Flower Festival at Wiggenhall St Magdalene

Magdalen Church

‘With Gods help we can’.


Flower Festival Weekend

22nd and 23rd July

Theme ‘Children’s Books’

Saturday Charter Fayre

12 noon – 4.00pm

Ploughman’s Lunches, Teas, various stalls

and Bouncy Castle

670th year since Edward III granted a Charter to

Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen to hold an Annual Fayre.

For more information contact Alan 01553 810796

Sunday 23rd

11.00am Songs of Praise

Followed by Teas and cakes

All proceeds for the restoration and improvements

of this wonderful medieval building.

A Fresh Perspective on Fresh Expressions of Church and Pioneering in the Diocese of Ely

Welcome to the second edition of Fresh Perspective, a round up of all that is fresh and pioneering in the Diocese of Ely. Each addition will have information on seminars, conferences and training happening in this diocese as well as further afield. There will also be links to other useful Fresh Expressions publications and events. We’ll also feature stories of some of the Fresh Expressions of Church in Ely diocese.  

Get paid to Pioneer!

Not just another intern scheme!

We are excited with the progress of The Pioneer Exchange,  an exciting opportunity for six enthusiastic individuals to explore pioneer ministry within a programme of tailored learning by working in local ‘Blended Economy’ parish contexts that have both traditional and Fresh Expression of Church, within the Diocese of Ely. Successful applicants can choose between 1-2 years and will be paid an annual salary of £20, 000.

Do you know anyone who would like to apply?  

For more information:
Visit: www.thepioneerexchange.co.uk
Email info@thepioneerexchange.co.uk
Twitter: @exchangepioneer  

3 stand alone sessions that aim to go deeper and  explore further, open to all who pioneer. Each master class will be run by experienced practitioners and will tackle a key contemporary issue.
Sessions run in a number of locations in Ely:
9.30am-1pm and repeated at 7-9.30pm    
26th September 2017 : Breaking the  4th wall.
Lisa Olsworth-Peter a Vocal Coach and  former West End Performer explores how the  relationship between the actor and the audience can inform  the way we worship as a pioneer community.   
8th March 2018: Fresh Expressions & The Eucharist
Jonnie Parkin, an ordained Pioneer explores the importance and place of the Eucharist within Fresh Expressions of Church and the practical,  pastoral and legal implications of this.
10th May 2018: Sustaining Pioneer Ministry
Ed Olsworth– Peter, Adviser for Fresh Expressions of Church explores how Pioneers can sustain their ministry looking at issues of identity and expectation.
For venue information and to book your place
Email: mission@elydiocese.org or call 01353 652736

Are you thinking of starting a Fresh Expression of Church? Are you wondering if you might be a Pioneer? Do you have a passion for mission in an innovative way but you’re not sure where to start? Emerging Pioneers is a pop up, one stop learning community that can come to your church, leadership team, PCC, Deanery… to help you to explore what it means to pioneer a Fresh Expression of Church. It offers tailor made learning from a selection of topics, facilitated conversation about your specific context or project and first hand examples from experienced pioneers. Once we’ve gone there is an expectation that the group will be continue to explore what has been covered and there will also be an opportunity to set up a visit or placement  experience at a Fresh Expression of Church local to you. Group numbers can be between 5-20 people and can be booked for an evening or day time session lasting  2-3 hours.
Choose four 10 minute topics from the following:
-What is a Fresh Expression of Church?
-What is Church?
-Being a 50/50 blended economy: traditional & pioneer church working together
-Genres of Fresh Expressions of Church (sport, nature, café church…)
-Models of Fresh Expressions of Church
-What is a Pioneer?
-From franchise to enterprise: being a missional entrepreneur
-A changing 21st Century context for mission
-Fresh Expressions and Children
-Fresh Expressions and Youth
-Fresh Expressions and Millennials: (18-35’s)
-Sustainability: leadership, money, growth  
-Local context: rural, new housing, urban
To book Emerging Pioneers to come to your Church community
email ed.olsworth-peter@elydiocese.org

