Wednesday, 20 March 2019 16:52

A Prayer for the Nation

cofe together prayer logo webGod of hope,
in these times of change,
unite our nation
and guide our leaders with your wisdom.
Give us courage to overcome our fears,
and help us to build a future
in which all may prosper and share;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Mention the Derbyshire village of Eyam, and the chances are that the word ‘plague’ will also end up being part of the conversation.

Eyam (pronounced ‘eem’, by the way!) had its extraordinary history shaped around 350 years ago when the village quarantined itself to avoid the plague spreading beyond its locale.

The Rt Revd Libby Lane legally became the Bishop of Derby on Monday, 11 February 2019.

At a service at St Mary-le-Bow in London, The Archbishop of Canterbury confirmed Bishop Libby's Election by the College of Canons.

It was attended by members of Libby's family, Bishop Jan, Archdeacon Carol and other representatives from the Diocese.

Ilkeston's first Winter Shelter is proving to be a huge success.

Based at St John's Church, Ilkeston, the shelter was originally set up to sleep 12 people each night - but demand has meant that number has expanded to 17, plus a dog, during the freezing cold nights at the end of January.

Guests not only get a warm bed for the night, they also get hot drinks, supper, breakfast and a lunch bag. They get access to a shower and the offer of clean clothes and a warm coat.

Once described as a “stone-built preaching box” St Mary’s in Cromford has evolved into a uniquely decorated Derbyshire church.

“Wow! Really impressive”, reads a comment in Cromford St Mary’s visitors’ book. It’s not untypical of the many remarks.

They are, no doubt, referring to the collection of magnificent murals painted around the inside of the church.

Dr Alison Brown is one of a group of 35 who have visited Kolkata, India, to build and strengthen the Derby Diocesan Board of Education's links with the area.

Jacqueline Stober decided at the age of nine that she was going to work for God.

And as well as her own route to ordination, she’s been exploring those of other BAME clergy in the Church of England.

Remembering the ‘light-bulb moment’ is something many people do when it comes to discovering God or hearing His call.

The next Bishop of Derby will be the Right Reverend Libby Lane.

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.

Ever wondered what it's like to be a churchwarden?

Hazel Massey, the churchwarden at St Wilfred's, West Hallam, says it's more than just a position, it's a vocation. 

So if you've ever thought that you might be called to do work for the church, but not inclined to be ordained, read on...

Hazel writes:

I’m sure most of you are aware that as a churchwarden generally we have responsibility for the fabric of the building and work with the Priest to enable worship to happen. 

I am a volunteer and this a part of how I can give back to my faith and church.

Standing before my great uncle's grave in the still, silent and peaceful Gommecourt New Wood Cemetery in France, I wondered if I was the first. Was I the first member of the King family to have visited him?

When Youlgreave first started to consider how to remember the First World War 100 years on, little did the villagers know how the project would develop.

An ancient tree by St Cuthbert’s Church, Doveridge, holds stories of the parishioners, its visitors and England’s most famous outlaw.

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