Royal climax to Ely Diocese 900th celebrations
2009: The Queen
and the Duke of Edinburgh
have helped begin the climax to celebrations to mark the 900th
anniversary celebrations of the Anglican Diocese of Ely
, which includes parts of West Norfolk
Members of the public and children from nearby schools gathered outside Ely Cathedral for a short service from 12 noon on Thursday November 19.
The Royal visit is part of the three-day event which brings the Ely 900 celebrations to a close and paves the way for the parishes within the Diocese to put their Mission Plans into action.
The Archbishop of York, the Most Revd John Sentamu, arrives in the Diocese on Friday November 20. He will be visiting Hampton Church and nearby schools where he will be speaking to school children. In the evening he will speak to Churchwardens, Licenced Lay Ministers and Authorised Lay Ministers at Ely Community College.
On Saturday morning, after an early service in Ely Cathedral, Dr Sentamu will be visiting Littlehey Prison.
Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York is visiting the Diocese on the weekend of November 21 to symbolically bring the Ely 900 year of celebrations to a close and to commission the Diocese as it moves forward in mission.
On the afternoon of Saturday November 21 from 1.15pm there will be a special service in Ely Cathedral on the theme "Moving on in Mission" to bring the Ely 900 year of celebrations to a close and to commission the Diocese as it moves forward in mission..
The afternoon will be different from a traditional service. Its focal points will be three acts of gathered worship, around which opportunities will be created for other aspects of worship. From 1.15pm these elements of the celebration will be located in different parts of the Cathedral and will include: reflection on the Bible; prayer for ourselves and others
the offering of praise through different styles of music; children’s worship; meditation on our lives of faith and Christian pilgrimage and the giving and receiving of hospitality
The acts of gathered worship will bring the congregation together under the Octagon space for approximately 20 minutes. The Archbishop will speak on each occasion. Thus at 2.15 pm, worship will concentrate on the interests of teenagers and young adults and will be conducted in a contemporary style with a praise band; at 3.15 pm there will be a special focus on children and young families; and at 4.15 pm there will be a final act of worship and act of commissioning with hymns and choir. Some seating will be available, but the majority of those attending should expect to stand. No tickets are required for this service.
Mission Action Progress reports will be displayed in the Cathedral as part of the "Moving on in Mission" theme.
The afternoon has been specially designed so that as many people as possible can join in some part of the celebration. Although Anglicans are used to arriving at the beginning of a service and leaving at the end, on this occasion, everyone will be most welcome to attend whichever part of the afternoon suits them best.
Ely 900 was launched by the Bishop of Ely, Dr Anthony Russell, on January 24 in Ely Cathedral with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, also present.
Picture by Mrs Chnips