Dean of Derby
Tel: 01332 341201
Dr. Stephen Hance trained for the ministry at St. John's Nottingham and was ordained in Portsmouth Diocese where he served his curacy at St. Jude's Southsea. He then served as Team Vicar of St. Saviour's Hanley Road (London Diocese) before moving to Southwark Diocese in 1999, where he was Vicar of Ascension Balham Hill and then Director of Mission and Evangelism for the Diocese and Canon Missioner at the Cathedral. He has a BSc in Sociology from Portsmouth University (where he also met his wife Jacqui), a BTh and MA from Nottingham University, and a DMin from Asbury Theological Seminary (USA).
Responsibilities in the wider Church have included being a member of General Synod, a member of the Council of Intercontinental Church Society, a trustee of Just Earth, chair of the International Alumni Council of Asbury Theological Seminary, and founder/convener of the Cathedrals Growth Network. He has written or contributed to books on Fresh Expressions, Mission Action Planning, forgiveness, confirmation, parenting, and preaching. Stephen is passionate about the Church, the mission of God in the world, and enabling people to flourish.
He has travelled widely, especially in Africa (where he was born) and the USA. He loves music, can often be found at a concert or listening to music at home (on vinyl, preferably) and is a thoroughly mediocre musician himself. Stephen and Jacqui have three adult children, Natalie, Simeon, and Isaac. They enjoy the theatre, friendship, hospitality, and God's creation.
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Members of Cathedral Chapter
The Very Revd Dr Stephen Hance
Dean of Derby
The Revd Dr Elizabeth Thomson
The Revd Dr Simon Taylor
Canon Mark Titterton
Lay member of Chapter
The Hon. David Legh
Lay member of Chapter
and Chapter Steward
Lay member of Chapter
Cathedral Bookshop Manager
Cathedral Café Manager
19th February 2017
Cathedral and University partnership to explore the relationship between science and faith
A grant of £9,450 has been awarded by the Templeton Foundation to the University of Derby and Derby Cathedral for an exciting new project exploring the relationship between science and faith. The project, called ‘From Enlightenment to Entanglement’, draws upon the city’s long heritage of science and engineering, and aims to make connections among scientific enquiry, religious faith and working lives to explore the ‘entanglement’ of all three.
Many of the city’s great 18th century scientists and industrialists were members of church congregations, and their advancements are memorialised on the walls of the Cathedral. By exploring the relationship between their faith and the world they lived in, these pioneering Derbeians discovered hydrogen, calculated the weight of the world and built the world’s first factory. ‘From Enlightenment to Entanglement’ will provide a platform for today’s scientists and engineer to experiment and innovate while reflecting on the philosophy of their practice.
Full programme details will be announced in the spring. The project will include a series of public lectures on science and theology, hosted at the University and at Derby Cathedral, alongside smaller discussion groups, tours exploring the history of Enlightenment science in Derby, and ‘Science in the Cathedral’ sessions. Experiments during Sunday services have been promised!
If you’d like to receive up-to-date information on the project, email Dr Alex Rock (email@example.com) who will add you to the project mailing list.
The Revd Canon Dr Elizabeth Thomson, Derby Cathedral’s Canon Missioner and Project Co-Director:
“This exciting programme draws on the wealth of Derby’s innovations in science and engineering. Derby Cathedral has contributed so much to this in the past, and we cannot wait to provide space for today’s innovators to explore the relationship between science and faith.”
Professor Hugh Rollinson, Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Derby and Project Co-Director:
“The University of Derby consistently scores highly for its science provision, and we are keen to share this wealth of knowledge and experience with as many people as possible. This high-profile project will allow access to all interested to some of this country’s finest scientists, and through exploring their own relationship between their faith and their practice, we hope to inspire future generations of Derby innovation.”
A fun and creative way for your child to learn to follow Jesus!
Body: All children are welcome to join the activities of The Ark. Children who have not yet started primary school should be accompanied by a responsible adult.
The Ark meets during the 10.45am Sunday Cathedral Eucharist, assembling in the north aisle near the pulpit towards the end of the first hymn. Look for the dove which is usually carried by one of the children or ask one of the welcomers.
The children go to the Beddoes Room (downstairs through the Vestry) for activities, and we aim to bring the children back up into the Cathedral to say the Lord’s Prayer together in the Court Area (near the Vestry doors) and get the children back to their parents / carers before going up for Communion.
At all times the children are supervised by a leader and helper who have both been fully DBS checked and trained in the Cathedral’s Fire Evacuation procedure. In the unlikely event of a fire the children will be taken directly out of the Cathedral via the downstairs doors and supervised closely until reunited with parents / carers in the assembly area.
