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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for October 2 - 8 THURSDAY: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; midday – Quiet Hour; 12.10 - Holy Communion; 5.30pm – Evensong. Friday: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; midday – Quiet Hour; 2.30pm – We


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for October 2 - 8

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

Friday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; midday - Quiet Hour; 2.30pm - Wedding; 5.30pm - Evensong.

Saturday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; midday - Quiet Hour; 5.30pm - Evensong.

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Sunday: 8.15am - Holy Communion; 10.30am - Sung Eucharist and Ministry of Healing; 3.30pm - Justice Service.

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

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

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

Methodist Church

SUNDAY morning service was led by Simon Wynn, with Bible readings and hymns. The sermon was based on action and authority.

The evening service was led by the Rev June Mallabon.

Thursday: shoppers' lunch - midday till 1pm. Open Fellowship from 2.30pm.

Friday: Guild - Sing for your Supper, 7.30pm.

Sunday: 11am - Rev Barbara Garwood celebrates Holy Communion. 6.30pm - Paul Cobley.

City of Ely Flower Club

AUTUMN Wedding with David Wright at the Needham Hall, City of Ely Community College, Downham Road, from 7.15pm.


THE local group of Quakers (The religious Society of Friends) will be holding meetings for worship in the Cathedral Centre (The Old Library) at 10.30am, from October 5.

Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy the experience of simple peace and quiet in one of these weekly meetings, which last for about an hour.

Countess Freechurch

PASTOR Lowman started the Sunday morning service with a time of praise, worship and songs which appropriately heralded the theme 'back to church Sunday'. His talk to the young children was on 'faith', following which the children went into the hall for their lesson. Pastor Lowman's message to the congregation was based on the Ten Commandments Part I.

Andy Watson led the worship at the evening service.

On Monday evening the men's Bible Study/Prayer Group met at the home of Mike and Julie Freeman.

On Tuesday evening the Adult Alpha Launch Supper was held at Rob and Sue Booth's in Little Downham.

On Wednesday evening the prayer meeting in the hall focused on harvest and people working in the farming community.

Tonight (Thursday) the elders hold their monthly meeting. At 8pm the Sunday School leaders meet at the home of Julian and Helen Atkinson to plan the forthcoming lessons and activities leading up to and including Christmas.

On Friday at 7.30pm the Rock Solid group hold the youth alpha launch in the hall.

Saturday: 7am-8am, a prayer meeting will be held.

Sunday: the church will have a harvest service. The gifts of dried, tinned and packet foods will later be donated to the Lynn Road Hostel, along with the gifts donated at the Fellowship Hour on the previous Wednesday afternoon when Rob Booth led the service and based his message on 'the parable of the saver'.

After the Sunday morning service a Tear Fund lunch will be served in the hall. The Sunday evening service will continue with the study on the Ten Commandments.

St Peter's Church

SUNDAY: 9.15 am - Sung Eucharist for Harvest Festival. Celebrant and preacher will be the Rev Alan Partridge.

Wednesday: 1pm - lunchtime service, followed by bring-and-share lunch at St Peter's House.

St Mary's Church

SERVICES for Sunday.

8am: Holy Communion with preacher Alan Hulme; 10am: All-age Family Service led by Paul Reisbach; 6.30pm: Holy Communion with preacher Jane Hulme.

INFO: 01353 659550.

Olive Tree Fellowship

SUNDAY morning worship had a harvest theme, and was also designed to be comfortable for visitors, as it was Back to Church Sunday. Eric Hallsworth sang a solo song, the Jubilee Gospel Trio sang an item, Addi the Panda also sang a song. The pastor spoke about a parable of Jesus to do with harvest, relating it to the recent experience of a friend who had found church and his Christian faith sidelined in his increasingly busy life. Just before he died, he had found his faith again. There are many for whom church and Christianity have become less important in their lives - a Sunday such as this was a great opportunity to encourage them back into the fold.

Sunday worship: 10.30am and the speaker will be Tim Frost, an elder in the Church. Crèche and Sunday School will be provided as usual.

