The Revd Geoffrey Borrowdale, Vicar of Hayes St Anselm, Diocese of London, has been appointed Rector of Hasland and Vicar of Temple Normanton, Diocese of Derby. Mr Borrowdale hopes to take up his new post in April 2019.

The Revd Charles Jefferson, Vicar of Balderstone, Mellor and Samlesbury, Diocese of Blackburn, has been appointed Interim Priest-in-Charge of the benefice of Walton-on-Trent with Croxall, Rosliston with Linton and Castle Gresley; of the benefice of Seale and Lullington with Coton-in-the-Elms; and the benefice of Stapenhill Immanuel, Diocese of Derby. Mr Jefferson hopes to take up his new appointment in the new year.

The Revd Ian Whitehead, Rector of Anslow, Rolleston & Tutbury, Diocese of Lichfield, has been appointed Priest-in-Charge of Crich and South Wingfield, Diocese of Derby. Mr Whitehead hopes to take up his new post in March 2019.

The Revd Carla Vicêncio Prior will be licensed as Team Vicar in the Wirksworth Team Ministry, Diocese of Derby, on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 at 7.30 pm at St Mary's Wirksworth by the Bishop of Repton assisted by the Archdeacon of Chesterfield.

The Revd Alicia Dring, Vicar of Littleover, Diocese of Derby, has also been appointed Priest-in-Charge of Blagreaves in the same diocese. Mrs Dring will be licensed to her new post on Thursday, 10 January 2019 at 7.30 pm at St Andrew’s Blagreaves by the Archdeacon of Derby assisted by the Area Dean of Derby City.

The Revd Dr Lida Ellsworth, Assistant Curate (SSM) of Longstone, Curbar and Stoney Middleton, Diocese of Derby, retired on 10 November 2018. Dr Ellsworth is in the process of transferring to holding the Bishop of Derby’s Permission to Officiate. Her contact details remain the same.

The Revd Carla Vicêncio Prior, Assistant Curate at Derby Cathedral (formerly at Kirk Hallam), Diocese of Derby, has been appointed Team Vicar in the Wirksworth Team Ministry. Mrs Vicêncio Prior hopes to take up her new post in February 2019.

Mrs Joan Bowles, widow of Bishop Cyril Bowles (Bishop of Derby 1969-1987) died on 19 September 2018.  She was 99.  Her funeral was held in Prestbury, Cheltenham on 11 October 2018.

The Revd Canon Nigel Johnson and Mrs Eirene Palmer have stepped down as Spiritual Direction Advisers in the Diocese of Derby. The Revd Nicky Fenton, Assistant Chaplain to the Bishop of Derby, will take on this role until a new appointment is made. Mrs Fenton’s contact details are: 01332 486100, 07811 957913,

The Revd John Wood, Assistant Curate (SSM) of Morton and Stonebroom with Shirland, Diocese of Derby, retired on 13 September 2018. Mr Wood is in the process of transferring to holding the Bishop of Derby’s Permission to Officiate.

The Revd Bill Day, Assistant Curate (OLM) of Derby St Barnabas, Diocese of Derby, has transferred to having the Bishop of Derby’s Permission to Officiate in the same parish. There will be service to mark this transition on Wednesday 7th November at Derby St Barnabas with the Bishop of Repton.

The Revd Barbara Dale who retired in 2013, died on Sunday, 2 September 2018. Revd Barbara was Deaconess from 1981, Parish Deacon 1987-1990 of North Wingfield, Pilsley and Tupton (Diocese of Derby), Parish Deacon 1990-1994 then Team Vicar 1994-2000 of North Wingfield, Clay Cross and Pilsley; Assistant Curate of Eckington and Ridgeway 2000-2004, and Team Vicar in the East Scarsdale Team Ministry 2004-2013. Her funeral was held on 18 September 2018.

The Revd Liz England will be licensed as Team Rector-in-Charge of Buxton with Burbage and King Sterndale Team Ministry on Tuesday, 15 January 2019 at 7.30 pm at St John the Baptist Buxton by the Bishop of Repton, assisted by the Archdeacon of Chesterfield.

The Revd Ian Godlington, Assistant Curate (OLM) of the benefice of Mickleover, Diocese of Derby, has been appointed Assistant Curate (OLM-to be known as Associate Priest) of the same benefice. Mr Godlington will be licensed on Tuesday, 16 October 2018 at 7.30 pm at All Saints Mickleover by the Bishop of Repton.

Dr Esther Elliott, Director of Studies, Diocese of Derby, has been appointed Workplace Chaplain and Development Worker for Edinburgh West, based at Corstorphine Old Parish, Church of Scotland. Dr Elliott will leave her post on Friday, 9 November 2018.

