Tribute to Barney Coombs

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It was with great sadness that earlier this summer, we heard of the death of Barney Coombs after his long battle with illness.

Those of us who had the privilege of knowing Barney for over 40 years will greatly miss him.

He is regarded as a highly-honoured spiritual leader and the father-figure of Salt and Light, the movement of which we have been a part since this church began. His influence on the early days of our church here in the East Midlands was considerable and we owe him a huge debt for the foundations that he helped us to lay. He had such a large presence that continually steered us towards a godly life; he inspired us to love God with all our hearts.

Barney began his ministry as a Baptist pastor at Basingstoke Baptist Church, and led it into a radical time of renewal through the 1970s. It became a highly influential church and Barney’s leadership was respected both nationally and internationally. He was admired for his courageous leadership in a time of radical spiritual change in the nation; he was highly regarded for his wisdom, insights and personal integrity. His genuine love of the Lord, of the Bible and of the Church, laid a foundation in the lives of many leaders; he became a significant ministry with great influence in many countries.

He moved to Vancouver in the late 1970s, but continued to give an apostolic oversight of Salt and Light Churches in the UK and many other parts of the world.

He has left a tremendous legacy in many of us who have followed him into church leadership and ministry; we are eternally grateful to God for the privilege of knowing him.

Our love and prayers go to his wife Janette and the family at this time.

A Thanksgiving Service for him will take place at the King’s Centre, Oxford on Sunday afternoon 5.00pm 30th Sept. It is an open invitation to anyone who would like to attend.

Family Forum 26th June 2018 

Thank you to everyone who could make our CCD family forum. As we go through this period of change, it was great to see so many people wanting to engage as a family. This was our third family forum this year and as a leadership team we feel it important to communicate as much as we can during this season of change. 

We have a strong sense of God’s leading in all of this; all the prophetic words spoken over us before we embarked on this change give us a real sense of hope despite some uncertainties. 

We wanted to use this family forum to communicate more information on changes - especially with regard to personnel within CCD. 

It is a season of comings and goings; we honour those who are leaving us and welcome those who are joining. 

Kish Parmar 

After 16 years of faithful service Deborah Robinson has decided to retire. We wished her all the very best for the future and thanked her for her tremendous hard work over the years supporting the vision and mission of EMCF. She will be missed. 

After a round of recruitment we appointed a replacement. Kish Parmar joined us on 21st May and is now in situ working hard in this very pivotal role. 

It seems like this series on Joshua has struck a chord with many people. For Kish and his wife Louise this is a very real step of faith as they look to relocate from Dunfermline, Scotland to Derby. Kish is a trained accountant and has worked for many years with the local and Scottish Government. Louise is a trained teacher with over 30 years of experience. They are both committed Christians with a heart for seeing the church being built up and the lost being reached. We really look forward to them becoming a part of our family as we make significant steps towards God’s calling on us as one-church. 

Simon & Gaynor Shaw 

Simon and Gaynor have been a pivotal part of CCD. They arrived 7 years ago, have made a tremendous impact and we have appreciated their focus and heart of worship. However, over the last 12 months they have felt God’s stirring in their hearts to explore a new and fresh expression of church within Derby. This new expression will focus on millennials, students and the creative community in the University Quarter. Change isn’t easy but there are times when it is the right thing for people to move on which is hard for all of us, particularly when we are family. However, as families grow, sons and daughters grow up and eventually leave home because they need to have their own space and in time become fathers and mothers themselves. This isn’t quite what we would have wanted, but part of the apostolic calling on us as a church is that we “Go-Plant-Build” and give beyond ourselves which means letting people go. We will be praying them out with our blessing (along with some others who will look to join them) on Sunday 9th September. God’s heart for Derby is so much bigger than ours and whilst they may not be an ongoing part of CCD (Reach Derby), they will still very much be a part of our lives and we look forward to our continuing relationship together through being part of Synergy (the wider group of churches that we relate to) and also through City Vision. 

