November - December 2015
Derby Cathedral Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee with the Derby Diocesan Environmental Group has arranged the following events to help people to be aware of the importance of the Paris 2015 climate summit.
Saturday 28th November from 11.00 am - 3.00 pm
Prayer Vigil in the Cathedral, an opportunity to pray for the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
Readings and prayers every twenty minutes with time for silent prayer and lighting of candles.
Come when you can - leave when you must
Tuesday 8th December at 1.05 pm
A JPICC Seminar with Margaret Barker on the subject of 'The Covenant of Creation'.
Followed by refreshments.
All are welcome to attend and take part in all of these free to attend events.
Getting Ready for Winter
Derby Cathedral Centre and 97C Well for Life
invite you to drop in for a
Free Health Check
at Derby Cathedral Centre, above the Cathedral Cafe, Iron Gate, Derby (take the lift or the stairs to the first floor)
Friday 9th October 10.00 am - 3.00 pm
Choose any or all of the following -
Blood pressure, Blood glucose, Cholesterol, Body Madd Index, 1mnute HIV test, Sexual Health Information, Dietary Advice
The Army Cadet Force service takes place at Derby Cathedral on Sunday 20th September at 3.00pm.
The Cathedral Girl Choristers will be singing and the Army Cadet Force band will be playing. All are welcome to attend.
Saturday 10th September 2016
Adventurous participants will get the rare opportunity to abseil from the 212ft tower, the second highest Cathedral tower in the country. For the more daring this year, there will be the opportunity to see Derby City by night and with the chance to complete the abseil at night!
Those doing the abseil will climb the 189 steps of the historic tower and enjoy the view of the city. They will then make the exciting decent back to the ground down the outside of the tower.
Fees: Registration fee £20
Fundraising target: Minimum £100
For more information about this challenge and the abseil times still available please visit the Rainbows website
Alternatively you can call the Rainbows fundraising team on 0800 952 1133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Read the Bible (without switching off your brain)
by Simon J. Taylor
£9.99 • paper • ISBN 978 0 281 07380 1• 17 September 2015
The book will be launched at Evensong in the Cathedral on Sunday 13th September at 6.00pm with drinks following the service.
Copies of the book will be available at a special launch day price!
This book offers Bible reading for everyone. It speaks to those who already read the Bible but find themselves asking why; and to those who don’t read the Bible but would like to if only it weren’t so strange. It explains what the Bible is, offers an overview of what is found in it, and addresses questions people ask, such as:
- Does science disprove the Bible?
- Why is there so much violence in the Bible?
- What does the Bible say about sex?
- 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
The Education team, offers INSET for education professionals on topics such as
- understanding the Christian faith
- planning effective visits for different year groups from the same school
- promoting inter-faith discussion and understanding
- using resources to enhance learning (resources can be borrowed)
Are you looking for a venue for staff training? The Cathedral Centre has several excellent meeting rooms, full IT resources, a cafe, and bookshop. Add a Cathedral tour or even climb the Tower! For more information on room hire or tours please contact the Cathedral office on 01332 341201 or click here to get in touch
Jenny Aitken graduated in Fine Art from Aberystwyth in 1998 and worked for a time in graphic design. Her first solo exhibition was in London but then she moved to Belper where she still lives. This is the third exhibition of Jenny’s work that we have hosted at Derby Cathedral Centre. In both 2007 and 2012 Jenny exhibited her distinctive interpretations of the landscape of her adopted county, Derbyshire, but this year we will be able to enjoy sparkling evocations of her birthplace in Alderney and her regular visits to Cornwall. Jenny is constantly improving her style and has an amazing ability to depict the movement of the sea and its capacity to reflect the light of the sky.
Freewheeling is Janet Mayled’s title for her exhibition throughout September in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge at Derby Cathedral Centre. Janet lives in Buxton and trained as a textile designer. ‘Bicycles are inspiring’, she says, ‘for the captivating compositions they can present, drawing your eye through the painting, breaking down elements into patterns’.
During August the Community of the Holy Name in Oakwood celebrates the 150th Anniversary of its foundation. As part of the celebration the Sir Richard Morris Lounge in Derby Cathedral Centre is hosting a display of icons by one of the Community’s long serving members, Sister Theresa Margaret. Under the title ‘Aids to Devotion’ a selection of her work will illustrate the way in which she has used her training as an artist in the service of God.
Sinfonia Viva’s concert at Derby Cathedral earlier this year will be broadcast on Classic FM on Monday July 27 at 8pm.
Soloist Samuel Jacobs joined Sinfonia Viva and their newly-appointed Principal Conductor Duncan Ward on March 18 for an exciting evening of classics.
Special services are a key part of the Cathedral's ministry. In 2014 there were nearly 40 special services here including the Derby 175 Railway Service (see above picture), the Bishop's Badge Service and the High Sheriff's Legal Service. If you would like to suggest a special service, please be in contact with the Dean.