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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for June 4 – 10 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


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for June 4 - 10

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; 5.30pm - Evensong.

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Sunday: 8.15am - Holy Communion; 10.30am - Sung Eucharist and Ministry of Healing; 4pm - Festal 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 Peter's Church

THE first meeting of a new Bible Reading Fellowship will be held at St Peter's House, next to the church in Broad Street, today (Thursday) at 7 pm.

On Sunday, the celebrant and preacher at the 9.15am Sung Eucharist will be the Rev Toby Humphreys (Chaplain, King's School).

On Tuesday, the celebrant at the 10am Eucharist will be Canon Nigel Abbott.

Methodist Church

THE Pentecost service at 10.30am was led by Colin Nickless, with prayers of confession, hymns and readings from the New Testament. The minister's address was 'the gift of the Holy Spirit'.

The evening service at 6.30pm was led by the Rev Bernard Arnold. The musician was Sarah Ballard.

Thursday: 12.00-1.30pm - Shoppers' Lunch

Friday: 7.30pm - Wesley Guild Holy Beetie Drive

Sunday: 10.30am - Morning Service with Rev June Mallabon; 6.30pm - Evening Service with Diane Bright. Musicians will be Donald Monk and Alan Bulley.

New Connexions @ High Barns

PENTECOST, the day when the believers were filled with the Holy Spirit, was our topic on Sunday when we asked "are Christians spiritual then?" Thinking about how God sent his Holy Spirit to live in those who believe, to enable and empower us, to give us God's peace, God's love and God's joy. Next week's topic - 'God; the Trilogy in One Volume!'

We meet each Sunday at St Mary's School Theatre, Ely with a caf� style service and for Children's Club. Come and meet us.

INFO: Keith Waters on 01353 612158 or

Countess Church

THE celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples was the most important aspect of last Sunday's service, Pentecost day. This was reflected in the theme of the all age service. Celebration, led by Andy Watson and with Rachael Heffer speaking. The morning service, led by the Rev Gordon Lowman, continued to reflect on the life and message of Jonah, as will next Sunday's service at 10.30am. All welcome.

The Olive Tree

THE Pentecost celebration on Sunday was an entirely unscripted service but everything flowed together in power and joy. The message that came out of it all was that we should "dare to dream" - as St Peter said on the Day of Pentecost, quoting the prophet Joel, the Holy Spirit's coming would lead us to dream dreams and see visions.

Sunday: service at 10.30am includes Holy Communion. The speaker will be the Pastor. Cr�che and Sunday School will be provided.

Friday: Open Door Caf�, from 10am until noon on Friday will offer refreshments and a friendly environment in which to meet others.

All are welcome at these events.

East Cambs Ramblers' Group

A FULL programme of organised walks takes place until October. This friendly group welcomes anyone interested in walking in East Cambs.

Saturday's six-mile walk is Kirtling Green, via Great Bardley, starting at 10am.

INFO: Adrian Perkins on 01353 688463 or Chris Morris on 01353 723150.

Inner Wheel Club of Ely

THE April meeting began at Baird Lodge where the singing group entertained the residents, followed by a cream tea. The club then continued the meeting at the Old Dispensary where Jess Howard, a Guide from Ely, came to talk about her visit to the Guide Jamboree in Iceland last year. The club had donated some money towards this trip and her account and photographs showed what great opportunities were gained from this visit.

Our second speaker of the evening was Paul Quant who talked about how, since retiring, he has given time to residents of Vera James House, Ely by doing things like reading to them, playing cards or simply befriending them and thus helping to improve the quality of their life. His talk encouraged some of club members to follow his example.

Afterwards, the club discussed business items which included the organisation of the Overseas Evening on May 27 at St Mary's Church Hall where money was raised for a Kenyan water purification project. Also two members who had recently been to the Annual Inner Wheel conference at Belfast gave a brief report.


Burwell and District Flower Club

'SUMMER symphony' is the title of Alan Smith's demonstration on Thursday, June 11 at 7.15pm at Burwell Village College. Visitors are welcome.


Parish Church

MORNING Prayer at St Michael and All Angels on Sunday was led by Piers Coutts. The organist was David Catling, the first lesson was read by Michael Richer and the offertory was presented by Lee Howard.

Sunday: Morning Prayer will be held at 9.15am.


Baptist Chapel

SUNDAY'S Pentecost service included Bible readings, prayers and hymns. The offering was taken by Rachel and Daniel. The children's talk was on the power of the Holy Spirit.

Sunday: service will be a family service, commencing 10.45am.

Parish Council

THE annual meeting was held on May 13.

Cllr Julie Parr was re-elected as chairman and Cllr Nick Tindall as vice-chairman to serve for the coming year. Committees, working parties and group representatives were also elected.

