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Head out into Derby on a Friday or Saturday night and you’re more than likely to run into a group of volunteers looking out for revellers in need.

They are Derby’s Street Pastors - trained volunteers from a variety of local churches who provide a visible, reassuring presence for everyone in the city centre. They work in teams of three or four and are out and about, prayerfully patrolling, from 10pm – 4am.

Street Pastors has been operating in Derby since 2009 and the volunteers have become a well-respected and greatly appreciated part of Derby's nightlife.

They work together with the police, door staff and Derby CCTV, responding to calls to offer non-judgmental, understanding support through listening, assisting and, where necessary, putting their first-aid training into action.

And on other occasions, the help they give can be as straight forward as making sure someone has water to drink and a way of getting home.

One such volunteer is Steve Johnson. 

As someone who did his fair share of over-induging in his youth, Steve said: “Being a Street Pastor is insane and yet unbelievably rewarding - the nervous anticipation of wondering what you will encounter during the night really gets the adrenaline going.

“Committing to putting my faith into action, it is a privilege taking God’s love and grace into our city streets, meeting and talking to people their own context.”

Now, the organisation is looking to recruit some new faces to ensure it can continue to provide the level of service needed in the city.

Steve’s take on being a volunteer is that when a great night out turns into a time of distress and vulnerability, Street Pastors make sure those who have perhaps allowed themselves one too many, get home to their families safe and well.

He said: “To be a Street Pastor, I think you have to love your city, the people, the buildings and the culture. 

“In my youth, we never had these kinds of organisations around, but there is a new generation who enjoy our night-time economy that only know Street Pastors, and the warmth and love towards us is awesome.

“Together with lollies, bottles of water, flip flops and spikies we go out into town having put on the full armour of God, offering up our prayers for our fantastic city.”

If you are interested in learning more about being a Street Pastor, pop along to the open night being held at Derby City Church, Curzon Street, Derby on Monday, 5 February 2024 at 7pm, or contact them at streetpastors@derbycitymission.org.uk

Derby’s Street Pastors operates as a franchise of the national Street Pastor scheme that is run by the Ascension Trust under the management of Derby City Mission

For details of Street Pastor teams at other locations across the Diocese of Derby, visit the Street Pastors website.

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February begins with Candlemas, remembering the presentation of Jesus in the temple.

Traditionally, church candles for the coming year are blessed, Christmas decorations left up after twelfth night taken down and candles lit in the windows of people’s homes.

Midway between the winter and spring solstices, we long for the coming of the light, looking for signs of new life.

Green shoots begin to emerge from the barren earth.

Buds sprout on bare tree branches.

Gradually beautiful landscapes of snow drops, crocuses and blossom form once more.

And just when we think spring is finally coming, our Bible readings take us into the wilderness remembering Jesus’s temptation in the desert.

We will eat Shrove Tuesday pancakes before embarking on a Lenten season of self-discipline, denial, prayer and study aiming to deepen our relationship with God.

This year, Ash Wednesday coincides with Valentine’s Day when people across our diocese will think about love in all its different shapes and forms.

Cards will be written, gifts exchanged, chocolates eaten, flowers bought, romantic surprises planned, commitments remembered, renewed and begun as people hope and dream and long for a fairy tale happy ever after.

And what can we as Christians offer to those we accompany on their journey through this spiritually significant month?

We have the light of Christ shining in the darkness and the promise that the darkness will never overcome it.

We have the gift of hope and new possibilities - life in all its fullness freely available to all who will receive it.

We have opportunities to wipe the slate clean, start afresh and know in the depths of our being what it is to be forgiven, accepted and loved by God.

We have communities of believers across the whole of the diocese.

Fellow travellers who can strengthen our resolve to grow in discipline and self-denial and help us draw closer to God.

We have the best news and greatest gift to share with all who will receive it.

The gift of God’s friendship and covenantal love revealed in Jesus.

