Bishop of Ely elected to Archbishop's Council
The Right Reverend Stephen Conway, who has been Bishop of Ely for five years, is one of only two bishops to have been elected by fellow bishops to serve on the Archbishops’ Council, which steers the policy of the established church for the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.
Interim Communications Director
Following a meeting of Bishop’s Council last Friday (29 January), it has been decided to appoint Ian MacKellar as Interim Communications Director for the diocese. He will also act as diocesan press officer for the Bishop of Ely.
New Prayer Calendar
We are pleased to confirm the new prayer calendar is now available for download and is currently being posted out.
Diocesan pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Bishop Stephen will be leading a diocesan pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 2 -12 February. The Revd Alan Partridge has organised the visit of over 30 members of the diocese, both Lay and Ordained, to Palestine and Israel. During the pilgrimage they will visit all the principal sites and shrines associated with the life of Jesus.
General Synod Papers Monday 15th February - Wednesday 17th February
The papers for the February group of sessions are now available. There is a zip file containing all the published papers to save the need to download individual files. The papers will also appear on the Synod App. Simply search ‘General Synod’ – available from both the Apple and Google Play store.
New Church Buildings Consultant appointment
The Diocese of Ely is delighted to announce the appointment of Geoffrey Hunter as the Diocese of Ely’s Church Buildings Consultant, to succeed Jude Johncock.
In the Beginning was the Word
An exhibition ‘In the Beginning was the Word’ is to be held at Ely Cathedral between 4th – 28th February.
Inter-Diocesan Golf Tournament
The 59th EIG Church of England Inter-Diocesan Golf Tournament The King’s Course, The Warwickshire Golf and Country Club, Wednesday 6th July, 2016
Please see a below the Confirmation schedule
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
This year in this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18th to 25th January) we are encouraged by the churches of Latvia to acknowledge and proclaim that we are joined in one mission, to carry the Word out into the world as we seek to be salt of the earth and to be light to the world through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Stories and accounts of people's personal journey in their Christian faith inspires and encourages others. Each of our stories is different and people come to faith at all stages of life. But each and every story brings something unique and rich into our shared experience of Christianity and the God who loves us.
A new Family Resource for Lent
Calling all families in Ely Diocese….Why not try something different this Lent?
Diocese of Ely Fund Finder
An invaluable tool, developed to make searching for funding quicker and easier The diocese has recently purchased grant finding software designed to give your parish easy access to comprehensive funding information.
ChurchCare Launches New Resources to Help Churches Celebrate The Queen’s 90th Birthday
How will your parish be celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday? Official celebrations are to be held in London from the 10th -12th June 2016 and will include a service of thanksgiving at St Pauls Cathedral, a street party in The Mall and a Birthday Parade on Horses Guard Parade.
New Deputy Diocesan Secretary and DAC Secretary Appointment
The Diocese of Ely is delighted to announce the appointment of Frances Godden as Deputy Diocesan Secretary and DAC Secretary, to succeed Jane Logan in April.
Midnight Mass, 2015, at Ely Cathedral
A little child must have misheard adults wishing each other peace and joy at Christmas. When she got to me, she solemnly wished me pieces of joy.
VELLORE FLOODING APPEAL
Recently we have been hearing and seeing a lot about the dreadful flooding in the north west of England. We may also have heard stories and seen images from South India where Chennai, India's fourth largest city, has been suffering from severe flooding caused by the heaviest rainfall for more than a century - many people have died and many more been displaced from their homes. Chennai is only about 50 miles from Vellore, our ecumenical link diocese in the Church of South India and Vellore too has been very badly affected by this flooding.
Histon’s “Meet the Nativity”
How Histon’s “Meet the Nativity” intrigued Sunday shoppers with the excitement and vulnerability of the incarnation
Parochial Fees for 2016 published
The table of statutory fees which comes into effect from 1 January 2016 is now available to download.
Rural Rector Rides In
Father Andrew Davey arrived at West Lynn School with a roar to raise awareness for Norfolk Road Safety Week on Thursday 26th November.
The Advent Sleep-Out Challenge 2015
For most of us, cold December nights are best spent at home in the warm. But a brave few will be facing the Advent Sleep-Out Challenge, choosing to relinquish a night of home comforts for a night of sleeping out in the Galilee Porch of Ely Cathedral.
The Future for Fresh Expressions
With over 3000 new forms of church now existent in the UK, Fresh Expressions has, as described by Archbishops’ Missioner and team leader of Fresh Expressions, Phil Potter ‘transitioned from an initiative into a movement.’
Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund: Fund open for applications
Earlier this year ten churches within the Ely Diocese were awarded £428,000 between them from the first round of the Fund and we are hopeful of achieving at least the same again in this round if not more.
Justpray.uk is a new website dedicated to prayer. Launched by the Church of England, it aims to advise people on how to start praying by giving guidance and explanation to what prayer is.
The New Look ‘Your Church Wedding Website’ is Launched!
Discover all you need to know about church weddings and vow renewals on the Church of England’s brand new website.
Deputy Diocesan Secretary and DAC Secretary JOB VACANCY
Job Vacancy : The Deputy Diocesan Secretary is employed by the Diocesan Board of Finance and is accountable in all respects for the discharge of the duties and responsibilities listed below to the Diocesan Secretary, who is in turn accountable to the Diocesan Board of Finance and the Diocesan Bishop.
New Christmas Film
Recent shocking statistics have highlighted that only 12 per cent of adults know the nativity story, with more than one-third of children not knowing whose birthday it is. So the Ely Diocese have worked with the Diocese of Norwich to provide a film to help those of all ages learn the story and discover what Christmas is really about.
Church of England “bewildered” by cinema ban on Lord’s Prayer
The Church of England has said it is “bewildered” by the refusal of the country’s leading cinemas to show a 60 second advert of The Lord’s Prayer, adding that the “plain silly” decision could have a “chilling effect” on free speech.
Challenge Parish Buying to Beat Your Costs!
This ‘one-stop-shop' has been created to help your parish save time and money on all necessities from energy suppliers to stationery items, freeing up valuable funds to spend on your mission and ministry.
Prisons Week 2015 ‘A new and living way'
Prisoner's Week, as it was originally known, began in 1975, when Prison Chaplains and other Christians working within a prison environment formed a committee to help prisoners through prayer, letting them know that despite their circumstances, they were not forgotten.