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Dave King

Anthony Till: to be ordained deacon on 30 June 2019

"I have a strong sense of needing to stand up for people and address social justice issues"

My Name is Anthony Till and I'm very much looking forward to my Ordination on the 30th June 2019.

I'm married to Sandra who is also an ordinand and we have three adult children and six grandchildren and Kazbah our 13 year old Border Collie.

I have always lived in Derby and my family have always had a connection with St Edmund's, Allenton & Shelton Lock. My Aunty Edna was a founding member of the Church even before they had the existing Church that was built in 1939.

I was Baptised there many years ago, 1961 to be exact. Sandra and I were later married there in 1986.

I left Shelton Lock Senior School in 1978 and went to work for Rolls-Royce in Derby, during this time Sandra had become a Mental Health Nurse. All our friends were nurses and I knew that I had to join them if I could not beat them and to be fair even at School I had felt a calling to the nursing profession.

To cut a long story short, I gave my job up at Rolls-Royce and trained as an Adult General Nurse. I have worked all my professional nursing career in Nottingham.

I have since given up my full time work in preparation for my work in the Church and I only work as a nurse for three days week now.

My calling to Ordained Ministry, has been one of knowing I needed to do something more to work with people on the fringes of society.

I have a strong sense of needing to stand up for people and address social justice issues.

Around 2008, Sandra's Mum came to live with us as she was suffering from dementia, sadly, she died in 2011. Sandra and I were not at that time attending any particular church, we both knew that her Mum would want her funeral at St Edmund's. We made the arrangement for the funeral but were informed that St Edmund's was at that time was in interregnum.

Within 30 minutes of that conversation, Sandra recieved a phone call informing her that they were the new Vicar of St Edmund's and surprisingly Sandra recognised the voice, It was someone who Sandra had worked with in Mental Health Services, who had been a Chaplain there. What a coincidence!

After the funeral I felt compelled to go back to St Edmunds as a regular worshipper. Eventually, I did The Journey in Faith Course and ever the self doubter, I felt that was was being called to Reader Ministry. I completed my training in 2014/5.

Still the pressure of feeling compelled to do more with those on the fringes of society kept growing, eventually I realised that God was calling me to Ordained Ministry.

I went through the process and eventually a BAP, I have a catch phrase that I now often use, It does not matter how many times you don't recognise or try ignore God's calling, if he has a plan for you he will always get you in the end no matter how long it takes. The rest is now history.

I have trained at The Queens Foundation in Birmingham and have found their Ecumenical training a wonderful experience.

Last year I had a 10 week placement at St Peter's in Derby City Centre, this has served to further strengthen my calling to work this those in difficult and stressful situations, living rough and out in the street's where I think God's work has the greatest impact.

This is why I believe that God has called me to serve my Curacy at St Thomas's, Pear Tree in the Walbrook Epiphany Benefice. I am apprehensive but feel God has given me the strength to meet this important and necessary challenge.


Favourite Bible passage:

Matthew 19:21, which says sell you have and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven.

Favourite hymn:

My favourite song is the Stuart Townsend version of The Lord's My Shepherd and my favourite hymn is A New Commandment.

Those being ordained deacon by Bishop Libby at Derby Cathedral on 30 June 2019: Sally-Anne Beecham, Rhoda Blackwell, Brenda Jackson, Elaine Jones, Dawn Knight, James Millwain, Jenny Newman and Anthony Till

>> Meet Dawn Knight

By Revd Canon Geraldine Pond, director of vocations for the Diocese of Derby

Do you have a vocation? You may think not – but I suggest that you do!

Vocation is a word which is most often associated with being ordained but Vocation is not first and foremost about being a vicar!

Perhaps a better word to describe vocation is a “call”.

Christians all have a vocation! We are all called primarily through our baptism when we enter into the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and are invited by him to shape our lives and follow him - “the way the truth and the life”.

Jesus came to show us what it is to be a fully human - human being…. Being human is about living in relationship with each other and with God; the God who created the world who loves us totally and perfectly.

