Children and groups across the Diocese have received their Bishop's Badge awards from Bishop Alastair and Bishop Jan.
These awards are a version of the Bishop's Badge awards that were extended to Church Schools to mark the 90th anniversary of the diocese. Schools were invited to nominate the child in their school who they feel best embodies the Diocesan Church School value of the Year, community, in an age-appropriate way.
Nineteen individuals were nominated for a Bishop’s Badge from fifteen different church schools.
Several children were nominated for their work raising funds for charity – Rosie baked and sold cakes to buy mosquito nets, Joshua and Lily raised money to support two different linked slum schools in Kolkata, Maiya supports Sheffield Hospital Charities, Esme helped fund the rescuing of rabbits while Ryan supported the work of the Stroke Association after his Grandma died and Daisy and Tyler both support the Red Cross shop in Matlock to make people smile.
Helping other children fit into school and make friends and giving up their playtime to help and support other children and staff were the reasons Tillie, Liam, Millie, Rufus, Matthew, Riley and Lily Rose were put forward for an award.
Lauren and Ruby were chosen because of their talent in spotting, naming, encouraging and nominating for awards other children who embody the school’s values.
Ruby volunteers with Derbyshire Volunteer Police Cadets, in residential homes and at a Christmas soup lunch. Katie used her first aid skills to save her Grandma’s life when she was choking at a restaurant.
Rosie and Corey are involved in waste recycling projects and litter picking and Amelie brings beauty to the community through the school gardening club and flower festivals .
These awards were presented by Bishop Alastair at a special celebration at Derby Cathedral and by Bishop Jan at St John's Tideswell at services planned and led by children from Longford C of E Primary School at the Cathedral and Bishop Pursglove C of E Primary School in Tideswell.
Bishop's Badge School awards in Tideswell
Both schools planned very imaginative and creative worship using various media and resources including a live fig tree, golden magic pennies, a values quiz, large paper people, action prayers and songs and even a Tibetan prayer bowl to help us explore the theme of Christian community in our worship.
Alongside the awards for individuals, six separate projects received awards. Bishop Pursglove C of E Primary School had been doing some joint partnership work with a local residential home including the children sharing work about WW2 in the residential home and the elderly people visiting school for an art exhibition.
Darley Churchtown C of E Primary School have also been working with the elderly, sharing artwork, crafts and music with dementia patients in their Ringing the Changes Project through the auspices of First Taste Charity as well as running a community café to raise funds for their local church.
Newbold C of E School have formed their own Early help Team to offer family support to all these needing support along the lines of play therapy, emotional literacy, pet therapy and access to the Foodbank. St Luke’s C of E Primary School have been giving posies of flowers and gratitude messages to members of the community they consider to be unsung heroes.
Carsington and Hopton C of E primary School have been raising funds to buy resources and uniforms for their link school in Kolkata and one of their teachers Mrs Tinkler has written a phonics teaching manual which fifteen of the schools in Kolkata are now using each day.
Following the success of these new awards, we shall be inviting awards for next year for children and projects embodying the Diocesan Church School value of hope.
When the Diocese of Derby was founded in 1927, Bishop Edmund Courtenay Pearce – the first Bishop of Derby – arranged for a medal to be struck and copies presented to distinguished members of the Diocese and to all those being confirmed in that year.
In more recent years, Bishop Alastair arranged for a replica of this medal to be minted and mounted in the form of a badge to be awarded to lay people across the diocese each year to acknowledge outstanding service to the mission and ministry of the church.
To mark the 90th Anniversary of the Diocese of Derby, these awards were extended to Church Schools who were invited to nominate the child in their school who they feel best embodies the Diocesan Church School value of the Year, community, in an age-appropriate way.
There was also a category for projects where schools were creating and building community and these projects were awarded a Certificate of Excellence.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has paid tribute to The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, who retires at the end of August after 13 years in the Diocese.
In a speech delivered at General Synod, the Archbishop talked about Bishop Alastair's commitment to the Diocese of Derby in the deaneries and in schools.
Archbishop John (pictured right) said: "Alastair, you have overseen the development of new ‘super deaneries’ in the diocese where the area deans are paid half-time in that role (with the other half of the stipend for their parish ministry).
"I understand it has been a joy to see the eight area deans grow into their leadership roles and plan mission and ministry locally and contextually.
"You have spoken time and time again of the mission opportunities our church schools afford and have built up a first-rate team under an outstanding Director of Education."