So, as we move through these Christian and secular celebrations, may we make the most of the opportunities they bring to deepen our relationship with God and make new Christians as we serve our local communities and journey together through winter into the newness of spring.

The Venerable Nicky Fenton
Archdeacon of Derbyshire Peak and Dales

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We love all the creative and different ways churches are engaging with their parishes and beyond.

Our vision is The Kingdom of God, Good News for All and it's great to see how so many churches in the Diocese of Derby are sharing stories of their success in achieving transformed lives through growing church and building community.

They're also sharing news of their plans and projects.

Don't forget to keep posting your photos and stories on social media - show the world what you're doing to grow church and build community


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Here are a few that have caught our eye recently:

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Ossie's Kitchen, in Ashbourne, has been nominated for The King’s Award for Voluntary Service (KAVS).

The prestigious award is the highest honour given in recognition of voluntary service.

Ossie's Kitchen, based at St Oswald's Church, addresses loneliness, social isolation and mental wellbeing through providing freshly cooked, three-course meals eaten in the company of others.

It operates twice a month, each time feeding around 65 to 70 people with meals created from surplus food from food retailers, including supermarkets.

Anne Ford, a churchwarden at St Oswald's, said: "It is wonderful that Ossie's Kitchen has been nominated for the King's Award, recognising a service carried out by the community, for the community, that puts St Oswald's Church at the heart of its people.

"It is an honour and an encouragement for all those involved in the project."

The project has a pool of more than 50 volunteers to call on to help with cooking, serving, looking after the guests and, of course, washing up!

On hearing the news, Professor Paula Holt, MBE, Deputy Lord-Lieutenant for Derbyshire, wrote to the project.

She said: "Please accept my congratulations on this notable achievement, which reflects the esteem of your local community for the work you and your group do.”

 

>> Ossie's Kitchen opens in Ashbourne

 

Ossie's Kitchen opened in 2019.

Everyone is welcome to go along to the bi-monthly meals; the kitchen welcomes donations but realises that not everyone in the community is in a position to give one.

Anne Ford said: "The guests who come along soon become good friends and look out for each other when they arrive.

"Some of them get very little opportunity to socialise with others, apart from at Ossie's Kitchen.

"It's amazing to see the friendships develop and the meals have led to the creation of a rapidly growing community.

"Meal times at St Oswald's are now quite noisy because of so many people chattering, sharing stories and forming bonds!"

The nomination will now be assessed by the Lord-Lieutenant's office and then nationally, before the winners are announced later this year.

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In this series of six podcasts, Bishop Libby reconsiders the Christmas story by talking to the modern-day equivalents of some of the Nativity’s main characters – the innkeeper, the shepherds, the angels, the wise men and more.

We have been telling the Christmas story for over 2000 years.

It is a much-loved tale, retold in carols, depicted on greetings cards, re-imagined for film and theatre and school nativity plays and, for Christians, the Christmas story lies at the heart of our faith.

Bishop Libby's Christmas Conversations are available via the following podcast providers:

 

Listen now:

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Bishop Libby and Will Hagger are delighted to announce that Julie Gardner will be joining the Diocese of Derby as Independent Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel (DSAP) with effect from 28 November 2023.

Julie qualified as a social worker in 1988 and has worked for over 30 years in the field of safeguarding, public protection and partnership working.

Previously the Associate Director of Safeguarding for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Julie retired from her role earlier this year.

Throughout her career Julie has been committed to supporting children, young people, and adults to live their lives free from abuse and is excited to be able to bring the culmination of her years of experience in health and social care to support the work of the Diocese of Derby.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel is the committee that advises the Bishop on whether, in its view, the diocese has clear and transparent safeguarding policies, working practices and training arrangements which are consistent with statutory requirements and House of Bishops’ policy and practice guidance.

It is made up of senior staff within both the Diocese and Derby Cathedral, alongside representatives from statutory and partner agencies who provide safeguarding services to Derby and Derbyshire.

