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These stand-alone training sessions are aimed at:

  • People who have completed the initial Pastoral Care training led by Joy Bates and are interested to know more about a given subject(s).
  • licensed clergy and laity in Derby Diocese and other Derbyshire churches especially people with responsibility for pastoral care.
  • These courses may also be of interest to people who work for the church in a community setting e.g. community cafe, children and families’ worker, youth worker, friendship group leader etc.

5th March Pastoral Care and Older people, Derby Church House 7.30pm

Led by Keith Albans

In this session we will explore some of the significant spiritual aspects of ageing, and look at ways in which the Church can both honour the gifts and contribution of older people, as well as support those who are no longer able to be as active in their participation as once they were.

Keith Albans is a Methodist Minister who has served as Director of Chaplaincy & Spirituality for Methodist Homes for the Aged since 2001.


19th March Pastoral Care and Families, Derby Church House 7.30pm

Led by Julian Hodgson and Stella Collishaw

A session designed to explore a variety of issues that present in the pastoral care of families. Based in one detailed case study we will consider how to work well with complex families.

Delegates will be required to join in group discussions and exercises surrounding the case study. Delegates are asked to bring a copy of their parish/church Safeguarding policy to refer to and share in small groups.

Julian is the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser; Stella is the Diocesan Community Action Officer in the Mission and Ministry Team. Both are qualified and experienced social workers (Children and Families, Probation) with significant experience of working with churches in Derbyshire.

18 April, 7.30pm Pastoral Care and Loss, St Nicholas Church, Allestree Lane, Allestree, DE22 2PE

Led by Canon Joy Bates

In this session you will develop an understanding of loss and bereavement, how this may impact on belief systems and how you as carers may be affected yourself and most useful to others.

Joy Bates (Master of Education Counselling) was until recently a Diocesan Community Action Officer in the Mission and Ministry Team. Previously teaching at Derby University in the Religious Studies Department on the Pastoral Studies MA and volunteering for CRUSE Bereavement Care as Counsellor, Trainer and Supervisor.

30 April Pastoral Care and Mental Health, Buxton Methodist Church,

Chapel Street, Buxton, SK17 6HX 7.30pm

Led by Rev Felicity Walters

This session comes out of the Pastoral Care course and an initiative from the Diocesan Mental Health Steering Group. The latter aim at identifying licensed workers with expertise in mental health and offering that expertise to trained licensed people in their locality. It would be an intention to repeat this course with other leaders in other locations.

This course will give some basic understanding of issues of mental health and explore details through group work and a case study.

Felicity used to be an Advocacy Worker for people with mental health problems before ordination, working with what was then the National Schizophrenia Fellowship, now called Rethink.



To book please contact Fiona Bennett or Amy Rees 01332 388670



This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the Holy Land . Revd Helen and Revd Michael Guest will be leading a pilgrimage for eleven days based in Jerusalem and the Galilee from 18-28th November 2013 and departing from Manchester.Please contact us on 0114-2482769  or why not e-mail us at revsguest@btinternet.comfor further details .Alternatively why not visit our website to view the full itinery at http://www.stGiles-Killamarsh.org. We do hope that you will be able to join us.



The Rev’d Felicity Walters, Vicar of Hadfield and Area Vicar of Glossopdale will be leading a McCabe pilgrimage to the Holy Land, flying from Manchester, 24th March to 3rd April 2014, [returning in time for two Sundays before Easter]  Many tours are frenetically busy; this has been designed to allow some time to feel the breeze on Galilee, to experience the desert as a place of encounter with God and to listen to the stones which cry out in ancient Jerusalem, as well as seeing all of the classic holy sites in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Galilee. walters@revfelicity.plus.com for more details.


 As part of the diocese of Derby tourism initiative we have created a signage kit for churches. The professionally printed kit contains:

  •  a PVC Banner suitable for outdoor use (1.5mx0.5m)
  • an A3 welcome poster for use on the church notice board. The poster also contains a QR (Quick response) code that visitors can scan with a smart phone to direct them to the new tourism website.
  • a set of 6 key feature cards for use around the church. These cards carry a simple generic description of features such as stained glass, the font, the lectern etc
  • a set of 5 blank feature cards. Every church will have features special to them. These cards can be put through an office printer allowing you to customise them. We would recommend laminated finished cards to protect them
  • A set of numbers 1-10 (A6). These small numbers can be positioned around your church to draw attention to points of interest or to create a 'trail'.
  • 20 sheets of A4 letterhead. To be used with the numbers, type up descriptions or your trail on the paper and either photocopy or laminate it to help guide visitors around your church.
The set costs £25 and is available to order from Derby Church House. To order please send a cheque made payable to Derby Diocesan Board of Finance Ltd to Communications Office, Derby Church House, Full Street, Derby, DE1 3DR. Please include your name, address and which church you are ordering the kit for. Kits are also available to collect from Church House reception.



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