God 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.
Bishop Jan, the Bishop of Repton and Acting Bishop of Derby, has called for churches to join in with five days of national prayer for unity as the deadline for Brexit approaches.
Churches will be encouraged to host informal café-style meetings over the weekend of 30th March to bring together people of all standpoints and encourage open discussion.
Backed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, resources launched this week at www.churchofengland.org/together include prayers for use in services and special gatherings.
They also include invitations for people to ‘get together and chat over a cup of tea and pray for our country and our future’.
The prayers and events will go ahead, even if the date for Brexit is delayed.
Bishop Jan said: "Friday, 29 March 2019 will be a significant day for our nation, whether or not we leave the European Union on that day.
Our church communities, like the rest of the nation, are divided over whether or nor Brexit is the right way forward.
But as Christians, our role is to promote peace and reconciliation in the places where we live and worship, and to demonstrate that we can live peacefully together even when we disagree.
Could I encourage you then to take up the invitation of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to stand up for peace and Christian neighbourliness by joining in five days of prayer for our nation from Friday, 29 March 2019.
You might even be able to open up your church on Saturday, 30 March 2019 as a place where people can call in to meet their neighbours over a cup of tea and to find a place of quiet for reflection and prayer.
Or why not advertise your after-church coffee on Sunday as a time when people could congregate?
The Church of England Website contains some some excellent resources.
Let’s do all we can to live out the truth we proclaim each Sunday as we strive to love God and to love our neighbours as ourselves.
With every blessing
In short, everyone who works for and volunteers for the Diocese of Derby.
This includes all clergy, readers, PtOs, church officers, PCC members, Derby Church House Staff, Deanery Administrators, parish officials, church volunteers and, of course, Parish Safeguarding Officers and Deanery Safeguarding Officers.
Currently, four sets of Core Training are available:
Throughout Lent and Holy Week, one million people will visit A Church Near You.
Many of these visitors will be looking for a service or event to attend during this season.
Will they be able to find yours?
Maundy Thursday Services
St Luke, Derby - 7.30pm - Mass of the Lord's Supper, followed by watch with Blessed Sacrament until midnight.
Good Friday Services
Details to follow
Easter Sunday Services
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Other Easter Events
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To send us details of your event, please use this form:
Weds 20th - Fri 22nd November 2019
Fri 5 - Tue 9 July 2019
Mon 25 - Weds 27 November 2019
Sat 15 Jun 2019
Sat 12 October 2019
Bishop's Council (18.30-21.30)
Mon 20 May 2019
Mon 1 July 2019
Mon 23 September 2019
Mon 2 December 2019
Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC)
Mon 11 March 2019
Mon 29 April 2019
Mon 10 June 2019
Mon 22 July 2019
Mon 9 September 2019
Mon 28 October 2019
Mon 9 December 2019
Parish Support Office Roadshows
Sat 23 March 2019 (Mercia deanery)
Sat 8 June (Derby City deanery)
Sat 21 September (Hardwick deanery)
Sat 26 October (Peak deanery)
Find out more about the roadshows here
Diocese of Derby Safeguarding Policy documents
This chart should be displayed in all churches and is used to ensure that everyone is clear on the reporting process. To request a printed version of the chart please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Download: Safeguarding Flowchart 2016 [PDF]
Promoting a Safer Church
This poster should be completed and displayed in all churches and is used to direct people to someone they can contact if they have a safeguarding concern.
Diocesan and local authority safeguarding contacts are pre-filled and the poster can be printed in either A3 or A4 size.
Download: Promoting a Safer Church poster [PDF]
Diocese of Derby Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practice Guidance (PPPG)
Full document from Autumn 2016.
Parish Guide 2016
This guide will give you the key Safeguarding information required at parish level.
The Diocesan Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practice Guidance (PPPG) should be read by those church officers who are engaged in Safeguarding work with the Parish or Cathedral. It has been written as a resource document and should be referred to as and when needed. There are some sections within the PPPG that church officers who are working in a role that requires a DBS check, should read and confirm that they have read them before starting work. This table shows the required reading to the expected level of training needed to undertake the role.
Download: Diocese of Derby Parish Guide 2016 [PDF]
Parish Audit Tool 2017
A tool for parishes to assess where they are with the implementation of the Safeguarding Procedures. Completion of this document wil help with the creation of an action plan for the PCC.
Diocese of Derby Safeguarding Complaints Procedure
A guide to the procedure in dealing with complaints about the way a safeguarding issue has been handled.
Download: Safeguarding Complaints Procedure [PDF]
Clergy File Access Policy
This document explains who can access clergy files and under what circumstances - and how they are controlled.
Download: Clergy File Access Policy [PDF]
This policy seeks to enable staff to alert the organisation to any potential problem or wrongdoing reasonably believed to exist, without fear of any negative reprisal in response to the revelation.
