Derby City Mission started the new year with a Week of Prayer focussing on the verse  “For we walk by faith, not by sight” from 2 Corinthians 5:7. 

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 Other Bible versions use the word live rather than walk; the walk is a metaphorical reference to the way a person conducts their life. The Apostle Paul reminds us that as followers of Christ we must not build our lives around things that have no eternal significance. Where are we putting our treasure? 

Rather than pursuing the same things the world pursues, as Christians we should focus on the unseen realities such as our relationship with Jesus and people and of course heaven, our eternal home.

William Carey once said, “Expect great things from God as we attempt great things for God”.  As our team look at the priorities for this year (see below), we remind ourselves that our journey is a journey of faith and our goal for this year, and every year, must be to please God.

Rather than loving the things of this world, Christians should spend their lives glorifying God in everything they do.  It requires faith to live in this way because we cannot see, hear, or touch anything spiritual without it.

As we attempt these great things; The Community Hub: to provide space to address causes Business Plan & Fundraising Strategy; Digital Presence;   School of Urban Missions, we need to learn to walk by faith and not by sight as all the above are daunting without God’s help. Together we shall see His Kingdom expand, as we look to transform lives together. 

By Julio Abraham


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The Jubilee project has helped me so much and has sorted out my debts. I couldn’t have done it on my own. All the support I’ve had has kick-started my life and put it back on the right path
— Ian (previous Jubilee client and now volunteer at St Peter’s clinic)
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Having recently read the story of Abraham and Sarah (Genesis 18), I was re-assured that God’s plans are eternal and timeless.  Sarah laughed when she heard that she was to have a child at the ripe old age of 100!  This story made me think about our vision ‘Transforming Lives Together’ especially the word transformation.

Sometimes, situations seem so desperate and never ending, you can be left wondering what impact we might be having…. I was encouraged by some recent feedback. Since the arrival of Sarah Fowler in June, there has been an increase of 20% in the demand for debt and benefits advice through the Jubilee clinics.  The demand is set to increase further with the roll out of Universal Credit. 

However, Sarah and Ruth Clark (a very dedicated volunteer) make steady progress week by week through God’s grace and the prompting of the Holy Spirit.  Earlier this year, one of the clinics was unusually quiet which allowed Helen, a Jubilee client, the time to work things through at her own pace. 

Whereas appointments aren’t time bound, Helen never wanted to take up too much time.  A quieter clinic allowed Sarah to draw out information which resulted in unlocking an annual benefit of £6,000, what a blessing!

“The Jubilee project is excellent! Sarah has been great helping me get in control of my finances. She has helped me apply for benefits that I didn’t even know I was entitled to. I’m not all sorted yet, but I know I will be with the Jubilee Project”.
— Helen

 Be encouraged that every relationship we establish with someone in greater need than us helps their transformation journey. “Helen is still on her journey to becoming debt free and it is such a privilege to be part of it.  We may not see the whole blessing, but the blessing will come”


Doing Alpha changes the whole atmosphere in the shelter for that evening. It is an atmosphere of peace, belonging and safety, we can hear people in the smoking area having discussions amongst themselves about how good it is.
— Pete Davies - Nighshelter Night Staff

As Derby Churches Nightshelter approached its half way milestone in January, we had welcomed 169 men and 19 women.  Thankfully only a handful of guests had stayed since the doors opened in December.

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Many have very complex issues but are continuing to engage with Guest Support and our partner agencies are working hard to investigate different options.  It has been encouraging to see people returning to their families, home countries and housed in a more permanent way.

Thank you to you for whatever part you are playing in the nightshelter. Each one of you help, as you welcome, feed, talk, pray, advise and listen to guests. Together, with God, we are transforming lives!
— Paul Munro - Nightshelter Manager


Paul Munro has another reason to be thankful. As well as wanting to see lives changed in the physical, as Christians we know that deep and lasting change only happens through a relationship with Jesus. When Daniel, a nightshelter guest this year, returned to say thank you for the support he’d been given, Paul had the opportunity to talk with him openly about forgiveness and the ultimate price that Jesus paid for us. Daniel responded, asking God to forgive him and he gave his heart to the Lord. He is now actively looking for a church in which he can be loved and discipled. Hallelujah!

Other guests are getting the opportunity to ask more about Jesus this year too. Peter Davies and Steve Clark, two of our night staff, felt inspired to give our guests the opportunity to hear about the good news of Jesus by running an Alpha course. Up to 10 people are joining the weekly Alpha session with one guest returning each week even though he now has accommodation.  

Keep praying that, amongst the chaos of our guests’ lives, they come to know the love of Jesus and the power of a relationship with him.


Talking to you has been the best 15 minutes of our night out!

