Church of England Diocese of Ely Ely

Join as Online during this 3rd Lockdown!

11 Jan 2021, midnight
Church_news From_the_Vicar

As we now find ourselves in Lockdown 3 with new restrictions and with case numbers continuing to rise, we have made the decision to close St. Mary’s church building for communal worship and suspend Christchurch meeting at the Isle of Ely Primary School until further notice. We will of course continue to meet as a Church Family both online and via Zoom, further details of which can be found below. Our main concern has always been everyone’s safety, and this will continue to be our focus as we make decisions for 2021.

Public Worship and Activities Suspended
We have suspended all communal worship and activities in our Churches until further notice. Funerals will go ahead as planned.

St Mary’s Open for Private Prayer
Although our services and activities are suspended, we’re pleased to share that St. Mary’s will be open for private prayer on Sundays from 10am – 12pm. In addition to this, if possible, we will try to make the church available for private prayer during the week, please bear with us whilst we look into this. Please do not enter the church if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 and follow the instructions of the stewards upon arrival.

Meeting Online
During these next few weeks, we will continue to gather together online to worship God and encourage each other. There are plenty of ways that you can join in, including:

Our Ely Team Online Sunday Service – Available from 9am each Sunday. Join together online for worship and prayer.

nine45 Service @ St Mary’s will be meeting live on zoom until further notice. Please still book online via Eventbrite links on our website to receive the zoom code www.stmarysely.org/attend-a-service.

Dial - a - sermon Dial 01353 883855 Sunday to Thursday to listen to a shorter version of Sunday's service. Calls cost the same as a local call. 

Christchurch will also be meeting on Zoom on Sunday afternoons at 4.30pm.

In place of Thursday Morning Communion, a written service of prayer and meditation will be produced. Please email [email protected] to sign up.

Morning Prayers continue via WhatsApp. Please email [email protected] for access.

‘After 8’ Parent Chat continues to meet on Zoom on the first and third Wednesday’s of the month at 8pm Email [email protected] for the link. 

Coffee After Church continues to meet on Zoom at 7pm on a Thursday evening. Email [email protected] for the link.

Pathfinders Youth Group will revert back to meeting on Zoom again on Friday evenings at 7pm. Email [email protected] for the link.

Homegroups Many of our homegroups will be meeting online. If you would like to join a homegroup please contact the office on [email protected].

For further information about our online provision, please visit: www.stmarysely.org

Caring for Each Other
If you need or can offer practical support over the coming weeks please do email [email protected] or leave a message on our answerphone on 01353 659550 and somebody will get back to you as quickly as possible. Our remote office hours are 11am to 3pm, Monday to Friday. If you would also value the chance to talk and pray with a member of the pastoral team or would like to be linked up with a home group, please do also contact us so that we can arrange for this to happen. Don’t forget, you can still also sign up to receive the weekly bulletin for St Mary’s on this webpage: https://www.stmarysely.org/whats-on.html