Being human is especially about living in relationship; it’s about being able to love and to receive love from others and from God.  In our daily/family life we are called to live in relationship which each other -  to be a parent or child, a husband or wife, a brother or sister, friend or partner.

Our vocation may be to live in a family group or in a community or as a single person.

Some are called to be lay, some to be ordained.

Becoming more the person God created us to be

Our relationships and experiences of life shape us and make us the person we are becoming.

Some of life’s experiences are tough and difficult; it's not always easy to understand or make sense of things but nothing is wasted.

It's often through these moments that we learn more about ourselves and others.

And as we reflect on things that happen to us, we may discover more about God; who is with us through every good moment and every tough one.

Some of the hardest and most disappointing moments are the times of greatest learning.

In these moments we may experience a deepening of our relationship with God as we meet the human face of God in Jesus Christ and discover that human beings are also able to hope. Hope and imagine things differently.

Vocation may also be understood through the work we do; through the way we offer our gifts and talents back to God in service in response to his love for us.

Vocations come in many shapes and sizes, as many and varied as the people who are called and gifted do them; too many to include all of them here; some called to use gifts of hospitality and welcome, others music, poetry, mathematics, sport or the arts. 

What is God's plan for you?

Some are called to be nurses and doctors, teachers, bankers, shop workers and so on - the list is endless; some of us at times have “no work” or paid employment and that can be hard in a culture where earning money is a priority....and some may be called to the religious life as a nun or monk…or indeed a vicar!

Vocation is about “call”, and for Christians is specifically about call by God to a particular area of ministry or work that is not understood as just a “job” but a way of being and living.

So, we give thanks at all times for those who respond to God's call to serve as members of the body of Christ in whatever way that emerges.... recognising that discerning vocation is not a “one off event” but a “lifelong” process which needs our active attention and prayer. Someone to accompany us on the journey -  a spiritual director or guide can be helpful.

Listening, hearing and responding to God's call can feel like a risky/scary moment but often leads to a sense of deep inner peace and wholeness; a realisation and confidence of who we are in Christ.

Vocation is much more than being a vicar; it’s about becoming more the person God created us to be.

Vocation does not say the same for ever but changes through life; it is ongoing.

My role as Director of Vocations in the Diocese of Derby is about encouraging people to listen to God, to hear his voice and call and offer themselves in service back to God with gratitude and thankfulness.


More on vocations:

>> Meet our vocations advisers

>> Is God calling you?

>> Meet some ordinands

>> Vacancies: work with us

Dawn Knight: to be ordained deacon on 30 June 2019

"I am completely open to what and where God's mission takes me."

I’ve been married to Kevin for nearly 30 years, and am mum to 3 adult children, two here on earth, and one in God’s care.

I grew up in a working-class family in East London. My only involvement with Church was through “Church parades” when I was in the Brownies and Guides. At the age of 11, I was presented with a New Testament at school, decided to read it, and began to pray. At 18 I began my nursing career, qualified as a Registered Nurse and eventually specialised in Occupational Health. Having been an Occupational Health Manager for the last 10 years, I finally gave this up in mid-May.

Apart from getting married in Church, it wasn’t until we had our first child and wanted him baptised that I started attending Church.

I was confirmed in Lichfield diocese but really began to grow in faith when I became part of Emmanuel, Swadlincote, 23 years ago. I became a Sunday School leader and a flautist in the Music group. I eventually became a licensed Reader and was passionate about this ministry, which I did alongside secular work and bringing up a family. I never saw any reason to be ordained …….. and, in fact, was inexplicably irritated by Readers who went on to be ordained!

Tragically, my youngest son died in an accident abroad 6 years ago but during the anger and lamenting with God, amidst the trauma and grief, I was aware of God’s presence surrounding and carrying me. I saw Christ in others as I was supported and cared for by my priest, church, family and friends, and in the kindness and practical help of strangers. One morning, about 18 months after the accident, I awoke feeling “different” to usual and changed in some indescribable way. In the next few weeks I found the word “ordination” increasingly intruding into my life and any previous feelings of irritation had somehow gone- God clearly has a sense of humour! Eventually I thought I’d best vocalise what was happening and spoke to my priest in charge….. and so I embarked on a journey of exploration and discovery that has led to my ordination on 30th June.