Archbishop John also cited Bishop Alastair's work in the fight against human trafficking: "Of course, Alastair we are all impressed with the work you have done to highlight the horror that is modern slavery and the huge amount of effort you have given to leading on this area not only for the Church of England but for all denominations to ensure this matter is taken seriously."
He concluded by saying: "Your vast wisdom and deep spiritual leadership will be greatly missed both in the Diocese and in the life of the national church."
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: email@example.com
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.
Bishop Alastair has ordained eight new deacons in Derby Cathedral.
The eight men and women have begun ministry as deacons in parish churches across the Diocese of Derby following a service on Sunday, 1 July in Derby Cathedral.
The special service was lead by the Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern.
The new deacons include a former IT project manager, an international business director and former teachers.
Rod Prince, Amanda Marshall, Bruce Johnson, Jan Hutchinson, Caro Hemmings, Joel Bird, Carolyn Baker and Jill Hancock will now start a three-to-four-year post of curate, training alongside experienced vicars.
Deacons are normally ordained as priests after a year.
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Around 5,000 clay figures, depicting players and spectators of Ashbourne’s Shrovetide football game, have gone on display in St Oswald’s church in the town.
The ‘Our Game’ project, launched by Ashbourne Festival and The Clayrooms, is the culmination of four months’ work involving more than 2,000 school children and hundreds of adults from communities in and around Ashbourne.
Between them they have created the individual small clay figures, which have been installed in the church and will remain there until September.
The figures include players in the hug, followers of the game, mums carrying babies and even some ‘out-of-town’ characters, such as Gandalf and ET. Each figure is unique and has its own character.
The Revd Duncan Ballard, vicar of St Oswald’s said: “In a fast-changing, busy world some communities struggle to retain their identity; however, Ashbourne is a place where tradition, community and pride come together every year for Shrovetide Football.
“It’s therefore very fitting that the clay figures, symbolically representing the whole of the town, have found a home surrounding the high altar at St Oswald’s church.
“St Oswald’s church is delighted to be a part of this project, demonstrating that the church is here for everyone, and that our doors will always be wide open.”
This ambitious project was developed for the Ashbourne Festival in partnership with The Clayrooms pottery in Ashbourne. Local ceramicists and teachers, Helen Cammiss and Sarah Heaton, who founded the pottery last year, originated the idea for ‘Our Game’.
The 5,000 small figures have been created by schoolchildren, local residents and visitors during school visits, ‘pop-up’ workshops and in The Clayrooms studio.
It represents the sense of community involvement and inclusiveness and, of course, the pride in celebrating ‘Our Game’ shown by every maker of every figure.
To top off the centrepiece of the ‘hug’, a special ‘Our Game’ ball has been painted by Shrovetide ball painter Tim Baker.
Elections for the new, three-year session of the Diocesan Synod are now taking place.
The Diocesan Synod is the main forum for discussion on Diocesan policy and its members are also members of the Diocesan Board of Finance which deals with financial matters relating to the Diocese.
If you would like to be nominated for election to Diocesan Synod please contact a Deanery Synod member in your parish, or your incumbent, if you are a member of the laity, and you will be guided through the process.
Any confirmed person who is on the electoral roll of a parish within the Diocese is eligible for nomination, although it is the membership of the deanery synods which is the electorate.
Clergy who are members of a deanery synod are eligible for nomination also.
Nominations close on 22nd June, elections will take place by 10th July and the new Diocesan Synod comes in to being on 1st August.
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Drivers are being encouraged to join an unprecedented national information-gathering campaign launched by the Church of England and the Catholic Church in England and Wales aimed at eradicating modern slavery in hand car washes.
Anti-slavery campaigners and other key agencies, including the police and councils, are backing the Safe Car Wash App, launched by The Clewer Initiative, the Church of England’s campaign against modern slavery, and the Santa Marta Group, the Catholic Church’s anti-slavery project.
From Monday, 4 June the Safe Car Wash app can be downloaded for free on to Apple and Android devices.
Users can open the app when they are at a car wash and pinpoint their exact location using GPS.
They will be then taken through a series of indicators of modern slavery.
They range from practical details - such as whether workers have suitable protective clothing - to behavioural clues, such as whether they appear withdrawn.
If the answers indicate a high likelihood, users will be directed to the Modern Slavery Helpline.
Data from the app will be anonymised and shared with the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).
Clergy will also be asked to raise awareness of the campaign in sermons and Sunday School lessons and hold events to publicise the app.
Estimates now suggest that there are more than 18,000 in Britain’s high streets, at the sides of motorways, and on abandoned garage forecourts.