Activities include the following and much more:
Drink and Snack
Programme for Autumn Term 2016
2 October Harvest Service with the Ark taking part and helping to lead
9 October Jesus brings freedom
16 October Jesus brings challenge
23 October half-term break
30 October Jesus brings salvation
6 November Making choices
13 November Flood warning! Noah's ark
20 November Rainbow promise: after the flood
Ark sessions on 27 November, 4 December and 11 December will look at the stories of John the Baptist and the birth of Jesus, and will also include rehearsal time fo:
18 December NATIVITY PLAY: an Ark take-over
21 December at 3.00 pm Journey to Bethlehem - exploring the Christmas story with activities and carols for all ages
Be a part of Derby Cathedral Choir!
Outstanding opportunities for boys in Y3+ (aged 7/8) and girls in Y5+ (aged 9/10).
Find out more, or book an audition place now by calling the Director of Music, Hugh Morris
T: 01332 202231 or 07760 766199
E: firstname.lastname@example.org (direct email)
Girls choir auditions:
Sunday 13th March, 2.00-5.00pm (contact Hugh to book an audition)
Open evening: Sunday 13th March.
Join us for Evensong at 6.00pm, followed by a presentation and Q/A session over drinks.
Boys choir auditions:
Sunday 20th March, 2.00-5.00pm
For more information, visit our Music page.
- The Cathedral is open for visits from 9.30 am until 12.30 pm and from 1.30 pm until 4.30 pm.
- Most schools come for half a day, usually in the morning.
- The Cathedral has excellent wheelchair access.
- Visits consist of a number of workshops and other sessions (for instance, looking at vestments or climbing the Tower).
- These can be combined to suit the time available for your visit and the needs and interests of the children - every visit is different.
- A member of the Education team can come and visit your class to prepare for or to follow up a visit. You can find out in advance what to look for, or you can quiz one of the clergy afterwards.
The Cathedral promotes understanding among faiths and has good relations with interfaith partners.
We are very happy to work with the Open Centre and with other places of worship in the city.
A Christian/Muslim trail round the Cathedral is available, looking at similarities and differences between religious practices and beliefs.
"The visit was a marvellous hook for our sixty Y1 children's follow up learning"
Details on our range of programmes can be found below, if you would like to discuss arranging something more tailored to your needs please contact the Education Officer here
Signs and Symbols - Faith through the Arts
• look at symbols and meaning in art and architecture
• find out how music, light, art and design can express religious faith
Discover the Cathedral’s stained glass, statues, embroidery and vestments, icons and paintings, and all the visual and musical wealth of the Cathedral – from 20th century stained glass to medieval carving.
- design your own stained glass window
- create living statues
- listen to different sounds and hear how the organ music can create atmosphere
- try on the vestments of a bishop or a priest
- lie on the floor and look up…
Experience Christmas - Experience Easter
• Christmas and Easter in a multi-sensory experience
• the meaning behind the stories
Travel in time to the events of the original Christmas and Easter. Take part in hands-on workshops based at a series of scenes which tell the story. Grow in understanding of how the people in the story felt and thought and what the story means for people today. Encounter Mary’s kitchen table, the shepherds’ campfire on the hillside, the stable – imagine entering Jerusalem in triumph, the upper room ready for supper, the foot of the cross.
- design a Christmas message
- make a gift for the newborn child
- enact the journey of the wise men
- explore meaning through actions and experiences: being alone, sharing bread, following a path, helping each other.
“The children were enthralled with Viv’s sensory use of artefacts to learn about Christianity”
Festivals and Faith - Christianity in Colour
• Advent to Pentecost in artefact and action
• the colour and experience of the Christian year
There’s more to the Christian story than just Christmas. Discover the before and after. Make a journey through the seasons and find how faith is expressed in colour and action. Forgiveness, remembering, looking forward, being aware of others’ needs and hopes, making difficult choices – all these find expression in action throughout the Christian year.
- touch the ash of Ash Wednesday
- smell real frankincense and myrrh
- make a new year’s resolution (any time of year!)
- journey from darkness to light
- grow in understanding of loss and new life
Pilgrimage - Sacred Space
- develop a sense of wonder in the discovery of a place of holiness
- make a journey together
Making a journey together is a way to help a group or class to bond in a common purpose – a great way to end a year or begin it. Pilgrimage is a practice shared by several world religions. Your journey can set out from the ancient monastic site of Darley Abbey and walk by the riverside all the way to the Cathedral (about ninety minutes away). Or for a shorter journey, start at the Bridge Chapel (only ten minutes!) or make your journey around the Cathedral itself. When you arrive, discover the altar and the font and how these represent refreshment and a new start on the Christian journey.
- carry a symbol of pilgrimage
- games for the journey and mementoes of the way
- words for the journey – poems and stories – and silence to meditate
- refreshment at the ancient well of St Alkmund, Derby’s patron saint
- make a pilgrim badge