From 8th January 2021 onwards:
The Cathedral is open for prayer at the usual times:
Monday - Saturday 11.00 am - 3.00 pm (closed on Wednesday)
Sunday 1.00 - 4.00 pm
Visitors to the Cathedral should avoid mixing with people from other households, be particularly careful about social distancing, and wear a face covering if they are able to. Visitors should provide contact details for Track & Trace - check in with the NHS app as you arrive or fill in a form at the door.
It helps if you can stay local and avoid unnecessary travel. There may be a church nearer you that is open for private prayer, and there are online resources for prayer and worship here and on the Church of England website.
Cathedral worship is online-only from Sunday 10th January onwards. On Sundays, the Cathedral Eucharist will be live-streamed at 10.45 am. Choral Evensong will be live-streamed at 5.15 pm on Sundays and 6.30 pm on Thursdays. Other services in the building are temporarily suspended.
Full details of services are on the Worship online page, together with resources and links for live-streamed services and for prayer at home.
A message from the Dean of Derby, the Very Revd Peter Robinson:
Greetings to all in the Cathedral community. I trust you are well and that you are keeping safe during the current challenges we all face to do with COVID-19.
I am writing to tell you that from Sunday 10th January, Cathedral worship will be online-only. Services will be led by a small group of clergy and laity. It is heartening to know that the safety measures we have in place mean that this group can include the Lay Clerks of the Cathedral Choir, so that services will include music.
The Cathedral will remain open for private individual prayer during the week, and we will be adding to our programme of activities and worship available online, making more resources of all kinds available to the Cathedral community and the Diocese.
These arrangements will be kept under review. We hope that in coming weeks or months we will see success in the measures everyone is taking against this pandemic and improvement in the public health situation locally.
For some of you this will be something of a relief. For others it will be a cause of disappointment. As I write, this is not the message that earlier in the week I had anticipated sending.
The new lockdown which began on Wednesday has not made it compulsory for places of worship to close their doors. Church leaders, however, have been clear that this means decisions should be made locally about what the right response is to the situation we are in.
You will be aware that the public health situation in Derby is very serious. Following the Government's and the Church of England's guidance, and after consulting with public health authorities in Derby, we have decided that at present the right response is to limit as much as possible any physical gathering of people.
Although I regret the need to take this decision it is, I believe, the right one in current circumstances. To serve the common good we need to make this temporary and timely sacrifice, so that before too long we can all gather for worship in person again.
Please continue to join with the whole Cathedral community in prayer for our nation’s key decision makers at this deeply challenging time. Especially let's pray for those who are struggling with a Covid-19 infection and remember those who have lost loved ones as a result.
We pray for all those in the NHS who are serving so valiantly against all the odds is such a challenging situation.
This comes with every blessing to you all, the prayers of the Cathedral team and my very good wishes. I look forward to being in touch with many of you over the next few weeks.
Dean of Derby
Please continue to pray for people who are worried, for medical staff, for key workers and for people making hard decisions.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” (John 14.27)
Last updated Friday 8th January 2021