Brexit, Banns and EEA/Swiss Nationals and Marriage Certificate Fees

News from the Faculty Office for all Clergy.

Free social media apps for your church to try in 2019

A Church of England Digital LABS LEARNING guide.

A Church Near You's Resource Hub has launched - here's what you need to know

The Resource Hub is here to give Church of England churches access to logos, videos and stock photography to be used across their communication platforms.

The Church of England Life Events Diary is now live

The Life Events Diary is custom-built online software which can radically streamline administration for baptisms, weddings, banns and funerals. The Life Events Diary helps churches build and develop lasting relationships with new contacts through life events

"Behold I am doing a new thing"

March 24th 2019 marks a new era for Wretton with Stoke Ferry and Whittington, The Wissey Valley Team Ministry and the Diocese of Ely.

Reaching Communities on the Edge

On March 18th and 19th, Philip North, Bishop of Burnley and Chair of the Archbishop’s Estates Evangelism Task Force, spent two days in the Diocese of Ely, hosted by the Changing Market Towns project.

A message of prayer and solidarity from Bishop Stephen following the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand

As Bishop of Ely, I stand with those who mourn for the women and men killed in the terrible attack at two mosques today in Christchurch, New Zealand. I invite the people of this diocese to join in the invitation of the Archbishops of New Zealand/Aotearoa to “uphold all those affected in prayer, and to respond to this act by rejecting the rhetoric of hatred and religious intolerance, and to show compassion and kindness to all our neighbours.”

Five top tips for A Church Near You

With more than 10 million page views a year and 85 per cent of visitors going to the site for the first time, A Church Near You offers a unique evangelism opportunity for Church of England churches, and sits at the heart of our national campaigns.

Presidential Address - Diocesan Synod, 9th March 2019

Below is Bishop Stephen's Presidential Address, given to Ely Diocesan Synod, held at Over, Cambridgeshire on the 9th March 2019.

When I'm 64: Bishop's Lent Challenge.

Eighty-five church schools across Cambridgeshire will be promoting positive inter-generational partnerships for the next four weeks as part of the annual Lent Challenge in conjunction with Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Podcast: Revd Chris Hill reflects on Growth Fund for Families' Worker

A year and a half into the three year Growth Fund, Revd Chris Hill (St Mary's Ely) talks to Eleanor Puttock (Digital Evangelism Manager) about the process and what it has brought to the church and the wider community.

Beauty and holiness combine to remember much-loved priest

New Stations of the Cross were dedicated and blessed by the Bishop of Ely on Friday 1st March in memory of The Rev’d Dr John Hughes.

Gauntlet: Young People riding motorbikes, growing confidence and learning leadership skills

Since April 2018, Thrive Youth Work have worked with a group of 10 students from St Peter’s school in Huntingdon on an exciting project called ‘Gauntlet’.

A Church Near You's Resource Hub has launched - here's what you need to know

The Resource Hub is here to give Church of England churches access to logos, videos and stock photography to be used across their communication platforms.

Parish websites - Safeguarding Information

It has been the House of Bishops policy position that parishes need to display information about their safeguarding arrangements.

Bishop Stephen backs call for rural strategy

The Church of England’s lead Bishop for Education, Bishop Stephen, has backed calls for a comprehensive Rural Strategy, following the publication of a new study - a Church of England Press Release

Marriage of European Economic Area Nationals - Post 29 March 2019

As you will be aware, the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019. A number of clergy and parish administrators have been in touch to find out what the situation will be post ‘Brexit’ and we have recently received guidance from the Home Office in this regard.

General Synod February 2019 news and stories

Find all the news, stories and press releases relating to the February 2019 meeting of General Synod on the Church of England website.

Bishop Stephen leads Synod debate on Growing Faith.

Bishop Stephen is Chair of the National Society Council and the Church of England's lead bishop for education. On Friday afternoon, he led a debate in General Synod on the House of Bishops' report Growing Faith.

Bishop Stephen contributes to General Synod homelessness debate

The General Synod of the Church of England has been meeting in London this week, and has debated an agenda widely noted to be one of the most outward-looking for some time. In a debate on homelessness on Thursday afternoon, Bishop Stephen drew attention to work with and among homeless people in Cambridge.