This role will see Julie ensure that safeguarding provision within the Diocese is subject to robust and independent scrutiny. 

The Chair acts as a critical friend, supporting and encouraging as appropriate, but also providing challenge where necessary.

On confirming the appointment, Will Hagger, Diocesan Secretary, said: “I am delighted to welcome Julie to the team. Both statutory responsibility and safe culture are key, and Julie brings expertise and experience to enable the diocese to ensure best practice in Safeguarding for children, young people and vulnerable adults in our churches.

"I am looking forward to working with her."

On accepting the role, Julie said: “I am very pleased to be offered the privilege of becoming the new Independent Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel and look forward to building on the great work that is already happening to ensure that the people of the Diocese of Derby are kept safe.”

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All Saints’ Church in Mackworth has started on the next phase of rebuilding, after the Chancellor of the Diocese of Derby gave permission for the work to go ahead.

The centuries-old church, just outside Derby, was severely damaged by fire following an arson attack in December 2020 and has not been able to be used since.

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) was granted permission to rebuild the church by the Worshipful and Reverend Timothy Clarke, Chancellor of the Diocese of Derby, in September and a contractor has been procured to start the work which is expected to take around 30 months to complete and includes rebuilding the walls and roof.

Consultation has also started on the next phase of the rebuild, and Mackworth Parish residents will be consulted over the coming months about what the interior restoration should include.

After receiving permission for the work to go ahead, Don McLure, the Project Lead and PCC Treasurer, said: “It is great news for the congregation, local residents and the PCC that we can move forward with restoring the church.

It is a long and complicated process, but the PCC is aiming to make the exterior of the church look as near as possible to how it was before the fire.

The church had existed on the site at Lower Road for more than 700 years.

“We are extremely grateful to Ecclesiastical Insurance, who will fund both the building and interior work, and to the local community and supporters of the church for raising more than £40,000 towards any non-insurance works that may be carried out.”

The fire completely destroyed the interior, including the pipe organ and marble pulpit, and caused the entire roof to fall in and structural damage to the walls of the nave and chancel.

It is estimated that the entire rebuilding project could cost up to £13m.

The congregation of All Saints has continued enjoying Christian worship thanks to the hospitality of its sister church, St Michael's, Kirk Langley.


More about Mackworth All Saints

The church dates back the 14th Century, though it is known that the site has been a place of worship for around 1,000 years. The building was earlier restored and reopened by the Bishop of Lichfield in 1851.

The pulpit, installed in 1896, was made of Derbyshire alabaster and green Irish marble. The pipe organ was built by Lloyd and Dudgeon of Nottingham and dated back to 1870. Both were destroyed in the fire.

Since the fire, the building has undergone a large amount of work to clear the site and stabilise the remaining walls to make it safe and prevent further collapse.

Silverware and paperwork stored in a safe survived the fire, as did a 4ft silver cross and a statue of the Madonna and Child.

The chancellor of the diocese, as the independent judge of the consistory court, oversees legal issues across the diocese, especially those which relate to the use of and alterations to church buildings and land.

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Around £10m each year directly or indirectly supports Church of England mission and ministry through parishes, churches and other worshipping contexts, our schools and partner agencies across the Diocese of Derby.

That’s a huge amount of money to raise each year, so we have a duty to manage and deploy it well.

Our new publication On the money sets out to explain how we do just that.

In addition to On the money, we have introduced a new page on our website - Our Finances.

Here you will find details about:

  • On the money
  • Common Fund
  • Annual Budget
  • Annual Report & Financial Statements
  • Encouraging generous giving in your church

Why not take a look?

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In 2023, Safeguarding Sunday is taking place on Sunday, 19 November 2023.

It is a safeguarding awareness raising campaign for churches run by the charity Thirtyone:eight.

Each year, thousands of churches from diverse backgrounds and traditions across the UK come together to reflect on their own safeguarding journey, and to highlight and celebrate all the good work that is being done by so many behind the scenes to protect vulnerable people.

