 23rd May 

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus.

What resources are available? has a fantastic range of resources available for all ages.  

Highlights for this year include:  

  • The Cheeky Pandas (11-part series & accompanying resources)- for children aged 3 and over 

  • 11 video Youth reflections produced in partnership with the Archbishop of York’s Youth Trust and an Escape Room 

  • The Prayer Journal, written by Archbishop Stephen Cottrell 

  • The Novena – Praying the Psalms from Ascension to Pentecost (A large print version is also available) 

Click here to watch a short promo video for the resources. 

Free Resources giveaway for Churches 

100,000 free copies of this year’s  Prayer Journal, written by Archbishop Stephen Cottrell  and the printed Digital Family Prayer Adventure Map for children are available, you will only need to pay for postage & packaging. For more information, visit: 

What's happening in our diocese

A group of lay people from around the diocese will be offering a daily reflection on our social media channels, you can find us on Facebook and Twitter

We are also encouraging churches and individuals to take part in prayer walks, perhaps combining them with a litter pick. This Covid safe activity is great for local groups, families or individuals (within national restrictions). If you'd like to take part you'll find more information on our website here. Please let us know if you are planning to take part by emailing information to: so we can add your event to our list. As always we'd love to see photos / videos from your events that we can share around the diocese, please email them to the address above. 

Canon Elizabeth appointed Rector & Provost of Dundee Cathedral

The Revd Dr Elizabeth Thomson, Sub-Dean and Canon Missioner, has been appointed as Rector and Provost of St Paul's Cathedral, Dundee.

Elizabeth's last service at Derby Cathedral will be the Eucharist on Sunday, 6 June, and she will be installed in Dundee at a special service on Saturday, 19 June. Details of the installation service will be available nearer the date; it will be live-streamed.

>> Read the full announcement

Building Community Fund

The Diocesan Vision encourages us to be outward facing, rooted in and connected to our communities, so this new £100k fund is aimed at supporting local congregations to act with a generous faith, through engaging with and embracing the communities they seek to serve.

The projects this fund is seeking to support are those which see the church proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom in word and action especially projects that look to include and/or partner with, other groups or individuals in the host community, demonstrating meaningful and open engagement with those who have had little or no contact with the congregation.

You can apply for up to £2000 without match funding required.

>> Learn more about the Building Community Fund

Archdeacon Visitations 2021

The 2021 Archdeacon Visitations will be held on:

Chesterfield Archdeaconry
Thu, 15 July - Peak
Tue, 27 July - North East
Thu, 29 July - Hardwick
Thu, 5 Aug   - Carsington

Derby Archdeaconry
Wed, 14 July - Derby City
Mon, 19 July - Mercia
Wed, 21 July - Dove & Derwent
Tue, 10 Aug  - South East

Further details will be sent directly to Churchwardens and Clergy prior to the dates above.

If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact Cathy Luffman, PA to the Archdeacons.

Christian Aid Week
10 - 16 May 2021

This year, Christian Aid Week is being held from 10 to 16 May 2021 and like last year much of the focus is virtual due to the pandemic. 

There are so many ways that you and your church can get involved including resources for prayer and worship, holding a virtual quiz, taking part in the 300,000 steps challenge, arranging envelope collections and much more.

The Christian Aid Week website has been fully updated for 2021. 

If your church is getting involved then do share your planned activities with us at or via social media @dioceseofderby.

>> Christian Aid Week website

>> Christian Aid Week resources

Stories from around the Church of England
Remembering The Duke of Edinburgh: A Sunday Service with the Archbishop of York 

BBC Panorama programme 'Is the Church Racist?'

Archbishop’s book on prayer to be the focus for BBC Radio 4 Daily Services

Archbishops launch new Commission on Reimagining Care

Announcements from the Bishop of Derby's office

Mercia Deanery (posts will be for one year in the first instance):

  • The Revd Dr Mike Firbank, Vicar of Gresley, has also been appointed Acting Area Dean of Mercia.
  • The Revd Steve Short, Rector of Melbourne, Ticknall, Smisby and Stanton-by-Bridge, has also been appointed Assistant Acting Area Dean in the same deanery.
  • Mrs Maggie Fenby-Taylor, Lay Chair of Mercia Deanery, will chair the Mercia Deanery Synod.
  • Mrs Ruth Attwood will continue to provide oversight of the Readers within Mercia deanery.

Jo Henderson-Merrygold, who has recently completed a PhD in Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield, has been appointed Lay Ministries Development Officer (to include Warden of Readers). Jo will start in post on Tuesday, 27 April 2021. Mrs Christine McMullen will continue as Acting Warden of Readers until this date.

The Revd Neil Roberts, Chaplain to Repton School, has been appointed Rector of Guildford St Nicolas, Diocese of Guildford. Mr Roberts hopes to take up his new appointment in September.

You can view announcements on our website here


Deanery Newsletters

>> Hardwick 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 

Self-Care through Prayer 

Friday 7 May, 12 noon on Zoom

What is it?
An opportunity to spend a prayerful hour in the company of other therapeutic parents – an hour to be still, to be inspired, to draw strength, to be upheld in prayer by others.
Who is it for?
Adoptive Parents, Foster Carers, Special Guardians & those therapeutically parenting children with early life trauma & attachment disorders. 
Who is leading it?
Andy Ward is an adoptive parent and the Derbyshire Area Coordinator for the National Association of Therapeutic Parents (NATP).  He is also the Team Rector of the Walbrook Epiphany Team Ministry in Derby. Tel: 01332 760846; Email:

Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 880 3149 7498
Passcode: 408568
The April issue of Our Diocese Together is available here
The April issue of The Cycle of Prayer is now available. 
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