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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for April 29 – May 5 THURSDAY: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; 12.10pm - Holy Communion; 5.30pm – Evensong. Friday: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; 5.30pm – Evensong.  Saturday: 7.40am – Morning P


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for April 29 - May 5

THURSDAY: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; 12.10pm - Holy Communion; 5.30pm - Evensong.

Friday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; 5.30pm - Evensong.

Saturday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; 12.10pm - Holy Communion; 5.30pm - Evensong.

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Sunday: 8.15am - Holy Communion; 10.30am - Sung Eucharist and Ministry of Healing; 4.00pm - Evensong.

Monday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; 5.30pm - Evensong.

Tuesday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; 5.30pm - Evensong.

Wednesday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; 5.30pm - Evensong.

St Mary's Church

SUNDAY: 9am - Holy Communion with preacher Alan Hulme; 10.30am - All Age Worship.


St Peter's Church

SUNDAY: 9.15am - Sung Eucharist with Celebrant and Canon Nigel Abbott.

Tuesday: 10am - Said Communion with Celebrant Canon Laurie Blanchard.

Methodist Church

STEWARDS welcomed the congregation to the morning service with notices and prayers. Rev Barbara Garwood led the 10.30am service with a dedication of youth worker and pastoral visitors. Her sermon was Calling to God. Bible readings, hymns and prayers. Offerings were taken, followed by Holy Communion. Closing hymn and the blessing. The 6.30pm service was led by Ted Garwood. The musicians were Donald Monk and John Neale.

Thursday: noon-1.30pm - Shoppers' Lunch.

Friday: 7.30pm - Wesley guild, transport of Delight.

Sunday: 10.30am - Morning service with Katie Leonowicz; 6.30pm - Evening Service with John Seaman. Musicians will be Donald Monk and Helen Shanassy.

THE Church has raised �570 for the Nakulabye Junior School which will help the children in the slums of Kampala. Thanks to all.

The Olive Tree

DURING Sunday's service Pastor Pat spoke about the importance of knowing the times, as we prepare for the expected return of Jesus at the end of this age.

Sunday service 10.30am (including Holy Communion). The speaker will be Billy Onen. Cr�che and Sunday School will be provided.

On Tuesday at 7.30pm a new four-week course called Re:Member begins, in which we will look at what it means to belong to a church, what we believe and do, and how we relate to other Churches.

On Friday, between 10am and noon, the Open Door Caf� will offer a friendly setting in which to enjoy good company, freshly brewed tea and coffee, and home-made cakes.

City of Ely Flower Club

THE next meeting will be held on May 6 at the Community College in Downham Road at 7.15pm. The demonstrator will be Clare Allen with her theme, Bag Lady. Visitors welcome. Cost �4.

INFO: Grace Bent 01353 661457


Parish Church

CELEBRANT and preacher at St Michael and All Angels on Sunday was Rev Margaret Talbot. The organist was David Cantling. The first lesson was read by David Norman and the offertory was presented by Lee and Callum Howard.

This Sunday Morning Prayer will begin at 9.15am.


Baptist Chapel

SUNDAY morning's service was taken by the Rev Jim Mullin. David welcomed everyone and gave out the notices. Happy Birthday was sung to Hezekiah.

The service began with Jim reading a Psalm, followed by a song. Rachel, Philip and Hezekiah took up the offering followed by another song. Jim read Philippians 3, v. 1 to 13. The theme for his sermon was 'who am I'? The service closed with a hymn and prayer.

Home Groups will be on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. An Italian Evening and meal will be held on May 5 and a Working Group will take place at the chapel on May 8.


St George's Church

SUNDAY: The vicar presided and preached at the 8am Holy Communion service and at the 10am Parish Eucharist, when Jane Harris delivered the sermon. A Festal Evensong for St George was held at 6.30pm and the Rural Dean, the Rev Peter Taylor, preached.

Sunday: 8am - Holy Communion with the vicar; 10am - Parish Eucharist with the vicar and preacher Carol Swain; 6.30pm - The First Sunday Praise will be led by Beverly Joseph.

Tuesday: 1.45pm - Pram Service for pre-school toddlers.

Wednesday: 9.30am - Holy Communion.

Friday: 6pm - Junior Choir Practice; 7.30pm - Senior Choir Practice; 9pm - Compline.

Saturday (8): 9am - Men's Breakfast Club in the Parish Room.

FUTURE EVENTS: St George's Summer Fair, June 5 from 10am till 2pm. Offers of assistance to Grenville Goodson or Jim Gilbert.

Everyone is welcome at any or all of our services.

INFO: The vicar on 01353 860207.

St John's Methodist Church

SATURDAY: 9am-11am - Coffee Morning.

Sunday: 10.45am - Morning Service with preacher Colin Nickless; 6.30pm - Evening Service with Rev Chris Bishop including Holy Communion.

