Freedom Week is a time to remember those trapped in modern slavery and people – professionals and volunteers – who try to tackle this abhorrent crime.

There will be a Chain of Light and Prayer across the diocese once again with a candle for each Archdeaconry. Freedom Week bookmarks will also be available.

We would like to encourage all who are interested to participate either through worship, hosting the candles, prayer stations or vigils. New types of remembrance are also welcome!

18 October is Anti-Slavery Day which may offer an opportunity to coordinate events across the Diocese or in deaneries.

Freedom Week is ecumenical and non-diocesan organisations are also welcome to take part in their own context.

To register an interest please email Pippa Rowen on

Thank you to all who participated in the Chain of Light and Prayer and for sending photos!


To commemorate Anti-Slavery Day there will be an evening of prayer and light on 18 October. 

The pilgrimage will begin at 5.15 p.m. at Derby Cathedral for prayers then to St Paul's Chester Green to share the light of the Freedom Candle at 6 p.m. The Convent of the Holy Name will host the Freedom Candle for a Vigil of Prayer and Meditation from 6.45 - 7.45 p.m.

All are welcome to join together for worship and walk to Chester Green. We will then gather at the Convent for the Vigil at 6.45 p.m.

It may be possible to car share from Chester Green to Oakwood - please contact

The Worship Advisory Group has produced resouces to assist with intercessions or more detailed material for use during Freedom Week.

Freedom Week will be launched on 14 October from 12.30 p.m. at St Barnabas Centre Danesmoor. There will be an act of worship to bless the Freedom Candles followed by talks and workshops about our practical response to modern slavery through action and spirituality.

The Diocese of Derby

For SatNav directions, please use DE1 3DR. However, please note that the car park behind Derby Church House (Derby Cathedral Car Park) is contract only Monday-Friday and so unavailable to visitors. Paid parking is available at Chapel Street Multistorey Car Park (DE1 3GU), Park Safe (Bold Lane) DE1 3NT and the Assembly Rooms Car Park (DE1 3AF). Derby Cathedral Car Park is available as paid parking on Saturdays and Sundays.

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