Download: Whistleblowing Policy [PDF]
Dignity at Work Policy
Abuse, harassment and bullying – however rare - will not be tolerated in the Diocese.
Download: Dignity at Work Policy [PDF]
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 effects were devastating – but the resulting legacy is an incredibly deep sense of community.
As you might expect, the church and its then rector, William Mompesson, were central to the community – and to the story. And these days a stained-glass window in St Lawrence’s ensures the story lives on.
The plague in Eyam began in 1665, with the arrival of a parcel of cloth sent from London, where the disease had already killed thousands. A tailor had ordered the cloth to make costumes for Wakes Week, a celebration of Harvest.
By the time it arrived, the cloth was damp, so the tailor's assistant, George Viccars, hung the cloth in front of the fire to dry. What he didn’t know was that there were fleas in the cloth that were carrying the plague. Within a few days, Viccars became the first of the plague's victims in the village.
By Christmas 1665, 42 villagers had died and the following year many in the village were ready to leave everything behind to escape the pestilence.
But William Mompesson came up with a plan: the village was to be sealed off and no one allowed in – or out.
The cordon did its job – it prevented the plague from spreading to nearby Bakewell and Sheffield. But the cost to the village was terrible. In the year that the plague was rife in the community, 260 of Eyam’s residents succumbed.
Among those who dies was the rector’s wife, Catherine Mompesson, and there are countless heart-breaking tales of those who suffered and lost their lives.
But there were also survivors, including Elizabeth Blackwell.
One day, being incredibly thirsty due to the effects of plague, she went to the kitchen and grabbed a jug, which she thought contained milk. But it was actually filled with bacon fat. She downed the lot and was violently sick as a result. Whether or not it was the fat that cured her is debatable, but she recovered and lived to tell the tale.
And now, nine generations later, churchwarden Joan Plant – one of Elizabeth Blackwell’s descendants - is still telling the tale.
“There are about a hundred of us who can trace our ancestors back to survivors of the plague.” Said Joan. ”For me, being part of a family who did survive, knowing the tragedy of it all and the huge self-sacrifice and being able to transmit that to today’s generation is just a great privilege as a church.”
Eyam’s history draws tens of thousands to the village each year – each visitor keen to learn more about the Derbyshire village that gave so much.
“That’s all they want to talk to me about,” said Joan, “…the lady at Eyam who’s ancestor survived because she drank the bacon fat.”
The stained-glass window in the north aisle was given by a member of the church in 1985. You can clearly see the depiction of the arrival of the cloth, Mompesson, a young couple, engaged to be married, who were separated when the cordon was put in place. The church contains other testaments to Eyam’s story, too.
If 350 years ago, the village shut itself in and others out, then the polar opposite is true today. The church continuously reaches out to other groups, other villages and other communities.
The current rector is the Rev’d Mike Gilbert. He said: “Although it isn’t a museum in any way - it’s a thriving and lively church and community – it certainly does impact on virtually everything in the village.
“[The plague story] brings in thousands and thousand of visitors and part of our ministry here is to those visitors.
“It’s lovely because it’s just a small village and the church still is geographically and emotionally at the heart.
“We want to tell the story of Christ’s love and self-sacrifice and we want to model it and live it both in the community and in the wider area of the Peak District.
“From toddler groups to youth groups of all ages; we’ve just set up the Repair Café which is an exciting venture of sustainability, messy church, café church – the list goes on - right at the heart of it is a core of people who are committed to the story of Jesus’ love, and they give themselves willingly to proclaim that message.”
Joan added: “Because as a community we work together, there’s an excitement that we can then share with other people – they see how we live our lives and they think ‘I might want a bit of that’. It’s just a case of living our lives in the community.
“Sharing things that God’s done in our lives and sharing how we live life when it’s hard just helps people along the way.”
There is also a wonderful church centre in Eyam, gifted by a previous generation 25 years ago, which Mike says has made a massive difference to their ability to put on events and serve the community.
But he says that Eyam church has the same struggles as any other – a lack of money, a congregation that isn’t getting any younger and a lack of volunteers. But he says: “We’ve had a wonderful messy church and café church - young families – a congregation of about 50 people who have just come recently. And that’s because we’re saying we need to leave the 99 and go looking for the one – the lost sheep who is yet to discover the love of God.
“Prayer has got to be at the heart of it and a sense of welcome – and a willingness to take risks. We could stick with what we’ve got but if we do that it will gently alter our hand. It’s about saying ‘where is God taking us today?’”
Mike Gilbert is Rector of St Lawrence, Eyam
Joan says that people who come to Eyam and see what they are doing there go back to their own villages and churches and try to start new things there.
