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ELY Ely Cathedral SERVICES for November 6 - 12 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 November 6 - 12

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 and installation of Bedesman.

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 - Service of Remembrance; noon - Holy Communion; 4pm - 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.

Isle of Ely Philatelic Society

THE society welcomes Jeffery Matthews MBE, the celebrated British stamp designer, as the speaker at its meeting tonight (November 6) at the City of Ely Community College, from 7pm. Visitors welcome.

INFO: Contact 01354 659358.

Methodist Church

PRAYERS and notices were said before the morning service at 11am, led by john Seaman. A hymn was sung, followed by The Lord's Prayer. Six other hymns were sung. The first and second readings were from the New Testament. The minister's sermon was based on 'what does faith mean'? Offerings were taken. The closing hymn was followed by the blessing. Coffee was served.

The evening service at 6.30pm was led by the Rev Christopher Bishop. The All Souls service included lighting a candle in remembrance of a loved one. The musicians were Pam Austin and Donald Monk.

Thursday: Shopper's lunch - midday-1pm.

Sunday: Remembrance Service led by the Rev Barbara Garwood; 6.30pm - evening service led by Terry Day.

Countess Free Church

ANDY Watson, the music group and singers started the Sunday morning service with a time of worship and praise songs before the 10.30am main service. Worship continued up to the children's talk when Andy spoke to them about obeying God. The children then went into their individual classes for more teaching. Pastor Lowman's message in the main service was based on God is refuge. Holy Communion was celebrated. The evening service began with Laurie Lomax leading the worship session. Pastor Lowman gave the message on 'lessons from the tabernacle'.

On Wednesday afternoon, pastor David Hall spoke at the Fellowship Hour.

The Housegroups met throughout the week for prayer, Bible study and fellowship.

Tomorrow (Friday) evening the CTIE Forum will meet at the Olive Tree Church for a time of prayer and discussion on the forthcoming nativity taking place when the Christmas lights are switched on in Ely.

On Remembrance Sunday, two minutes' silence will be observed at 11am. Pastor Lowman will continue the study on 'lessons from the tabernacle'.

St Peter's Church

Sunday: the celebrant and preacher at the 9.15am Eucharist will be the Rev Reg Macklin.

Wednesday: lunchtime service at 1 pm.

St Mary's Church

Sunday: 8am - Holy Communion; 10.30am Family Communion; 6.30pm Reflective Service.

INFO: or telephone 01353 659550.

The Olive Tree Fellowship

THE speaker at Sunday morning's worship was Kathie Davis-Bater, who spoke on Nehemiah.

Sunday: worship at 10.30am, including Holy Communion. The pastor will bring the final talk in the series on elementary principles as listed in Hebrews chapter six - eternal judgment. The service will also mark Remembrance Sunday. Crèche and Sunday School will be provided.

Friday: from 10am until noon, the Open Door Café offers a welcome and refreshments. A similar opportunity will be offered on Saturday, following the fireworks in Cherry Hill Park. If you are on the way home after the fireworks, and you are cold and thirsty, do drop in! All are welcome at these events.

New Connexions @ High Barns (Free Church)

WE'VE been looking at some tricky stuff over the past six weeks, but this week we had a look at the Bible (not a bad idea for a church!), we asked ourselves whether it was just a load of old worthless junk, or if it might still be relevant in the 21st Century, and then we gave the Bible itself a bit of an interrogation, we had lots of good questions and interesting answers, and will look at it some more when we meet on Wednesday for our midweek group.

If you're one of those people who regularly read through the Community Life section in the Ely Standard and wonder about going along to a church, why not give us a try, we're a bunch of what passes for ordinary people, there is no pressure, we're a new church, with a mixture of ages and backgrounds, we have a traditional belief in Christianity, but a slightly less traditional way of doing things, you'd certainly recognise it as church, but you wont feel out of place, we use video and a mixture of older and newer music, alongside prayer, an honest look at life and where faith fits in, and of course plenty of tea and coffee throughout, as well as opportunity to chat. The Children's Club is open to all children, whether parents want to come or not, it's run by a trained children's worker.

Next week, to tie in with Remembrance Sunday, we will be looking at How Can A Loving God Allow Suffering? - We'll also be introducing communion.

So that's every Sunday at 10.30am at The Theatre at Ely St Mary's Junior School in High Barns - call or email Keith Waters if you want to know more - 01353 612158 or


Parish Church

MORNING Prayer at St Michael and All Angels on Sunday was led by Piers Coutts. The organist was Margaret Haynes who also read the first lesson. The offertory was presented by Michael Richer.

This Sunday Sung Eucharist is at 9.15am.


Baptist Chapel

A FAMILY service was held on Sunday morning. David gave out the notices and the musicians were David, Alan and Eddie. Josh, Philip and Gabrielle sang. Ilene spoke to the children. Josh, Gabrielle, Philip and Jim sang with the puppets and this was followed by prayers with responses. Philip and Gabrielle took up the offering. Jim and Faith Rocks gave a sketch about the prediction of the birth of Jesus, followed by songs and prayers. We then listened to a story, with responses. The service ended with Mary's prayer.

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


St George's Church

ON Sunday, the vicar presided and preached at the 8am Holy Communion and presided at the 10am Parish Eucharist where the sermon was delivered by Carol Swain. At 6.30pm, a special All Souls' Eucharist was held to remember friends and relatives who have passed away.

Sunday: The vicar will preside and preach at the 8am Holy Communion and then preside at the Remembrance Sunday Service at 10.45am, when the preacher will be John Marshall.