Michael Wadsworth

Michael joined CCD almost 6 years ago. In that time he has taken the lead of CCD’s youth work, teaching and resourcing as well as working with Derby’s community of students and young adults. He has been a great help on our sound and AV desk and supported CCD in many other ways (some seen and others unseen). Unfortunately, due to the background of an increasingly challenging financial picture for CCD and the increase in costs (due to the leadership moving from a self-employed to employed status) there was pressure to manage our cost base in order to remain viable as a functioning church. 

Unfortunately, this meant that Michael’s role would be made redundant. This was not an easy decision to make. However, the church wanted to honour Michael and his work throughout the whole process of the redundancy. Michael’s last day as an employee of CCD will be on 13th July. 

Michael will continue to work with students through his role with Fusion. He also wants to outwork God’s calling on his heart as he joins Simon and Gaynor in their new venture. 

Richard Wormsley

Richard joined us on a temporary basis to cover the gap left by Steve Fogg. Richard has been a tremendous help in filling the operational requirements for CCD. The leadership wanted to recognise Richard’s heart and diligence in everything he has done for CCD for which we are truly grateful (often going over and beyond what has been required). Richard’s role comes to an end on 12th July. 

Emmanuel School

Ian Birkin, the current Head of the school, has served us ably throughout his time with us and has made a very positive impression on the staff and the pupils. However, due to unforeseen personal circumstances and prevailing ill-health Ian has decided that now would be a good time to step back from his headship. Ian will see his headship through till the end of this academic year. Therefore, beginning in September 2018 Ben Snowdon, Emmanuel’s current Deputy Head, will take over as the schools full-time head. Alongside Ben, Martin Frost (Chair of Governors for the school) will be volunteering his time to assist and support the school. 

Other Roles 

As we look forward to everything God has for EMCF under its new name of Reach we recognise that there is also a requirement for investment in some other roles. Whilst cost is a factor, the leadership have recognised that for the church to fulfil its calling it requires specific roles to help support the gaps identified during the consultation workshops in December, 2017. We will of course announce these roles as and when they are appointed. 

Other News 

We are very much looking forward to our EMCF Celebration on 1st July where we will have Dave Oliver speaking. Dave is a great friend of EMCF and brings with him a wealth of leadership experience, prophetic insight and wisdom. We are sure that it will be a great time of worship, fellowship and encouragement. There will also be an offering taken on the day which will significantly help us as we look to finance the restructuring, website changes and branding costs. This is all part of our focus on becoming one-church, Reach, which looks to see us becoming a family on a mission embracing the presence of God. 

For those that wish to we will also share a picnic together in the main hall. An ice-cream van for the younger ones amongst us will also be available. 

Calling all teachers - job opportunity at Emmanuel School

Emmanuel School has a vacancy for Part-Time/Full-Time Class Teacher to commence September 2018

The successful applicant will be an experienced teaching practitioner with knowledge of the primary curriculum. The post is open to applicants for part time (0.5) or full time employment.

For a copy of the job description and application form please contact the school either by phone 01332 340505 or email

Please note - Our School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the
children. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service

Closing date: Friday 29th June 2018.

Easter at CCD

Exciting Easter Services at Community Church Derby

Easter is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. Easter week starts on Palm Sunday when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a colt to fulfil old stories about who the ‘Messiah’, was (similar to the stories around his birth). Throughout the Easter week there is lots of ways to remember the dramatic events that lead to Jesus’ death on the cross on Good Friday and His ressurection three days later on Easter Sunday.

Join us as we celebrate His journey to Jerusalem, His embrace of the cross and His victory on Easter Sunday

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Good Friday
The Cross // 30 march

10.00 - 11.00 | Silent Hour with prayer stations

11.00 - 11.45 | Reflective family worship

11.45 - 13.00 | All age interaction of prayer stations

Suitable for all ages (silent hour from 10am, family friendly from 11am), our Good Friday service is an interactive space to explore the Passion of Jesus as He journeyed to the cross through the Gospel of John.

Riverside will be transformed into a creative space full of installations and live music, with stations to reflect on aspects of Cross. Hot cross buns will be served!

