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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for October 9 - 15 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; 5.30pm – E


Ely Cathedral

SERVICES for October 9 - 15

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; 5.30pm - Evensong.

Saturday: 7.40am - Morning Prayer; 8.00am - Holy Communion; 12.30pm - Walsingham Cell Mass; 5.30pm - Evensong.

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Sunday: 8.15am - Holy Communion; 10.30am - Harvest Festival Sung Eucharist; 4.00pm - Harvest Songs of Praise and Civic 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.

Countess Free Church

THE annual Harvest Festival was held on Sunday morning when celebration, praise and worship hymns were sung in appreciation of this year's harvest. During the service slides and information relevant to the Tear Fund's worldwide work amongst the poor people were shown and spoken about. Holy Communion was celebrated.

After the service a Tear Fund lunch was held in the hall. A collection was held and the money raised will be sent to Tear Fund's mission and used to help people in need. The Harvest Festival goods were given to the Lynn Road Hostel for women.

In the evening Pastor Lowman spoke on the Ten Commandments. Laine Lomax led the worship which was a time of praising the Lord, readings from the Bible and a time or prayer.

Throughout the week, Pastor Lowman will take the daily assembly at the City of Ely Community College at 2.40pm and give messages relevant to the young people in the world they live in today.

On Tuesday evening, the Alpha Course will continue at the home of Rob and Sue Booth.

On Wednesday afternoon, Terry Day will be the speaker at the Fellowship Hour.

The house groups met during the week to have a time of prayer, praise and Bible study on the Ten Commandments.

Saturday morning from 7am-8am the elders meet for prayers. In the afternoon the bowls group meet for their fortnightly session.

Rob Booth will be the speaker at Sunday morning's service. The pastor will give the message at the evening service.

A warm welcome to anyone who wishes to attend Sunday services and the fortnightly Fellowship Hour on Wednesday afternoon.

St Mary's Church

SERVICES for Sunday:

8am - Holy Communion with preacher Alan Hulme; 10.30am - Family Communion with preacher Alan Hulme; 6.30pm - reflective service led by Ruth Dennigan.

INFO: church office on 01353 659550.

New Connexions @ High Barns (Free Church)

THIS week NC@HB had a good time answering the question 'good people go to heaven anyway... ...don't they'?

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.

We have a good time each week, and at the mid-week group on a Wednesday.

Why not come along 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.

Sundays at 10.30am at St Mary's Junior School in High Barns.

INFO: Keith Waters on 01353 612158 or email:

Olive Tree Fellowship

ON Sunday, we joined with Christians around the world in a day of prayer for the peace of Jerusalem. We were then challenged to look after our church family here in Ely. Lastly, Tim Frost, an elder of the church, encouraged us to rely on God's anointing rather than our own strength.

Church on Tuesday provided an opportunity to get together, praise, share stories of what God has done for us and look at the topic of Holy Communion in an intimate and informal setting.

Sunday worship: 10.30am the speaker will be Patrick Brandon, the pastor. Crèche and Sunday School will be provided as usual.

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

Ely Quakers

QUAKERS meeting in Ely at their new Sunday venue, the Cathedral Centre, held a stimulating discussion on how contemporary human behaviour and understanding relates to the concept of original sin as outlined in the Hebrew Bible. Anyone intrigued by modern Quaker thinking and activities and wanting to know more is invited to come to any Sunday meeting, all of which begin at 10.30am.


Parish Church

MORNING Prayer at St Michael and All Angels on Sunday was led by Piers Coutts. The organist was Margaret Haynes and the first lesson was read by Joyce Briggs. The offertory was presented by Lee Howard.

Sunday: sung Eucharist at 9.15am.


Baptist Chapel

SUNDAY morning's service was a family service for harvest festival. David gave out the notices. Gareth spoke about Gift Aid. Elizabeth, Bob and David were the musicians. Happy Birthday was sung to Arleen. Jim welcomed everyone and thanked those who helped with the harvest supper. We then prayed together, followed by a video by Daniel, Rachel, Philip, Nathaniel and Gabriel concerning 'modern day good Samaritans'. The young people took gifts to the front for harvest. Jim gave a prayer of thanks. He also prayed for the members of the congregation who were feeling better and the people of Bangladesh Baptist Ministry. Gabriel and Daniel took up the offering, followed by a video made by Josh. Joy read a poem.

Jim read from Matthew 25. The service closed with prayer. Next Sunday's service will be taken by the Rev Jim Mullin, followed by Holy Communion.


Littleport and District Spiritualist Church

LEADS would like to say 'thank you' to Joan Storey and Ian for the evening of mediumship they gave while serving our church last Thursday and for the messages they delivered bringing comfort and laughter to those who attended church last week.

It was great to see new faces and the return of some who had not attended recently. Welcome to all.