The Revd Andrew Race, Assistant Curate of Littleover, Diocese of Derby, has been appointed Vicar of Castle Donington and Lockington cum Hemington, Diocese of Leicester. Mr Race will be instituted and inducted to his new post on Tuesday, 5 February 2019.

The Revd Susan McIvor, Methodist Minister at Sinfin Moor, Diocese of Derby, has been appointed District Safeguarding Officer with the Nottingham and Derby District of the Methodist Church. Ms McIvor moved on 6 August 2018.

Mr Ben Acty has been appointed as Warden of the Peak Centre in Edale and took up his post on 10 September 2018. 
Mr Acty's contact details are The Peak Centre, Champion House, Edale, Hope Valley, S33 7ZA. Tel: 01433 670254 Email:

The Revd Ben Griffithsthe Revd Gill Turner-Callis and the Revd Dr David Mundy have been appointed as Assistant Diocesan Directors of Ordinands with immediate effect. Their contact details remain the same.

If you want to become an editor of your A Church Near You Page, first find your church by entering the postcode or town in the search box.

As you type, look for the suggestions offered to you under the search box and use the most appropriate, then click the orange arrow - it's more accurate!

We'll use St Alkmund's Duffield as an example:

acny postcode search

 Next, choose your church from the list on the left...

acny search results

 This will take you to an overview page for the church. Once you get to that, click 'Visit Page' on the left. This will take you to the next level for that church.

Once you're on the church's main page, again look at the left-hand side and, at the bottom, you'll see 'Edit this church'.

Click that and you will be taken to a page on which you can do one of two things - or both.

First, you need to have an A Church Near You account. If you don't have one, the page will allow you to register.

Once you have an ACNY account, the page will allow you to request access to that church. To do this, you need to send a short message and click 'Request Access'.

If your church is in vacancy, you’ll need to ask for manual verification; once you have created an account on and have requested to edit a church make sure you’re logged in and click the purple Help button on the right hand side of any page of AChurchNearYou, or the Submit a request button at the top of the Help Centre...

Tell us that you're requesting manual verification because your church is in vacancy.

Tell us your email address with which you registered and the AChurchNearYou ID of the church you have requested to edit.

You'll find this ID by going to the AChurchNearYou church page in question and looking in the browser address bar where you'll see: followed some numbers, please provide us with those numbers.

For instance, the URL for St Alkmund's in Duffield is: so their AChurchNearYou ID is 13370.





A Church Near You is a fantastic resource provided by the Church Of England.

It lists every church in the Diocese of Derby and should be one of your first ports of call when getting information about your church and its activities out to a wider audience.

If you're not already using A Church Near You, you should be!

The minimum you should include on your A Church Near You page is: contact details and regular services. 

The details need to be added by your page editor - this isn't something we can do for you at Derby Church House - but if you need help, please do contact us at the communications office for advice.

As well as the basic details about your church, ACNY also lets you do the following:

  • Add extra information to events and services, such as a location other than the church, times, accessibility and contact details. This will enable churches to showcase their one-off services out in the community or parish away days outside the church building.
  • Include information about the facilities the church has, from a post office to foodbank or Alpha.
  • The ability to point your domain name (the URL of your site, for example to your ACNY page. This means you don't have to pay a fee to a website host or designer. It is estimated that this will save Church of England churches £1 million nationally.  A Church Near You editors will get a step-by-step guide to help make this change. 
  • An opportunity to add news stories and notice sheets to your pages, allowing you to promote upcoming events, good news stories from your church and notices.
  • Add a gallery of pictures to show off your church building. This is capped at at 20 images to ensure that these photos are kept up-to-date.
  • Greater customisation choices – from the ability to select the branding of national campaigns for your page, to which news stories and events will appear on your church's homepage.
  • Analytical information will be visible to editors on the homepage when logged in – showing you how many people have visited your page this week, month and year.

Who in my parish controls A Church Near You?

The short answer is that the incumbent is the editor of your ACNY page, and can also authorise up to four additional editors.

Where there is no incumbent, please see this page for more information about how to become an editor for your church.

If your church is in vacancy:

If your church is in vacancy you’ll need to ask for manual verification; once you have created an account on and have requested to edit a church make sure you’re logged in and click the purple Help button on the right hand side of any page of AChurchNearYou, or the Submit a request button at the top of the Help Centre...

Tell us that you're requesting manual verification because your church is in vacancy.

Tell us your email address with which you registered and the AChurchNearYou ID of the church you have requested to edit.