Friday: from 10am until noon, the Open Door Café will offer a place to unwind and enjoy fresh tea and coffee, and home-made cake.

New Connections @ High Barns

THE launch of NC@HB (meeting at The Theatre, Ely at St Mary's Junior School High Barns) took place on Sunday. Both the Children's Club and the adults looking at 'who is Jesus... ... and who cares anyway'.

This is a church for everyone, whether you've never been to church before, used to go but for whatever reason drifted away, or have just moved into our area. People coming for the first time this week said they loved the relaxed and friendly style and good mix of older and newer music and short talks.

Why not join us next Sunday, absolutely everyone is welcome with the exciting children's club, the honest look at life's big questions for adults, free flowing tea, coffee and cold drinks, and all at a venue near you.

Sunday at 10.30am at The Theatre Ely St Mary's Junior School High Barns. INFO: email: or telephone Keith Waters on 01353 612158 -

The Inner Wheel Club

PRESIDENT Jill Sallis welcomed the Inner Wheel Club of Ely members to her first meeting at The Old Dispensary. She then introduced Naomi Meads, a podiatrist who gave an interesting and precise talk about general footcare. The business meeting followed, and covered various fund-raising events, one of which was a fun evening held at vice-president Betty Flack's house where a pigeon race had been organised and Mary Rone picked the winning pigeon. The money raised on this evening was split between Jill's charity MAPAS and on the forthcoming 60th Charter Dinner. Arrangements were made for the Coffee Morning to be held at the Old Dispensary on Saturday, October 18 with the proceeds going to local charities.

The next meeting is on October 22 at The Old Dispensary, St Mary's Street, Ely when the district chairman will be visiting.


Parish Church

HARVEST Festival at St Michael and All Angels on Sunday was led by the Rev Alan Partridge. The organist was Ruth Denigan. The first lesson was read by Robin Aylott and the offertory was presented by Lee Howard.

Next Sunday's morning prayer will be held at 9.15am.


Baptist Chapel

JIM welcomed everyone to the Sunday service and gave out the notices. The Harvest Supper will be held on Saturday at 6.30pm and the Harvest Thanks-giving service on Sunday. Jim also reported that during the week lead has been stolen from the chapel roof. The musicians for the morning were David, Alan and Bob.

Elizabeth told of her trip to Maeknogpae in Thailand. Jim read 1 Corinthians 30, 1 to 13. We sang and Pauline led the prayers. We prayed for Muriel, Cliff, Joyce, Joy and Pauline's sister-in-law, Shirley. The offering was taken by Josh and Philip. The service closed with prayers.


St George's Church

THE vicar presided and preached at Holy Communion and the special parish Eucharist for harvest. In the evening there was a harvest songs of praise.

Men's Breakfast Club in the Parish Room at 9am on Saturday.

Sunday: The vicar will preside and preach at the 8am Holy Communion and she will also preside at the 10am parish Eucharist, when Carol Swain will deliver the sermon. The First Sunday Praise, at 6.30pm, will be led by the Mother's Union.

Tuesday: 1.45pm - pram service for all pre-school toddlers and their parents/carers.

Wednesday: 9.30am - Holy Communion.

Saturday: 9.30am - coffee morning at St George's.

The Vine Community Church

WE are a lively non-denominational church meeting at the Regal on Hempfield Road in Littleport.

Sunday: Service is at 10:30am with contemporary music worship and the sermon by pastor Don Gee.

This week is a family and communion service. The theme is harvest and the congregation is encouraged to bring symbols of their personal harvest and what God has done for them throughout the year. After the service we will be sharing a pot luck meal. Small groups will be meeting next week in their dedicated homes.

The first real session of our new Alpha Course starts at the Regal on Wednesday, October 8. Food will be provided.

INFO: Contact pastor Don Gee on 01353 860885 or 01638 780457 or visit us at

Littleport Ely And District Spiritualist Church

LEADS would like to say 'thank you' to Jim Lillie for an excellent evening of clairvoyance last Thursday and for all of the messages he delivered giving comfort to the many that attended church.