A Divine Service is held on Thursday evenings at Littleport Village Hall in Main Street. Doors open at 6.40pm for spiritual healing, which takes place until 7.20pm for which there is no charge. This is followed by the service at 7.30pm.

Sadly we are unable to hold our service this week, but we return to normal next week, October 16, when we have the return of guest medium Arthur Wright. There is no charge for admittance to church and everyone is welcome.

Please feel welcome to join us with an open mind and to be with like minded people, sharing light refreshments which are served free and a chat amongst yourselves to bring the gathering to a happy ending for the evening.

It has been very encouraging to see younger people joining us and their return to church has been very welcome.

There is now an awareness course, which will run monthly on a Monday evening and for those interested in this, numbers are limited but please do contact Wendie on the number below. For anyone interested in a day time course this could also be a possibility.

There is also a raffle for which small donated prizes are always welcomed. Thank you to all who donated prizes last week.

Guest Medium for the following Thursday, October 23 will be Jenny Gomes. Jenny has not served our church before and comes highly recommended.

INFO: mjgoodall/lead-spirit.htm.

Alternatively contact Wendie on 01353 667300.

Salvation Army

THIS year is the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War. On Sunday, November 9, in a meeting at 3pm, we will remember four members of the Littleport Salvation Army Band who gave their lives between 1914 and 1918. These are:

band secretary Horace Johnson of Wisbech Road, who was killed in March 1916 in France;

bandsmen Richard Nicholas of Sandall and James Sallis of City Road, both killed on June 1 1916 in France;

bandsman Isaac Coates of Victoria Street who died in Bagdad Hospital in the Middle East on November 17 1918 having been involved in the fighting against Turkish forces.

We would welcome members of their families to join us on this occasion and would be grateful for any photographs or information that can be shared with us.

INFO: contact Major John Boyd at 60 City Road, Littleport, phone 01353 862851 email

St John's Methodist Church

LAST Sunday St John's celebrated Harvest Festival and the Rev June Mallabon led the morning service. Yvonne Peacock read the lesson and Peter Kirby was the pianist. The ladies of the church provided beautiful decorations. During the service, an Aquabox - a gift of clean water and a gift of life that was purchased from the Rotary Club of Wirksworth and filled with items for humanitarian and emergency relief by member s of the church - was dedicated. Members of the congregation also bought harvest gifts.

Rev Mallabon led the evening service with New Life. This was a service of songs, hymns, poems and Bible readings. Chris Hunt and Pam Sole read the lessons. During the service the St John's singers sang to items. Rev Mallabon and John Heaps read a poem.

On Monday, the Harvest Supper was held and a delicious meal was served by the catering committee.

Saturday: prayer meeting in the vestry.

Sunday: Simon Wynn will lead the morning worship at 10.45am and Rev Mallabon will lead the evening service when St George's congregation will join in at 6.30pm.

Everyone welcome to join in services and events.

Vine Community Church

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

Last Sunday's theme was harvest and the congregation brought symbols of their personal harvest and what God has done for them throughout the year. On display was anything from an almost finished novel, a builder's tools, pictures of family and friends, Christian outreach in India, and much more.

Sunday: service will be at 10:30am with contemporary music worship and the sermon by pastor Don Gee.

After the service, we welcome you to stay for coffee, tea, and fellowship.

Men's Group is meeting on Thursday at 7:30 pm to go bowling.

We will have our second session of our new Alpha Course at the Regal on Wednesday, October 15. Food will be provided.

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


Baptist Chapel.

OUR evening service was taken by Cliff Dennis.

Sunday service: we have a United Service at 9.45am when our friends from St George's will join us; the preacher will be Susan Greene. Then we will have our usual evening service at 6.30pm. Girl's Brigade will meet at 6pm on Friday.

St George's Church.

OUR service of Morning Praise was led by Scott Eversman with a very inspired sermon on the Prodigal Son with much food for thought.

Sunday service: we join our friends at the Baptist Chapel for a United Family Service.

On Saturday we have a table-top and jumble sale at the village hall, from 9am till 1pm.


Heartbeat Health Walk

ON September 29, 30 walkers, plus the three leaders, met at the church for the weekly walk. Led by Liz Gwinnett with David Clarke and Laurie Budd at the back, the walkers enjoyed a walk of about 2.6 mile walk over the commons and along the river.

Over 60's Club

ON September 29, members and friends of the club enjoyed a Diamond Jubilee Celebration lunch in the Pavilion. Ruth Ginn welcomed everyone and said grace. Everyone enjoyed an excellent four course lunch with wine or orange juice provided by John's Caterers. This was followed by anniversary cake, tea or coffee. Ruth gave a short talk about the club which was founded in 1948 to continue the community spirit that had prevailed in World War Two. Founder members included Jack Ennion, the chairman, treasurer and parish councillors Sid Lines and Florence Mann. Ruth thanked John's Caterers and his staff on behalf of everyone. There was a large raffle and thanks go to everyone who donated prizes. The afternoon's entertainment was provided by Johnny Neal and Pam Bailey with a selection of music for dancing and a sing-along. Ruth thanked them on behalf of everyone.