I’m really excited to be moving to Derby and serving my curacy at Allestree St Nicholas and St Paul’s in Quarndon. I am completely open to what and where God’s mission takes me and know that whatever I think may be a good idea, God usually has something else planned - usually not something I imagined, but far better! I’m looking forward to living in a new place, working with new colleagues and making new friends, as well as keeping in touch with my old ones. I confess it is also a bit scary, having given up my nursing vocation and which has been one of the things that defined me for all my adult life.

Whenever I have spare time I enjoy Zumba, playing my flute and cross-stitch. I also love spending time with my husband and children and holidaying in Europe. I’m rather partial to exploring other churches and cathedrals and confess I do like shoes and have a number of quirky ones!

Dawn studied at The Queen's Foundation, Birmingham and will serve her curacy at Allestree St Nicholas and Quarndon.


Favourite Bible passage:

John 3:16-18 

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

This is because in the early days of my grieving I kept seeing this verse in various places and it comforts me and gives such hope. My late 16-year-old was also in the midst of reading a book by Max Lucado called 3:16- The Numbers of Hope.

Favourite hymn

“Because he lives” - it has such an uplifting tune and the chorus reflects our trust in God and his faithfulness to us.

“Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives”

Those being ordained deacon by Bishop Libby at Derby Cathedral on 30 June 2019: Sally-Anne Beecham, Rhoda Blackwell, Brenda Jackson, Elaine Jones, Dawn Knight, James Millwain, Jenny Newman and Anthony Till

>> Meet Anthony Till

Derby Cathedral will host The Knife Angel when it comes to the city later this year.

Derby has been chosen to be one of the cities across the country to host the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression.

The spectacular 27ft sculpture, made from around 100,000 bladed weapons collected in knife banks during police amnesties across the country, will be based next to the Cathedral on Irongate, for 28 days in October.

The Knife Angel is being brought to Derby by a group of agencies and organisations across the city, including: Derby Cathedral, Derbyshire Police, Derby City Council, Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa and University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.

More than 70 local church leaders from across the Diocese gathered together at St Werburgh’s Church in Derby on 15th May for the Diocese's first Missional Leadership Symposium.

The symposium, organised by the Mission and Ministry team, was the first of a series of gatherings designed to bring the nation's best and most creative missional thinkers together with local church leaders.

The Diocese was pleased to extend an invitation to leaders from other denominations who's contributions enriched the day.

The conference, entitled 'Engaging with Churchless Charlie' explored the growing phenomenon of Christians choosing to practice their faith outside of traditional church structures.

The day was led by missiologist, Stephen Aisthorpe who has researched this subject extensively and published his findings in a book 'The Invisible Church'.

Mission and Ministry team leader, Matt Barnes, commented on the day saying: "Good missional leadership is vital to the health of the church, it was so encouraging to see such a large number of colleagues gather to share experience and learn from one another.

"Stephen's contributions during day were enormously stimulating and challenging with some surprisingly encouraging insights into what on the face of it may have seen a challenge to the established church".

The next symposium is been planned for the autumn and is open to all involved in local church leadership in whatever capacity. If you'd like to be kept informed about this event then do contact Marietta Forman (Marietta.Forman@derby.anglican.org) in the M&M team.

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June 2019

Flower Festival - Customs & Celebrations of Great Britain - Riddings, St James - Friday 21 to Sunday 23 June - 11.00am until 4.00pm each day

11th Annual Flower Festival - Refreshments/Meals/Cream Teas - Afternoon Concert at 2.00pm in church on Sunday 23 June 2019 by 'Amber Valley Voices'


July 2019

Social Room Saturday - Derby, St John the Evangelist - Sat 6 July 2019  10.30am - 12 noon

All Welcome! 