Monday till Friday: There will be an Evening Prayer Service at 5pm.

Tuesday: (November 11) Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial at 11am. 1.45pm; pram service for all pre-school toddlers and their parents/carers.

Saturday, November 15: organ concert to celebrate the vicar's birthday. Come and help to make the event special. Organists will be Iain Harvey and Dr Peter Luck.

November 19: Quiz and chips at the church.

Littleport Ely And District Spiritualist Church

LEADS would like to welcome all to our divine service on Thursday (Nov 6) when we have Nikki Gunn as our visiting medium for the evening.

Nikki is new to our church and there are good reports of her mediumship.

We hold a divine service on Thursdays at Littleport Village Hall in Main Street.

Doors open for spiritual healing at 6.40pm and this continues until 7.20pm. There is no charge for this.

Following the divine service, which starts at 7.30pm. At the end of the evening, there is a raffle for which small donations are gratefully accepted and again, thank you to those who donated prizes last week. This is followed by light refreshments served free and gives you chance to stay behind and socialise, making new friends with like-minded people. Please come along with an open mind and be assured of a warm welcome.

The following week, November 13, we have visiting medium, Jacqueline Lesley.

INFO: For further details please see our web page:

Alternatively, contact Wendie on: 01353667300.

The Vine Community Church

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

Sunday: Remembrance Day service at St George's Anglian Church. On Sunday evening we will meet for an hour of music and worship at The Regal at 6pm.

We will have our sixth session of the Alpha Course at The Regal at 7.30pm on Wednesday, November 12. Dinner is provided.

INFO: pastor Don Gee on 01353 860885 or 01638 780457 or


St John's Methodist Church

JOHN Gautrey led the morning worship. The pianist was Pat Hodson. The Rev Sheila MacInally from Newmarket led the evening service with Pat Hodson again the pianist.

Sunday: Terry Day will lead the Remembrance Service at 9.30am.

The St John's Christmas Fair will be held on November 29 from 10am till noon.

All welcome at services and events.


Methodist Church

ON Sunday, morning worship at 10am included Holy Communion, and was led by our superintendant minister the Rev Barbara Garwood. There was no evening service.

On Friday, Ann and Sarah Willett held another successful coffee morning at Byways in Barcham Road, Soham and raised £80 for the Soham Methodist Church Property and Development Fund.

And on Saturday evening, the church was full for our now popular Songs of Praise led by Ivan Cox; Jim Ames was organist.

Guests Lesley and John Watchorn, Glenda Griffiths, the Revd Sheila MacInally, Roz and Chris Morris, Julie Day, Sheila Rayner, David Middleton and Tony Murfitt all chose their favourite hymn and told us why they had chosen their hymn. Everyone then joined in singing the hymns. At the end, refreshments were served and there was a bring-and-buy stall.

£340.50 was raised for the Soham Methodist Church Property and Development Fund. Thank you to all who supported us and took part and to all the ladies for their hard work.

Tuesday (Nov 11): we have a mid-week worship held in the schoolroom at 7.30am. This will be led by the Rev Edwin Myers and all are welcome.

Sunday: Morning worship at 10am will be led by Colin Nickless; at 2.30pm, the Remembrance Service will be held at St Andrews Parish Church. This is preceded by the laying of wreaths at the War Memorial.


Garden Club

OUR speaker for this month was Tony Arnold who is head gardener at Newham College in Cambridge. After question time, Mr Arnold was thanked by our chairman John Groves. On next meeting is on Wednesday, November 12 at 7.45pm in the Brooklands Centre in the village hall when we welcome the return of Alan Moores with a talk entitled 'green in the Pyrenees'. Non members are welcome to come along. The entry fee is £2, which includes tea and biscuits after the talk.


WE can offer friendship and fun at our meetings, which takes place at Scott Court in the community room at 7.30pm on the second Thursday of the month. Our meetings include speakers, competitions and raffles and then a social half-hour and refreshments. We have outings and a Christmas party. Through our HQ, we attempt to influence politicians and their policies.

INFO: telephone Sylvia on 01353 775062 or Vanessa on 01353 777397.

At the October meeting, Sylvia Hayler welcomed members and visitor Mavis Middleton; she then introduced our speaker Jill Sallis who gave an interesting history of scrabble. Sylvia gave the vote of thanks and Jill judged our competition, which was won by Glenice Evans. China plates were presented to Rosemary Higgs and Sylvia Hayler for competition points.

Conservation Society

The weather was perfect for the field trip to Lynford Arboretum October 12 and the trees looked magnificent. The next field trip will be Waresley Woods on November 22 at 10am. A working party will be clearing the old churchyard on Saturday. Meet at 10am. The AGM will be on November 20.



THERE were three tables in play at the dominoes on Friday night in the social club when Mrs M Dewsbery was MC. Winners were: Mrs M Dewsberry, Mr A Bell, Mrs M White, Mrs S Saberton and Mrs L Dewsberry; highest halves: Mrs G Faux, Mr B Copping; consolation: Mrs D Perrin; draw: Mr A Bell, Mrs M Dewsberry and Mrs D Perrin.

Whist Drive

THERE were three tables in play at the whist drive held on October 27 in the social club. Mrs D Perrin was MC. Winners were: Mrs N Bean, Mrs E Sizer, Mrs D Perrin, Mr N Synejko, Mrs P Jordon, Mrs P Brand and Miss M Murfitt; highest halves:

Mrs B Synejko and Mr K Cornwell; most fives: Mr A Bell; consolation: Mrs H Sturman.