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The Derby City Centre Chaplaincy

Derby City Centre Chaplaincy is a Christian organisation which provides pastoral support by building bridges of understanding between industry, faith, commerce and society. We began in February 2011 at an official event held in the Quad, with support from council, business, retail and church leaders.

We are involved in chaplaincy in retail, business, education, sport and entertainment sectors, and serve particularly, but not exclusively, in the Westfield, the Markets, St. Peter's Quarter and the Cathedral Quarter.

Our vision is: Together, as part of the Church, we want to express the love of Jesus in public, personal and prophetic ways through a team of chaplains, offering encouragement and support to all people in their workplaces.

The chaplains develop long-term relationships with management and employees, as well as being available, as and when the opportunities arise, to shoppers and others in the city centre.  They offer an independent, impartial and confidential ear for those who want this support.  This service is for people from all backgrounds, for those of all faiths or none.

The chaplains come from many churches in and around Derby and are grateful to the support of churches who provide prayer and finance, as well as the chaplains!

The Chaplaincy is based at St. Peter’s Centre, alongside St. Peter’s in the City, opposite BHS and next door to Ryans Bar!

If you would like to know more, contact me on paul@derbyccc.org.uk or visit our website www.derbyccc.org.uk

The Revd Paul Morris, Vicar of St Peter’s in the City, and Co-ordinating Chaplain of Derby City Centre Chaplaincy

 

 

What is Mission Action Planning (MAP)?

A MAP is an action plan for mission in your church. It is produced after much prayer and discerning God’s calling for your Church and community. The plan describes your vision for your Church. It also gives the long and short term priorities that you have decided will implement your vision. The plan will need to be reviewed and updated regularly and should be revised every 3 years.

“In Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their sins against them
and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.”

MAP - stages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stage 1: Where are we starting from?

What is our Church like? What links do we have with the community?
As individuals and as a church:
Spirituality – How is our Christian faith developing?
Discipleship – as followers of Jesus how are our lives standing out in a crowd?
Evangelism – How do we talk about what our Christian faith means for us?
Engagement – How are we salt and light in the world and our local community?

Stage 2: Where are we going?

What do we believe that God will do amongst us?
Where would we like to be in three years time?

After considering these:
What is your 3 year vision?

Stage 3: What’s the best way to get there?

What are our priorities?
Who will take action?

Stage 4: What do we need to do now?

Are we support the people involved in delivering our plan?
Are we organised to do it?

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Britain now has an increasingly elderly congregation as life expectancy increases. Many churches are characterised by having elderly congregations but the truth is that the elderly are one very important group in many church families. They have particular needs.

The Diocese of Derby takes its ministry to the elderly seriously, providing many groups and clubs to which older people can find friendship, support and meaning.

Older people are also hugely important as key post holders in the life and running of churches as key volunteers.

As an all age church – we respect the experience and contribution of many of our elderly members over many years.

 

Bishop's Adviser for Ministry to the Elderly
The Revd Robert Parker, Tedsmore Hall, West Selton, Oswestry, Salop, SY11 4HD
01691 610628, rgparker@tedsmorehall.co.uk

 

Most congregations would say that growing the number of families attached to the local church is always a top priority. People with children want to feel that there is a service and space to which they can come without feeling pressurised to conform to expectations which their children cannot meet.

That’s why many churches now have family services, family social events and family support to encourage families to feel welcome and loved in their local church communities. Try a church near you!