Meanwhile, the village’s story continues to add to help keep the church lively: “In the summer, we get hundreds of people joining us for worship. They stay in the village knowing that they can come to church on Sunday - and they come back year on year because they’ve enjoyed what they’ve had, so we’ve always got people wanting to join the church.”
Archdeacons’ Inspections 2019-20
Thank you all for your ministry as Churchwardens.
In 2019 - 2020, we are aiming to set up some visits to your churches. These will be carried out by either the Archdeacons, Area Deans or a senior lay representative.
These visits are designed to help you in your work as a churchwarden, and they are a chance for you to have a discussion on anything that you might need help with in order to carry out your duties.
Visits in the Archdeaconry of Chesterfield
Following her installation last year, Archdeacon Carol is setting up a series of visits which will take place over the next three years, starting in 2019.
These visits will be extended over the whole diocese in 2020.
If you don’t have a visit from Archdeacon Carol this year, you may instead see your Area Dean or a senior lay representative.
This will help us build up a clearer picture of the Chesterfield Archdeaconry and appreciate any particular concerns you may have and wish to share.
The visits will be organised for a mutually convenient time.
You will be contacted to fix a date, but if you would like more choice of the dates on offer, then please call Cathy Luffman, PA to the Archdeacons, on 01332 388676 ( Monday to Thursday) or email her on PA.Archdeacon@derby.anglican.org .
In order to make best use of the time, there is a preparatory form to complete which has some of the standard “inspection” questions on it.
You fill out the parts of it indicated and the rest will be completed during the visit.
The first page deals with your buildings, some aspects of your finances and certificates for utilities and insurance.
We check these to make sure you are compliant with legal and insurance demands.
We recognise that quite a bit of time can be taken up finding all the necessary certificates, so we are asking that you photocopy the front page of each certificate and attach these to the sheet beforehand. If you wish, you can send photographs of these by email during the week before the meeting, but please make sure it is very clear in the email which church they relate to.
If you do not have the appropriate certificate, then please include a comment on the reason for this. (e.g. - the next fire extinguisher service is due this month). Some of the questions may require you to liaise with other parish officers and it may be good to bring the whole form to the PCC for a discussion before the visit.
Please fill in page 1 before the inspection.
The second page concerns the Registers, Polices, Safeguarding and Log Books.
We would like to see all the Registers, but you will only have to display all the log books and ornaments if the Archdeacon is visiting you.
These will be looked at on a three-year cycle. Please be prepared though to complete the form with the person conducting your visit.
The third page is the most important one and is the one which we hope will facilitate some discussion.
The idea is for the conversation to be about your plans for mission for the coming year, with a focus on outreach, schools’ ministry, discipleship and the use of your buildings. We would also be interested to see how you are working towards your pledge to the Parish Common Fund, Stewardship and your use of Internet/ websites and GDPR compliance.
The idea is that these visits are orientated to the mission of the church, and the Archdeacons are really looking forward to hearing how you have developed your own church’s mission and ministry and what your plans may be for forthcoming years.
The Archdeacons are both extremely grateful for the time and hard work you all contribute to the life of the church, and they hope that these visits will honour and recognise this.
Hence, this is a meeting for churchwardens, and the Incumbent is not expected to be present.
Visits in the Archdeaconry of Derby
The vast majority of visits for this area will begin in 2020.
However, it may be that a few visits by Area Deans or Lay Chairs are arranged to “spot check” the procedure.
If you would like an earlier visit than 2020, this can also be arranged. Please call Cathy Luffman, PA to the Archdeacons, on 01332 388676 ( Monday to Thursday) or email her on PA.Archdeacon@derby.anglican.org
Please follow the instructions in the section above which relate to completion of the form and how to book a visit.
Learn more about your Parish Support Office and tell us how we can best support you!
New for 2019, the Diocese of Derby is pleased to announce the Parish Resource Office Roadshow, which will be touring our deaneries - sharing news and highlighting the services and opportunities available to parishes.
Representatives from the Parish Resource Office will be available to meet you and talk about a range of topics from Safeguarding, Mission and Ministry, Vocations, Property, Finance, Communications and more.
This is a great opportunity to meet the diocesan officers and talk to them about how they can best support you.
We have organised four roadshows and you are welcome to attend any roadshow regardless of which deanery you are based in.
Derby City Deanery Roadshow - St Nicholas, Derby - 8 June 2019 - BOOK NOW!
Hardwick Deanery Roadshow - St Barnabas Centre, Danesmoor - 21 September 2019 - BOOK NOW!
Peak Deanery Roadshow - St Lawrence Church Centre, Eyam - 26 October 2019 - BOOK NOW!
Each day will start with refreshments at 9.30am, for a 10am start, and finish at 1pm.
The events are free of charge but booking is essential (see above).
Please email Sian Kellogg with any special requirements: email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you there!