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Life in all its fullness
” I have come so you so you may have life in all its fullness.” John 10:10
It is with great sadness that we write of the death of Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, who has died aged 99.
I wish you a Happy Easter. I do hope you and your staff have had time for a break, despite the ongoing work considerations in this unusual year.
Following the sad news of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, I am attaching some collective worship that you may like to use. With thanks to Guildford Diocese who kindly agreed to pre-prepare such resources for use by all diocese in case of such an eventuality.
The PowerPoint slides and pdf as below include additional prayers, a link to the wider Church of England online resources, and the protocol document sent to parishes, just so that you know what has been advised to clergy and church communities.
There is further information on the Diocese of Ely website with prayers from Bishop Stephen.
I hope this is helpful as you return from Easter holidays next week, and as Church schools we are formally called by the Church of England to mark his death and pray for the Royal family.
With all best wishes,
Prayers and guidance for churches to mark this sad occasion will be available on the Church of England’s website (clicking here), over the coming hours and days and further information will be available
Remembering His Royal Highness Prince Philip in prayer.
Our latest updates
We are greatly shocked and saddened to have learned on Maundy Thursday that Nikki died suddenly at home on Wednesday 31st March
Nikki was Rector of the Raddesley Group of parishes (Brinkley, Burrough Green, Carlton, Dullingham, Stetchworth, and Westley Waterless) where she had been since September 2017, having served her curacy in Stamford, in the Diocese of Lincoln. She was widely known across the Diocese, as Adviser for BAME matters and a member of Diocesan Synod, and in the wider Church as a member of the executive committee of AMEN (the Anglican Minority Ethnic Network).
All who encountered Nikki were struck by her smile, her warmth, and her joy. She was passionate about justice and inclusion in the Church and in wider society, and we will all miss her very much.
Details of the funeral will follow in due course.
In the meantime, we pray for Nikki’s family and friends – especially for her husband and children – for the parishes, and for all who share our grief at this news. And we pray for Nikki – with thanksgiving for her life and ministry, and trusting that she now shares in the full joy of Christ’s resurrection life.
Wishing all our schools a Happy Easter and a peaceful break.
A prayer for Easter
In the Easter garden, the leaves are turning green,
In the Easter Garden, the risen Lord is seen.
In the Easter garden, we know the Lord above,
Brings us all to heaven, through Jesus and his love. Amen
National Day of Reflection March 23rd
On 23 March 2021, it’ll be one year since the first UK lockdown. Since then, millions of people have been bereaved, both as a result of Covid-19 and due to other causes. The restrictions we’ve all been living under have meant that many people have had to grieve without the comfort of having friends and family around them.
Marie Curie, a charity which supports people around the event of a terminal diagnosis, has organised a National Day of Reflection to acknowledge grief and loss over the last year. The national Church of England is one of several organisations supporting it, and the Life Events team will provide some additional, bespoke resources for parishes to use if they want to join in.
We hope that our church schools in the Diocese of Ely will also take part in some way. There are a number of suggestions on the link to NDR school resources such as plant a tree or flower to symbolise hope ( which would go well with our Lent Challenge) or to create artwork of flowers like daffodils, tulips and crocuses which appear as signs of hope into the Spring. I have attached the pdf with ideas and suggestions for schools and the links to Marie Curie and Church…
As we journey towards Easter, help us to live as people of hope, knowing that beyond the pain of the cross lies the joy of resurrection. Inspire us in our worship, through our churches and in our homes, that we may bring glory to you and joy to others. Be with those who are struggling in mind, body or spirit, and give courage to those who are facing uncertainty and change ahead. Help each of us to keep our eyes fixed on you, that we may reflect your light to all whom we meet.
All children back to school March 8th 2021
Welcome back to all children in our schools. We are delighted that at last children and staff can be back in school, learning and sharing time together.
The last year has been so difficult to have normality in any aspect of school life, and a real challenge to teaching and learning. Our schools have, and still are amazing at being adaptable, whilst providing education remotely and in classrooms. Let’s hope and pray that we can move forward in education and acknowledge that for many a return to school will bring some difficulties.
As we start this new phase I send a simple message at the start of a busy day. You are all in our thoughts and prayers and we remain here to support you over the next phase of this journey.
Thank you for all that you continue to do.
Diocesan Director of Education (DDE)
Message from Alex Hughes, Archdeacon of Cambridge about Bishop Stephen’s Lent Challenge 2021 Hope and a Future
School’s Newsletter Spring Term 2021
Message from the Bishop of Ely for the Lent Challenge 2021 Hope and a Future
Over the last year, lots of things have changed – what we can do, who we can see, where we can go, and how we learn. We have planned and looked forward to things that haven’t happened, and we have had to become used to dealing with a lot of uncertainty. Now, as many more people are being vaccinated against Covid-19, we hope for a future in which we can overcome the challenges of this virus. The commitment of so many especially young people to combatting the climate crisis gives hope for the future of creation. The commitment of people across the world to racial justice offers hope for a world where everyone is valued equally as part of that good creation.
Here in our Diocese of Ely, we have a vision of people fully alive. Hope is about believing that life in all its fullness – in all the ways the world is beautiful and amazing – really is possible. Christians believe that hope is possible because of Jesus, and because he came among us as light in the darkness and then defeated the darkness when he rose from the dead. Hope is living into that beautiful and amazing future, and making it true now, in our own lives, and families, and schools, and communities.
In this challenge, I invite you to think about your hopes; to name your hopes and how that hope can make a difference. I invite you to dream out loud together about the beautiful, amazing fullness of life you want to see.
At the inauguration of President Biden and Vice-President Harris on 20 January, the poet Amanda Gorman said this:
When day comes, we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid.
The new dawn blooms as we free it.
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we’re brave enough to be it.
This Lent Challenge is a challenge to be brave in hope – to be brave enough to see the light and to be the light. I hope you enjoy that challenge, and I can’t wait to find out all about your hopes and dreams for the future.
See more on our Lent Challenge page
Head Teacher Vacancy
All Saints Inter-Church Academy, County Road, March, Cambridgeshire, PE15 8ND
‘All Saints is a fantastic school, consistently rated as ‘Good’ by both Ofsted and SIAMS/Sec 48 – but this only paints part of the picture. Our Christian values are at the centre of all we do and the Governing Body is proud of the distinctive ethos that runs throughout the school and permeates into our community. “… love that is patient and kind” – when you walk in to All Saints that Christian love is tangible…‘
The Headteacher and Governors of The Rackham CofE Primary School are looking for a committed and motivated KS2 classteacher to join their Y5/6 team from April 2021.
Full information on our school vacancies page.
Head Teacher Group 1. ISR L8 – L15. NOR 119
The Governors seek to appoint a Head Teacher for our caring and successful Church School, required for September 2021. We are looking for a Head Teacher who will sustain and advance our school and maintain its Christian and community ethos, someone who has strong interpersonal skills and is an excellent communicator.
Class Collective Worship Resources
– Support for children’s well-being in the Corona Virus Pandemic
Church Schools of Cambridge(CSoc) resources? – see more here