On Sunday, 19 November, a service will be held in Derby Cathedral to give thanks and to celebrate the work of our Parish Safeguarding Officers and to recognise their work through an Act of Commissioning.

Hannah Hogg, Head of Safeguarding for the Diocese of Derby, said: “The Safeguarding Team are really looking forward to having the opportunity to recognise all the hard work our PSOs do across the diocese. We hope as many as possible will join us, both for the service and for a cup of tea afterwards”.

Resources for churches are available at: thirtyoneeight.org/get-involved/safeguarding-sunday

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Lullington All Saints' Remembrance display this year will be memorable after villagers got together to knit and crochet 10,000 poppies 

The poppies have now been assembled into a waterfall, cascading from the church building in the South Derbyshire village.

The idea was the brainchild of Jean Burgess. Speaking to BBC Radio Derby, Jean said: "I put it on Facebook, and then another lady in the village said she'd put it on Facebook, another said 'I'll knit you some poppies' and it just escalated.

"We started the waterfall and we thought we'd need about 3,000 [poppies] - and my husband measured up and said 'no way!'

"I thought we'd never do it."

Jean, who knitted around 5,000 poppies herself, said that putting the appeal on social media and a websites in other villages got many more people involved.

>> Listen to the full interview on BBC Sounds

>> See more photos on Facebook

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Stretton Handley School writes:

On Tuesday, 3rd October, Stretton Handley Church of England VC Primary School had a very special visitor.

The Rt Revd Libby Lane, Bishop of Derby, kindly gave up her afternoon to join the children in a special Collective Worship service.

Staff, governors, parents / carers and members of St Mark's Church congregation were also in attendance.

The school's Church Council members led the service with prayers and the lighting of candles.

Bishop Libby gave an interactive talk to the children which included telling them what she did and what she wore.

She asked five pupils to come out to the front and allowed them to try on each part of her 'Episcopal vestments' and gave an explanation of what each part meant.

Also in attendance was Mr Ernest Fox, whose grandfather originally started the giving of a Bible to Year 2 pupils annually; he gave an explanation of how it all started.

His own father, Sam Fox, took over the tradition when the Sunday school ceased to run in 1960 and the Fox family have continued with the tradition, for which the school is extremely grateful.

On this particular occasion, pupils from Years 3 and 4 who had missed out before the Covid lockdown and unforseen circumstances also received a Bible.

Bishop Libby and Mr Fox presented the Bibles together.

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In September 2021, St. Mark's Church started the tradition of giving out 'Special Bears', which came in a decorative bag with its own poem, to all the pupils attending the school.

This has now moved forward and each new starter receives their own "special bear" at the start of the new school year.

These have proved to be very popular and a source of comfort at times for the children.

This small gift confirms the link between the church community and school; let's hope it will continue to do so into the future.

Bishop Libby presented the new children with their own "special bear", but the biggest surprise of the afternoon was when the tables turned and Bishop Libby was presentedwith her own 'Special Bear' by one of the school church council members.

Knitted in purple wool, it came complete with it's own gold vestments showing the school badge.

Bishop Libby was very pleased to receive it and said she would treasure it.

A very pleasant afternoon was enjoyed by all in attendance with a wonderful atmosphere that was difficult to miss.

>> Derby Diocesan Board of Education website

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The recent Storm Babet forced the vicar of St Alkmund's, Duffield, to move a wedding to a neighboring parish after river water innundated the church.

St Alkmund's, which is in the flood plain of the River Derwent, was one of many in the diocese affected by the storm.

This is the second time the church has flooded in the past four years and the third time the church hall has flooded.

The vicar, Revd James Hughes, said he had to move Saturday's wedding to nearby St Paul's Little Eaton: “By Friday, previous experience told me that flooding in the church was a distinct possibility.

"So I kept in close contact with the couple and we decided to delay the final decision until Saturday morning.

“With three inches of water in the church building on Saturday, it was a quick decision, not to mention the two feet of water in the church hall!