Many are run as legitimate businesses, but some exploit, force and threaten their workers, trapping them in modern slavery.
No reliable data currently exists as to the scale of the problem, with the result that subsequent responses have proved inadequate.
Kevin Hyland, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner said: “The value of this app is that in addition to immeasurably improving the lives of victims of modern slavery being cruelly exploited in car washes today, it also empowers a community to act.”
Professor Zoe Trodd, Director of the Rights Lab, a University of Nottingham Beacon of Excellence, said: “Car washes are completely unregulated territory and we don’t know how big the sector is, how many hand car washes operate or how many persons are registered to work in them. This citizen engagement in data collection is a powerful technique with potential for mapping other vulnerable services such as nail bars.”
The App is also endorsed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the Local Government Association and the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.
When it comes to getting married, not every bride can tie the knot in their first choice of church. One lucky bride who did is Kelly Hewitt.
As did her mum. And her grandmother. And her great grandma and three previous generations before her.
It’s understood that no fewer than seven generations of Kelly’s family have taken their vows in Tissington parish church - St Mary’s. For some reason, brides-to-be just seem to want to get married there.
The small village of Tissington is nestled in the western part of the Diocese - around 160 people live in the parish as a whole (Tissington and Lea Hall). Kelly was born and baptised there before tying the knot there in 2017.
“I’ve always been part of the church and would not have wanted to marry anywhere else,” she said.
“In fact, I remember telling Chris, ‘if you don’t marry me in Tissington church, I won’t marry you at all!’”
But as well as being her parish church, St Mary’s holds another special significance for Kelly.
Sadly, Kelly’s dad, Paul Greatorex, died suddenly when she was only 9 – and he is buried at the church.
She recalls: “After he died, Mum wanted to get something for the church where they had got married.
She decided on a kneeler and an Advent wreath and I used the kneeler at my wedding. “The vicar, Carollyn McDonald, then took the wreath and placed a lighted candle in it in remembrance of my dad.”
It was Kelly’s granddad, Kenneth Unwin, who also married in St Mary’s in 1966, that gave her away – so for Kelly, it was like the church had brought them all together again: “It was very emotional – though I managed to hold it together!
“It was the most lovely day and it really felt like Dad was present.”
For Kelly’s mum, Wendy, it was an emotional day, too: “The memories came flooding back, but I felt really proud of the way I’d brought her up and that she married in the same church as me.
“I would always tell people to marry in church. It’s part of my faith and, to me, you’re not getting married unless you’re in a church.”
You can read more about Kelly and Wendy in the first issue of Together Magazine - available free in churches in the Diocese of Derby from 1st May.
Inside Tissington church
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Churches across the Diocese of Derby are recruiting new bell ringers as part of a nationwide campaign to honour the ringers who lost their lives in the First World War.
In total, 1,400 bell ringers died - including a number from Derbyshire.
Ringing Remembers is a nation-wide campaign to recruit 1,400 new bell ringers in their honour to ring in November 2018 for the centenary of the Armistice.
Churches across the Diocese of Derby are recruiting now.
Bell ringing is an inclusive community with people of all faiths and none, and there is no need to be musical or strong. It is a family-friendly, social activity that is good for you and your church community:
- For all ages (10+), teens and adults
- Children and parents/carers can learn togetherGreat all-year round exercise for the mind and body
- Builds teamwork and leadership skills as part of a friendly team
- Opportunities to visit new places and try new things.
Recent recruits have said:
“It forces me to go out, exercise my mind and my body and there’s something about being part of a group of people that have a focus and it’s very satisfying to be a part of that. It’s not that hard to learn – the more you practise the easier it gets, but personally I find it very enjoyable and I look forward to coming to practise.” - an adult bell ringer.
“Bell ringing has helped me with my shyness – I’ve had to conduct and shout at people I don’t know so it’s taught me to speak up a bit. It’s helped me build my teamwork skills too when I’m doing complicated patterns. I want to try and carry it on because it’s a fun thing to do. People are nice and everyone is involved with what’s going on." - a teenage bell ringer.
Would you like to come along and play a part in it?
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The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, has received the Langton Award for Community Service, for national and international work in combating human trafficking and modern slavery.
Bishop Alastair, who will retire later this year, was honoured by Archbishop Justin Welby at Lambeth Palace on Friday.
The citation on the Archbishop of Canterbury's website reads: "Alastair Redfern has been the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative for combating modern slavery, both nationally and internationally, for a number of years.