Saturday (8): 9.30am - Prayer Meeting in the Vestry.

Sunday (9): 10.45am - Morning Service with Rev Christopher Baker including Holy Communion; 6.30pm - United Evening Service with Tony Murfitt.

All welcome at any services/events.

The Vine Community Church

LIVELY, friendly, non-denominational Christian church meeting at the Regal in Hempfield Road, where visitors or new residents of the area are always warmly welcomed.

Sunday services begin at 10.30am, with tea and coffee before the service from 10.15am. The cr�che for the youngest children is open from 10.15am. There is a separate meeting designed for older children and young people during the second half of the service, after a time of praise and worship for all. Afterwards, there are refreshments and a chance to chat or look at the bookstall.

Sunday: a Communion Service will be led by Don Gee. Usually during the week we follow up the Sunday talks in our home groups, but this week these will be replaced by two special evenings of prayer as part of a nationwide initiative to pray about the coming General Election. These meetings will be at the Regal on Tuesday and Wednesday, starting at 7.30 pm.

There are also separate monthly meetings for men and women. The next ladies' meeting will be an evening of prayer and reflection, date to be announced. In August the church is planning a summer holiday at Sizewell Hall in Suffolk. There may be a few spaces for those from other churches. Contact the number below for details of both these events.

INFO: Don Gee on 01353 864690 or 01353 860885 or go to

Littleport Ely and District Spiritualist (LEADS)

THE service is held at the village hall in Victoria Street on Thursdays. Doors open at 6.40pm for healing which ends at 7.20pm. This is free to all who would like to have healing.

The Divine Service begins at 7.30pm and this week's medium is Diane Smith. There is a raffle for which donated prizes are gratefully accepted and a goodwill gesture collection. There is no charge for entry and we are open to everyone.

The evening is closed with free tea/coffee and light refreshments, and all are welcome to stay and chat.

There is a small charge being made for an Awareness Group which is currently running and also another group for development. Contact details below.

There is no service next week, May 6.

INFO: or 01353 667300



St George's Church

SUNDAY'S service for St George's Day included a baptism taken by the Rev Margaret Harper followed by a bring-and-share lunch with friends from Stretham Church.

Tuesday: 6pm - hymn singing at the church. All welcome.

Sunday: Service of Morning Praise will be led by Rev Margaret Harper.

Baptist Church

SUNDAY: 10.30am - Morning Service with Holy Communion will be led by Rev Glyn Jones.

Friday: 6pm - Girls Brigade.

Tuesday: 10am - Coffee morning. Proceeds to Friends of the Princess of Wales Hospital. All welcome.

There were some new faces on the Wednesday meeting.

The church wants to set up a mixed youth group to be held at the chapel during a weekday evening. If anyone can help with this contact Tudor on 01353 648082 or e-mail

The redecoration of the chapel is imminent. If anyone would be prepared to volunteer their time to help with painting and preparation it would be greatly appreciated.

Any new people to the village and surrounding areas looking for a new spiritual home are welcome to attend the church's coffee mornings or contact Tudor for a chat.


Methodist Church

SERVICES on Sunday were led by Ken Brownat and Rev Edwin Myers.

Friday: 10am-nooon - Coffee Morning at Byways in Barcham Road. Entry �1.50 includes tea or coffee. Cakes and scones available. Free raffle ticket.

Sunday: 10am - Morning Worship led by John Seaman. There is no service at 5pm.

Wednesday: 2.30pm - Circuit Network Rally and Easter Offering Dedication at Berrycroft Methodist Church. Speaker will be Barbara Girling, former District Network president. All welcome.

Saturday: 2pm-4.30pm -Tea Dance at Berrycroft Methodist Hall. Prize Draw.

Admission �2.50 including tea and refreshments.

Phoenix Club

MEMBERS had an outing to Scotsdales Nursery on April 21. Thanks to Jannice for organising this.

Over 60's Club

RUTH Ginn welcomed everyone to the meeting on April 23 which included two new members. The afternoon's entertainment was provided by Dick Hatley and his group from Fordham which provided singing, solos and humorous readings. Ruth thanked them on behalf of the members. The notices were given out, refreshments were served and Vera Seal organised the raffle. The meeting closed with the singing of the club hymn.

Bowls Club

SOHAM Bowls Club opened for the new season on April 25. Non-members interested in the game were invited to go and have a try. Members were on-hand throughout the day to encourage new members.

Forthcoming events include the Tom Isaacson Trophy on May 16, Charity Triples on June 13 and The Barbara Fuller open triples on July 11.

If you missed the open day and are interested in playing bowls contact the secretary Helen on 01353 721768


Over 60's Club

AT the meeting on April 21 members enjoyed a slide show given by Lionel Jackson on Scotland and the Yorkshire Dales. Tea and biscuits were served and a raffle was held.

INFO: Shirley Goode on 01353 648443