"When we did the wedding rehearsal on Wednesday, little did we know that things would not go according to plan, though the bride and groom were very understanding about the situation, even though it wasn’t quite what they had in mind.”

The clean-up operation is now underway, though it may be a week or two before services can resume in St Alkmund’s.

It is hoped that the local Church of England school can host the church’s services and there have been a number of offers of help with the clean-up.

Other parts of the village flooded too because the River Ecclesbourne also burst its banks, a scene that was repeated around Derbyshire and in Derby.

The Rt Revd Libby Lane, Bishop of Derby, said: “My prayers are with everyone affected by the flooding as once again so many lives and livelihoods have suffered.

"We give thanks for our local authority teams and emergency services who rose to the challenge of keeping us safe, and for the resilient partnerships across the city and county that facilitated such a coordinated and generous response to the crisis.

“The people of Derbyshire have an incredibly strong sense of community and I know that many neighbourhoods, businesses and individuals are rallying round to support those who need it most.”

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More than 70 Bishop's Badge Awards have been presented to church and community volunteers in the Diocese of Derby this year.

The final presentations were made in a special Celebration of Lay Ministry, in Derby Cathedral on Sunday, 1 October.

The annual awards celebrate lay ministry and service in church and community, and recognise the distinguished service and dedication of many individuals contributing in Jesus’s name to the mission of the church.

Bishop Libby said: "It is always a pleasure to mark and celebrate the gifts of people across the Diocese of Derby and to thank those who offer so much to develop and sustain the life of the church and its work in the wider community.

"We give thanks for the often hidden, yet crucial and remarkable work of people who do not seek recognition, but whom we honour specially today."

>> See the photos from Sunday, 1 October

>> See the photos from Sunday 17 September

There were three Bishop's Badge Services this year.

The first was held to celebrate generosity and courage shown by school children towards others.

The other two services, held in September and October, recognised missional innovation and missional long service in parishes, churches and communities thoughout the diocese.

Recipients of the Bishop's Badge are nominated by clergy in the parishes of the diocese and the reasons for the nominations can be wide and varied.

On receiving his Bishop's Badge in September, John Sterland said: "My late father whilst being a member and former tower captain of St Andrew’s (Swanwick) received a badge a few years ago for his work supporting the major refurbishment of the clock and bells at St Martin’s Alfreton. I feel quite reflective and privileged at being recognised in a similar way."

And nominating Cara for a Bishop's Badge Schools Award, her head teacher said: "Cara goes above and beyond to show love and support to her peers; always noticing if someone is struggling or left out and offering friendship; showing what it means to build community by supporting and welcoming everyone. Her unquestioning support for others during tough times, even when she herself has been experiencing difficult situations, is transforming to those who she stands alongside and a model for others to follow."

 

Those presented with Bishop's Badges on Sunday, 1 October were:

Awards for Missional Innovation

  • Helen Hodgson, Belper, St Peter
  • Beryl Hill, Cathedral Church of All Saints Derby
  • Ann Johnson, Cathedral Church of All Saints Derby
  • Ann Jwala, Cathedral Church of All Saints Derby
  • Sue McIntyre, Cathedral Church of All Saints Derby
  • Anne Parkin, Cathedral Church of All Saints Derby
  • Barbara Walford, Cathedral Church of All Saints Derby
  • Margaret Bromby, Cotmanhay and Shipley, Christ Church
  • Robert Henry Glassey, Elmton with Creswell and Whitwell with Steetley
  • June Fawcett, Great Longstone, St Giles
  • Su Woollen, Great Longstone, St Giles
  • Hilary Maltby, Matlock Bath, Holy Trinity
  • Sue Wells, Old Whittington, St Bartholomew