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Easter Sunday
Would you believe it // 1 April, 10.30am 

The good news of the resurrection of Jesus isn't an April Fool! So come along and join us to hear the Easter story and celebrate together with music, stories and fun for all ages. 

Job Opportunities | EMCF & Upbeat Communities

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We are seeking a Head of Finance with a living Christian faith, who is able to provide significant financial acumen and support to the leadership team, yet also happy to work in the detail at the coalface. He or she will be able to relate to church members, staff, and leaders from across the region and share our passion to make Jesus known.

Closing date 25 March 2018

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This is a rare opportunity to lead an exciting, growing Christian led charity, with a current team of 12 employees and up to 100 volunteers with an annual turnover of £300K. Upbeat Communities is a Christian inspired charity which has been working in Derby and Derbyshire since 2005, to welcome and empower refugees and raise awareness in the wider community. Our growth has been circa 300% in the last three years.  Our vision is to “help strangers become neighbours”. We achieve this by focusing activities on three key areas: Welcome, Empowerment, and Awareness Raising.

Closing date 29 March 2018

Family Forum

Last week we had a Family Forum where we talked through our vision, staffing, finances and a number of changes at CCD. There were lots of very helpful questions relating to these. Our vision series from the book of Nehemiah provides the backdrop for this season of rebuilding that we are in - do listen to our talks online. For those who were not able to attend the family forum, here is a summary of the evening with the slides that Mark Mumford and Simon Shaw spoke from. If you have any ongoing questions then please do arrange to meet with one of the senior leaders or email them to

CCD vision

Our vision at CCD is to be an Apostolic Hub, based on Acts 1:8. This vision is outworked as follows:


Being a Christian is to be sharing our faith. High quality Sunday services, invitational events, like Christmas services and Alpha, are all things we can invite people along to so they hear and meet Jesus for themselves.


Being part of a community means and living out life together, a family on mission, walking alongside to encourage and challenge one another. Small groups, Riverside Communities and Life Transformation Groups equip and strengthen us to be and make disciples.


Jesus served wherever he went and we are called to do likewise; to serve the poor and welcome the stranger. Upbeat Communities projects, Storehouse, schools, parent and toddler groups enable us to reach out and serve our city and surroundings.


We recognise that each of us is called and designed by God to influence in and outside our church. Raising up leaders to go, plant and build new communities, churches and sending teams out to the nations is all part of us giving beyond ourselves.

Vision to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth

We believe that we are called to the city (our Jerusalem), to the East Midlands and to the Stranger in our midst (Judea and Samaria) and to the nations (ends of the earth)!


EMCF and Salt and Light

Community Church Derby (CCD) is part of East Midlands Christian Fellowships (EMCF) which is part of a wider family of churches called Salt and Light Ministries. Salt and Light has been in a process of developing into a number of 'spheres' who are led by a number of key leaders in the S&L UK Apostolic team. EMCF is part of the Synergy Sphere, which is led by Mark and Nesta Mumford and a team of leaders from different churches who belong to our sphere.

There is a fresh sense of momentum as the spheres establish their identity and we are very excited for all that God will do through our sphere over the coming year - do look out for key leadership events and also our new camp as we gather together at The Big Church Day Out next year!  

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Structure and shape of EMCF

EMCF is governed by the Apostolic Ministry Team (AMT) which is made up of different leaders from across EMCF. Sanjay Parmar (EMCF Operations Manager) supports the AMT. 

The AMT is accountable to the Board of Directors/Trustees. There are some new Directors who have taken on the responsibility in the last year: They are Jon Bearn, Andy Townsend, Emrys Jones (Chair) and Claire Tapping. Deborah Robinson is the secretary to the board and Sanjay sits with the board to support and provide information.

Structure of EMCF

How EMCF is structured

EMCF is led by the AMT who bring vision, leadership and direction to local churches which include Community Church Derby, Belper Community Church, Community Church Nottingham [inc. Eastwood] and Pathway Leicester, Lutterworth and Hinkley. 

