Would you like to sit on the next Vacancy in See committee?

The Diocese of Derby is seeking nominations for the Vacancy in See committee.

The Diocese is required to have a Vacancy in See committee in place at all times and there is no automatic re-election.

The current committee will cease to exist either on 1 January 2019 or when it has finished its work in the appointment of a new bishop, whichever comes later, and the new committee will take over on that date.

Anyone can stand, and you do not have to be on Diocesan Synod. However, members of Diocesan Synod must nominate and second you.

The conditions are that clergy wishing to stand must be beneficed or licensed under seal in the Diocese of Derby; laity must be communicant members and listed on the Church’s electoral roll of a parish in the Diocese of Derby.

If you wish to stand, please put yourself forward to members of Diocesan Synod, who already have copies of the nomination form.

If you don’t know who the members are, please contact the diocesan executive officer, Sian Kellogg, your deanery administrator or the diocesan registry.

Nominations must be received by the diocesan registrar, Nadine Waldron, by noon on Monday, 29 October at the latest.

See also: The appointment of a new bishop

#FollowTheStar is the Church of England’s 2019 Christmas campaign.

Thousands of Christmas services and events will be taking place in churches all over the country in the run up to Christmas.

Chesterfield Parish Church is running a Singing Summer School for young people aged 7-11 from 25 to 27 July.

Each day starts at 9.30am and ends at 3.30pm. 

All boys and girls aged between seven and eleven are welcome and there is no requirement to have any prior singing or music-making experience.

Drinks will be available throughout each day, but all participating children should bring a packed lunch. 

The Summer School costs £30 for the three days for one child. Each additional child costs £20. 

The church's professional music staff will tailor the tuition to meet the needs of different ages and abilities, through a programme of fun and engaging coaching.

The group singing sessions will be interspersed with an exciting programme of fun social activities, such as a bell ringing workshop and a treasure hunt. 

The course will conclude with a short performance for parents, friends and supporters. This will be followed by refreshments for everyone. 

Singing has been a big part of what happens at the Crooked Spire for centuries.

The church maintains excellent boys' and girls' choirs, trained by professional musicians, who coach the young people to perform at high standards. 

In addition to providing music at the church's choral services, the choirs provide outstanding educational and social opportunities to local young people.

After the summer school, participants have the option of joining one of the church's regular choirs, but there's no obligation to join the full-time choir.

The purpose of the course is to give the young people an insight into singing, build their confidence and have fun along the way.   

If your child is interested in the Summer School, please phone 01246 206506 to make a booking. If you have any questions about the Summer School, please get in touch: contact@crookedspire.org

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Derby Cathedral will host a farewell service for Bishop Alastair at 3.30 pm on Saturday, 14 July. All are welcome to come along.

The service will be a celebration of Bishop Alastair’s 13 years in the Diocese of Derby and reflect other aspects of his work, such as the fight against modern slavery.

It will feature readings from HM Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mr William Tucker, and Canon Caroline Redfern, Bishop Alastair’s wife. 

Tributes will be given by some of the Bishop’s present and former colleagues and associates from the Diocese and beyond. The Bishop himself will deliver the sermon.

The Dean of Derby, the Very Revd Dr Stephen Hance, said: “We are very much looking forward to gathering with Bishop Alastair and so many others to give thanks for his time as Bishop of Derby and to pray God’s blessing on all that lies ahead.

“We hope many from across the Diocese will come to make this a truly memorable occasion.”

The cathedral will have visual displays from children in Derbyshire’s Church of England schools as they show their appreciation, and from the deaneries (administrative areas) in the Diocese of Derby.

All are welcome to come along to the service and to join us for refreshments and ice cream afterwards.

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Elections for the new, three-year session of the Diocesan Synod are now taking place.

The Diocesan Synod is the main forum for discussion on Diocesan policy and its members are also members of the Diocesan Board of Finance which deals with financial matters relating to the Diocese.

If you would like to be nominated for election to Diocesan Synod please contact a Deanery Synod member in your parish, or your incumbent, if you are a member of the laity, and you will be guided through the process.

Any confirmed person who is on the electoral roll of a parish within the Diocese is eligible for nomination, although it is the membership of the deanery synods which is the electorate.

Clergy who are members of a deanery synod are eligible for nomination also.

Nominations close on 22nd June, elections will take place by 10th July and the new Diocesan Synod comes in to being on 1st August.

What have you been up to this month?

There is always so much going on in our Diocese - from flower festivals to fun days.

If you have some great pictures of an event in your parish or deanery, then why not share them with us so we can add them to our gallery?

