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The Very Revd Dr Stephen Hance, the Dean of Derby, has been appointed National Lead for Evangelism and Witness for the Church of England.

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Ossie’s Kitchen, the community café of Ashbourne, has officially opened its doors.

The low-cost, sociable eating space will open once month and will help tackle loneliness and social isolation by providing opportunities for local communities to forge new friendships.

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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.

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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.

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Bell ringers of all ages will be ringing bells across Derbyshire on Thursday, 6th June to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Places where you can hear bell ringing in the evening include: Church Broughton, Cubley, Derby Cathedral, Eckington, Hayfield, Ilkeston, Kirk Hallam, Old Brampton, Old Glossop and Shirland. Long Eaton's bells will be ringing in the morning.

To find out more about bell ringing please visit the Bell Ringing Derbyshire Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BellRingingDerbyshire/

Image by Don Jones

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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.

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There are a number of nightmare scenarios on a Friday night out… losing your keys or your wallet, losing your phone, having one too many, feeling down, feeling ill.

But if you have one of these problems in Belper, help probably won’t be too far away as some real-life angels keep watch.

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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.

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"If God is in control of your life then nothing is impossible."

Jan Hutchinson: ordained priest, 29 June 2019

Hi, my name is Jan Hutchinson; the Reverend Jan Hutchinson.

Gosh! That’s taking some getting used to, especially so in that it involved a long journey of discovery.

My Brother and I were streetwise kids, left to our own devices, we learned to survive in any way we could. Along with my mother we often found ourselves sleeping on the streets.

I didn’t attend school until I was 11 and left school at the age of fourteen, barely able to read.

Shortly after leaving school I also left home.

Finding low paid work, I mostly sheltered in empty houses.

At 17, I joined the Army where, during tests, it was discovered that I was dyslexic.

Despite this, I scored well on the intelligence scale. The Army placed me into special education and brought me to a good reading standard.

I went on to train as a radar operator and spent most of my time in the Outer Hebrides with the responsibility for air traffic control.

I have to say that the Army was my first experience of a stable home; it was my family.

On leaving the Army I married my Husband Peter, we had our 48th wedding anniversary in June 2018. We have one son, also called Peter, and four Grandchildren.

I suppose I could say my journey to faith was an “on the road to Damascus experience.”

I was in my mid- thirties when one morning I went to buy a Sunday paper and found myself walking past the shop and into the nearby church.

Despite never having attended a church, I can only describe that experience of being one of an instant understanding and an acceptance of God in my life.

I continued to attend church, was baptised and confirmed.

Growing in faith over the years (which included a good deal of growing pains) I went forward by being licensed as a Reader in 1999. I was licensed in York Minster by Archbishop John Sentamu, who gave me a personal message which I have carried over the years and continue to do so.

That message played a massive part in my journey to ordination.

Directed by God and prompted by others, and with the support of my family, I set out on what appeared to be another impossible journey.

I think we can all agree, though, that if God is in control of your life then nothing is impossible.

Needless to say, the impossible did indeed become possible and my journey continues.

>> See also: Vocations - hearing God's call

That journey is incredibly important to me, simply because people are incredibly important to me, especially those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who feel they have little worth.

God gave me worth, my mission is to do likewise - to give of myself and to share my life experiences to inspire others to not only find worth in themselves, but to find the loving God in their lives.

Therefore, in trepidation, in the vulnerability of who I am, I hope to serve those in my benefice, in my community and those I meet in the circumstances of everyday life.

Jan is now serving as Assistant Curate at St Wilfrid West Hallam, Holy Trinity Mapperley and St Andrew Stanley.

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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.

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