Derby Cathedral relies heavily on the help and support of its family of volunteers. Volunteers help and assist in maintaining daily worship of the Cathedral and managing its life and ministry as well as welcoming visitors to the Cathedral, the Cathedral Centre and the Bridge Chapel.
There are various roles for volunteers in the Cathedral in order to support the bigger picture of caring for the Cathedral building and upholding its mission.
Our community of volunteers currently stands at around 200 strong and new members and volunteers are always welcome to help carry forward the mission and life of this ancient and holy place.
For more information please contact the Cathedral Office on 01332 341201 or email email@example.com
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
The Sanctuary at Derby Cathedral is now open following an extensive refurbishment!
The refurbishment saw the previous bookshop and café merge into one business, creating a light and airy space for customers to enjoy, together with a new range of locally produced gifts and products of which at least 80% of the gifts have come from Derby and Derbyshire. We are stocking chocolate to candles, gin to vegan friendly marshmellows and some quirky and different gifts which you may not generally find on the High Street. We have some very talented suppliers in the city and county and Derby Cathedral are proud to support these businesses.
A fresh, new menu is also available, created and prepared by our qualified chef using locally sourced ingredients.
The Sanctuary at Derby Cathedral is also open on Sundays, serving traditional Sunday lunches and delicious hot and cold desserts. We are also open for key events held in the Cathedral so people can experience pre-event dining before attending an event in the Cathedral – an ‘evening out’ experience in very pleasant and unique surroundings.
The main purpose of the business is to financially contribute towards the work of the Cathedral, so customers can be assured that every penny spent in the shop will, in some way, help support the important work the Cathedral does in working with homeless people of the city, those with mental health issues and generally in keeping the doors open for everyone.
The Sanctuary at Derby Cathedral is open 7 days a week.
Derby Cathedral is to make changes to the layout and operating structure of the Cathedral Bookshop and Cafe and rebrand it as The Sanctuary at Derby Cathedral. The aim is to improve its appeal to visitors and to strengthen the support the business provides for mission and ministry.
The Sanctuary at Derby Cathedral will have a very different look and feel to the current Bookshop and Cafe. We firmly believe that there will be many new and returning customers who will welcome the new, high-quality experience.
Whilst a very small number of customers have voiced concerns about the changes, we hope that they will take the opportunity to try The Sanctuary at Derby Cathedral, and thus continue to support the work of the Cathedral itself.
The Sanctuary at Derby Cathedral is designed to serve four main purposes: to support the mission and ministry of our wonderful Cathedral, to sell and provide Christian books, to be a space for customers to enjoy a quality leisure experience with excellent food and refreshments, and to promote locally manufactured gifts.
The Sir Richard Morris Lounge, on the lower floor of the building, will continue to be available for use by a number of voluntary groups, and also be available to hire.
Additionally, the main space will be available to hire for functions outside of our normal opening hours. The Sanctuary at Derby Cathedral will retain its current online presence (on Amazon) and aims to offer a new online ordering experience in the future.
We will close on Saturday 30th March 2019 for a minimum of one week, a re-opening date will be announced in the near future.
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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