Like all other Cathedrals, Derby is much more than a beautiful building. It is, as its constitution states, ‘the seat of the Bishop and a centre of worship and mission’. The Bishop gathers the clergy and people of the Diocese of Derby here for the ordinations of deacons, for the baptism of new Christians and for confirmation, for the blessing of the holy oils on Maundy Thursday and for other great diocesan occasions. Additionally he presides at the liturgy in the Cathedral at Christmas, Easter and other principal festivals. He also organises Parliament Days for sixth formers, and Summits on key topics in contemporary society.
The Cathedral is governed by the Dean and the Chapter – three priests, known as canons, and four lay people. The Dean and Canons have a particular responsibility for maintaining the daily worship of the Cathedral, as well as managing its life and ministry, assisted by the lay staff and many volunteers.
Its mission involves schools work and adult education, welcome and hospitality to visitors, pilgrims and to people in distress of one mind or another, sharing the Christian faith and engaging in dialogue with enquirers and with those of other faiths, and working in close co-operation with the City, the University and other institutions.
Although a Church of England Cathedral, it tries to be a holy place and a sign of unity for Christians of many traditions and a meeting place of faiths.
The Cathedral is supported in its ministry daily by a large team of volunteers who include the people who welcome visitors to the Cathedral, the Cathedral Centre and Bridge Chapel. The Friends of the Cathedral are a company of those who care for the Cathedral building and its mission and support it financially.
Newcomers and volunteers are always welcome to help carry forward the mission and life of this ancient and holy place.
Each day the Eucharist, with its origins in the Last Supper on the night before Jesus died, is celebrated around the altar in the Cathedral. On Sundays and festivals it is a sung service, with one of the Cathedral’s three choirs leading the music and with the participation of the Cathedral’s regular congregation, which also contributes much to it’s life through the week. The Cathedral also hosts many occasions through the year when the wider communities of the city and county come to mark significant occasions in local and national life. It is the setting also for concerts, recitals, festivals and exhibitions.
Amidst all this activity in what is very much a ‘working Cathedral’, there are nevertheless long periods of calm and quiet and visitors are always welcome to walk round, to sit and enjoy its peace, to join in worship, to light a candle or pray.
The Friends of Derby Cathedral was founded in 1942 to form a network of support for the work of the Cathedral, care of the fabric, the improvement of facilities and help towards the musical contribution to its worship.
Through subscriptions, membership donations and fund raising events, the Friends provide money which is then used for approved Cathedral projects. Friends receive a periodic newsletter and annual report and a yearly festival is held in the Cathedral.
Each year the Friends arrange a number of visits to other cathedrals and churches and other places of interest. Recent grants from the Friends have supported work on vestments, furniture repairs, and silver restoration.
The annual subscription rates are:
- Personal £10
- Joint £15
- PCC £20
- Life £200
- Joint Life £250
For more details, or to sign up as a Friend, please contact: The Friends’ Secretary Cathedral Offices 18/19 Iron Gate DERBY DE1 3GP Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or pick up a leaflet at the back of the Cathedral.
*A gathering of Friends on a trip to Coventry Cathedral
Located next to the Bookshop directly opposite the Cathedral.
OPEN: 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday.
CATHEDRAL CAFE TELEPHONE: 01332 227660The Cathedral Café specialises in home-made cakes, soups, sandwiches and jacket potatoes. Every day there are “specials” to tempt you; whether you want an early breakfast, morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea. We are also one of the few places in Derby to serve speciality teas in proper china cups. Very reasonably priced, we have something for all tastes.
The Café is a friendly welcoming spot to chat with friends, hold informal coffee mornings in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge (lower level of the Café) or simply to sit and watch the world go by. If you do not have time to stop then our take-away service will suit you. Also the Café is available for hire for evening events; and we work with you to design your menu to suit your taste and budget.
The Café is a fantastic space to think about your next book or gift purchase, available from the Cathedral Bookshop just next door!
If you want to talk about holding a coffee morning or hiring the Café for an evening event please phone:
01332 341201 or email email@example.com
Located next to the Café directly opposite the Cathedral.
OPEN: 9:00am – 5.00pm Monday to Saturday.
CATHEDRAL BOOKSHOP TELEPHONE: 01332 227660
The only Christian bookshop in the Derby area, the Cathedral Bookshop stocks books of interest to the various Christian traditions and also books which will be of help to everyone, whatever their beliefs.
In addition to Christian books, the Bookshop also supplies Bibles; Children’s Books; Dated Materials; CDs & DVDs; Gifts and Greeting Cards. A good selection of seasonal material is also stocked, especially at Easter and Christmas. The shop also holds a selection of church requisites.
The Cathedral Bookshop has a good range of stock, and our motto is: ”If we haven’t got it, we can usually get it!”
If you are not sure what you want then we have very experienced staff on hand to help you make your selection. Whilst deciding what to buy you can enjoy tea, coffee and lovely home-made produce in the award winning café that we share the shop space with.
The shop provides large Conference and smaller Church bookstalls and runs a Church Partnership scheme which enables individual churches to obtain discount on many of their purchases.
The Bookshop now also has a good section of second-hand and ‘Sale’ books available in the downstairs lounge and on the Cathedral Bookshop Amazon page Click here
New titles of particular interest are highlighted each week on the Bookshop Facebook page Click here
Derby Cathedral Centre
18-19 Iron Gate, Derby DE1 3GP
Cathedral Office: Tel: 01332 341201 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathedral Bookshop and Cafe: Tel: 01332 227660
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In order to fulfill that Mission we commit ourselves to:
Maintain a daily pattern of corporate prayer and worship, giving glory to God and holding before him the needs of the church and the world, and particularly of the diocese of Derby, the city of Derby and the county of Derbyshire
Be a focus for the Bishop’s ministry, a resource to him and a place where prayer is offered for him
Preach the gospel of Christ and nurture Christian leadership, in collaboration with the churches and traditions and with sensitivity to other faiths
Extend hospitality to pilgrims and visitors of every kind
Demonstrate the concern of Christ for the poor
Engage with the city and the county, with corporate life and institutions, in the complexities of contemporary society and culture, and explore spiritual values with all people of goodwill
Share as the mother church, with the parishes of the diocese in every aspect of the Church’s vocation