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Synodical procedure

Diocesan Synod

The statutory governing body of the Diocese is the Diocesan Synod which is elected with representation across the Diocese with broadly equal numbers of clergy and lay people meeting together in Diocesan Synod with the diocesan Synod with the diocesan bishop, the suffragan bishop and archdeacons.

Its role is to:

  • consider matters affecting the Church of England in the Diocese;
  • act as a forum for debate of Christian opinion on matters of religious or public interest;
  • advise the Bishop where requested;
  • deal with matters referred by General Synod; and
  • provide for the financing of the Diocese.

Diocesan Synod members for the Triennium 2021 - 2024 can be found here.


Deanery Synod

Deanery Synods have two houses, laity and clergy, and their role is to:

  • respond to requests from General Synod;
  • give effect to the decisions made by the Diocesan Synod;
  • consider matters affecting the Church of England by drawing together the views of the parishes within the deanery;
  • act as a channel of communication to express the views of parishes to Diocesan Synod and thence to General Synod;
  • raise with Diocesan Synod such matters as it considers appropriate; and
  • elect members of the deanery to the Diocesan Synod and in respect of the House of Laity elect lay members of the Diocese to General Synod.

The Bishop's Council (and Standing Committee of the Diocesan Synod)

Under the construction of the Diocesan Synod, Bishop's Council has the following functions:

  • to plan the business of the Synod, to prepare the agenda for its sessions and to circulate to members information about matters for discussion;
  • to initiate proposals for action by the Synod and to advise it on matters on policy which are placed before it;
  • to advise the President, being the Diocesan Bishop, on any matters which they may refer to the Committee;
  • subject to the directions of the Synod, to transact the business of the Synod when the Synod is not in session;
  • to appoint members of committees or nominate individuals for election to committees, subject to the directions of the synod; and
  • to carry out such functions as the Synod may delegate to it. 

Bishop's Council members for the Triennium 2021 - 2024 can be found here.

The Bishop of Derby is the Rt Revd Libby Lane.

Bishop Libby was installed at Derby Cathedral on 25 May 2019, having previously been the Suffragan Bishop of Stockport, in the Diocese of Chester – a post she occupied from 2015.

Libby describes Derbyshire as ‘the place that holds my heart’.

She grew up in Glossop in the north-west of the county and was selected for ordination while working in the parish of St Thomas Brampton, Chesterfield.

Bishop Libby said: “I am excited and privileged to have been called to serve as Bishop of Derby.

“I grew up here and my vocation was fostered here. Derbyshire nurtured me and brought me to faith and I want to love Derbyshire back.

“I want to lead a church in Derbyshire where people find hope because they know they are loved by God in Christ, and I pray that hope sets us free to live our lives in ways that bring change for good.”

If you wish to contact the bishop's office, the contact details are listed here:

The Bishop’s Office
6 King Street
DE56 4EU

01332 840132 | bishop@bishopofderby.org

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Senior Executive Assistant: Halina Johnson 



Chaplain: Revd Nicky Fenton



Administration & Operations Coordinator: Frances Morrison


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Welcoming communities at Christmas is the subject of a new video broadcast today on the Diocesan website www.derby.anglican.org

Church warden Kat Alldread from St Bartholomew, Clay Cross shares a reflection on how we prepare for Christmas in the three minute video.

She says: “All around people are preparing for Christmas dinners and parties, the streets are decorated and the shops filled with goodies, but as Christians we know Christmas is about more than that. We have the real Christmas story, the story of Jesus of coming to be with us and it’s for us to share with people in our communities.

She continues “Churches throughout the diocese are holding events to welcome their communities into church over Christmas”

A different video will be shown each week in advent featuring people from all around the Diocese and what advent means to them.

The Diocese of Derby is gearing up for one of the busiest months of the year as churches and community groups hold special events during the Advent season.


A series of posters advertising events taking place throughout Derbyshire have been released and further information is available on the diocesan website www.derby.anglican.org

A variety of events are taking place this year including Christmas Tree Festivals, Carol and Crib services, Christingles, Christmas fairs and concerts.

For further information about the events taking place you can visit: www.derby.anglican.org/index.php/home/parish-events-



Getting ready for Christmas is the subject of a new video broadcast today on the Diocesan website www.derby.anglican.org

Revd Alicia Dring from St Peter’s Church Littleover shares a reflection on how we prepare for Christmas in the three minute video – complete with special Christmas Pyjamas!

She says: “ Advent is about getting ready. Most of us seem to get ready with outward stuff for Christmas but we forget to prepare what’s going on inside. It’s not just the run up to Christmas, where we buy lots of cards and presents. Advent isn’t just opening the door of the advent calendar and eating the chocolate. Advent is supposed to help us get ready for the most exciting day ever. The day we remember God coming to Earth, not as a mighty warrior but as a tiny baby.”

She continues “ With each Chocolate ask God to bless you, with each bit of tinsel ask God to show you that he is the light of the world and with every gift remember God’s gift of Christ to the world”

A different video will be shown each week in advent featuring people from all around the Diocese and what advent means to them.

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