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CAFE SUNDAY AT NEEDINGWORTH VILLAGE HALL

 

This service is being discontinued. The last Café Sunday will be at 9.30 am in the Village Hall Pavilion on Sunday  4 August (not 7 July. As previously reported)

 

BENEFICE BARBECUE

 

Many thanks to Valmor and Thais for hosting a very enjoyable and well-supported barbecue party for the communities of our three churches on Saturday 13 July. A great chance to get together, which also celebrated Valmor’s 21 years as a priest. See photos

APPOINTMENT OF NEW BISHOP OF ELY DELAYED

 

The Church Times has reported that the Crown Nominations Commission has failed to agree on a new Bishop of Ely and a new attempt will not take place until spring next year. For more, see:

 

www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2024/19-july/news/uk/questions-asked-after-crown-nominations-commission-fails-to-agree-over-ely

 

www.elydiocese.org/an-update-on-the-next-bishop-of-ely.php

‘WELCOME SPACE’ FACULTY GRANTED TO ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH

 

The Chancellor of the Diocese of Ely has now granted a faculty to St John the Baptist Church, Holywell-cum-Needingworth, giving permission to proceed with the church’s Welcome Space project. This will involve providing long-awaited toilet and refreshment facilities in the church. The bell-ringing floor will move to a new mezzanine level to enable the entrance through the tower to be clear for wedding and funeral processions while the bells are being rung. The main body of the church will be opened up by removal of all the pews in favour of chairs, to provide a flexible space for different types of worship, events and meetings. This includes moving the font to a new position which will be more visible to baptismal congregations, also establishing space to provide a better welcome as people enter through the main (south) door.

 

Before work can begin the church will be looking to raise substantial amounts of money through grants and local fund-raising.

 

For more information on the project, contact the churchwardens.