Area Dean: Revd Canon Dr Simon Taylor
Deanery Administrator: Ms Jo Simister
Derby City Deanery is made up of all the parishes in the city of Derby. It also includes chaplaincies and one Bishop’s Mission Order church. At over 250,000 inhabitants, it has about a quarter of the population of the Diocese. This population is culturally diverse and many faiths are represented. The Deanery has many characteristics in common with other inner cities – for example, it includes more than half the areas of deprivation within the Diocese.
The formation of the new Deanery as a legal entity is still in progress. We launched at a Festival of Life at Boulton St Mary’s in September 2016 and we are meeting as a combined Synod representing all 35 parishes (including the Cathedral), chaplaincies and BMOs.
The benefices of:
Allenton and Shelton Lock
Derby, St. Alkmund and St. Werburgh
Derby, St. Andrew and St. Osmund
Derby, St. Anne
Derby, St. John the Evangelist
Derby, St. Luke
Derby, St. Paul
Derby, St. Peter and Christ Church with Holy Trinity
Littleover (the Haven Christian Centre is situated in the parish of Littleover)
Mackworth, St Francis
Mickleover (comprising the parishes of Mickleover All Saints and Mickleover St. John the Evangelist)
And the Bishop’s Mission Order churches:
We produce a newsletter approximately every two months (Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov) and it is emailed to parishes to be printed out and/or displayed on noticeboards, etc.
If you need a number of ready-printed newsletters, perhaps for people at home, local residential homes, etc, please contact the Deanery Administrator email@example.com.
The Deanery Synod is a gathering place for clergy and lay representatives in the deanery, where we can pray and take counsel together, supporting one another in mission, and co-ordinating our service and sharing of the Gospel.
Derby City Deanery Synod comprises approximately 50 Deanery Clergy and 125 Lay Representatives from all parishes (allocated according to the number of people on each parish church’s Electoral Roll). Most business is conducted in a combined meeting, but occasionally there are separate meetings for the House of Clergy and the House of Laity. There will be a round of elections for Lay Representatives in early 2017. Lay Representatives are elected within their parish to serve for three years.
Lay Chair: Mrs Madelaine Goddard
Secretary: Mr Peter Vincent
Treasurer: Mrs Kathryn Hicks
Future Deanery Synod Dates: venues tbc
Wednesday 24 January 2018
Thursday 24 May 2018
Tuesday 25 September 2018
And one date in November tbc
The Deanery Synod provides a vital structural bridge between parochial church councils (PCCs) and Diocesan Synods, bringing together clergy and lay people from neighbouring parishes to discuss issues relating to mission and ministry in the local area. Sometimes it will make a formal decision, sometimes by means of a vote and a local concern raised in your Deanery Synod could find its way onto an agenda for debate by your Diocesan Synod and even by the General Synod.
The Deanery Synod is an important part of the structure and culture of the Church of England. Members are elected by parishes, and the Deanery Synod in turn elects representatives to the Diocesan Synod. Deanery synod meetings are concerned with seeking God’s will for the mission of the Church locally, so it needs to be Christ-centred, prayerful and open to the Spirit speaking through all.
It can take strategic decisions to advance local mission and ministry, but it also serves the witness and mission of the wider Church.
Potentially the work that Deanery Synods do at local level can help shape the Church at national level for years to come.
This team of nine consists of the:
Area Dean and Assistant Area Dean(s)
Lay Chair, Secretary and Treasurer of Synod
Elected Lay and Clergy Representatives of Synod
Deanery Administrator, and up to two co-opted members.
The Deanery Synod is required to have a standing committee. The first Derby City Deanery Synod (held in September 2016) approved the proposal that our Deanery Leadership Team be the standing committee.
One of its functions is to prepare the agenda for Deanery Synod and conduct any business between meetings that is required.
It also has two other functions. First, as the Mission and Pastoral Committee of the Deanery, supporting parishes in vacancy and taking an overview of the needs for mission and ministry in the Deanery. It is also in a good position to deal with the legal issues as the new Deanery comes into being.
Second, it has the role of co-ordinating the mission of the church in the Deanery, supporting and developing the missional role of the Deanery. In this capacity, the Deanery Leadership Team will take a leading role in writing any Deanery Mission Action Plan.