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.

Bishop Stephen reflects on the Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Bishop Stephen reflects on the pilgrimage to the Holy Land (1-12 February 2019)

Articles of Enquiry 2019

Whether a parish is small or large, a market town, a city, a village or a tiny rural hamlet, completing the Articles of Enquiry will enable the different departments to know how best to target what they do to help each parish in its work.

Happy Thursday at St Paul´s Cambridge

A reflection by Hannah Lichtinger on Thursdays at St.Paul's, Hills Road Cambridge.

First baptism at Alconbury Weald Church

Meet Isaac Christopher Barnes. He is very special to us as he’s the first person to be baptised in our pioneering church community in Alconbury Weald, near Huntingdon.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: Photo Update

Bishop Stephen has been in the Holy Land with a group from the diocese (1-12th February).

A brief Parish Giving Scheme update…

Here are a few Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) headline statistics as at 1st January 2019 for our Diocese…

Big Lottery Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund Announce Changes

The two lottery funders have changed their names and logos to reflect the direct connection between the sale of National Lottery tickets and the money going to good causes across the UK.

Diocesan Lent Appeal 2019

In 2019, the Diocese of Ely and Christian Aid are delighted to be working together on a joint Lent Appeal.

Holy Land Pilgrimage led by Bishop Stephen

On Friday 1st February a group set off from Luton Airport to "travel together as pilgrims, building understanding and friendships across our Diocese and beyond our local experience of Church."

Renewal and Reform Team visit Ely to hear about Changing Market Towns Project

On 31 January the Renewal and Reform team from Church House, hosted in the Diocese of Ely, gathered a group for a discussion on market towns and the challenges, potential, similarities and opportunities that they share around the country.

Contactless Giving in Churches - A Great example of what’s possible

Eleanor Puttock (Digital Evangelism Manager, Diocese of Ely) recently spoke with Fr Mark Amey (All Saints Parish, St Ives) about how All Saints Parish has used Contactless Giving. Mark describes the thought processes behind their choice and use of the devices, as well as giving some tips and reflections.

Parish Resources Quarterly Newsletter

Four times a year, a newsletter is available to update you on the latest news from the Parish Resources team.

Safeguarding Awareness Month: 1st – 28th February 2019

Following on from the success of the Safeguarding Awareness Month which took place in March 2018, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children and Adults Board are now starting work to plan the campaign for 2019 which will take place in February.

John Betjeman Award - Entries are now invited

Established in 1990 and named in honour of writer, conservation campaigner and Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) Committee member Sir John Betjeman, this award celebrates excellence in the repair of places of worship of all denominations and faiths in England, Wales and the Isle of Man.

How did #FollowTheStar help people grow closer to God through Advent and Christmas?

#FollowTheStar was the Church of England’s and Archbishops’ Advent and Christmas campaign. It was fantastic to see so many churches use the resources to encourage attendance and share the good news of Jesus Christ at this important moment in the year.