Awards for Missional Long Service

  • Barrie Birkin, Ashford in the Water, Holy Trinity
  • David Lee, Ashford in the Water, Holy Trinity
  • Kathryn Naylor, Bakewell, All Saints
  • Carol Wicksteed, Bakewell, All Saints
  • Joy Layton, arlow, St Lawrence
  • Alan Milner, Barlow, St Lawrence
  • Roger Stubbins, Barlow, St Lawrence
  • Geoff Walker, Barlow, St Lawrence
  • Keith Wollerton. Belper, St Peter
  • Robin Norman, Blackwell, St Werburgh
  • Julie Barker, Boulton, St Mary
  • Iris Armett, Buxton Team Parish
  • Josephine Fry, Buxton Team Parish
  • Alan Kirk, Buxton Team Parish
  • Eric Thompson, Buxton Team Parish
  • Pam Woodroffe, Buxton Team Parish
  • Brian Moorhouse, Castleton, St Edmund
  • Doris Gould, Chesterfield, Holy Trinity & Christ Church
  • John Holmes, Chesterfield, Holy Trinity & Christ Church
  • Audrey Musson, Chesterfield, Holy Trinity & Christ Church
  • Julie Hart, Cotmanhay and Shipley, Christ Church
  • Alwyn Tew, Cromford, St Mary
  • Kim Hardy, Derby, St Anne
  • Alison Haslam, Derby, St Anne
  • Dennis Bull, Derby, St Barnabas
  • Dorothy Ann Oliver, Derby, St Barnabas
  • Valerie Dykes, Etwall, St Helen
  • Jennifer Rowson, Great Longstone, St Giles
  • Jennifer Rowson, Great Longstone, St Giles
  • Peter Rowson, Great Longstone, St Giles
  • Andrea Clarke, Hatton, All Saints Church
  • Alison Mottram, Hatton, All Saints Church
  • Frances Toye, Hatton, All Saints Church
  • Michael Osborne, Holbrook, St Michael
  • Susan Crabb, Matlock Bath, Holy Trinity
  • Lindsay Steele, Matlock Bath, Holy Trinity
  • Rachel Coupe, Melbourne,St Michael with St Mary
  • Hazel Hole, New Mills, Saint George the Martyr
  • Margaret James, New Mills, Saint George the Martyr
  • David Wellens, New Mills, Saint George the Martyr
  • Pat Hassall, Sawley, All Saints and St Mary
  • Anne Ball,Stanley and Stanley Common
  • Janet Costall, Stanley and Stanley Common
  • Sue Hartley, Sutton on the Hill, St Michael
  • Janet Hopper, Swadlincote, Emmanuel
  • David Hopper, Swadlincote, Emmanuel
  • Maggie Fenby-Taylor, Ticknall, St George
  • Jenny Stewart, Ticknall, St George
  • Margaret Whyte, Ticknall, St George
  • Paul Whitehall, Walbrook Epiphany
  • Jean Parsons, West Hallam, St Wilfrid
  • Ruth Bennett, Whitfield, St James
  • Gillian Booth, Whitfield, St Luke
  • Laurie Gill, Whitfield, St Luke
  • Janet Magson, Wingerworth, All Saints

 

Those presented with Bishop's Badges on Sunday, 17 September were:

Awards for Missional Innovation

  • John Bird, Littleover, St Peter & Blagreaves
  • Jim Davison, West Hallam, St Wilfrid
  • Gen Tarr, New Mills, Saint George the Martyr
  • Margaret Weightman, Cathedral Church of All Saints Derby

