This year’s Lent Course is written by Bishop Alastair and is an in depth exploration of the events of Good Friday and their meaning for people living out their faith in the world today. The material comes in three parts;
• six sessions that you can either use as a group or as an individual. This includes an audio version of Bishop Alastair reading his reflections.
• a resource for nine consecutive days of prayer to underpin what has been learned.
• the text of Bishop Alastair’s Easter sermon from 2012. All this is available free of charge on the Diocesan website. The material has been formatted to make sure it is very simple and therefore both user friendly and printer friendly - you can either download an electronic copy or print it off in colour or greyscale. Both printed material and a CD of the audio files are also available as hard copies from the Bishop’s Office.
Deepening their relationship with God is the desire of many Christians and is emerging as a priority in the MAP process. This experiential course for both lay and ordained, explores the basics of listening, teaching prayer, discernment and accompanying others in the Christian life.
The Course runs from January - June 2012 and there is a taster session on Thursday 29 September. The last date for applications is 28 October
led by The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern
4th December 2012
Tuesday, 10.30am - 3.30pm
Everyone is warmly invited to this Advent Quiet Day. It will offer a chance to share with others in our diocese a day of prayer, meditation and silence. There will be addresses given by Bishop Alastair and an opportunity to share in the Eucharist at 1.05pm.
The Cathedral Café will be open from 9am for coffee with a discount of 10% and also open for lunch. If you prefer to bring a packed lunch, drinks will be provided at lunch time in the Beddoes Room downstairs.
A voluntary donation of £5, payable on the day, will greatly assist in covering the cost of the day.
Join a group of people for a one week school of Spirituality in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales exploring approaches to prayer and ways of growing in spiritual insight and practice.Monday 25 – Friday 29 July 2011 at St Helen’s, Darley Dale, 10am – 3.30pm daily. Cost £50, including lunch.
Resources for Lent this year include a Lent Course with DVD and booklet, a Lent Prayer Resource booklet, and two series of talks by Bishop Alastair at the Cathedral and in Belper.
Lent Prayer Resource
The Diocesan Spirituality Group has put together prayers and readings for use by individuals each day during Lent. The themes follow those of the course and encourage people to listen to God on a daily basis. The Prayer Resource is available, priced £1.25, from Canon Sheana Barby (tel: 01332 383301; e-mail: email@example.com.
"The Lent prayer booklets are great. Every year we’ve used them with friends from Churches Together in Mickleover for morning prayer in church and others have used them individually at home. The material is always carefully chosen and simple to follow. We have found it very good to keep this discipline and journey together with others in Derbyshire during Lent." Maureen Priddin, St John's Mickleover
The Reader Training Event on Leading Worship on Monday 6 December, which was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, has been re-arranged for Monday 24 January 2011.
It will still take place at St Alkmund’s Church on Kedleston Road in Derby from 7.30pm-9.30pm.
The Readers who had previously booked onto the event on 6th December will be informed of the new date, but if any more Readers wish to register for the event, please contact Amy Rees on 01332 388670, or email firstname.lastname@example.org as places are limited to a maximum of 50.
Every church in the diocese is to be asked to create a Mission Action Plan in 2011 and now a MAP for the whole diocese is being created.
The Bishop’s Council started the process at their recent meeting and the Bishop’s Leadership Team will devote their ‘Away Day’ on Thursday 14th October to the task.
The MAP process will involve the Bishop’s Team taking an honest look at the present health of the diocese, at our context and our relationship with the wider County. In the light of this, it is hoped a vision of where the diocese will be in 3 years time will emerge and clear priorities to work towards this will be identified.
This year’s appeal is in partnership with the church of Uganda to help resource them to do the everyday work of the Gospel in North-Western Uganda. The church is experiencing massive growth. Bishop Joel, Diocesan Bishop since 2006, has confirmed more than 30,000 new members of the church over the last four years.