Send your images and a little text about the event to: communications@derby.anglican.org


Guidelines for images:

Ideally, we should have written permission from anyone who can be identified before using their photo on line. However, this is not always practical.

Children: Before we use an image showing a child (ie someone under 18) who can be identified, we must have written permission from the parent or legal guardian. Permission is not usually needed if the child cannot be identified - eg if they have their back to the camera. Some youth organisations and schools will already have parental permission as part of their overall safeguarding policies and this will suffice as long as ALL the children in the photo are covered by the permission held. Please check with the group's leader or teacher beforehand.

Adults: At church and parish events, permission should be obtained from adults who can be identified when the photo is taken (verbal permission will usually suffice). We should never use pictures of people who prefer not to have their pictures on display to the public.

OldBramptonRingers RingingChamber brightChurches across the Diocese of Derby are recruiting new bell ringers as part of a nationwide campaign to honour the ringers who lost their lives in the First World War.

In total, 1,400 bell ringers died - including a number from Derbyshire.

Ringing Remembers is a nation-wide campaign to recruit 1,400 new bell ringers in their honour to ring in November 2018 for the centenary of the Armistice.

Churches across the Diocese of Derby are recruiting now.

Bell ringing is an inclusive community with people of all faiths and none, and there is no need to be musical or strong. It is a family-friendly, social activity that is good for you and your church community:

  • For all ages (10+), teens and adults
  • Children and parents/carers can learn togetherGreat all-year round exercise for the mind and body
  • Builds teamwork and leadership skills as part of a friendly team
  • Opportunities to visit new places and try new things.

Recent recruits have said:

“It forces me to go out, exercise my mind and my body and there’s something about being part of a group of people that have a focus and it’s very satisfying to be a part of that. It’s not that hard to learn – the more you practise the easier it gets, but personally I find it very enjoyable and I look forward to coming to practise.” - an adult bell ringer.

“Bell ringing has helped me with my shyness – I’ve had to conduct and shout at people I don’t know so it’s taught me to speak up a bit. It’s helped me build my teamwork skills too when I’m doing complicated patterns. I want to try and carry it on because it’s a fun thing to do. People are nice and everyone is involved with what’s going on." - a teenage bell ringer.

Would you like to come along and play a part in it?

To get involved visit a100.cccbr.org.uk

Find us on Facebook: BellRingingDerbyshire


IMG 8963 preview.jpegThe Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, has received the Langton Award for Community Service, for national and international work in combating human trafficking and modern slavery.

Bishop Alastair, who will retire later this year, was honoured by Archbishop Justin Welby at Lambeth Palace on Friday.

The citation on the Archbishop of Canterbury's website reads: "Alastair Redfern has been the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative for combating modern slavery, both nationally and internationally, for a number of years.

"As a member of the House of Lords, he was on the Select Committee that scrutinised the draft Modern Slavery Bill and worked exceptionally hard to take it through Parliament for enactment in 2015. This was only the second piece of anti-slavery legislation in British history since 1807 and the first in Europe."

It concludes: "Alastair Redfern has made an outstanding personal contribution to the Church of England and wider society in combating modern slavery."

Bishop Alastair founded the Clewer Initiative, a national project linked to the Church of England, working with dioceses to tackle modern slavery. 

Read the full citation here

Poppy opening 2 1500 72dpi socialA unique poppy memorial has been unveiled in Chesterfield's Crooked Spire.

Chesterfield Parish Church has partnered with the Royal British Legion to commemorate the 1,574 soldiers from Chesterfield killed in the First World War. 

To mark the centenary of the end of the war, local volunteers have knitted an individual poppy for each serviceperson from the town who gave their life.

The 1,574 poppies have been pieced together to create a magnificent handcrafted sculpture, hanging in the medieval church.

The cascade of flowers was formally blessed and opened by Revd Patrick Coleman, vicar of Chesterfield, on Saturday with Councillor Maureen Davenport, the mayor of Chesterfield, in attendance.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Revd Patrick Coleman said: “This display is an important remembrance of the ultimate sacrifice made by over 1,500 people from this town - around one in seventy of the local population at the time.

“It also gives us, today, the opportunity to pledge to redouble our resolve to pray and work for peace, so that this disastrous loss of life isn’t repeated.

“I thank all the volunteers – aged from 18 months to over 90 – for creating this poignant piece of art.” 

The poppy installation can be viewed whenever the church is open.

Opening times are from 9 am to 4 pm Monday to Saturday (closing is at 6pm on Thursdays), and for services at 10.30 am and 6.30 pm on Sundays.