Awards for Missional Long Service

  • Michèle Aspinall, Allestree, St Edmund
  • Kate Bassford, Sawley, All Saints and St Mary
  • Janet Bradshaw, Sutton-cum-Duckmanton
  • Liz Broomhead, Hartington
  • Christine Brown, Blackwell, St Werburgh
  • Bryan Clarke, Cathedral Church of All Saints Derby
  • Margaret Clarke, Cathedral Church of All Saints Derby
  • Emson Maneya, Cathedral Church of All Saints Derby
  • Ann Cooper, Youlgreave
  • Averill Crisp, Swadlincote, Emmanuel
  • Lynne Dawson, Old Brampton, St Peter & St Paul
  • Christopher Dullage, Hartington
  • John Entwistle, Matlock Bath, Holy Trinity
  • Jane Entwistle, Matlock Bath, Holy Trinity
  • Rob Groome, Risley, All Saints
  • Brenda Harrop, Youlgreave
  • Hannah Hawkins, Brimington, St Michael and All Angels
  • Sylvia Homer, Stanton by Dale, St Michael and All Angels
  • Zoe Leleux, Stanton by Dale, St Michael and All Angels
  • Sue Marsh, Bakewell, All Saints
  • Sally Renshaw, Tibshelf, St John the Baptist
  • Patricia Rhodes, Tibshelf, St John the Baptist
  • Cyril Roberts, Old Brampton, St Peter & St Paul
  • Melanie Rose, Belper, St Peter
  • Phil Sparrow, Chesterfield, SS Augustine
  • John Sterland, Swanwick, St Andrew and Pentrich, St Matthew
  • Mary Thompson, Smalley, St John the Baptist
  • Mo Tolson, Risley, All Saints
  • Alan Tolson, Risley, All Saints

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Recipients and their families take the opportunity for a photographic memento with Bishop Libby

The History of Bishop's Badge

In 1927, the Diocese of Derby was founded and Bishop Edmund Courtenay Pearce, the first Bishop of Derby, arranged for a medal to be struck to celebrate this new beginning.

Copies of the medal were presented to prominent members of the diocese and to all those being confirmed in that year.

In recent years, the seventh Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, arranged for a replica of this medal to be minted and mounted in the form of a badge.

As the eighth Bishop of Derby, Bishop Libby continues this tradition.

Each year these badges are awarded based upon recommendations made to the bishop, as a gesture from the diocese to acknowledge outstanding service to God's church.

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Nicky Fenton has been collated and installed as Archdeacon of Derbyshire Peak and Dales.

The service was held at Derby Cathedral on Saturday, 30 September, with Bishop Libby and Dean Peter.

Previously, Nicky was the Bishop of Derby’s chaplain, and a Residentiary Canon at Derby Cathedral. Prior to that, she was priest-in-charge of Hazelwood, Holbrook and Milford.

>> See the photos of the Collation and Installation Service

During her first sermon as archdeacon, Nicky spoke about the Archdeaconry of Derbyshire Peak and Dales and the whole diocese working as a team, and how each of us is called by God to use our individual talents to help each other and to further the work of the Church.

The choir of St John’s, Buxton, from the Archdeaconry of Derbyshire Peak and Dales, sang May the Love of Christ Enfold Us, and Derby Cathedral Junior Choir, the cathedral’s pre-chorister choir for children aged five to nine, sang Mother Mary Full of Mercy.

>> Meet Archdeacon Nicky

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 The Collation and Installation Service featured music from Derby Cathedral Junior Choir
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Derby Cathedral is currently hosting one of a number of artworks created by local and national artists as part of Shedding Light on long Covid, a thought-provoking programme of events to engage local communities in the latest long Covid research.

The installation, outside the cathedral, invites visitors and passers-by to spend a few minutes sitting on a specially installed headset bench and listening to an audio track which they can download via a QR code.

The track, Breathturn, reflects on the moment of pause we collectively shared during the pandemic and how it affected those with Long COVID using their own words to describe their experience.

Shedding Light on Long Covid has been developed by Scientists and arts researchers at the University of Derby.

The Very Reverend Dr Peter Robinson, Dean of Derby, said: "Derby Cathedral is delighted to welcome S.H.E.D, once again.

"This is such an important opportunity being offered to people of all generations to delve deeply into our shared experiences of long Covid.

"We hope that many will come to the cathedral and enjoy the headset benches under the trees in our church yard and so form part of this precious, continued research."

 In Derbyshire alone, there are approximately 10,000 patients living with long Covid, and this figure is rising weekly.

