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'Creationtide'or the 'Season of Creation' is the period in the annual church calendar (from 1st September to 4th October) dedicated to God as Creator and Sustainer of all life. At Ely, we are entering into the spirit of the season through worship, prayer and action. The newly formed Cathedral Environment Group is promoting a series of events to which all are welcome. Canon Vicky Johnson, who is part of the Church of England's Environmental Working Group said 'Here in Ely, we are commending the Church of England's 'Daily Actions and Reflections' for Creationtide. These resources can be used by groups and individuals, encouraging everyone to reflect on how we can be good stewards of the environment.'

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said that our care of the environment is central to our christian discipleship.

'Responding to climate change is an essential part of our responsibility to safeguard God's creation. Meanwhile, to love our neighbour - particularly, in this case, our neighbour whom we may never meet but who lives daily with the profound threat posed by this moral crisis - is at the core of what it is to follow Jesus Christ.'

The Creationtide actions and reflections can be downloaded here

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Here's what Ely is doing for Creationtide

Sunday 23 September 10.30am
Exploring the Fifth Mark of Mission in our Autumn Sermon Series: 'To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth'
Followed by 'Meet the Preacher' in Powcher's Hall 12-12.45pm to discuss the sermon.

Community Litter Pick
Saturday 29 September, 8am, Meet at the West Door of Ely Cathedral
All are welcome to this short but important community litter pick organised by the Cathedral Environment Group. Can you spare an hour to keep our city tidy?
We return to the Cathedral at 9am for coffee and cake.

Animal Service (Celebrating St Francis)
Sunday 30 September, 2pm
We are joined by all creatures great and small and pray for the animals with whom we share our planet. We consider the example of St Francis of Assisi whose love of God was expressed through his love of all things created. With the Ely Imps, our Cathedral Children's Choir.

Compline for Creationtide
Monday 1 October, 9pm
A service of candlelit compline in the beautiful setting of Prior Crauden's Chapel (A small pilgrim place) with a focus on giving thanks for the world God has created. This newly designed liturgy is a commended resource of the Church of England's Environment Programme. The Service will last about 25minutes. Please note: Prior Crauden's Chapel is accessed by a small winding staircase of about 15 steps.

Harvest Festival Weekend
Admission to the Cathedral throughout the Harvest Festival weekend is free of charge.
The National Harvest Torch (the symbol of the National Harvest Service which travels to a different Cathedral each year and is supported by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall) is heading to Ely Cathedral as part of this year's harvest celebration in October. It will be on show throughout the harvest festival weekend and presented during the Harvest 'Songs of Praise' service on Sunday. This year's event focuses on soils, under the theme of 'For the beauty of the earth'. It will feature sheep, farm machinery and food and flower displays, as well as a wormery highlighting what goes on beneath the ground. There will be children's activities in the Lady Chapel on Saturday and Sunday and a lunchtime concert on Saturday, given by Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir based on a harvest theme. Organisations taking part this year include Cambridgeshire Beekeepers, the Farmland Museum at Denny Abbey, G's Growers at Barway and NIAB, the National Institute of Agricultural Botany.

The Harvest Festival weekend at Ely Cathedral begins with the annual Harvest Supper on Friday at 7pm in the beautiful setting of the Lady Chapel with musical entertainment. Tickets £7.50 adults, £5 under 12's available online or from Ely Cathedral Box Office 01353 660349.

Harvest Festival Eucharist
Sunday 14 October, 10.30am
Everyone is welcome to this traditional Harvest Festival Service where we give thanks for the Harvest in music, readings and prayers and by sharing bread and wine together.

Harvest Songs of Praise with Harvest Torch
Sunday 14 October, 4pm
Our boy choristers will be joined by the Ely Imps for this service which gives everyone the opportunity to sing their favourite Harvest Hymns. We welcome the national Harvest Torch, the symbol of the National Harvest Service, which travels to a different cathedral each year and is supported by HRH the Duchess of Cornwall. The Preacher is the Bishop of Ely

Creation and Crops
Sunday 14 October, 6.30pm
Following their visit in February 2018, members of the Rural Fruitcake Collective make a welcome return to lead worship in a more informal style, celebrating the season of Harvest. Using instruments and voices they offer a unique blend of the folk tradition with the more ancient music of the Medieval and Renaissance periods.

Cathedral Environment Group Meeting
Sunday 21 October, Midday-1pm Powcher's Hall
Come and be part of this new 'grass roots' movement at the Cathedral. All are welcome.