The new youth co-ordinator, Viv Merryweather, had met with Cllr Jo Fitzpatrick to discuss the way forward. She will be contacting village groups and a questionnaire will be sent out to youngsters in the parish to gain their views on what they want. The meeting night of the club has been changed from Monday to Wednesday and with funding available it is hoped that a younger group may also be held on the same night.

The annual Blossoms & Bygones event had been well attended by more than 700 people with approximately �2,500 being raised.

A book sale was held at Haddenham Library on blossoms day and volunteers were encouraging visitors to enrol for the Haddenham History Society with archive material available for viewing.

It was agreed that the new Aldreth village sign should be erected outside the Community Centre.

Permission was granted for the Annual Fun Run to be held at Fairchild's Meadows on June 21 at 10.30am. An official opening ceremony of Fairchild's Meadows will follow at 12.15pm.

The council considered a planning application for a 17-year extension to the licence for the Grunty Fen Landfill Site. It was felt that initially a two-year extension should be granted.

INFO: 01353 749919


St George's Church

SATURDAY: The Organ concert featuring Ian Tracey was a tremendous success. The varied and inspiring program was enjoyed by a very full house.

On Sunday, the vicar presided and preached at the 8am Holy Communion and the 10am Parish Eucharist.

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

Sunday: 8am - Holy Communion; 10am - Parish Eucharist with Carol Swain; 6.30pm - The First Sunday Praise led by Norman Sarkies.

Monday: 2.30pm - Daily Prayer.

Tuesday: 12.30pm - Daily Prayer; 1.45pm Pram Service for pre-school toddlers.

Wednesday: 8.30am - Morning Prayers; 9.30am Holy Communion.

Thursday: 8.45am - Morning Prayers.

Friday - 7.30pm Choir Practice; 9pm - Compline.

St John's Methodist Church

PENTECOST: the church's birthday was celebrated at both the morning and evening services. Rev June Mallabon led the morning service, which included the christening of baby Joseph. Chris Hunt read the lesson and Peter Kirby was the pianist. Tony Murfitt led the evening service. Jean Murfitt read the lesson and Pat Hodson was the pianist.

Saturday: there will be a coffee morning, from 9am -11am.

Sunday: Keith Penn will lead the morning service at 10.45am. Rev Christopher Bishop will lead the evening service at 6.30pm, which will include the celebration of Holy Communion.

All welcome to events and services.

The Vine Community Church

NON-denominational Christian church meeting at the Regal on Hempfield Road in Littleport.

Sunday: service at 10.30am is contemporary music worship. Sermon by Pastor Don Gee.

This week is a communion service.

Youth and children's Sunday School is provided during the sermon and cr�che is open from 10.15am.

After the service stay for coffee, tea, and fellowship.

Next week, small groups will be meeting for fellowship and to encourage one another in their designated homes.

INFO: Pastor Don Gee at 01353 860885 or 01638 780457 or visit

The Salvation Army

ALL are invited to join the Salvation Army on Sunday (7) at 11am and 3pm for the installation and welcome of the new officers appointed to ministry in Littleport, Majors Bram and Loraine Holland from Whittlesey. Contact telephone numbers from June1 are 01733 768434 and 07775 755929.


Baptist Church

REV Glynn Jones preached the message on Sunday morning asking the question that was asked at Pentecost in Acts Chapter 2: 'what does this mean'? Marjorie read the lesson.

The church meeting was held on Monday and on Tuesday the Coffee Morning for

the Friends of the Princess of Wales Hospital in Ely. The Girls' Brigade will meet on Friday evening at 6pm. The preacher for next Sunday at 10.30am will be Norman Gulliver.

St George's Church

THE service on Sunday morning to celebrate Pentecost was conducted by the Rev Alan Hume.

Sunday: at 9.30am the preacher will be Scott Eversman.


Methodist Church

SUNDAY morning's worship was led by the Rev Edwin Myers and included the celebration of Holy Communion. There was no evening service

Sunday: worship at 10am will be led by John Gautrey. The evening service will be led by the Rev June Mallabon.

Ann and Sarah Willett held their monthly Coffee Morning at Byways in Barcham Road where more than 20 people enjoyed a time of friendship and fellowship as well coffee or tea and an array of home-made scones, cakes and sausage rolls. Proceeds, which go to Soham Methodist Church, totalled �119.06.

The next coffee morning is on June 26, from10am-midday.


St Andrew's Church

CAROL Taylor led the service for Pentecost.

Sunday: there will be a family service at 10.30am. Holy Communion is celebrated on Tuesdays at 10am. On June 13, a fete will be held at Manor Farm in aid of church funds, starting at 2pm.