"As a member of the House of Lords, he was on the Select Committee that scrutinised the draft Modern Slavery Bill and worked exceptionally hard to take it through Parliament for enactment in 2015. This was only the second piece of anti-slavery legislation in British history since 1807 and the first in Europe."
It concludes: "Alastair Redfern has made an outstanding personal contribution to the Church of England and wider society in combating modern slavery."
Bishop Alastair founded the Clewer Initiative, a national project linked to the Church of England, working with dioceses to tackle modern slavery.
Read the full citation here
A unique poppy memorial has been unveiled in Chesterfield's Crooked Spire.
Chesterfield Parish Church has partnered with the Royal British Legion to commemorate the 1,574 soldiers from Chesterfield killed in the First World War.
To mark the centenary of the end of the war, local volunteers have knitted an individual poppy for each serviceperson from the town who gave their life.
The 1,574 poppies have been pieced together to create a magnificent handcrafted sculpture, hanging in the medieval church.
The cascade of flowers was formally blessed and opened by Revd Patrick Coleman, vicar of Chesterfield, on Saturday with Councillor Maureen Davenport, the mayor of Chesterfield, in attendance.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Revd Patrick Coleman said: “This display is an important remembrance of the ultimate sacrifice made by over 1,500 people from this town - around one in seventy of the local population at the time.
“It also gives us, today, the opportunity to pledge to redouble our resolve to pray and work for peace, so that this disastrous loss of life isn’t repeated.
“I thank all the volunteers – aged from 18 months to over 90 – for creating this poignant piece of art.”
The poppy installation can be viewed whenever the church is open.
Opening times are from 9 am to 4 pm Monday to Saturday (closing is at 6pm on Thursdays), and for services at 10.30 am and 6.30 pm on Sundays.
The Bishop of Repton, the Rt. Revd Jan McFarlane, was among those who celebrated a major construction milestone at St Thomas’ Church, Pear Tree.
Bishop Jan attended the topping out ceremony – the traditional way builders mark reaching the highest point of a construction project – and saw the refurbishment work for herself.
The work is part of a long-term project to restore the building and provide accessible space that can be used by the whole community.
Thanks to the National Lottery players, the Heritage Lottery Fund has been able to grant St Thomas’ £217,000 to repair the east gable wall and a stunning rose window.Bishop Jan was able to view the two-tonne apex stone that has recently been hoisted to the top of the building and she thanked contractor Peter Pearce, architect Richard Brook and their teams for their hard work.
Following a tour of the building, Bishop Jan said: “This is exactly where the Church should be – in the heart of the community with its sleeves rolled up offering space, sanctuary and Gospel hope.
“I’m very impressed indeed to see the vision turned into reality and look forward to visiting again when the church is fully open.”
The Revd Dr Simon Cartwright, vicar of St Thomas’, said: "Today is a significant milestone in the restoration of the church in this busy inner-city location.
“This is just one more step towards re-opening the church that was closed in 2011, so that it can serve the needs of people of Pear Tree once again."
Bishop Jan also met members of the St. Thomas Community, a new group of people who have come together to breathe new life into the church. The group has an ambitious vision to reopen St Thomas’ as a Community Hub that will not only incorporate worship but be a place to meet people at their point of need.
Bishop Jan said said: “When I visited the church and saw its location right in the very centre of a community with very significant issues around poverty, refugees, modern day slavery, unemployment, crime and drug abuse, I completely understood why renovating this church is so important.”
Now the high-level work has been done, the scaffolding that has shrouded the church for the last year should be down by end of March.
The next stage will be to go underground – with a trench being dug to allow new sources of electricity, gas and water into the church, enabling the welcome return of the heating!
The Revd Dr Simon Cartwright expressed his thanks to the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund for £29,553 and Derbyshire Environmental Trust for £8,474 to enable the next stage of works to go ahead.
You may be aware that, this morning, a large number of schools around the country – including Derbyshire – were targeted with what we now know to be hoax emails containing bomb threats.
The Diocese of Derby takes the security of pupils and staff in its schools and academies extremely seriously and as soon as we were made aware of these emails, appropriate action was taken.
The Diocesan Board of Education was immediately in touch with Derbyshire Police and their advice was followed.
As a result, it was not necessary to evacuate any of our schools or academies on this occasion.
Canon Dave Channon, the director of education, said: ”Working closely with the police, the course of action taken not only ensured the safety of pupils, but resulted in minimal disruption and also made sure that children were not unnecessarily panicked and stressed.
“We will always follow the advice of the police and other emergency services in the event of any potential threat to the security and safety of our schools, churches and other buildings.”