Ely Cathedral welcomed a huge congregation this morning in support of the eight who were to be ordained deacon by Bishop Stephen, including Nicki Bland to serve in the Kym Valley benefice.
Amongst the congregation were a coach load from Kimbolton and Tilbrook, and a number of others who had made their own way there.
Bishop Stephen presided at the ordination and Eucharist, and there was a part for Bishop David, both Archdeacons and the new Dean of Ely Cathedral who gave the address – having led the ordinands’ retreat leading up to the day. The new Director of Ordinands took the part of liturgical deacon, and read the gospel. The epistle was read by a visiting pastor of the German church with which Ely diocese is linked.
Following the service Nicki’s supporters were all invited back to Kimbolton Castle for a reception and lunch. Despite traffic hold-ups on the A14, which delayed the ‘guest of honour,’ a great time was had by all.
Saturday 22nd June 7pm we all gathered on the coach outside the village hall to begin a fabulous evening of good food, good wine and excellent company. First stop: Tilbrook Grange for hors d’oevres; then the 48 ticket-holders were divided and delivered to several home for the main course. There was a partial reuniting at just two venues for a sumptuous banquet of sweets; then all together for coffee at the end.
Special thanks to Gill and Adam and the PCC for all the organisation, and to the various hosts throughout the evening.
“Cursillistas” (people who have been on a three-day Cursillo weekend) gathered at St Mary’s in Ely on Saturday 15th June for the first ever “Regional Ultreya.” Pilgrims from our own diocese were joined by others from St Albans, Peterborough, Norwich and St Edmondsbury and Ipswich; and some from further afield – Canterbury and St Asaph in Wales. After a bring-and-share lunch there was a colourful procession with banners led by Bishop Stephen to the Cathedral Ladychapel for a celebration Eucharist at which the Bishop presided and preached.
The word ‘Ultreya’ derives from the Spanish roots of Cursillo and means simply ‘Persevere!’ or ‘Onward!’ The story is that pilgrims nearing the destination of Santiago di Compostella would meet returning pilgrims on the way (the ‘Camino’) who would encourage them with shouts of ‘Ultreya!’
Diocesan Ultreyas are held in various venues across Ely diocese every few weeks, where cursillistas meet for worship, discussion and mutual encouragement. You can find out more about the Cursillo movement, including how to get involved, on the Ely Cursillo website www.elycursillo.co.uk or the national British Anglican Cursillo Council website at www.anglicancursillo.co.uk
Covington welcomed the Kym Valley Benefice Choir on Friday 14th June at 7.30pm to lead us in a service of compline, sung to original plainsong music. The wonderful acoustic of All Saints’ Church and the monastic purity of the music gave a powerful dimension to this occasional office. Choir members from three out of four of our benefice churches tackled the psalms and chants – quite different from our more usual more modern repertoire. It’s not often in a service that the traditional evening hymn “The day thou gavest” is the most modern piece in the service! The choir also sang the Thomas Attwood anthem “Come, Holy Ghost.”
Both of our home study groups re-convene this week – Wednesday 5th June at Kimbolton Vicarage, and Thursday 6th June in Tilbrook Church, both at 7.30pm. We are beginning a six-week unit entitled “Led by the Spirit.” (coursebooks available)
All are very welcome to attend either group. No need to book, just turn up.
in the Deanery of Huntingdon, in the Diocese of Ely, in the Church of England