See also: The Crooked Spire | Follow the Crooked Spire on Facebook


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The Belper Passion play returned to the town this year following a three-year break.

Starting with the Walk Of Witness through the town, the Easter Story made its way to St Peter's Church for the performance of the play.

This year saw a move to a more traditional setting, including Roman soldiers and period costumes.

The play was put on by Churches Together in Belper, directed by Jannice Richtof and written by George Gunby.

The Bishop of Repton, the Rt. Revd Jan McFarlane, was among those who celebrated a major construction milestone at St Thomas’ Church, Pear Tree.

Bishop Jan attended the topping out ceremony – the traditional way builders mark reaching the highest point of a construction project – and saw the refurbishment work for herself.

The work is part of a long-term project to restore the building and provide accessible space that can be used by the whole community.

Thanks to the National Lottery players, the Heritage Lottery Fund has been able to grant St Thomas’ £217,000 to repair the east gable wall and a stunning rose window.

Bishop Jan was able to view the two-tonne apex stone that has recently been hoisted to the top of the building and she thanked contractor Peter Pearce, architect Richard Brook and their teams for their hard work.

Following a tour of the building, Bishop Jan said: “This is exactly where the Church should be – in the heart of the community with its sleeves rolled up offering space, sanctuary and Gospel hope.

“I’m very impressed indeed to see the vision turned into reality and look forward to visiting again when the church is fully open.”

The Revd Dr Simon Cartwright, vicar of St Thomas’, said: "Today is a significant milestone in the restoration of the church in this busy inner-city location.

“This is just one more step towards re-opening the church that was closed in 2011, so that it can serve the needs of people of Pear Tree once again."

Bishop Jan also met members of the St. Thomas Community, a new group of people who have come together to breathe new life into the church. The group has an ambitious vision to reopen St Thomas’ as a Community Hub that will not only incorporate worship but be a place to meet people at their point of need.

Bishop Jan said said: “When I visited the church and saw its location right in the very centre of a community with very significant issues around poverty, refugees, modern day slavery, unemployment, crime and drug abuse, I completely understood why renovating this church is so important.”

Now the high-level work has been done, the scaffolding that has shrouded the church for the last year should be down by end of March.

The next stage will be to go underground – with a trench being dug to allow new sources of electricity, gas and water into the church, enabling the welcome return of the heating!

The Revd Dr Simon Cartwright expressed his thanks to the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund for £29,553 and Derbyshire Environmental Trust for £8,474 to enable the next stage of works to go ahead.

You may be aware that, this morning, a large number of schools around the country – including Derbyshire – were targeted with what we now know to be hoax emails containing bomb threats.

The Diocese of Derby takes the security of pupils and staff in its schools and academies extremely seriously and as soon as we were made aware of these emails, appropriate action was taken.

The Diocesan Board of Education was immediately in touch with Derbyshire Police and their advice was followed.

As a result, it was not necessary to evacuate any of our schools or academies on this occasion.

Canon Dave Channon, the director of education, said: ”Working closely with the police, the course of action taken not only ensured the safety of pupils, but resulted in minimal disruption and also made sure that children were not unnecessarily panicked and stressed.

“We will always follow the advice of the police and other emergency services in the event of any potential threat to the security and safety of our schools, churches and other buildings.”

The Venerable Carol Coslett has been collated as the Archdeacon of Chesterfield.

The role will see her responsible for the northern half of the Diocese of Derby – the Chesterfield Archdeaconry - including a large area of the Peak District and the High Peak, and North East Derbyshire – a total of 131 parishes.

Archdeacon Carol was formally welcomed to the Diocese of Derby on Saturday (10 March) by the Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, together with the Rt Revd Jan McFarlane, Bishop of Repton, and other senior clergy from the diocese. The service was held in the parish church of Chesterfield, St Mary and All Saints – the Crooked Spire.

As well as clergy from her new diocese, the Archdeacon was supported by members of her family, together with friends and colleagues from the Diocese of Southwark, where she served as a parish priest, an Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral and Acting Archdeacon.

Being no stranger to the duties of an archdeacon, she said: “I see myself being the eyes and ears of the Bishop in the archdeaconry, the diocese and the parishes – helping to work out problems, assisting with strategies and looking after church buildings and legalities.”

At her collation service, the new Archdeacon emphasised that one of the priorities must be to work together to ensure the Church stays fit for the future: “I hope to support your church and one another in the community and build our Church for the next generation.

“If we are to leave a wonderful legacy for those who come after us, we have to nurture the church family to meet the needs of people whom we are serving.”

