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SANG – why not join us and Sing A New Song!
SANG stands for ‘Sing a New Song’ and is a Fresh Expression of Church based at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Arbury, North Cambridge. Aimed at parents, carers and their children aged up to 4 years, SANG uses music and song to help to build community and to explore Christian spirituality.
No One Should Spend Christmas on the Streets
A SHARED MEAL With encouragement from the Alabaré family (specialist staff, dedicated volunteers and other residents) people can put their lives back together, overcome their past, escape the streets and look forward to the future.
A Christmas Near You - A Church of England Initiative
This Christmas the Church of England is launching a new website, inviting people across the country to attend local parish services at Christmas.
Youthworkers, Teachers, Parents and Professionals gather for Seminar on ‘Depression & Loneliness amongst Young People’
As a repeat of the oversubscribed April Seminar, Ely Diocese hosted this important Seminar as part of their work with the Cambridge Youthwork Collective. Hosted by the Diocese, but led by Speaker Rosie Cunliffe from CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service) the free Seminar examined the current Stats and Youth ‘landscape’ and answered many questions around teen depression.
Carve a Heart proves huge success
We are thrilled to say that over 400 young people and youth leaders attended the recent Carve a Heart event, making the night a tremendous success.
Children's Society shops raise over £90,000 for the Charity
The Children’s Society has two shops in Sawston and one in Cherry Hinton. Between them, these three shops raised nearly £95,000 for the charity in the 2015-2016 financial year.
A Celebration of Readers from the Eastern Region
On the last Saturday of October, Ely Cathedral hosted a celebration of 150 years of Reader Ministry. The day celebrated Readers and their ministry with workshops, worship, the sharing of ideas and the giving of thanks.
Wisbech marks Interfaith Week
Wisbech Interfaith Forum and Thomas Clarkson Academy have teamed up together to mark this important event in the annual Faith calendar. Jo Geary from TCA and Bharat Khetani from the Forum state that this is a great chance for people to speak across the generations.
Cows for Christmas
This Christmas a cow is still the quickest ways to lift a struggling family out of poverty.
Secondary Schools Co-ordinator for Ely Diocese
We are delighted to announce that Jen Lyon starts working with schools & churches in the Huntingdon area on Nov 1st. Jen writes
Social Care Institute for Excellence - Ely Safeguarding Audit Report - Now published
In July 2016, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) published their independent safeguarding audit on the Diocese of Ely. We are now pleased to publish the full report on our website.
Mission at the Margins - St Paul’s Church, Cambridge
Mission at the Margins is a creative new partnership, funded and supported by St Paul’s church, Cambridge, The Cambridge Churches Homeless Project, Wintercomfort, Jimmy’s, Hope Cambridge, The Howard Foundation and Ely Diocese.
Geoff Dodgson appointed honorary chaplain to British Guild of Agricultural Journalists
Geoff Dodgson, a senior consultant with Cambridge marketing agency Ware Anthony Rust and a Reader in the Diocese of Ely, has been appointed as Honorary Chaplain to the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists.
Yaxley Foodbank – more than food!
Yaxley Foodbank started only a year ago, but is already making a difference to the life of the local community, touching the lives of those in need spiritually as well as materially.
Encounter Train Up Day Conference for Children’s Workers
The Train Up Day Conference happens once every two years, offering an opportunity for those working in churches and schools to come together, to reflect and to re-imagine what they do to develop faith in the children they work with. This year’s conference ‘Encounter’ was hosted by the Diocese along with ecumenical partners Genr8 and URC Eastern Region. Our jointly organised training events come under the umbrella term, ‘Train Up.’
SWEATY CHURCH TRAINING
The evening’s training was a great opportunity to bring people together who are interested in sport and physical activity and are looking for ways to express their faith in an active way. Led by Jonny Wooldridge, founder of the first Sweaty church at St Paul’s York, he deepened our understanding of what it is through a mix of presentation, team games and Q&A.
New disabled access composting toilet at Hatley St George Church
In his last official event for the parish before moving to take up a new post as priest in Cambridge, the Reverend Steve Rothwell blessed the disabled access composting toilet at Hatley St George church during a gathering of local people to celebrate the new addition to the churchyard. The toilet, designed and installed by Free Range Designs based in Powys, Wales was made possible by grants from the Gamlingay Community Turbine Tithe Fund, Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust and South Cambridgeshire District Council Community Chest Fund.
LEAD THEFT ALERT!
There has been another theft of lead, this time at Cockley Cley in the Diocese of Norwich, but close to Ely Diocese’s eastern border. The thefts to date have typically been in clusters on consecutive nights at nearby churches, so we want to warn everyone – and those in the Fincham & Feltwell Deanery particularly - to be on the alert over the next few weeks.
New Soham group for young people aged 15-18+
Earlier this year, St. Andrew’s Church in Soham started a Youth Café for young adults aged 15+. The group meets every other Tuesday evening during term time at Café Skylark and offers a mix of chat, time to chill and age appropriate activities.
Training workshops and dates for your diary
The Diocese Ministry team have produced a new booklet of training and event dates. The booklet covers the period from Autumn 2016 - Winter 2017 and all are encouraged to take a look and book themselves onto a course if they wish.
Bishop Stephen’s sermon from the Cathedral Eucharist
Please find Below Bishop Stephens' sermon from the Cathedral Eucharist given on Sunday 25th September 2016.
Munch Lunch @Christ Church, Orton Goldhay
Early in 2015 Christ Church started thinking about how it might get to know and engage, with some of its local families and to try a different approach to running a holiday club
Festival takes over Cambridge quad
This weekend the lawn at Ridley Hall was covered in tents as festival goers of all ages crowded into the college to listen to bands and inspirational speakers. The twenty-four hour festival was conceived by Ridley staff member, Michael Volland, who said, ‘We wanted to subvert the stereotyped image of a Cambridge college and host a creative event that was fun and which would help us to encounter God and with each other in new ways'.
Mothers' Union Diocese of Ely - September Newsletter
Welcome to September's Mothers' Union Newsletter from the Diocese of Ely
National Estate Churches Network - Annual Conference - 2016
PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY – Transforming Lives and Communities
Appointment of The Revd Canon Robert Sibson
Announced on Monday 1 August 2016
Advice and guidance on security for places of worship
The news from France and the random, cold blooded murder of the Roman Catholic priest Father Jacques Hamel has been a shock to many of us. It is also very unsettling as it is a Priest doing what so many of us do, simply going about our normal ministry. However, that doesn't mean we should be fearful or overly concerned. We do need to be careful.
Bishop of Ely - Vision for Education
During General Synod, held earlier this month, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway gave a speech on the "Vision of Education". Below is the transcript from this speech.
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