Church Buildings - Update on Grants and Maintenance – July 2019

It’s been quite a journey, but the team at St Andrew’s are in sight of the finish line, as the project to repair the church following a major lead theft draws to a close.

Wednesday Night Live: A Changing Market Towns Story

St. Thomas a Becket Church in Ramsey has recently started an evening group "Wednesday Night Live" as a way to invite those who want to investigate Christianity, are new to church or those who want to brush up on their basic Christian knowledge. Leo (Community Mission Worker) reflects on how it is going.

How a Mission Administrator has has helped the growth of the Stilton Group: A Growth Fund Story

The Stilton Group of Churches (Benefice of Stilton with Denton and Caldecote with Folkesworth with Morborne and Haddon) comprises of 5 churches in surrounding villages, Stilton, Elton, Folksworth, Haddon and Morborne. As a result, there is a lot of work to be done to cover all 5 churches. A Growth Fund has enabled the appointment of an administrator which has given the vicar, Revd Richard Gibbs, administrative support to free his time for mission.

Digital Engagement: How to set up to film a video on your phone

Over the last few years, video has become a popular and engaging way to communicate with our online communities.

Joshua Shinhmar: Community Chaplaincy, a Listening Ear and Parks at One – a Growth Fund Story

Meet one of our newest priests, who prior to his ordination at the end of June, met Eleanor and told her about his diverse role in the Parish of St. George’s Chesterton. She reflects on her visit.

A Church Near You: New Features including a Benefice Option

This week, a series of new features launched on A Church Near You based on feedback from our 16,000 editors. Churches using the site will now be able to embed videos onto their pages, add biographies for clergy and use the site as a Benefice website, with new Benefice homepages and an easy tool to copy events onto every church in the Benefice, saving editors from entering this information multiple times.

It’s Cleaning, but Not as You Know It

Top Tips and Insights on Free Workshop

Ordination and Consecration of Huntingdon’s new Bishop

On Wednesday 3rd July, we were delighted to celebrate the Ordination and Consecration of The Reverend Canon Dagmar Winter to be Bishop of Huntingdon.

We celebrate the ordination of twelve priests and nine deacons

We are delighted that the Petertide ordinations for the Diocese of Ely took place at Ely Cathedral on the 28th and 29th June.

Baptism + News Ways to Engage, Grow and Deepen with Young Families/Under 5’s

As a Diocese we want to ensure that we provide a proper welcome for families that approach the Church for a Christening/Baptism or Thanksgiving service. The Revd Olivia Coles is our Baptism+ Coordinator and over the last year she has been growing existing ministries, engaging with new opportunities and deepening outreach with families and young children.

The Church of England launches its social media community guidelines

The community guidelines have been created to encourage conversations that reflect our values. They apply to all content posted on the national social media accounts run by the Church of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Archbishop of York.

Contactless Giving: Mobile Phone Giving using a QR code.

Parish Buying have recently added a new supplier offering Mobile Phone Giving using a QR code.

25th Anniversary of first 25 Women Ordained in the Diocese of Ely

The 25th anniversary of the first 25 women ordained priest in the Diocese of Ely is cause for celebration! The Women’s Ministry Day Conference, titled ‘For Such a Time as This’, provided talks, seminars and a service of thanksgiving, while also resourcing ministry for today.

New services keep churches in the Diocese of Ely safe for the future

Press Release from The National Churches Trust

The Diocese of Ely Annual Report – Now Available

The 2018 Diocese of Ely Annual Report was published on 12 June 2019.

Petertide Ordinations of Priests and Deacons

We are delighted that the Petertide ordinations for the Diocese of Ely will take place at Ely Cathedral this weekend as detailed below.

The Power of The Lord’s Prayer: A Changing Market Towns Story

Olivia O'Neill shares a reflection of some of her work as a Changing Market Towns worker in Wisbech

Connectivity in Churches

The Church of England has created a range of resources on "What can connectivity do for your church building?" With lead thefts on the rise this case study from St Mary's, Bluntisham-cum-Earith offers some interesting insights from Andrew Edney, Churchwarden.

Contactless Giving – new devices available through Parish Buying

Parish Buying have recently launched three new contactless giving devices.

Rwanda Link Strengthened by Teachers: Second Visit.

Ann's reflections on the trip