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.
Following publication of the 10-year diocesan strategy for growth, Ely 2025, the diocese has decided to undertake a strategic review of all communications activities.
Gift Aid Update
Following approaches made to HMRC by various charities and churches that hold stocks of pre-printed Gift Aid donation envelopes, it has been agreed that we can use up current stock of pre-printed Gift Aid collection envelopes beyond April 2016.
Important changes to Gift Aid
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have introduced some new changes to Gift Aid declarations and the small donations scheme which will require action by parishes
Presidential Address, Diocesan Synod, 24th October 2015
Those of you who attended the launch of the Ely 2025 Strategy in the Cathedral on 27th September will know that the service was wonderfully subverted by children and young people.
Fifty thousand poppies were dropped from Great St Mary's marking the start of the annual Poppy Appeal.
New Communication Manager
We are pleased to announce that we are appointing Graham Hayes as Temporary Head of Communication and Marketing leading into the New Year.
After discussion, the Ely Diocesan Board of Finance and employee, Ms Sarah Williams, have mutually agreed to a termination of contract. This is effective immediately. Ms Williams is sad to be leaving the diocesan structures, but is delighted to be free to pursue other interests at this time
Next Safeguarding Adviser appointed for Diocese of Ely
The Bishop of Ely's Independent Safeguarding Adviser will be stepping down at the end of October after many years of distinguished service to the diocese and people of Ely.
The Revd David Kinder Sermon at Justice Service, Ely Cathedral 4 Oct 2015
Thank you Saltmine for such an inspiring production and the wonderful singing of Amazing Grace. They sang the first verse of Amazing Grace, a hugely popular hymn. It was written by John Newton as result of him experiencing grace; that undeserved forgiveness. It speaks of him being lost and then he was found. He was found by God who offers that undeserved forgiveness.
Bishop of Huntingdon sermon - Admission and Licensing Services for LLMs
Ely Cathedral, Saturday 3 October 2015
Letter from Bishops Stephen and David: Responding to the refugee crisis
Bishop Stephen and Bishop David have issued the following letter in response to the refugee crisis
Bishop of Ely sermon – Launch of People Fully Alive: Ely 2025
Sunday 27 September 2015, Ely Cathedral
Ely Diocese launches strategy for transformation and growth
The Diocese of Ely has today (Sunday 27 September) formally launched a new strategy unambiguously aimed at transformation and growth. People Fully Alive: Ely 2025 was launched at a special service of celebration and commissioning in Ely Cathedral.
Local mission projects flourish with funding
The Local Mission Project Fund provides seed-corn funding of up to £1000 for new and developing missional projects and initiatives across the Ely Diocese.