Ely Announce is back!

News from the Diocese of Ely communications team,

Welcome to the new Ely Diocese Announce

Bringing you the latest news and events from around the Diocese and to share information to help support you and your parish.

Featured News – On the last Saturday of October, Ely Cathedral hosted a celebration of 150 years of Reader Ministry. You can read more here.

News from around the Diocese

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Churchwardens – Hold the date – 4th May 2017!
On the 4th May 2017, Churchwardens throughout the Diocese will be invited to Ely Cathedral to be sworn in.
There will also be events, workshops and exhibits on the day – so please save the date and look out for more information to come.

Latest Announcements

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LENT17 – All Loves Excelling

Nurturing a Confident People of God – Ely2025

A brief reminder that the Diocesan Team will be producing a booklet and supporting materials for Lent 2017.

The booklet and supporting resources are based on The Letter to the Philippians and are being produced under the title ‘All Loves Excelling’. They will be freely available to parishes.

The booklet will be available from early January 2017 with more information to follow in the coming weeks.

Upcoming Events

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Ministry News
If you have been wondering about what is planned for the next clergy conference, we have a new-look conference being launched for 2018. Early in the new year, Bishop Stephen will be writing to you with further details, so please keep an eye out!
Rev Dr Rob Taylor was licensed as the Bishops Officer for Growing Vocations on Friday 4 November. He will soon be out and about in the Diocese and so please do invite him along to your Deanery meetings or church gathering throughout 2017 so he is able to meet you and help support your ministry. Rob can be reached on rob.taylor@elydiocese.org.
Clergy sickness. Please can we also remind clergy that if you are signed-off by a doctor through illness, you notify the archdeacon’s office, providing them with a copy of your doctor’s sign-off note. 

A Christmas Near You
Have you heard about the Church of England “Christmas Near You” initiative? Well, the Diocese of Ely now has 377 Christmas services listed, so thank you to everyone who has added their services so far.
For those who haven’t heard about it, parishes are being invited to visit AChristmasNearYou.org/upload and complete a simple form, by no later than the 1st December, in order to register their Christmas church services.
On the 1st of December www.AChristmasNearYou.org will be live for anyone to be able to find the nearest Christmas services to them (or search for services in a particular location).
You can find out more here – A Christmas Near You

A new church map for the website – click on the map below to find your church.
Find your Church! (and if it’s missing…. please let us know!) Are the people linked to the church benefice correct? Please help us improve the information we have by following the links on your diocese website church page, to help us update the details we have for your parish.

Roof Protection Scheme
For a limited period, Allchurches Trust is making available grants to churches that would like to guard against metal theft by installing a roof alarm system. Find out more by clicking here.

Fund Finder – A valuable tool developed to make searching for funding quicker and easier! Are you making the most of it? Find out more on our website here.

The Ely 2025 Mission Fund has two seed corn funds. Both funds are there to support new mission initiatives. Find out more here.

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