Ely call for more blood donors over Christmas

If you are an existing donor, or potentially a new one aged 17-65, in good health and weigh over 50kg the NHS would like to invite you to consider giving blood over the Christmas period to help keep stocks up.

Sessions are at the Sugar Beet Club, Lynn Road, Ely on 23 Dec and 3 Jan (12.50-3.50, 16.30-19.30) and 27 Dec (9.35-12.30, 14.00-16.15).

Appointments are available by phoning 0300 123 23 23 or at 222.blood.co.uk.

Faith Schools: the Chief Education offers a helpful perspective

 

 

 

 

Dear Colleague,
The Education Policy Institute (EPI) published a report about ‘Faith Schools’ today, under the headline that such schools do little to improve attainment or social mobility. Clearly, there is a lot of data and information in their report which we will need to read carefully, but my initial response is to highlight three key facts:

  1. We are rightly proud of the high academic standards in Church of England schools. The measure the EPI has chosen to focus on is raw attainment at KS2 and GCSE, and yes, Church of England schools do perform better than non-church schools in both those measures. However, we do not think that raw attainment is the only measure to consider. We are more interested in the overall performance of the school measured by Ofsted, and our schools are more likely to be rated good and outstanding than non-Church schools, which is even more pleasing.
  2. Parents chose our schools for a mixture of reasons. The academic attainment and achievement is just one of those reasons – but what we are offering in Church of England education is a vision for education which is about the flourishing of every child. We are educating for wisdom, knowledge, skills, hope, aspiration, community, living well together, dignity and respect. Together, that ecology of education describes what we mean by flourishing which enables children and young people to have life in all its fullness and offers a much more rounded view of what our schools offer. Yes, academic rigour and achievement is a vital part (so we are proud of our results) but it is not the only part. We want excellence in education for everyone, everywhere.
  3. The Church of England has a long history of promoting social mobility. We established schools to serve the poor and disadvantaged. Demographics change and the introduction of parental choice in to the system inevitably means that the most actively mobile parents will do more and travel further to access the school of their choice, but where we can open new schools we continue to strive to serve local communities in areas of population growth. We have opened new schools and sponsored academies in some of the most disadvantaged and challenging areas of the country and we are looking to have a greater focus on special schools, alternative provision, vocational and technical education as we continue to serve the whole country. We have already made it clear that any proposed ‘lifting of the faith cap’ will not lead to a change of approach as our new schools will serve their local community.

This is a complex educational landscape and national generalisations cannot do justice to the incredible work going on in communities across the country as our schools continue to serve the common good. We want to do more and so continue to encourage schools and dioceses to be bold, expand and open new provision for those who most need the educational vision we are promoting.
With warmest greetings,
Best wishes,

Rev’d Nigel Genders
Chief Education Officer
Church of England Education Office

Can you offer a ministry of care?

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Ely Diocese Mission  are supporting a presentation from Parish Nursing Ministries. Please bring your lay ministers and interested supporters / pastoral assistants who are passionate about seeing  the reality of whole person health care throughout the communities in which you live.

Health and healing were very much part of the ministry of Jesus and of the early church. Monks and Nuns formed our early hospitals, and Florence Nightingale was a theologian as well as a nurse. In the nineteenth century churches employed deaconesses who originally had to be nurses and often went about in the community in nurse’s uniform. This was seen as part of the mission of the church, and today we have the opportunity to engage in that aspect of God’s mission more fully.

We have found that the appointment of a parish nurse encourages volunteering in the congregation and community; 

If you’d like to know more, come and hear how we can help you develop your church in this mission.

The evening will Include testimony of how churches in the Ely diocese have set up and supported a Parish Nurse, opportunity to ask questions of Parish Nursing leadership, parish nurses and churches currently engaged in this amazing ministry?

Event summary:

Parish Nursing. What could Parish Nursing offer your church?
Date: Wednesday 18 January 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Hildersham Church, Linton, CB1 6BQ

To book: email mission.events@elydiocese.org

Stories Worth Sharing

Homeless or not, everyone is loved by God
Church Urban Fund Fundraising and Communications Officer Tim Burton-Jones writes about the Advent Sleepout Challenge
Read the blog here:
http://cofecomms.tumblr.com/post/153639105162/homeless-or-not-everyone-is-loved-by-god

What we’re doing is prayer in action

Thousands of people have been helped in Shildon in County Durham by ‘Shildon Alive’ a project set up by St John’s Church in the town. Revd David Tomlinson, priest-in-charge, writes about its work – from community gardens, to a food bank, a credit union, a ‘mini Santa’ project tackling isolation amongst the elderly and ‘guerrilla gardening’ for children.
Read the blog and listen to an interview here:
http://cofecomms.tumblr.com/post/153597301057/what-we-are-doing-is-prayer-in-action

Archbishop leads daily on-line Advent reflections

Beginning yesterday, the daily online reflections throughout Advent by the Archbishop of York are an accompaniment to a book by Tom Wright  ‘Advent for Everyone – a journey through Matthew’ which the Archbishop commended as his Advent Book for 2016. Archbishop Sentamu said: “By reading this book alongside my online reflections I hope that these two resources will give a wealth of growth, learning and rejoicing. Come with me on this wonderful journey through Advent.” See the report at

Stories Worth Sharing

Homeless or not, everyone is loved by God
Church Urban Fund Fundraising and Communications Officer Tim Burton-Jones writes about the Advent Sleepout Challenge

Read the blog here:

 What we’re doing is prayer in action

Thousands of people have been helped in Shildon in County Durham by ‘Shildon Alive’ a project set up by St John’s Church in the town. Revd David Tomlinson, priest-in-charge, writes about its work – from community gardens, to a food bank, a credit union, a ‘mini Santa’ project tackling isolation amongst the elderly and ‘guerrilla gardening’ for children.

Read the blog and listen to an interview here:

 Join us in raising awareness of gender-based violence

Rose Wright, from Mothers’ Union, writes about how the charity is working across the world to combat violence against women and girls.

Read the blog here: