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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for April 1 - 7 THURSDAY: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; 10.30am - Chrism Eucharist with the Blessing of Oils and Renewal of Ordination Vows (boys voices)


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for April 1 - 7

THURSDAY: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; 10.30am - Chrism Eucharist with the Blessing of Oils and Renewal of Ordination Vows (boys' voices); 5.30pm - Evensong; 7.30pm - The Liturgy of Maundy Thursday with Sung Eucharist and the Washing of Feet followed by The Watch of the Passion.

Friday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; noon - The Preaching and Proclamation of the Cross with the Liturgy of the Sacrament; 4pm - Easter Garden; 5.30pm - Evensong; 7.30pm - Stations of the Cross.

Saturday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 5.30pm - Evensong with address; 7.30pm - Vigil, Baptism and Confirmation.

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Sunday: 5.30am - Dawn Vigil & First Eucharist of Easter; 8.15am - Holy Communion; 10.30am - Orchestral Festal Eucharist; 4pm - Festal Evensong with Procession.

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

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

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

St Mary's Church

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


St Peter's Church

SERVICES from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday will all be led by Canon Laurie Blanchard.

Maundy Thursday: 7.30pm - Sung Eucharist;

Good Friday: 9.15am - Liturgy of the Passion.

Holy Saturday: 9pm - Vigil with Service of Light.

Easter Sunday: 9.5am - Sung Eucharist.

Tuesday: 10am - Holy Communion with the Rev Peter Parker.

Methodist Church

STEWARDS welcomed the congregation to Sunday's morning service with notices and prayers. The service was led by Celia Summerfield. Hymns were sung and prayers said, then singing by the music group. Readings were made and offerings taken, followed by the closing hymn and the giving out of palm crosses, since it was Palm Sunday. The organist was Pam Austin.

The 6.30pm evening service was a circuit service held at Sutton.

Thursday: noon-1.30pm - Shoppers' Lunch; 2.30pm - Open Fellowship; 6.30pm - Seder meal.

Friday: 10.15am for 10.30am - Walk of Witness from St Mary's Green.

Saturday: 3.00pm - re-opening and re-dedication of Red Lodge.

Easter Sunday: 9.15am - Easter Breakfast; 10.30am - Holy Communion with Rev Barbara Garwood; 6.30pm - Evening Service with Rev June Mallabon. Organists will be Donald Monk and Alan Bulley.

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(Free Church)

THE Palm Sunday service included a discussion on the Biblical text pertaining to the events around Christ's return to Jerusalem. The children's group made Easter cards to give to friends and family, and the pre-school group made palm leaves.

We meet each Sunday at St Mary's School Theatre, High Barns, with a caf�-style service and for the children's groups. Everyone welcome.

INFO: Keith Waters on 01353 612158 or email


Parish Church

CELEBRANT at St Michael and All Angels was Margaret Talbot. The preacher was Stephan Talbot. The organist was David Catling. The first lesson was read by Joyce Briggs and the offertory was presented by Lee Howard.

Good Friday: 9am - Objects of the Cross.

Easter Day: 9.15am - Family Communion.


Baptist Chapel

THE service for Palm Sunday was taken by Rev Jim Mullin. David welcomed everyone and gave out the notices.

Sue spoke to the congregation, asking for help with the Holiday Club. After songs and prayers, Jim spoke to the young people. They sang and this was followed by prayer. Jim spoke about focus and Palm Sunday, followed by more songs, prayers and Bible readings. The theme for Jim's sermon was 'focus on the Holy Week and look to the cross', followed by more prayer and songs. The congregation then said the Grace together.

Home Groups will be on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. There will be a Walk of Faith at 2pm on Friday, with a service in the Baptist Chapel at 2.30pm. A Ladies Meeting will be held at 2.30pm on Wednesday.

Sunday: the service will be taken by the Rev Jim Mullin.


St John's Methodist Church

Good Friday: Walk of Witness starting from YPL, Granby Street followed by a Service at The Vine Community Church at 11am.

Saturday: 9am-noon: Easter Extravaganza Coffee Morning.

Easter Sunday: 10.45am - Morning Service with Rev June Mallabon including Holy Communion; 6.30pm - Evening Celebration Service with Rev Barbara Garwood and

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All welcome at any of our 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 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 and older children enjoy a separate meeting 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 book stall.

Tomorrow, Good Friday, the annual Walk of Witness will take place in Littleport, with members of all the churches joining together to walk through the village, starting at 10am at YPL. The walk will conclude with a short service at the Evangelical Church at 11am.

Sunday: 10.30am - Family Service with Communion will be led by pastor Don Gee.

Saturday (10): 8.30am - Prayer Breakfast.

A residential week at Sizewell is planned for August.

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

Salvation Army

LAST Sunday the 11am service was led by Geoff Porter. The theme of the service was 'rescue'.

The singers had their weekly practice on Tuesday.

On Good Friday the Salvation Army will be joining with the other Littleport churches for the March of Witness, which will culminate at the Evangelical Church for a service at 11am.

There will be two services on Easter Sunday, at 11am and at 3pm. Both will be led by Maureen Caddy. All welcome.

Littleport Ely and District Spiritualist (LEADS)

THE weekly service is open to everyone and entry is free. It is held at the The Village Hall, Victoria Street every Thursday unless stated in the newspaper or on the web site. Doors open at 6.30pm for healing which ends at 7.20pm. This is free to all

who would like to have healing. If requiring healing please arrive early as the healers are very busy and do not wish to disappoint those who are in need. The Divine Service begins at 7.30pm.

This week, medium, Donna Stewart will be in attendance.

The following week, April 8, Dawn Brace returns.

There is a raffle and a goodwill collection, all donations welcomed. Thanks to all who donated over the last few weeks.

The evening is closed with tea/coffee and light refreshments, again for which

there is no charge and all are welcome.

Lion's Club

The Isle of Ely Lions has formed a Littleport branch.

The club currently has 13 members which it hopes to increase in the near future.

The Littleport branch meets once a month at weekends.

Members are holding a table top sale on April 17 at The Regal Community Centre. Doors open at 9am, and the sale will go on until midday. If you are interested in booking a table to sell your items then please contact Donna on 01353 860874, or 07882205117 or email The table fee is �5, which goes to club funds.

INFO: Tony on 01353 777275 or email


St George's Church

SUNDAY'S service of Morning Praise was taken by Rev Margaret Harper with sermon by Tony Harper based on 'Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem'.

On Good Friday we shall be joining the Walk of Witness in Ely, meeting at St Mary's Church at 10.15am.

On Easter Sunday we shall hold the Sunrise' service at 7.30am on Holt Fen. This is a joint service with the Baptist Chapel, led by Pastor Peter Cockerton for about 15-20 minutes. Later, there will be a family service of Holy Communion at 9.30am led by Rev Margaret Harper.

All welcome at all these services for Easter.

Baptist Church

COLIN Cresswell conducted the Palm Sunday service on Sunday Morning with an emphasis on God's wisdom in choosing a donkey for Jesus to ride into Jerusalem.

On Thursday evening at 7pm there will be a service concentrating on the Last Supper. On Sunday morning the sunrise service at 7.30am will be held in Holt Fen. This will be followed at 10.30am with a service in the chapel to be led by Pastor Tudor Parsons.

The Girls' Brigade held an open evening last Friday with games, competitions and a look at the work done each week with the girls.


Methodist Church

SUNDAY'S service was led by Duncan Palmer

The Easter Sunday service at 10am and will be led by Rev Edwin Myers

and includes Holy Communion. No service at 5pm.

On Good Friday, there will be a March of Witness beginning at Budgens at 10am, making its way through the street to the Methodist Church. Tea and hot cross buns will be served. At 4pm there is a Good Friday Service. All welcome.

Ann and Sarah's Coffee morning at Byways in Barcham Road last Friday raised �141 for church funds. Thank you to everyone for your continued help and support.

Flower and Friendship Group

ON March 27 the group held a coffee morning in the Methodists Hall. There was a variety of stalls which included tombola, cakes, silk and fresh flower arrangements, nearly-new, raffle, bric-a-brac and 'guess the name of the bear'. The stalls were manned by Audrey Palmer, Pauline Hitching, Ruth Ginn, Denise Gilbey, Ann Willett and Cindy Steward. Refreshments were served by Janet Beaumont and Glenda Bowman. During the morning a flower demonstration was given by Joy Ames and Wendy Beeton. The completed arrangements were raffled at the end of the morning. Joy and Wendy organised the main raffle. Joy, who organised the event, thanked everyone for their support. The event raised �189 for group funds.

All are welcome at any, or all, of these events.

Salvation Army

THE Soham Salvation Army will be welcoming the Soham Comrades Band for two events in the near future. On Easter Sunday, April 4, the band will be accompanying a songs of praise from 2.30pm in the hall on Bushel Lane.

On Sunday, May 2 the band will also be in attendance for the visit of DC Major David Jackson of Norwich, again from 2.30pm.

Heartbeat Health Walk

ON March 22, 43 walkers joined leaders Liz Gwinnett and David Clarke for the walk of 3.2 miles around Soham. Refreshments were available at The Ship and Saucymegabytes.

Over 60's Club

RUTH Ginn welcomed everyone to the meeting on March 26. John King gave an illustrated talk called 'each side of the bypass'. Ruth gave a vote of thanks and presented John with a gift of an Easter egg. Dianne Wheeling organised the raffle, Peggy Gibbon gave out the notices and the ladies served refreshments. The meeting closed with the singing of the club hymn.



THERE were three tables in play at the dominoes held on March 12 in the social club when Mrs A Houghton was MC. Winners were: J Hines, Mrs M Coulson, Mrs P Martin, Mrs O Newell, F Tall and B Copping. Highest halves: Mrs D Perrin and A Bell; Consolation: Miss G Canham; Draw: Mrs O Newell, F Tall, B Copping and Mrs P Martin.

THERE were four tables in play at the dominoes held on March 19 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: Miss G Canham, F Tall, Mrs O Newell, Mrs A Houghton, Mrs J Hardiment, Mrs D Perrin and B Copping. Highest halves: Mrs M Coulson and Mrs J Crown; Consolation: A Bell; Draw: Mrs M Dewsbery, Mrs O Newell, Mrs M White and Mrs J Crown.


St Peter's Club

ON March 26, the club had its monthly meeting which was an Easter tea with refreshments provided by the committee. A large number of members attended and were joined by members of Little Thetford, Haddenham Over 60's and the Swallowtail club from Wicken. The entertainment was by Ernie Cave and his wife who sang some 'old time' songs. Names were taken for the outing to Ipswich on April 20. There are still a few seats if anyone is interested, the fare is �8, and you can contact me on 01353 740014.