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2 June 2021

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Carolyn Lewis to lead board of education

Canon Carolyn Lewis has been invited by Bishop Libby, after consultation and agreement, to lead the work of Derby Diocesan Board of Education for an interim period, initially for a year from September 2021.

Carolyn is currently Diocesan Director of Education in Leicester, and will undertake this new role in addition to her role in the Diocese of Leicester. She will become one of the first Executive Diocesan Directors of Education (DDE) in the Church of England, and this is a pioneering step for both Derby and Leicester’s education teams.

Bishop Libby said: “ Our Church Schools are examples of the good news of the Kingdom of God: their work and life are at the heart of the Diocese of Derby. I am delighted that Carolyn has agreed to take on leading our Board of Education through this next season, sharing her experience of leadership and passion for Christ across both the Diocese of Derby and the Diocese of Leicester.”

>> Read the full article on Diocese of Derby website

Derbyshire Mind shares its thanks

Derbyshire Mind, recipient of the Bishop of Derby's Harvest Appeal 2020, has written to Bishop Libby with thanks for the fantastic achievement.

Jenny Hotchkiss, the chief executive, said: "This is a fantastic amount and we are sincerely grateful to you. The effort the Diocese has made is amazing and we would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all who supported the appeal and for their generous donations.
"As you know, Derbyshire Mind is a local charity focused on supporting people with mental health problems, and improving mental health and wellbeing for people across Derbyshire and Derby City. As such it seems as though there is never enough money to help us do all the work we would want to and all donations and gifts are therefore much appreciated."

Cathedral of Sanctuary - Dean Peter writes...

Our senior clergy message this month has been written by the Very Revd Dr Peter Robinson, Dean of Derby.  He writes about Derby Cathedral being the first to receive Cathedral of Sanctuary status in 2015, the current review for the City of Sanctuary network and the presence of God in the experience of sanctuary.

>> Read the full article on Diocese of Derby website

The road to ordination

Please pray for all those to be ordained this year who will serve in our diocese. Our new deacons will be ordained at Derby Cathedral on Sunday, 27 June. Priests will be ordained on Saturday, 26 June.

Please pray also for their families, friends, for all those who have supported and encouraged them on their journey and for those with whom they will serve.

Over the coming weeks, we will be introducing our new ordinands on our website. Right now you can meet Becky, Rachel and John.

>> Meet our new ordinands

Revd Becky Matthew leads the national CofE Trinity Sunday online service

Allestree and Quarndon host national CofE Trinity Sunday online service

Revd Becky Mathew, vicar of St Nicholas, Allestree and St Paul, Quarndon, along with her husband, Revd Shemil Mathew, Anglican chaplain for Oxford Brookes University, hosted the national CofE Trinity Sunday service on Sunday, 30 May 2021. Revd Becky led the service and Revd Shemil preached. 

Watch the recorded service on YouTube.
Download the Order of Service and the sermon.

BBC Young Chorister 2021

Applications are now being accepted for BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2021. 

Singers aged 10 - 16 apply online by submitting two short films of themselves singing a Christmas carol or song and a sacred song such as a hymn, classical solo, spiritual, inspirational, gospel or worship song. The closing date is Monday 14 June 2021.

From all the entries received 5 girls and 5 boys will be selected to go through to the radio and tv competition in October to sing in front of an expert panel of judges. The winner and runner up will each receive a trophy and the chance to feature on BBC Radio and the Winner will appear on Songs of Praise.

>> More details and T&Cs


From the Bishop of Derby's office

The Revd June Scott and the Revd Jenn Willis, Derby Diocesan Clergy Widows’ and Widowers’ Officers, stood down from this role with effect from 31 May 2021.

The Very Revd Geoffrey and Mrs Hazel Marshall have been appointed the new Derby Diocesan Clergy Widows’ and Widowers’ Officers with effect from 1 June, 2021. Geoffrey and Hazel can be contacted at

The Revd Paul Desborough, Assistant Curate of Derby St Alkmund and St Werburgh, has been appointed part-time Priest-in-Charge (to be known as Enabling Minister) of Sinfin Moor LEP and part-time Bishop’s Advisor for New Housing.

The Revd Stella Greenwood, Assistant Curate of Swadlincote and Hartshorne, has been appointed Priest-in-Charge of Etwall and Egginton and Assistant Curate (known as Minister Responsible) of the parishes of Dalbury, Sutton on the Hill and Trusley (within the benefice of Boylestone, Church Broughton, Dalbury, Longford, Long Lane, Radbourne, Sutton on the Hill and Trusley).

The Revd Nigel Elliott, Vicar of Sinfin, has announced his retirement. Mr Elliott’s last day in post will be 31 July, with his retirement taking effect from 1 August 2021. Mr Elliott will be moving away from the diocese in retirement.

The Revd David Higgon, formerly Associate Priest in Crich and South Wingfield, retired on 24 April 2021. He will be granted Permission to Officiate in the North West Charge in the Diocese of Moray, Ross, and Caithness in the Scottish Episcopalian Church.


Ordained Vocations Officer

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

  • Lead a team of skilled assistant OVOs 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
July Synod timetable published

No-one is safe until everyone is safe – why we need a global response to Covid-19

CofE commits £1.25M to enabling digital giving in parishes

Archbishop Justin contributes to the Queen's Speech Debate in the House of Lords

Students and adults to be reached as part of £9M funding package for mission

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, 2 July.

>> Book your free place

Eco Church Conference

Saturday, 12 June, 9 am - 2 pm
Virtual format, free of charge/ donations only. You don’t have to register as an Eco Church to get something from it.

>> Programme and registration 
Hear wisdom for people wanting to progress their Eco Church journey from Helen Stephens (A Rocha), and timely advice on the tricky Land Management Plan/mowing regime.


Deanery Newsletters

>> Carsington Deanery

>> Peak Deanery


Movement for Good - £1k awards

For the third successive year, Ecclesiastical Insurance has launched its Movement for Good awards, donating £1k to 500 eligible charities to provide financial assistance to help make a real difference.

The awards are open to ‘exempt charities’ so churches can be nominated for a donation.

You can only nominate once, however, the more nominations a church or charity gets, the greater its chance of receiving a £1k donation, so start spreading the word to your friends and family using the Ecclesiastical handy toolkits.

The closing date for nominations is Sunday 13 June 2021.

>> Nominate your church and find out more details

Ministry Bursary Awards

Ecclesiastical announces its Ministry Bursary Awards to support sabbatical breaks and projects planned for 2022 for those who have been ordained for at least 10 years.

>> Learn more and apply

Church of England Webinars

Digital Labs

Learn the ways your church can use digital communications. 
>> Learn more 

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.
>> Learn more 

Evangelism and Discipleship Webinars

Learn practical ideas for church leaders at a local level.
>> Learn more 
The June issue of Our Diocese Together is available here
The June issue of The Cycle of Prayer is now available. 

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