Press release issued 19 December 2018 

Christmas Lunch on Jesus will provide meals for 1,500 around Derby

Scores of volunteers will help out at St. Peter’s Church in Derby on Saturday, 22 December for Christmas Lunch on Jesus – a project that provides low-income families and individuals with a Christmas meal.

Now in its eighth year, Christmas Lunch on Jesus, provides hampers containing turkey, vegetables, potatoes, gravy, Christmas pudding, and other goodies - everything you need for an enjoyable Christmas lunch.

Each box also contains a candle and an invite to Christmas services in Derby.

During the day, more than 100 volunteers will help to pack 350 hampers which will ultimately feed around 1,500 people.  And from mid-morning, volunteers will distribute the hampers to people in Derby and surrounding areas who have been nominated by Social Services, GPs, housing associations, women’s refuges, charities and other organisations.

Those who deliver the boxes come back with stories of people grateful for the generosity of all those involved.

The project costs in the region of £15,000 and is financed through donations from businesses, churches, local trusts and individual giving.

The Revd Anita Matthews from St Peter’s said: “For some people, Christmas Lunch on Jesus has become a part of their own Christmas as both volunteers and donors help us out year after year.

“All of them have a real sense of having helped someone else enjoy a Christmas meal as they sit down for their own.”

Among those helping with the packing this year will be the Bishop of Repton and Acting Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Jan McFarlane.

Bishop Jan said: “Christmas is a time when we give generously in imitation of the God who gives to generously to us. That’s why the Christmas Lunch on Jesus initiative is so inspiring.

“Those who have plenty give to those who have less, so that together we can celebrate Christ’s birth on Christmas Day. I’m delighted to be playing a tiny part by helping to pack some of the hampers.”

If you would like to volunteer for or donate to Christmas lunch on Jesus, please contact Revd Canon Paul Morris or Revd Anita Matthews at St Peter’s on 01332 360790


For more information, please contact:

Dave King, Media Officer, Diocese of Derby – 01332 388680 or 07540 120899 |

You are welcome to send a reporter/photographer on the day, but please inform the communications office beforehand, using the details above.

To celebrate the links between Derby churches and Kolkata Cathedral, St Peter’s also partners with friends there to provide Christmas boxes for some of the poorest people in Kolkata’s slums, containing rice, lentils, dahl, biscuits, sweets… a Christmas feast for those who live in poverty on a daily basis. Also included are a celebration candle and a New Testament.

Press release issued 20 December 2018

Bishop Libby Lane named as next Bishop of Derby

The next Bishop of Derby will be the Right Reverend Libby Lane, Downing Street has announced.

Bishop Libby is currently the Suffragan Bishop of Stockport, in the Diocese of Chester – a post she has occupied since 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.”

On hearing the news, the Dean of Derby, the Very Reverend Dr Stephen Hance, said: “I am thrilled that Libby is coming to be our bishop. Her roots are here in Derbyshire, and we are all very much looking forward to welcoming her home and working with her in the months and years ahead.

“This announcement presents us with an opportunity to think afresh, about who we are and who we hope to be, about the opportunities and challenges that face us as we move forward.”

Bishop Libby is marked the announcement by visiting a number of communities in the Diocese. She started the day, with her husband, George, her two grown-up children, Connie and Benedict, in her childhood hometown of Glossop, where her parents still live.

From there, she travelled to Bolsover, a former mining town, in the north-east of Derbyshire, meeting children and staff at Bolsover C of E Junior School and taking part in their assembly. She invited the children to help her with a short talk about the Nativity.

Libby also revisited the church of St Thomas in Brampton, Chesterfield, where she met women in their Knit and Natter meeting and a men’s social group, known as Thom’s Blokes, and helped serve their special Christmas lunch.

Later, she met members of the farming and agricultural communities in Alderwasley, before a reception at Derby Cathedral, where she greeted local faith and community leaders. Libby ended her day by joining Evening Prayers at the Cathedral.

The service to install Bishop Libby in Derby Cathedral will take place after Easter.


Notes for Editors


The Right Reverend Libby Lane (aged 52), trained for ministry at Cranmer Hall, Durham. Following her curacy in the Diocese of Blackburn (1993 to 1996) Bishop Libby served in the Diocese of York as a Hospital and Further Education Chaplain. From 2000 she served in the Diocese of Chester as a Social Responsibility Officer, an Assistant Director of Ordinands and Bishop’s Selection Advisor, as well as a Parish Priest. From 2010 to 2015 she was Chester Diocesan Dean of Women in Ministry, and in 2013 was elected as Participant Observer in the House of Bishops.

She has been Suffragan Bishop of Stockport since 2015. Bishop Libby is an elected Suffragan for the Northern Province in the House of Bishops, and a Chair of General Synod. She is Chair of Cranmer Committee for the Council of St John’s College, Durham, and Vice-Chair of Trustees of The Church of England Children’s Society.

Bishop Libby was the first woman to be appointed a bishop in the Church of England when she became Bishop of Stockport

The Right Reverend Libby Lane is married to The Reverend George Lane, Coordinating Chaplain at Manchester Airport, and they have two grown-up children.

Her interests include supporting Manchester United, reading and doing cryptic crosswords.

For more information and recent images of Bishop Libby, please contact:

The Communications Office – | 01332 388680

Press statement: issued 27 November 2018

Statement from the Very Revd Dr Stephen Hance, Dean of Derby, regarding the University of Derby Christian Union Carol Service


“I am aware of online comments this morning claiming that Derby Cathedral has banned the Revd Melvin Tinker from speaking at the Derby University Christian Union Carol Service.

“The Dean invites all guest preachers for services to be held at the Cathedral. This remains the Dean’s responsibility even when the service is organised jointly with another organisation.

“Planning a service with an outside organisation always entails some back and forth, including about whom the Dean might invite to preach.

“It is entirely wrong to claim that anyone has been ‘banned’ simply because the Dean has not chosen to invite them on this occasion.

“I am delighted that the Revd Neil Barber, the vicar of St. Giles Normanton, who is a well-regarded preacher in the Conservative Evangelical tradition, has accepted my invitation to preach at this occasion.”


Issued by Derby Cathedral, The Diocese of Derby

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