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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for April 30 – May 4 THURSDAY: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; midday – Quiet Hour; 12.10pm – Holy Communion; 5.30pm – Evensong. Friday: 7.40am – Morning Prayer; 8am – Holy Communion; midday – Quiet Hour; 5.30pm


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for April 30 - May 4

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

Friday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8am - Holy Communion; midday - Quiet Hour; 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; 4.00pm - Evensong.

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

NOTICES and prayers were said by the stewards before the Sunday morning service led by Rev June Mallabon, with Holy Communion. Readings were taken from the New Testament. Offerings were taken and five hymns were sung, followed by the Lord's Prayer. The evening service at 6.30pm was led by Rev Barbara Garwood.

Thursday: noon-1pm - Shoppers' Lunch.

St Mary's Church

SUNDAY: 8am - Holy Communion with preacher Alan Hulme; 10.30am - All Age Worship; 6.30pm - Holy Communion with preacher David Noble.

St Peter's Church

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

Tuesday: 10am - Holy Communion with the Rev Peter Parker; 10.30am - coffee morning in St Peter's House for Water Aid.

Countess Church

JOHN Baldock spoke on Sunday morning about resurrection people and a resurrection church, focusing on the new life which Jesus gave through his death and resurrection. Louise Lomax led worship. More than 70 people came to the fourth Messy Church, families learning together through activity, worship led by Rachael Heffer and the MC band, and enjoying a meal together. In the evening the service was led by the Rev Gordon Lowman.

Sunday: we welcome everybody to our 10.30am and 6.30pm services.

New Connexions @ High Barns (Free Church)

CONTINUING the series 'So do you really believe that?' Keith Waters spoke about our choice between our will and God's will (which brings life in all its fullness).

Children's Club tackled this question by looking at the story of Adam and Eve.

All welcome to join in at 10.30am each Sunday in the Theatre at St Mary's Junior School, High Barns (in an informal atmosphere).

INFO: Keith Waters on 01353 612158 or e:

The Olive Tree

SUNDAY morning worship was marked by a sense of wonder that our God welcomes us into his presence as we worshiped him. This was reflected in songs, Scripture readings, prayers and prophetic words. The pastor spoke on covenant and communion, helping us to prepare to receive Holy Communion after he had taught about it, with an emphasis on the call to holiness.

Sunday: 10.30 am - the pastor will speak on repentance - what it is and why it is needed. Cr�che and Sunday School will be provided.

Friday: 10am -noon - Open Door Caf� will offer a warm and welcoming setting in which to enjoy refreshments in good company.

Isle of Ely Philatelic Society

THE final speaker invited to celebrate the society's silver jubilee year is Margaret Morris from Glasgow, who will display her outstanding collection of Greenland stamps on May 7.

The club's AGM will be held on June 4 and the anniversary dinner on June 6.

The society meets in the library of the City of Ely Community College, Downham Road, Ely, starting promptly at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome to attend the meetings.

INFO: Chris on 01354 659358.

Ely City WI

THE April meeting took place later than usual because of the Easter holiday. It began with the singing of Jerusalem followed by the business of the month. Birthday cards and gifts were presented to Marjory, Patricia, Sheila, Rita, Ellen and Helena.

The speaker for the evening was the Right Rev Peter Dawes who began by telling the members why he decided to be ordained. They then heard how he progressed from being vicar, to Archdeacon and finally to bishop of Derby. The bishop was thanked by Virginia.

Sheila Friend-Smith, the mayor of Ely, then arrived and was presented with a cheque towards her charity, money for which was raised by holding a coffee morning earlier in the year.

Next month's meeting will be on May 11 at The Old Dispensary in St Mary's Street where visitors will be most welcome.


Parish Church

CELEBRANT and preacher at St Michael and All Angels on Sunday was led by Jane Hulme. The first lesson was read by Joyce Briggs and the offertory was presented by Lee and Kelly Howard.

Sunday: morning prayer will be held at 9.15am.


Baptist Chapel

ON Sunday Jim welcomed everyone and gave out the notices. He spoke to the children about problems, followed by singing and prayers. He showed a video which Ben had made concerning spring harvest. He then spoke to the children about John Knox. David spoke about his time at spring harvest and how Ben and Josh became Christians. Jim read from Psalm 139 and Amos 2. The theme for his sermon was 'God and the credit crunch'. The service closed with a hymn and prayer.

Sunday: family service with the puppets.

Methodist Church

THE service on Sunday was taken by Rev Richard Prior of Chatteris.