It was great to see new faces and the return of some who had not been more recently.

A Divine Service is held every Thursday evening at Littleport Village Hall, Main Street Littleport Ely.

Doors open at 6.40am for spiritual healing which takes place until 7.20pm for which there is no charge. This is followed by the service at 7.30pm.

There is no charge for admittance to church and everyone is welcome.

Come and join us with an open mind and to be with like-minded people, sharing light refreshments which are served free at the end of the evening. There is also a raffle for which small donated prizes are always welcomed. Thank you to all who donated prizes last week.

No service for October 9.

Normal divine service resumes on October 16 when we will have as our guest medium, Arthur Wright.

INFO: or contact church president Wendie on 01353 667300.

St John's Methodist Church

SUNDAY morning's service was led by Ian Weatherall. Janice Weatherall read the lesson and Peter Kirby was the pianist. The evening service was united at St George's Parish Church. On October 4, there will be a coffee morning from 9-11am.

Sunday: St John's will be celebrating Harvest Festival and the Rev June Mallabon will take the morning service at 10.45am. Rev Mallabon will also be leading the evening service with New Life at 6.30pm. Everyone welcome to all services and events.


St George's Church

OUR service of morning praise on Sunday was taken by Scott Eversman. Scott will also be on preacher on Sunday at the 9.30am service.

Baptist Chapel

OUR evening service on Sunday was taken by Malcolm Franklin.

Sunday: The preacher at the 6.30pm service will be Cliff Dennis.

Girls Brigade will meet on Friday at 6pm.

Tuesday: there will be a coffee morning in aid of the Princess of Wales Hospital.

At the Worlds biggest coffee morning held at the school last Friday £216 was raised. Many thanks

to all who supported this and gave so generously


Macmillan Coffee Morning

ON Friday, we held a very successful coffee morning at the Soham Bowls Club. This event raised £302 .77 for Macmillan. Susan Taylor, Pat Johnson and Brenda Bridges would like to thank everyone who donated prizes for the tombola and for supporting a worthy cause.

Over 60's Club

RUTH Ginn welcomed everyone to the meeting on Friday, which included a new member. A beetle drive was organised for the afternoon. Refreshments were served and Vera Seal organised the raffle. The meeting closed with the singing of the club hymn.

Soham Methodist Church

WORSHIP on Sunday was led by the Rev Edwin Myers and at the evening service we celebrated harvest festival. The church had been beautifully decorated by the ladies of the Flower and Friendship Group, with flower arrangements and harvest gifts given by members and friends.

On Friday, Ann and Sarah Willett held a coffee morning at Byways in Barcham Road, and raised £53 for the renovation and restoration fund.

On Tuesday a harvest supper and auction of produce was held.

Wednesday: prayer meeting will be held in the vestibule at 10.30am. This is open to anyone who would like to join us for a short time of prayer and will be led by the Rev Edwin Myers

Saturday: A tea dance is being held at The Pavilion on the Recreation Ground, from 2pm - 5pm. Prize draw. Admission £2.50. Everyone welcome.


Domino League

THE league's AGM will be held at Stretham Bowls Club on October 14 at 8pm. All present and new teams are welcome to attend.


St Andrew's Church

THE celebrant on Sunday was the Rev Teresa Dixon and preacher Carol Taylor. Canon Brampton led Evensong. On Wednesday, the Bishop of Huntingdon licensed Canon Fiona Brampton as priest-in-charge and the Rev Pamela Abraham as assistant curate in the parishes of Witchford, Wentworth, Haddenham and Wilburton. On Tuesdays, there is Holy Communion at 10am and on the first Wednesday in the month Toddler Praise service at 2 pm. The Baby Café will meet at 9.30am in the hall on Friday.

Sunday: Harvest thanks-giving family service at 10.30am.

Baptist Church

ON Sunday the harvest thanks-giving service was held and Liz Herrington from Willingham Baptist Church was the speaker. The produce was donated to the Sue Ryder Care Home in Ely.

Sunday: service is at 10.30am and will be conducted by Colin Cresswell from Isleham. All welcome.