You'll find this ID by going to the AChurchNearYou church page in question and looking in the browser address bar where you'll see: followed some numbers, please provide us with those numbers.

For instance, the URL for St Alkmund's in Duffield is: so their AChurchNearYou ID is 13370.

Information for A Church Near You editors in parishes

The following information is specifically for A Church Near You editors:

The new upgrade includes the ability to add news stories and news sheets, a gallery and, most excitingly, the option of using your A Church Near You page as your website by forwarding your domain name to A Church Near You.

When logged in, you will now also be able to see your analytic information on your church's page, showing you how many people have visited your page this week, month and year.

The editor help centre is on hand to guide you through the new features, so if you would like some help, do read the help articles provided:


A one-day workshop to help churches get started with social media.

Thursday, 13 December 2018, 10.30 am - 3 pm | Venue: Derby Church House | Cost: Free

Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 10.30 am - 3 pm | Venue: Derby Church House | Cost: Free

Do you use social media for your church?

If you've thought about using Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get your message, mission and events out to a wider audience but aren't really sure how to get started, then this is an ideal workshop to get you started.

This workshop is for beginners. In it, we'll look at setting up your accounts and pages, how to use them, how (and what) to post and we'll look at ideas and best practice.

What you will need:

  • Wi-Fi-enabled laptop or tablet (don't forget the power lead!)
  • Smartphone (optional)
  • Notepad and pen
  • Packed lunch (tea and coffee will be provided)

It would also be useful for you to bring the login details for your church's email address (if you're going to use it to run your social media accounts from).

Book your place via Eventbrite (13 December 2018)

Book your place via Eventbrite (9 January 2019)


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Would you like to sit on the next Vacancy in See committee?

The Diocese of Derby is seeking nominations for the Vacancy in See committee.

The Diocese is required to have a Vacancy in See committee in place at all times and there is no automatic re-election.

The current committee will cease to exist either on 1 January 2019 or when it has finished its work in the appointment of a new bishop, whichever comes later, and the new committee will take over on that date.

Anyone can stand, and you do not have to be on Diocesan Synod. However, members of Diocesan Synod must nominate and second you.

The conditions are that clergy wishing to stand must be beneficed or licensed under seal in the Diocese of Derby; laity must be communicant members and listed on the Church’s electoral roll of a parish in the Diocese of Derby.

If you wish to stand, please put yourself forward to members of Diocesan Synod, who already have copies of the nomination form.

If you don’t know who the members are, please contact the diocesan executive officer, Sian Kellogg, your deanery administrator or the diocesan registry.

Nominations must be received by the diocesan registrar, Nadine Waldron, by noon on Monday, 29 October at the latest.

See also: The appointment of a new bishop

Our Spirituality Day 2018 will be held on Tuesday, 16th October 09:30 - 15:30 at St Thomas Brampton, Chesterfield, S40 3AW.

The day will offer a marketplace of stalls and a choice of workshops.

We have a wide-ranging mix of groups attending which will include the World Community for Christian Meditation; the Third Order of the Society of St Francis; the Julian Group; Café Writers; Sozein Trust; Focolare; Inclusive Church; the Royal School of Church Music; Derby Diocese Spirituality Group; Diocese of Derby Vocations Team; Harlequin Arts; Whirlow Spirituality Centre; The Mothers Union; Contemplative Outreach and Derby Intercessors. Derby Cathedral Bookshop will also be present.

Essential info

The morning session will start with the opportunity to network over tea, coffee and a pastry at 9.30 am, and the day will formally open with Welcome and Worship at 10 am.

There will be three workshop streams where you can choose from 11 different workshops (see below).

Drinks are provided at break times. Please bring a packed lunch - or you can order a lunch from the café at the St Thomas Centre on arrival.

There is no charge for the day but a collection plate will be available if you would like to make a contribution to help with the costs of this event.

Car parking is available but please car share wherever possible.

The day will end at approx 3.30 pm.

This event - ‘The Morley Gathering’ - is being organised by the Diocesan Spirituality Group, which promotes prayer and spirituality locally and helps people explore, develop and deepen their own spirituality, prayer life and relationship with God.

It brings together many of the groups and organisations operating locally that are involved in this sort of work.

This is a wonderful opportunity to see the breadth of activity across Derbyshire, to network, to learn, and to experience some of the work of these groups in a series of workshops.

Don't miss out!

You do need to book and we need to know which workshops you would like to attend.

Allocation will be on a first-come, first-served basis -  So please download and complete the Workshop Booking Form and return it to

We look forward to welcoming you to the day!