Voices Concert - Derby, St John the Evangelist - Sun 7 July - 7.30pm

Tickets available on the door. 


Derventio Choir Concert - Derby, St John the Evangelist - Sat 13 July - 7.30pm

Tickets on door. 


New Welcome Cafe - Derby, St John the Evangelist - Tues 16 July - 10.30am - 2pm

Held in the social room. 


Quiz Night - The Roundhouse - Thu 18 July - 7pm

Fund raising for St John the Evangelist, Derby. 


New Welcome Cafe - Derby, St John the Evangelist - Fri 19 July - 10.30am - 2pm

Held in the social room.

Garden party on the lawn - Derby, St John the Evangelist - Sat 20 July - 2pm

Tombola / raffle. All welcome. 


Flower Festival - Health, All Saints - 20 - 27 July

Open all day. Summer fair held on Sat 20 July. 


New Welcome Cafe - Derby, St John the Evangelist - Tue 23 July - 10.30am - 2pm

Held in the social room.


Film night -  Derby, St John the Evangelist - Tue 23 July - 7pm

Free admission.



Following her installation, Bishop Libby is visiting all the deaneries - to meet people, to worship and to get to know better some parts of the Diocese.

These visits co-incide with Thy Kingdom Come


Bishop Libby and Thy Kingdom Come 2019

NB: 27 May - 02 June : Half Term

Monday 27 May                      Bank Holiday

Tuesday 28 May                      -

Wednesday 29 May                South-East Derbyshire Deanery

Thursday 30 May                    Carsington Deanery  

Friday 31 May                         -

Saturday 01 June                   Dove and Derwent Deanery - From Lunchtime

Sunday 02 June                     Dove and Derwent Deanery - Until Lunchtime

Monday 03 June                    Derby City Deanery

Tuesday 04 June                   Derby City Deanery 

Wednesday 05 June              Mercia Deanery

Thursday 06 June                  Peak Deanery 

Friday 07 June                       Peak Deanery

Saturday 08 June                   Confirmation Service at Derby Cathedral 

Sunday 09 June: Pentecost   Confirmation at the Crooked Spire, Chesterfield (evening)

Monday 10 June                    North-East Derbyshire Deanery

Tuesday 11 June                   Hardwick Deanery

In a town where so many of the residents have a connection with mining, St John the Baptist Church in Clowne is to pay a lasting tribute to the memory of the mining community with a bespoke, locally crafted mosaic.

Once completed, the mosaic will be installed on the front of the altar of the church’s Miners Chapel – which, until recently, stood unused for many years.

The church has been working with local artist Coralie Turpin, Junction Arts, local schools, Clowne Local History Society and Clowne Parish Council to help design and create the piece, and the project has received £2,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

The mosaic is being made by local volunteers

Rector Bryony Taylor said: “The wording on the mosaic is taken from the book of Job, chapter 28, and it says about miners: "hidden things they bring to light".

“The theme of the mosaic is a shaft of light coming down - the light of Christ. Depicted are a miner on one side and a nurse on the other. The nurse is a nod to one of our parishioners, Iris Pettitt who was a nurse at the time of the Creswell Colliery disaster in 1950, which led to our chapel being dedicated to the memory of those men from Clowne who died.

“Iris nursed the injured on the day of the disaster in the hospital at Worksop. We wanted to include the lives of men and women in the mosaic.

“The bible verse we've chosen has a double meaning as the aim of the mosaic is to bring to light the hidden stories of Clowne, to inspire families to share their own stories and pass on our memories of mining to the next generation."

The finished mosaic will be on display on Saturday, 22nd June at Clowne Mining Festival, where there will also be an exhibition of mining heritage inside the church, alongside lots of stalls and entertainment.

The festival is open from 10am to 3pm.

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Bishop Libby has been installed as the eighth Bishop of Derby in a service at Derby Cathedral.

The event marked the start of Bishop Libby's ministry in the Diocese of Derby.

The service included traditions such as anointing her with oil, and she sat in the cathedra - the bishop's seat - for the first time. 

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