Break Out 
High Leigh Conference Centre

Lord Street, Hoddesdon
EN11 8SG, United Kingdom
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 at 14:00 – Friday, 15 September 2017 at 15:00
‘Breakout is a creative and dynamic space for Pioneers to be inspired and sustained by God as we partner in his mission.’ This year’s theme is Radical and Rooted. We will discover that we need to go deeper into God’s love to enable us to go further for his Kingdom with the help of three great speakers; Carolyn Skinner, Calvin Samuel and Paul Unsworth.
We do this through:
1. Engaged minds: by helping people to think deeply about mission and pioneering
2. Practical resources: providing a forum for resources, help and ideas from those attending & speakers
3. Personal renewal: by interrupting our journeys to meet with God
4. Community: meeting up & hanging out with like minded pioneers
We are meeting in Hertfordshire – please click here for details of how to find the High Leigh Conference Centre.
The fees for this gathering include all meals and conference materials. We will be welcoming you at 2pm to register, with coffee available from 3pm. The first session on Wednesday starts at 3.30pm and dinner will be around 6pm. We finish after lunch on the Friday.
book at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/break-out-pioneer-gathering-2017-tickets-31931245214
by 1st September
Dave Male
National Adviser for Pioneer Development for the Church of England.

Blended is back!

Saturday 4th November 2017
10am-3.30pm (networking from 9.30am)
The Old Palace, Kings Ely
Palace Green
Ely, CB7 4EW

After the success of Blended ’16, the first Fresh Expressions of Church conference for the Diocese of Ely, Blended is back as an annual event. Whether you would call yourself a Pioneer or are just wanting to find out more about Fresh Expressions of Church this event is for you! The Diocese of Ely has a vision to become a 50:50 blended economy by 2025, aiming by this point to have equal numbers of inherited and pioneer communities. This years conference is entitled ‘#Blended a Deeper Expression’ and will explore how to grow and sustain Fresh Expressions of Church. We are delighted that Ian Adams, tutor in Pioneer Learning and Context-based Training at Ridley Hall will be joining us.
Book your tickets here: 

The Mission Shaped Ministry course starts again in September and we have 18 free places to give away (worth £185 each). Mission Shaped Ministry is a one-year, part-time course which takes people on a learning journey as part of a supportive community, training them for ministry in Fresh Expressions of Church. Run ecumenically, MSM has been presented over 115 times across the UK with more than 3,600 participants.
Maybe you’d like to pioneer something new but you’re not sure where to start? Or you’d like to build up more leaders in an existing Fresh Expression of Church?

You can find out more at:
To book your place email:

The St Etheldreda Community is launching a New Monastic Missional Community. It will meet once a month in Prior Crauden’s Chapel (downstairs) for food, discussion, prayer and Compline. It will also seek to be a dispersed community following a Benedictine Rule of Life and using social media to connect community members. The community is launching on 28th September 7-9pm.
For more details and to hear more about how to join the community email:

Fresh Perspective is a mailing from the Mission Department of the Diocese of Ely to bring news and views about Fresh Expressions of Church and Pioneering. If you don’t want to receive this mailing please email Ed Olsworth-Peter to unsubscribe.
For more information about the Diocese of Ely please visit www.elydiocese.org

Ed Olsworth-Peter is the Adviser for Fresh Expressions of Church and Young Adults for the Diocese of Ely. You can contact him by:
or call
01353 652714

Subsidised Accommodation for Faith Workers on the University’s North West Cambridge Development

The University of Cambridge are making accommodation available for “faith workers” in their new development at Eddington (North West Cambridge). The text of their advertisement is reprinted below. As you will see, the terms are very widely drawn. I would be very interested to hear from any Church of England members who would be interested in applying as they will need some sort of vouching-for by the denomination.

Applications are sought for tenants for the faith worker units in the University of Cambridge’s affordable, subsidised homes in the new North West Cambridge development at Eddington. There are three 1-2 bed units available for faith workers, suitable for a couple and up to 1 child. More details of the available units are available here.

The vision for the North West Cambridge development is to create a new district and extension to the city, centred around a mixed academic and urban community, a place that is sustainable, long lasting and ambitious offering a high quality of life to enhance both the City and the University.

Rent for units on the site is calculated in relation to total household income in order to make it as affordable as possible. Tenants pay a maximum of 30% of their net salary as rent. In the case of the faith worker units, provision will be made to accommodate tenants who receive no direct salary and are supported to work for a faith organisation on an entirely voluntary basis. Tenancies are granted for one year, and may be renewed up to a total of three years.

Tenants of the faith worker units will be required to contribute from a faith perspective to community building activities in this new community and be a source of pastoral support for residents of all faiths and none. Tenants will be expected to coordinate this activity with the other available community resources, particularly the Storey’s Field Community Centre, and to draw on the networks of faith organisations within the Collegiate University and the City. Tenants will be supported by the University of Cambridge Multi Faith Forum.

There will be no set number of hours of community work at Eddington required by the tenancy, but the nature and impact of this work will be assessed by a panel from the Multi Faith Forum during each year of the tenancy as a condition of renewal.