Spirituality Day 2018 - Workshops

1. World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM)

Christian Meditation – This workshop will  include a little bit of the story of Christian meditation, an introductory teaching on it, a short practice of meditation, and time for questions.

2. A Spirituality of Unity - Introducing the Focolare Movement

Come and hear more on the Focolare Movement - The spiritual life can no longer be simply about withdrawing from other people, nor just about serving them.  It is also about living in unity with others, growing and travelling together in God.

3. Cafe Writers, Derbyshire's Christian Writers Group

Story Time - Come and learn about your local Christian Writers Group, where we welcome all levels of writer, from novice to novelist. And you can try out three short exercises for creating ideas for both fiction and non-fiction writing. Come and create a story. 

4. Francis of Assisi Today

St Francis and the Franciscan way of following Jesus Christ has been described as 'chaotic and intuitive, creative and affectionate, radical and obedient'. This workshop explores what makes the life and influence of this 12th century saint so enduring, attractive, profound and relevant for today and for the future

5. Whirlow Spirituality Centre

Learn about the essence of Whirlow and get a taste for the sort of programmes that are running over the next 12 months.  

6. Encountering God Through Scripture - Sister Teresa Kennedy

Sister Teresa will look at different ways of praying and using Scripture, including Lectio Divina and imaginative meditation with a focus on themes of freedom and justice.

7. Inclusive Church

‘Drawing the circle wider… and wider’ - an introduction to the work of the educational charity, Inclusive Church, and why the principles of inclusion are central to the mission of the Church.  (This is not a workshop to ‘take issue’ with a particular theology but for those interested in exploring practical issues of inclusion in areas like disability, addiction, mental health, gender, age, sexuality and poverty.)

8. I will sing with the spirit - The Royal School of Church Music

RSCM is the heart and home of church music. Whether your church has a vibrant worship band, a traditional choir or no music at all, RSCM has something to help. Learn about our educational and music resources, courses and activities in your area.

9. Contemplative Outreach

Centering Prayer is a form of Christian meditation in which we deepen our communion with God.  The session will look at how Centering prayer works and provide an opportunity to practise it.

10. Intercessors for Derbyshire

Our workshop will major on 'listening to God' in prayer, so that we pray according to His will, as per 1.John 5:14-15. This gives the comfort of praying in faith that we are heard, and that God will act, because we are asking for what He wants to give.  "Your Kingdom come, your will be done in Derbyshire, as it is in heaven."  Amen

11. Harlequin Arts - Creative Spirituality

Karen is a textile artist who explores faith through creativity and stitch, facilitating others to draw closer to God through creativity. Experience a brief introduction to what she can offer through the ministry of creativity; a look at how her artwork encompasses lessons from life through Biblical narrative & truths and a short reflection on Scripture using textiles.


Do you know anyone in your congregation or circle of friends and colleagues who would like to explore God's call on their life? They may like to join us on our Vocations weekend - Exploring Your Calling at Launde Abbey, Leics. 

After a break for a couple of years, St John's College is once again holding a vocations weekend to help people explore God's call.

This year the course will be held in the beautiful surroundings of Launde Abbey, East Norton, Leicestershire, LE7 9XB and will be led by Revd Dr John Tomlinson and staff from St John’s and the Midlands Institute for Children, Youth and Mission.

There will be workshops and sessions covering numerous forms of vocations including youthwork, ordination and lay ministry, chaplaincy, workplace ministry. 

The weekend programme also includes time for quiet reflection and contemplation, opportunities to walk around the grounds and shared worship with others at Launde Abbey.

The programme is based around Fit for the Purpose workbook which will be supplied for use in preparation and through the weekend and tutorial support will be offered for a couple of months after the weekend so the course can be completed by distance learning.

Cost: £195 to include all accommodation and meals from Friday evening to Sunday noon and tutorial support to complete the Fit for the Purpose distance learning course.  Please pay on the online shop - Vocations Weekend

If you cannot come in October there will be a further opportunity 22-24 March'19  - please contact to be added to the waiting list.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

A day of activities with

the Bishop of Repton, the Rt Revd Jan McFarlane,

at St Francis, Prince Charles Avenue, Mackworth DE22 4FQ

On Saturday, 6 October, churches in Derbyshire will come together to work for the Mackworth estate in Derby.

Between 11 am and 12.30 pm, teams of people will get stuck in to some gardening around the Peace Memorial.

From 1pm, the church will be open for tea and cake (free!) and there will be a special Eco Church Café in which we ask: how can we better look after our world?

Teams of people will be out on the estate between 3 and 4 pm offering prayers and blessings, and at 4 o'clock, Bishop Jan will consecrate the War Memorial on Prince Charles Avenue.