Street Pastors are trained volunteers from local churches who are passionate about Jesus and our community. We put our faith into action by demonstrating Christ’s love in a practical way on the streets of Derby on a Friday and Saturday night.  In the midst of a busy night out, Street Pastors have many wonderful encounters with people and feel God is definitely at work.

When you’re around, the atmosphere is different, you can feel it

Why are we needed?

There have been several violent incidents in the last couple of months that Street Pastors have dealt with.  The team provides a visible and reassuring presence for everyone on the streets by listening, caring and helping.  Please continue to pray as we expand, and visit the website to find out more about this invaluable ministry.

I just want to say how amazing you are. Your group stayed with my daughter and her friend and kept them warm and safe until I got there. Thank you so much for the kindness and help you gave. You are honestly the best group of people I have ever met


Love the concept, it’s something that’s really been needed in this city
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YADA, our dry bar, focusses on relationships and offers a great night out in a relaxed and alcohol-free environment.  With live music from local musicians, DJ’s, creative mocktails and allimportant late night snacks, revellers “love the Yada vibe”. 

Yada, a Hebrew word ‘to know’, signifies relationships, sharing love, showing mercy and acting justly. We believe this fresh addition to Derby’s nightlife will be a welcome change, where people can build authentic connections with each other. 

Join in with praying for this vital initiative that through building healthy relationships in a genuine environment, people will be encouraged to seek the face of Jesus. 

If you feel that you would like to support YADA through the giving of time, skills or financial resource then please donate or contact us.



As part of our preparations for the new data protection legislation which comes into force in May (GDPR), if we have your email address, we recently sent you an email asking you to check the information which we hold on you is correct.

Unfortunately a number of you were not able to open the link, so we will be sending you a letter shortly. Your prompt response would be greatly appreciated.  

We value your partnership so we want to make sure that you are still happy to hear from us and in a way that works for you. 

Derby Street Pastors to join in celebration with Founder

Whether it's snows or rains, Derby City Mission's Street Pastors are always present in the city on a Friday and Saturday night

Street Pastors are trained volunteers from local churches who are passionate about Jesus and passionate about their community. They put their faith into action by demonstrating Christ's love in a practical way on the streets of Derby.

It is was great pleasure that the Street Pastor team received an invite from Chesterfield to celebrate six years of Street Pastors with them on Saturday 17th March. The Chesterfield project was started after they came to see how Derby worked.

The inspirational Les Isaac OBE , is the after lunch speaker. He is the founder and Director of Ascension Trust and the pioneer behind Street Pastors which began in 2003.

In the evening he will be speaking and commissioning new Street Pastors in a celebration service at The Spire Church at 7.30pm

14 Street Pastors from Derby will be going to hear Les and to show our support for our colleagues in Chesterfield.

Find out more about Street Pastors here

"And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work" 2 Corinthians 9:8


Marathon Man runs for Derby City Mission

Tony Steynor, one of Derby City Mission's loyal supporters, is raising funds by partaking in the London Marathon on 22nd April 2018

Here's what he has to say:

You will be astonished to hear that I'm taking part in the London Marathon next month and shall be raising some funds for Derby City Mission.
It seems very silly to try something like this for the first time at my age, but if not now, then when?
I have chosen Derby City Mission as the good cause that I should like to raise some funds for, as their work for Derby in social action and christian mission is inspirational and life changing.  Their work is predominantly carried out through volunteers who give their time and their talents sacrificially.  
Please donate securely by clicking  Just Giving 
Just Giving sends your donation straight to Derby City Mission so it’s a quick and safe way to donate.  If you are a UK taxpayer, then you can include a gift aid declaration and the value of your gift is increased by 25% without any cost to yourself.

On behalf of Derby City Mission - Good Luck Marathon Man!


Providing support after Nightshelter ends

Within only weeks left, the team of staff, partner agencies and volunteers are working tirelessly to seek permanent accommodation for guests following the closure of our emergency shelter provision on 2nd April 2018.

Given the current adverse weather conditions, the need to work quickly and effectively is more evident.

Our aim at Derby City Mission is to have EVERYONE housed by 2nd April 2018.  However, we occasionally encounter individuals who, despite our best efforts, we are unable to secure any form of accommodation despite being a deserving case. Often these guests are also suffering from health conditions that put them at risk of a further deterioration in their state of destitution .

We have set up a discretionary fund to enable us to assist such individuals in these occasional and extreme cases, where all other avenues have been exhausted and would welcome donations.

Recipients of the fund are to be carefully decided,  with a view to achieving a longer term solution, with the help of carefully selected supported accommodation providers. 

If you would like to make a donation, please donate here

Please tag your donation HOUSING DISCRETIONARY FUND.

If you would like further information, please contact Sandra Dawkins 01332 460346 or sandra@derbycitymission.org.uk.