To be eligible for a tenancy in the faith worker units, applicants must work or volunteer for a faith organisation for at least 18 hours per week. Applications are open to anyone who fulfils this criteria. You do not have to work for the University or a College.

If you would like further details or to make an application, please contact Nicky Blanning, Head of the Accommodation Service by email nicky.blanning@admin.cam.ac.uk. Applicants will be asked to submit evidence of their employment or volunteer work with a faith organisation, a CV and a statement of interest explaining what kind of community work they envisage undertaking.

Applications for the initial allocation of units should be received by 31 July 2017. Dates for taking up the tenancy are flexible between 1 August 2017 until 30 March 2018, depending on the circumstances of the successful applicants.

Prayer Walk Invitation

You are cordially invited to join a group  who will be doing Prayer Walk for Refugees, from Cambridge to Ely on Saturday, 19 August. The originating group are Christians from the Multicultural and the Traditional denominations and we will be praying, and walking the 17 miles from Pembroke College to Ely Cathedral, along the riverbank.

The walk serves two purposes.

· To express our prayerful concern about the Refugee crisis. (We will learn something about walking!)

· To enable people (Christians and others) to meet and learn about each other, celebrating, rather than fearing diversity. (Walking together is a perfect way to start conversations.)

We already have walkers from a wide range of backgrounds (Nigerian, Ugandan, Jamaican, English, Scottish). If you would be interested to learn more and might wish to join this walk, please send an email to jtdg2@cam.ac.uk or (preferably) express your interest at https://tinyurl.com/CamElyRefugee

9 AM to 5 PM.

People can also join or leave the walk at Waterbeach (6 miles) and Upware (10 miles).

For those who wish, Evensong at the Cathedral at 5:30 PM and a Pilgrims’ Welcome in the Lady Chapel at 6:30 PM.


Come to a Concert in preparation for the Walk – Pembroke College Chapel on Friday August 18th 8-9pm, to include music by Morales, Purcell, Kuhnau, Sheppard, Wood and Macmillan. (Collection for the White Helmets; Reception in the Old Library)

Addenbrookes Hospital seeks new full-time Chaplain

Here is the text of the advert just placed by Cambridge University Hospitals Trust. A real opportunity for a change-of-direction “career” move for local clergy.



Band 6
Main area



Band 6




Full Time 37.5 hours per week

Job ref


Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Employer type



Addenbrookes Hospital – Corporate




£26,565 to £35,577 p.a. pro rata


27/07/2017 23:59

Our Trust
Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 9000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people – patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing ‘outstanding’ care to our patients and rated ‘Good’ overall by the Quality Care Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH’s values – Together- safe, kind, excellent – are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.
We are looking to appoint an experienced Chaplain who is able to work flexibly and creatively to deliver effective pastoral and spiritual care within an acute Trust that is investing in its chaplaincy service.
The chaplains work closely with bereavement officers, an experienced team of chaplaincy volunteers, as well as with a range of other staff. They are expected to be involved in multi-disciplinary team meetings and Trust-wide strategic groups. The applicant will therefore need to have demonstrable team working skills.
You will have a proven record of pastoral experience, have worked within a healthcare environment and have excellent communication/interpersonal skills.
Interviews are due to take place on 30th August 2017.
Benefits to you
We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Where a DBS Disclosure is an essential requirement for any role at band 6 or above, the successful candidate will be required to pay the associated cost which ranges between £29.50 – £47.50 dependent on the level of the check required. The Trust will arrange for the DBS Disclosure to be undertaken at the point of conditional offer. The fee will be deducted from the successful candidate’s salary in the second month of employment.

The Trust recommends you consider subscribing to the DBS Update Service; subscribing to the Update Service and keeping your subscription up-to-date could save you both time and money and mean that you do not need to apply for a DBS check in the future.

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

To print a document or save it to your computer, please click with your right mouse button on the document title and select “Save Target As…”. You can then save the document in a suitable place on your computer ready to print it out. Clicking with the left mouse button will open the document in a new window (if your web browser can do so).

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Derek Fraser, Lead Chaplain on 01223 217769 or derek.fraser@addenbrookes.nhs.uk

If you have problems applying, contact

01223 217038


Faith and Neuroscience: Wisdom, Training, and the Numinous by Ruth M. Bancewicz

B0010280 Healthy human brain from a young adult, tractography

Healthy human brain from a young adult © Alfred Anwander, MPI-CBS, Wellcome Images, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

What help can people of faith receive from neuroscience? This was the question that Revd Dr Alasdair Coles asked in his lecture at the Faraday Institute last week. Alasdair works at Addenbrookes hospital, Cambridge, both as a neurologist and as a hospital chaplain. He brought both these perspectives to his talk, which I will summarise here in my own words.