The virtual and interactive exhibition has been created by S.H.E.D – Social Higher Education Depot, a research and innovation space that engages the public with lifelong learning and teaching through creative industry and cultural practice.

The University has been at the forefront of research into causes and effects of long Covid since 2020.

The research has mostly been learning about the challenges of the condition and how this impacts the abilities of people to undertake their everyday tasks.

The research team hopes to use this learning to create pathways to support people with long Covid.

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Bishop Libby has presented around 30 Bishop's Badges to those nominated for missional long service and missional innovation awards.

The special service, A Celebration of Lay Ministry, took place in Derby Cathedral.

The annual presentations celebrate ministry and service in church and community, and recognise the distinguished service and dedication of many individuals contributing in Jesus’s name to the mission of the church.

>> See photos from the Bishop's Badge service

Bishop Libby said: "It is always a pleasure to mark and celebrate the gifts of people across the Diocese of Derby and to thank those who offer so much to develop and sustain the life of the church and its work in the wider community.

"We give thanks for the often hidden, yet crucial and remarkable work of people who do not seek recognition, but whom we honour specially today."

The message of thanks was echoed by Bishop Malcolm in his reflection.

The service is one of three being held this year to present Bishop's Badges; the first was held to celebrate generosity and courage shown by school children towards others.

The final service will be held on Sunday, 1 October.

 

Those presented with Bishop's Badges on Sunday, 17 September were:

Awards for Missional Innovation

John Bird, Littleover, St Peter & Blagreaves

Jim Davison, West Hallam, St Wilfrid

Gen Tarr, New Mills, Saint George the Martyr

Margaret Weightman, Cathedral Church of All Saints Derby

Awards for Missional Long Service

Michèle Aspinall, Allestree, St Edmund

Kate Bassford, Sawley, All Saints and St Mary

Janet Bradshaw, Sutton-cum-Duckmanton

Liz Broomhead, Hartington

Christine Brown, Blackwell, St Werburgh

Bryan Clarke, Cathedral Church of All Saints Derby

Margaret Clarke, Cathedral Church of All Saints Derby

Emson Maneya, Cathedral Church of All Saints Derby

Ann Cooper, Youlgreave

Averill Crisp, Swadlincote, Emmanuel

Lynne Dawson, Old Brampton, St Peter & St Paul

Christopher Dullage, Hartington

John Entwistle, Matlock Bath, Holy Trinity

Jane Entwistle, Matlock Bath, Holy Trinity

Rob Groome, Risley, All Saints

Brenda Harrop, Youlgreave

Hannah Hawkins, Brimington, St Michael and All Angels

Sylvia Homer, Stanton by Dale, St Michael and All Angels

Zoe Leleux, Stanton by Dale, St Michael and All Angels

Sue Marsh, Bakewell, All Saints

Sally Renshaw, Tibshelf, St John the Baptist

Patricia Rhodes, Tibshelf, St John the Baptist

Cyril Roberts, Old Brampton, St Peter & St Paul

Melanie Rose, Belper, St Peter

Phil Sparrow, Chesterfield, SS Augustine

John Sterland, Swanwick, St Andrew and Pentrich, St Matthew

Mary Thompson, Smalley, St John the Baptist

Mo Tolson, Risley, All Saints

Alan Tolson, Risley, All Saints

 

The History of Bishop's Badge

In 1927, the Diocese of Derby was founded and Bishop Edmund Courtenay Pearce, the first Bishop of Derby, arranged for a medal to be struck to celebrate this new beginning.

Copies of the medal were presented to prominent members of the diocese and to all those being confirmed in that year.

In recent years, the seventh Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, arranged for a replica of this medal to be minted and mounted in the form of a badge.

As the eighth Bishop of Derby, Bishop Libby continues this tradition.

Each year these badges are awarded based upon recommendations made to the bishop, as a gesture from the diocese to acknowledge outstanding service to God's church.

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