On Wednesday (May 6) there will be a special event for the area when the Easter offerings will be dedicated and the speaker will be Ruth Arnold of Ely. A collection of used/spare garden and woodworking tools together with surplus sewing equipment will be made for countries needing help abroad. Bring some tools and come and enjoy Methodist Fellowship - including tea and chat after the service.


St John's Methodist Church

LAST Sunday St John's joined in a united service at Pymoor Methodist Church when the preacher was Rev Geoffrey Revett who was a previous Minister in the old Ely circuit. This was followed by a faith lunch. On Sunday evening, a circuit service was held with New Life at Ely Methodist Church.

Saturday: 9am-11am - Coffee Morning in the schoolroom.

Sunday: 10.45am - the morning service will be a celebration of the church's anniversary, with Rev June Mallabon; 6.30pm - evening service with Rev June Mallabon.

Everyone welcome to join in services and events.

St George's Church

THE Annual PCM was held on April 20. Two church wardens were appointed, 12 PCC members were elected and a new Electoral Roll Officer.

Sunday: The vicar presided and preached at the 8am Holy Communion. She also officiated at the 10am Family Service when two children were received into the church. Carol Swain delivered the sermon at the 10am service. The vicar preached at the 6.30pm Evensong for St George.

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

Sunday: Holy Communion; 10am Parish Eucharist. The vicar will preside and preach at both services; 5pm - a celebration tea will be held in the Parish Room, in honour of 10 years' service as licensed lay ministers, by Jane and Carol. Following the tea, Jane and Carol will lead the First Sunday Praise at 6.30pm.

Monday: 12.30pm - Daily Prayer.

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

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

Thursday: 8.45am - Morning Prayer.

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

FUTURE EVENTS; There are still some tickets for the Organ Concert on Saturday May 30 at 7.30pm. The organist will be Ian Tracey (Liverpool Cathedral). Tickets are �5, and are available from Adam's shop or St George's Church.

The Salvation Army

CAPTAINS Richard and Sandra Welch, who have served in Africa, led last Sunday's meeting. The meeting at 11am this Sunday will be led by Brenda Rudderham. On Saturday May 9, Major John Boyd will retire after 45 years service, mostly in the Salvation Army's social services. A meeting at 3pm, followed by a buffet tea will be will be conducted by Lt-Colonels Peter and Sylvia Dalziel at the Vine Church and Community Centre at The Regal, Hempfield Road. Peter and Sylvia, founder members of the 1960s Christian rock group, The Joystrings, will lead meetings at the City Road Hall at 11am and 3pm on Sunday, May 10. All are welcome.

INFO: Tel: 01353 862851 or email:


St George's Church

THE Sunday Service of Morning Praise was taken by Scott Eversman who gave an inspiring and thought-provoking sermon on the 'locked room' with the disciples and the great relevance to us still today.

This Sunday the service at 9.30am will be led by David Noble.

Baptist Chapel

THE service at 10.30am was led by Tudor Parsons who preached on the theme of 'Jesus walking on the water'.

Sunday: at 10.30am the preacher will also be Tudor Parsons.

Girl's Brigade meet at 6pm on Friday.


Methodist Church

MORNING worship on Sunday was led by Rev Edwin Myers and included the celebration of Holy Communion. In the evening we joined a 'circuit celebration' at Ely Methodist Church at 6.30 pm.

The preacher on Sunday will be Les Ball from Soham Baptist Church.

There is no evening service.

The next Prayer Meeting will be held on May 6 in the Vestibule at 10.30 am. All are welcome.

Ann and Sarah Willett held their monthly Coffee Morning last Friday and raised �132.20 for Soham Methodist Church funds.

Saturday: 2pm-5pm - Tea Dance at the Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Soham. Prize draw. Admission is �2.50 including refreshments.



THERE were four tables in play at the dominoes held on April 17 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: Mrs M Dewsbery, Mrs M White, Mrs G Faux, A Bell, B Copping, Mrs D Perrin and F Tall. Highest Halves: Mrs M Coulson and Miss M Murfitt; Consolation: J Hines; Draw: Mrs B Norman, B Copping, Mrs M Dewsbery and Mrs P Martin.


St Peters Club

THE first outing of the year took place on April 21 when club members and friends visited Norwich.

On April 24 the members met for an afternoon. There was a quiz and names were taken for the next outing, which is on May 19, a trip to Melton Mowbray. Tea and biscuits were served.

The next club meeting, which is tea and entertainment by Trevor Jones, will be on May 29.