The Bible emphasises the importance of making decisions in groups, consulting wiser people, taking time over decisions, and testing experiences – but what does science have to say about this?

Neuroscientists know know that the information in our brains actually feeds back to our sensory organs, to modify what we feel. So our eyes or ears may be seeing or hearing things that are not actually there – but our brains are telling us that they are. In a sense, beliefs are a normal part of the functioning of our brains.

Beliefs are also normal because our brains do not tell the difference between different types of knowledge.

Everyday knowledge (that might be backed up by physical data) and religious knowledge (that involves more faith) are not distinguishable by the brain.

The brain is also easily manipulated, or vulnerable to outside influences. In one study, judges made harsher decisions in the time leading up to their breaks, or the end of the day. In another, students who had experienced chemical-induced mystical highs remembered these experiences as some of the most important in their lives. Other researchers have shown that we can deceive ourselves, claiming responsibility for movements that actually came from electrical stimulation.

For Alasdair, all this Biblical and scientific information reminds him that he is not infallible. He tries not to make judgments too quickly, to be open to criticism, and to remember that he might be wrong on some things.


As we get older, we might be tempted to think that our behaviour becomes more predictable, and we can no longer change – but that isn’t true. Our brains do begin to find change harder over time, but regular training will help us to learn new things or improve in certain areas. A study of music teachers and professional musicians, found that practice increased the volume of certain areas of the brain.

It may not be easy, but the brain can change even in adulthood. A lot of behaviours that we practice today will become automatic later on, as actions become so familiar that they become unconscious. Again, the Biblical perspective emphasis a similar point – that a life of faith is like running a race, and involves training and perseverance.

The Numinous

Most people’s brains are capable of experiencing something that could be called numinous – a feeling of the presence of something ‘other’ which might be perceived as a divine being. These experiences are mediated through a part of the brain called the temporal lobe. People who suffer from a type of epilepsy that involves temporal lobe seizures can sometimes experience more overt numinous feelings as part of their illness. Despite these outliers, it’s helpful to know that numinous feelings are normal for a healthy brain – most people may have experienced them, wherever they come from in the world. What these experiences mean is of course open to more than one interpretation, including the existence of God.

Different groups of scientists have attempted to understand the way we communicate with God. One study looked at which parts of the brain are involved in the perception of emotion, involvement with, and knowledge of both people and God. The results indicate that we use the same brain pathways to think about God as we do about our friends and family.

Another study compared people praying freely, making a wish, praying the Lord’s prayer, and reciting a nursery rhyme. They found that repeating well-known words used similar brain pathways, and that speaking freely (whether to God or a human being) also used similar pathways. For Alister, the findings of these two studies are encouraging because Christians believe in a God who is personal – to the point of becoming one of us, Jesus Christ.

Faith and the brain

So our brains are built on beliefs and hypotheses, whether those beliefs are scientific or religious. Everything we do – our immediate movements, thoughts and beliefs or religious experiences – arise from our brains. We may feel free to think, but that freedom is constrained by our brains and bodies – although we can mould our brains by training.

What does all this say for the person of faith? We can definitely be reassured that there is nothing especially vulnerable about our faith from a biological point of view. Any power we have over our minds through self-discipline or awareness of our weaknesses will not only enable us to think in a scientific way, but it is also applicable to our faith.

We can also say that and spiritual experiences that may be important to us are not the product of a sick or unusual mind, but are accessible to every human being with a healthy brain. The scientific data itself cannot tell us whether God exists or not – for that we must go go beyond science into the realm of philosophy or theology. As a scientist and a person of faith, Alasdair is more than happy to be part of that discussion.

The full recording of the talk will be posted on the Faraday Institute website in the coming weeks.

© Faraday Institute

Ruth Bancewicz is a Senior Research Associate at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, where she works on the positive interaction between science and faith. After studying Genetics at Aberdeen University, she completed a PhD at Edinburgh University. She spent two years as a part-time postdoctoral researcher at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology at Edinburgh University, while also working as the Development Officer for Christians in Science. Ruth arrived at The Faraday Institute in 2006, and is currently a trustee of Christians in Science.

Ruth M. Bancewicz

The family of St Paul

Not a topic that attracts much attention. But I was struck by this line from the end of the letter to the Romans (in morning prayer today):

Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives who were in prison with me; they are prominent among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.

Perhaps the famous conversion experience on the Road to Damascus followed on from some serious family conversation and prayers.