Harvest Meeting

ON Friday, Ruth welcomed members and guests to the harvest meeting. The service was led by the Rev Tim Alban-Jones from St Andrew's Church. Prayers were offered by the baptism minister Colin Stringer who was also the pianist for the hymn singing. Readings were given by John Booth of the Salvation Army, Prim Audus and George Ginn. A short sermon was given by Methodists minister Edwin Myers. The service was brought to a close with prayer. Ruth thanked them for coming on behalf of the members. A collection was made and a £100 was presented to Nicky and Becky from the Milton Children's Hospice. Peggy Gibbon gave out the announcements and Diane Wheeling organised the raffle. Refreshments were served and the meeting was brought to a close with the singing of the club hymn.

Methodists News

Harvest Supper

ON Tuesday, September 30, the Rev Edwin Myers welcomed everyone to the Harvest Supper prepared and served by the committee. During the break before the auction of the harvest produce Yvonne Long, Gwen Bridgeman and Arlene King entertained with songs and readings, they were accompanied on the organ by Jim Ames. The auction followed with Jim as the auctioneer raising money for the Methodist Refurbishment Fund. The Rev Myers thanked the ladies for all their hard work providing the supper and everyone who attended.


Over 60's Club

THIRTY one members enjoyed a pleasant afternoon in the church hall on October 1.

Alaster Rayner talked about training dogs for the disabled. Teas were served by Margaret Barber, Joan Bristow and Joan Quinsee. Birthday greetings were sung for Mary Cornwell and Doug Bidwell. Potatoes were auctioned with proceeds going to the club funds. A raffle was held.

The meeting closed with the club hymn.


St Andrew's Church

Flower and Craft Festival

THE festival is being held this weekend and will be open from 11am-5pm on Saturday and from midday till 5pm on Sunday. The flower theme is 'children's rhymes and poems'. There will be an exhibition and sale of arts and crafts, refreshments and cakes. If you can help with flowers or stewarding, contact Chris Stephens on 01353 778926 or Barbara Self on 01353 777192.

The 250 Club

THE club raises much-needed funds to restore the church. In September, the £30 prize was won by Mrs M Leggett of Oates Lane, Sutton.

Autumn Fayre

MANY thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the fayre on September 13, to both stall holders and visitors. Around £800 was raised for church funds.

Women's Institute

SUTTON WI meets at Scott Community Room, Pound Lane at 7.30pm on the second Thursday of the month. New members very welcome.

Garden Club

LAST month the club was entertained by Bill Morris with his talk entitled 'fellow travellers in the greenhouse and surrounding areas' which looked at the various insects and animals which live in gardens. Mr Morris showed how they can be divided up into friends and enemies and discussed means of organic pest control. After question time, Mr Morris was thanked by chairman John Groves.

Conservation Society

THE first winter meeting included a talk on ancient trees by the Woodland Trust.

The next meeting will be on October 16 in the Pavilion at 8pm, with an illustrated talk on desert life by Liz Hawkins.

The next field trip will be on October 12, from 9.30am to 12.30pm, at Lyndford Arboretum.

The working parties require more helpers as there will be a lot of grasses, brambles and nettles to clear in November and December. The group will be concentrating on the churchyard on November 1 and 8 at 10am. The group will meet at 10am on the Recreation Ground on October 18 to plant more trees.



THERE were four tables in play at the dominoes held on September 26 in the social club when A Reed was MC. Winners were: Mrs A Houghton, Mrs J Hardiment, F Tall, Mrs E Tillyard, A Bell and Mrs P Brand; highest halves: Mrs N Bean and Mrs S Saberton; consolation: Mrs O Goodjohn; draw: Miss M Murfitt, Mrs B Norman, A Bell, Mrs L Dewsbery and Mrs E Tillyard.

Whist Drive

THERE were four tables in play at the whist drive held on September 29 in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: F Tall, Mrs D Perrin, R Saberton, Mrs B Synejko, A Bell, N Synejko and K Cornwell; highest halves: Mrs E Sizer and Mrs M Dewsbery; most tens: Mrs A Houghton; consolation: Mrs L Dewsbery; Draw: A Bell, Mrs P Jordan, Mrs I Butcher, Mrs D Perrin, Mrs L Dewsbery and Mrs A Houghton.


Baptist Church

THE speaker at last week's Sunday service was Colin Cresswell from Isleham.

Sunday: the service at 10.30am will be taken by Andrew Dalwood from Burwell Baptist Church.

A warm welcome to all.


Baptist Church

LAST Sunday the Harvest Thanksgiving service was held, and Liz Herrington from Willingham Baptist Church was the speaker. The produce was donated to Sue Ryder Care in Ely.

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