And having been a teacher before her ordination in 2003, she said she intends to spend time in schools and being involved with the Diocesan Board of Education.

Carol is married with two grown-up children. She lists swimming, baking and walking her dog, Fudge, as being among her interests and also enjoys amateur dramatics and singing.

See also: In pictures: welcoming the new Archdeacon of Chesterfield.

geraldine pond chaplain 6148 1500 72dpi socialBuckingham Palace has announced that the Revd Canon Geraldine Pond, the Diocese of Derby’s Director of Vocations, has been appointed as a Chaplain to the Queen.

The former Ashbourne vicar will be allowed to preach to the Queen at the Chapel Royal in St James’ Palace, London, and wear a scarlet cassock in recognition of her status.

“I am overwhelmed, excited, humbled – and terrified!” said Geraldine. “When they contacted me, at first I wondered if they had got the right person.

“I am just very ordinary - so it is an amazing honour to serve the Queen and the Royal Household and I am very much looking forward to it.”

See also: In pictures: Geraldine's TV moment

See also: Geraldine on BBC East Midlands Today

The Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, said: “To be made a Chaplain to the Queen is an acknowledgement of outstanding service to the Church and the wider community. 

“There are a limited number, and we have not had anyone appointed to this Office in the Diocese for a number of years. 

“Geraldine has been an exemplary parish priest, and now plays a significant role in the leadership of the Diocese. 

“We should give thanks for this gracious act of recognition, and pray for her in this new role.”

Queen’s chaplains are members of the College of Royal Chaplains, which forms part of The Queen’s Ecclesiastical Household.

Before being ordained, Geraldine had a background in the NHS as a district nurse and health visitor.

She did her ordination training at St John’s Church, Nottingham before moving to Lincolnshire where, among other roles, she undertook a mental health chaplaincy.

Geraldine served as the vicar of Ashbourne, Derbyshire, 2007 - 2015.

The Secretary of State for Education has agreed to enter into a Funding Agreement with Derby Diocesan Academy Trust (DDAT) for Derby Cathedral School. Derby Cathedral School is set to open this September, welcoming Year 7 classes at its temporary site; Midland House (Nelson Street, Derby).

Mr Gordon Inglis, Headteacher Designate of Derby Cathedral School, says: “We are all absolutely thrilled to hear the news that The Secretary of State for Education has agreed to enter into a Funding Agreement with DDAT for Derby Cathedral School, as this legal document is the Government’s formal commitment that we will open as planned.

“It is a clear sign that the Department for Education is happy that we are in a strong position to deliver a high-quality education to the children of Derby. It also means that we have been able to make unconditional offers to students on 1st March 2018, and accelerate the procurement of everything we need to successfully open in September.

Following this announcement, we have taken the decision to re-open applications. With the opening of the school in September 2018 and permanent site secured, parents and carers can be fully confident in their applications. I would encourage any interested parents and carers to do this as soon as possible as Derby Cathedral School is proving a popular choice.”

Parents and Carers can apply for a Year 7 place at Derby Cathedral School through the website here: derbycathedralschool.org.uk/apply/.

It was announced in December 2017 that the permanent site for the first ever Church of England Secondary School in the Diocese had been secured at the former Friar Gate Goods Yard.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has purchased the nine-acre site on behalf of the Trust.

A Technical Adviser has been appointed by the ESFA to work on plans for both the refurbishment of Midland House and the development of brand new buildings on the permanent site, currently due for completion by September 2020.

Open evenings are taking place on Wednesday 28th February and Wednesday 7th March, 6.30pm, at Derby Cathedral. Please do come along and meet Mr Gordon Inglis who will happily answer any questions.

music writingNovember 2018 will mark 100 years since Armistice Day and the end of the First World War. Jubilate are launching a national competition to find a new Hymn of Peace for the churches to sing at Remembrance services and throughout this centenary year.

The competition is open to all UK hymn writers, published or unpublished, as we seek the very best hymn, so entries will be judged anonymously. We’re looking for both standalone hymn texts (which will be set to a new or existing tune) and complete hymns.

The winning hymn will be published and widely publicised by Jubilate. It will be sung in both York Minster and St Paul’s Cathedral at their centenary services. The winning hymn will also be recorded and released as a single. It will be sung by celebrated baritone, Jonathan Veira, produced by Mark Edwards and feature members of the All Souls Orchestra, conducted by Noël Tredinnick.

Other hymns achieving the ‘highly commended’ mark may also be considered for publication by Jubilate.

The submission deadline is Sunday 8 April 2018.  Further details in including guidelines and conditions for entry are available at: www.jubilate.co.uk/hymnsofpeace

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