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RIP Rev David Bush
Details can be found in the RIP section for Retired Clergy.
YOUR VOICE COUNTS: PLEASE HELP US TELL THE GOVERNMENT WHAT YOUR CHURCH MEANS TO YOU
Before Christmas we wrote to all the churches throughout our Diocese, inviting them to respond to the Government's Churches and Cathedrals Sustainability Review.
Bishop’s New Year Letter, Epiphanytide 2017
Almighty God, In Christ you make all things new: transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ Our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen. Collect for Epiphany II
Bishop Stephen's Christmas Sermon - Midnight Mass, 2016, Ely Cathedral
Don't become a victim this Christmas - make sure your defences are defended
After the last candle is blown out on Christmas day, most churches will be looking forward to a quiet period when we stay inside and avoid the dark evenings in front of the fire. Not so the criminal fraternity, who will see this time as a time of opportunity.
NOTE FOR THOSE IN DIOCESAN HOUSING
Please find below contact details for emergency external contractors over the Christmas break for those in Diocesan housing.
Churches and Cathedrals Sustainability Review consultation
Sustainability is a much used (and abused) term these days. Often used to mean "perpetuate", or merely "survive"; in a church context we think it should mean much more. Sustaining should also mean growing and developing new ways of being a church, new ways of protecting and enhancing God's creation and the church's place in society, now and forever.
New chaplains join EEAST
On Monday night (12th December), seven new chaplains were commissioned by the Right Reverend Richard Atkinson, Bishop of Bedford, to support ambulance staff, volunteers and their families.
Christmas funding boost for St Peter and St Paul, Steeple Morden
St Peter and St Paul, Steeple Morden is set to benefit from a £596,000 rescue funding package from the National Churches Trust, the UK’s church repair and support charity.
Working together to help young refugees
The refugee crisis is the humanitarian emergency of our times, which is why The Children’s Society has formed a partnership with the Guardian to help young refugees this Christmas. We want to be able to provide more refugee children with the one-to-one support and guidance they so desperately need.
£500,000 awarded to Ely Cathedral to support vital restoration works.
Ely Cathedral has been listed as one of only 24 Cathedrals to be awarded funding in the final round of the First World War Centenary Commemoration Fund. The £500,000 grant will enable the Cathedral to start work on essential repairs to the South Nave Aisle roof and high level masonry which is part of a continuing programme to restore and conserve the Cathedral’s historic building.
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.