The Riverside Centre (REM) and Emmanuel School are supported by CCD on a day-to-day basis, with the REM Management team and School Board of Governors being accountable to the EMCF board of directors.

Finances are centrally governed and distributed to local congregations according to their need.

EMCF structure

EMCF staff

Overall EMCF employs the equivalent for 3.2 full-time staff. Mark and Sanjay are full-time and Deborah and Paula are part-time staff who make up 1.2 in staffing terms.

EMCF staff

CCD staff and team

CCD employs the equivalent of 5 full-time staff for a congregation of approximately 700 adults and 270 children.

From top left to right: Simon Shaw and Adam Martin are full-time Senior Pastors, Steve Fogg is our part-time Executive Leader (overseeing the management of CCD, Emmanuel School and The Riverside Centre). Esther Williams is our full-time under 18's Leader, Julie Hill is our part-time administrator, Rachael Cox is our part-time Communications Officer and Michael Wadsworth is our part-time Student and Resource Pastor.

CCD staff

We also have a number of unpaid volunteers who contribute a significant amount of time, input and leadership to CCD for which we are really grateful, including Gaynor Shaw (Senior Leader with internship), Karina Martin (Senior Leader), Sandra and Graham Hinds (Senior Leaders and pastoral and ministry oversight), Richard Wormsley (Transforming Communities), Helen Bearn (Riverside Communities, Little Creations and Safeguarding deputy), Julio and Latana Abraham (Alpha), Andrew Land (Storehouse), Dave Snowdon (Overseas Missions Team and Safeguarding Deputy), Tony Turner and Sue Priestley (Celebrate Recovery and pastoral oversight). There are many others who oversee children's groups, sit on teams and support and strengthen all we do in the life of Community Church Derby. We could not do all we do without their valuable contribution, care, time and investment!

CCD Senior team

Over the past three years CCD has been led by Simon and Gaynor Shaw, Adam and Karina Martin and Graham and Sandra Hinds. Over the past six months we have been feeling the need to strengthen and support the senior team, and this has in part been in response to Adam and Karina's three month sabbatical.

Over the next 12 months Mark and Nesta Mumford have committed to join the Senior team to bring strength and support. During this time Mark will be leading the team. Steve Fogg also joins the Senior team to provide support and strength to the team in the same way that Sanjay supports the AMT.  

It is our hope that the Senior team will continue to be strengthened by other key leaders in CCD who will provide input and direction in their areas of expertise. 

The Wider Team is currently being reconfigured, which is in part down to the way in which key leaders have been drawn in to our quarterly day planning times. Strategy, planning and leadership times have shifted from the Wider Team to our key leaders who are invited to attend our strategic planning days.

Senior leadership

EMCF Finances

In recent years our financial growth has flatlined and in the last year declined. This is concerning and the pattern does not reflect our numerical growth in recent years during which time we have grown significantly in terms of people joining our churches, but many are from disadvantaged backgrounds or who have refugee status. 

Our vision (see first slide) is to be an apostolic hub that reaches out and changes the world! Financial resource plays a part in this and so we recognise that we need to do something to change the financial picture and to see the current trend reversed. There is a recognition that discipleship in this area does need to be clearer (what tithing is and why we believe it is important) and clearer and more open times to discuss EMCF finances in Q&A evenings.


Emmanuel School

In late June, the decision was taken by Emmanuel Governors to close the new Brunswick Street nursery site. This was due to a few factors that include lower numbers, staffing pressures and further legislation that we need to adhere to.

With other ongoing factors at Emmanuel the decision was made (with heavy heart) to close the second nursery site in order to focus on the Juniper Lodge site.

Over the last year the school has been stretched administratively and financially. Ian Birkin, the new school headteacher, has taken on the task of rebuilding the school with a strengthened staff team and is working on an implementation plan for this next season. 

Emmanuel School

If you have any questions or observations we would love to hear from you. Please email the office via the button link adjacent, or talk to Steve Fogg our Executive Leader.