On 12th October at 10 am for 10.30 at St Thomas, Brampton

with Bishop Jan McFarlane, Bishop of Repton

and Bishop Jack Nicholls

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Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) was the first woman to lecture to the clergy in the Church of England and was one of the foremost 20th century Christian mystics.  The author of several books on spirituality, her work “Practical Mysticism” is subtitled “A Little Book for Normal People”. Evelyn Underhill’s writings are as relevant today as they were for her First World War generation.

Bishop Jan will be talking about the life of Evelyn Underhill and her relevance for us in our spiritual walk in today’s world. There will be an optional workshop in the afternoon to discuss and explore the morning’s themes.

The morning session will start with coffee at 10am for a 10.30 start, finishing by 12.30. The afternoon workshop will run from 1.15pm, concluding at 2.30pm.

Drinks are provided throughout the day. Please bring a packed lunch if you are staying for the afternoon (or you can order a lunch from the café at the St Thomas Centre on arrival).

There is no charge for the day. But we do need to know how many to expect so please book a place by emailing to derbyspire@gmail.com  or phoning 07592 303048, telling us how many places you need and whether you will stay for the afternoon workshop. St Thomas postcode is S40 3AW. Car parking is available but please car share wherever possible.

‘God is always coming to you in the Sacrament of the Present Moment. Meet and receive Him there with gratitude in that sacrament’ ~ Evelyn Underhill

Morley Day is organised by the Derby Diocese Spirituality Group



Suggested donation for the Study / Quiet Days is £15 (payable on booking).   Hot drinks and biscuits provided – please bring a packed lunch.

Suggested donation for the Retreats is £100 (deposit of £20 payable on booking).

For more information / booking please contact Sister Diana (Assistant Provincial)

Phone: 01332 671716 (ext. 6)

Email: assistantprovincialchn@yahoo.co.uk

Convent of the Holy Name

 Morley Road



 DE21 4TB

Website: www.comholyname.org

Facebook Page: Community of the Holy Name


27th May                          Open Garden Day

14th June                         Healing service 7.30 pm

16th-18th June                 Vocations weekend                     Sr. Catherine CHN

13th September               Healing service 7.30 pm

13th-15th October           Autumn retreat                             Sr. Pauline CHN

18th November               Super Soup Day        

2nd December                 Advent Quiet Day                      Sr. Rosemary CHN    

6th December                  Healing service 7.30 pm   

We are starting a Derby Christian Writers group in 2017, which will meet at the cathedral and will be affiliated to the Association of Christian Writers.  The aim of the group will be to provide a safe space where we can meet and network with others who share an interest in writing; learn something more about the art and craft of writing from each other and from guest speakers; experiment with different forms of writing; and gain encouragement, inspiration and motivation to get moving (or keep going!)

We are currently getting together a group of people who would like to know more about this and we are presently developing a programme for 2017. What would interest you in such a programme? If you are interested in finding out more, or want to be kept informed of progress, speak with Richard or Eirene Palmer or drop us an email at derbychrwriters@gmail.com

Many people, lay and ordained, now recognise that it can be helpful to have someone alongside them on their pilgrimage, someone who has the gift of listening creatively to others and who offers a safe place of acceptance and encouragement.

Sometimes this need grows out of a fruitful experience on retreat. Often it can be at a time of crisis, when old patterns are disturbed or when we feel an urge to take seriously our quest for meaning in life and we want to go deeper into our journey of faith. Maybe we want help with our prayer life or to test a particular calling. Maybe we are finding it difficult to deal with events or relationships in our life. This can be a chance to reflect on what has been happening and to put things in perspective.  

This is called ‘Spiritual Direction’ or ‘Spiritual Companionship’, but other terms such as ‘Soul Friend’ (from the Celtic tradition) are used. It is available to all who wish to see more clearly where God is at work in their lives.

 What happens?

 Most people see their Spiritual Companion once every four to twelve weeks. It may be a long-term relationship or for a limited period. There are no rules about this. The meeting has a sacramental nature, for God uses it as a channel for grace. It calls for a sense of trust, confidentiality and for openness from both, in the knowledge that the meeting takes place in the presence of God.

 The purpose is to allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the direction. Suggestions may be offered of ways to pray, ideas for helpful reading, as well as practical suggestions relating to life choices, but the final decisions are always left in the hands of the person seeking guidance.

 How do you find someone?

In Derby Diocese we have a list of people of different traditions and backgrounds who offer this service and two Portfolio Holders in Spiritual Direction who will help you to find the right person. The choice of a companion is likely to have important consequences in your life. For this reason you might be invited to come for an informal meeting with one of them, so that they could talk with you about your expectations and ‘get a feel’ for the sort of person you would hope for.

The Portfolio Holders in Spiritual Direction are


Rev’d Canon Nigel Johnson


Eirene Palmer




You can contact either of these people to set up an initial meeting to discuss finding the right person to accompany you. Nigel works from Bakewell and Eirene lives in Ripley so that may be helpful in your planning.

Spirituality is probably one of the most overworked and misunderstood words in present day religious vocabulary. In the context of our life and mission in the Diocese of Derby we are particularly concerned with Christian Spirituality which is deeply embedded in the life and history of the Church.


In these days many people are taking their own journey into God far more seriously. There is a real thirst within the Church as well as in the world for the things of God.


To try to address this, our Christian Spirituality Group tries to provide people who can accompany others on this journey as listeners and spiritual directors. We also provide courses, quiet days and retreats. Details of all these things will appear from time to time on this website and in other places.


We hope that we will be able to offer something to assist those who feel themselves to be beginners on the journey as well those who are ready to take a further step on a journey maybe started many years ago.


One thing is certain, none of us have arrived and all are in need of the support, prayer and assistance of our brothers and sisters in Christ. The Christian Spirituality Group is there as one way of enabling this to happen within our Diocese.



Chair of Diocesan Spirituality Group


The Rt Rev'd Jack Nicholls,

01298 812462, jnseraphim@gmx.com 

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