Finally, there is a chance to thank God for all our animal companions as Bishop Jan leads our St Francis Pet Service at 5.30 pm.


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The Revd Judy Crane, who holds the Bishop of Derby’s Licence under Seal, will retire with effect from 1 August, 2018. Mrs Crane will continue to live within the diocese after retirement. 

The Rt Revd Roger Jupp, Vicar of Long Eaton St Laurence and Priest-in-Charge of Ilkeston Holy Trinity, Diocese of Derby, will retire with effect from 1st November 2018. Bishop Roger will be moving away from the diocese.

The Revd Trudie Morris, Vicar of the benefice of Pride Park, Wilmorton, Allenton and Shelton Lock, Diocese of Derby, has been appointed Rector of All Saints, Stand, Diocese of Manchester. Mrs. Morris hopes to move to her new post in November.

Chesterfield Parish Church is running a Singing Summer School for young people aged 7-11 from 25 to 27 July.

Each day starts at 9.30am and ends at 3.30pm. 

All boys and girls aged between seven and eleven are welcome and there is no requirement to have any prior singing or music-making experience.

Drinks will be available throughout each day, but all participating children should bring a packed lunch. 

The Summer School costs £30 for the three days for one child. Each additional child costs £20. 

The church's professional music staff will tailor the tuition to meet the needs of different ages and abilities, through a programme of fun and engaging coaching.

The group singing sessions will be interspersed with an exciting programme of fun social activities, such as a bell ringing workshop and a treasure hunt. 

The course will conclude with a short performance for parents, friends and supporters. This will be followed by refreshments for everyone. 

Singing has been a big part of what happens at the Crooked Spire for centuries.

The church maintains excellent boys' and girls' choirs, trained by professional musicians, who coach the young people to perform at high standards. 

In addition to providing music at the church's choral services, the choirs provide outstanding educational and social opportunities to local young people.

After the summer school, participants have the option of joining one of the church's regular choirs, but there's no obligation to join the full-time choir.

The purpose of the course is to give the young people an insight into singing, build their confidence and have fun along the way.   

If your child is interested in the Summer School, please phone 01246 206506 to make a booking. If you have any questions about the Summer School, please get in touch:

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The Revd Dan Leathers, Assistant Curate of Whitfield, Diocese of Derby, has been appointed Vicar of Haydock St Mark, Diocese of Liverpool. Mr Leathers hopes to take up his new appointment in the Autumn. 

Derby Cathedral will host a farewell service for Bishop Alastair at 3.30 pm on Saturday, 14 July. All are welcome to come along.

The service will be a celebration of Bishop Alastair’s 13 years in the Diocese of Derby and reflect other aspects of his work, such as the fight against modern slavery.

It will feature readings from HM Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mr William Tucker, and Canon Caroline Redfern, Bishop Alastair’s wife. 

Tributes will be given by some of the Bishop’s present and former colleagues and associates from the Diocese and beyond. The Bishop himself will deliver the sermon.

The Dean of Derby, the Very Revd Dr Stephen Hance, said: “We are very much looking forward to gathering with Bishop Alastair and so many others to give thanks for his time as Bishop of Derby and to pray God’s blessing on all that lies ahead.

“We hope many from across the Diocese will come to make this a truly memorable occasion.”

The cathedral will have visual displays from children in Derbyshire’s Church of England schools as they show their appreciation, and from the deaneries (administrative areas) in the Diocese of Derby.

All are welcome to come along to the service and to join us for refreshments and ice cream afterwards.

The Revd Jude Davis, Rector of Hathersage with Bamford and Derwent, and Grindleford, Diocese of Derby, has also been appointed Adviser for Women in Ministry with immediate effect.

The Revd Toby May will be collated as Vicar of the benefice of Whitfield, Diocese of Derby, on Tuesday 18th September at 7 pm at St James’ Whitfield by the Bishop of Repton and inducted by the Archdeacon of Chesterfield.

The Revd Andy Murphie, Vicar of Hilton with Marston on Dove, Diocese of Derby, has been appointed Priest-in-Charge in the Keswick Mission Community and of Crosthwaite St Kentigern, Diocese of Carlisle. Mr Murphie hopes to take up his new appointment in September.

The Revd Canon Richard Andrews, Team Rector of Dunstable Team Ministry, Diocese of St Albans, has been appointed Canon for Liturgy at Derby Cathedral, Diocese of Derby. Canon Andrews will be collated, installed and inducted on Sunday 2nd September at 3 pm at Derby Cathedral by the Bishop of Repton and installed and inducted by the Dean of Derby. 

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