The Very Reverend Peter Robinson has been installed as the Dean of Derby in a service at Derby Cathedral.
In the service, Peter and his wife Sarah were formally welcomed by Bishop Libby and Peter promised to observe the constitution and statutes of the cathedral.
In his first sermon as dean, he spoke of the challenges faced by the church in the light of the coronavirus pandemic and other social issues.
He said: "I believe that the agenda for the Church's engagement with the weak and vulnerable in society has to be reset.
"Mental health matters, children who are at risk of harm, adults vulnerable to abuse, a growing consciousness of the message of the Black Lives movement, those whose jobs are at risk even in this very city - and add to this the obvious needs of many who inhabit the city centre - these are urgent concerns that coronavirus has laid bare before us and that need our attention.
"God is beckoning us to respond as a church."
The service, led by Bishop Libby, had a different feel to previous installations as social distancing measures meant that only a handful of people could be present.
Welcome to Derby Cathedral!
Welcome! Thank you for exploring this website where you will find lots of information about Derby Cathedral, one of Derby’s most beautiful and historic sites as well as the home of a vibrant Christian community and the venue for many exciting and innovative events today.
Worship has been offered on this site for more than a thousand years, and the present building goes back nearly three hundred years with a tower which is considerably older.
Inside the Cathedral you will find important monuments of Derby’s past, such as the tomb of Bess of Hardwick, the wrought iron screen by Robert Bakewell, and the memorial of Florence Nightingale.
You will also find a place to be still and prayerful, either by yourself – the tiny St. Katharine’s Chapel in the crypt is perfect for this – or in one of the daily services, many of which include wonderful choral music.
The Cathedral will live stream Morning Prayer Monday - Friday at 8.30am and the Sunday Eucharist at 10.45am. Full details of how to access these and other online worship resources can be found here>>