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Ely Cathedral


'Its purpose is to be specially concerned with all that strengthens and preserves marriage and Christian family life. As an Anglican-led worldwide organisation, they have more than 3.6 million members in 76 countries.'


In the Diocese of Ely we actively seek to provide support and care for families, both in local communities and through our links around the world. Through our work people can experience the love of Christ, and discover or develop a personal relationship with God.

Caring for families in this diocese involves us in, for instance:

  • Running Parenting groups,
  • Providing holidays for stressed families
  • Cambridge and Ely Child Contact Centres
  • Visitors' Centres at Littlehey Prison
  • Cambridge Women's Aid and Huntingdon Refuge, Provide Parent and Child marquees at local county shows
  • Knitting and sewing projects for hospital baby units
  • Continuing to promote the 'Bye Buy Childhood' Campaign

Through prayer and fellowship we in the diocese support members in five linked dioceses - Lusaka in Zambia, Shyogwe in Rwannda, Sokoto and Ikka in Nigeria and Karimnagar in India. As well as continuing the link with Kigali Diocese (Rwanda) through the main Ely diocesan link


Reg. Charity No 251394

Branch Leader Eunice Reddish 01353 661502
Branch Secretary Mary Finney 01353 610899
Branch Treasurer Sheila West 01353 669029

We have over 70 members who meet regularly on the first Wednesday evning of the month at 7.30pm in the Cathedral Centre. Besides supporting some of the above Diocesan Caring activities we actively support families through the Cathedral by:

  • Attending baptisms throughout the year anf giving a book and a teddy a a welcome gift to the new baby
  • Providing refreshment at confirmations for candidates and families throughout the year
  • Running an Edward Bear parent and toddler worship group on Friday mornings at 10.15am throughout the school term in the Cathedral Centre. There is a members facebook page

We made donations last year towards:
The MU Wheel Appeal
The MU Harvest Appeal
The MU Special Appeal for Iraq

We pray regularly:
Thursday MU Prayer takes place in St Dunstan's Chapel between 10.30am - 11am on the 3rd Thursday of the month (2nd in November and December)
February 16: Sharing the Gospel - Focus: Speakers and Training - 1 Corinthians 12: 1-8
March 16: Giving Gifts to Aid Others - Focus: Finance and Central Services - Luke 18: 18-30
April 20: Helping Others - Focus: AFIA Holidays and Prison Work - Matthew 25: 31-46
May 11: Sharing Faith with Others - Focus: Faith and Policy - 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9
June 15: The Value of Literature - Focus: Literature and MUe - Mark 9: 1-15
July 20: Sharing Resources - Focus: Fundraising and Communications - Matthew 25: 14-25
August 17: Whitworth House and Refugees - Focus: Cambridge Archdeaconry - Psalm 31
September 21: Daily Prayer Time - Focus: Indor Members and Emergency Prayer Circle - Jonah 2
October 19: Giving Gifts to Timestop and Refugees - Focus: Huntingdon and Wisbech Archdeaconry - Psalm 70
November 9: Carrying out God's Plan - Focus: Social Policy - Matthew 2: 13-23
December 14: MU Members - Focus: Worldwide - Psalm 122
Focus: Cambridge Archdeaconry - Psalm 31

We made:
Fiddle mats for people with dementia

February - February

All Branch meetings take place in THE CATHEDRAL CENTRE (unless stated otherwise) at 7.30pm. £1 for members, £2 for guests.
Subscriptions please £15 to the treasurer, Sheila West, 12 The Grove, Bedwell Park, Witchford, Ely, CB6 2JT. Telephone 01353 669029. To be in by 31 January.

Tuesday 28 February
Branch Meeting
Nathan Jones (Angela's son) who is based at the Babylon Gallery will tell us about this work for the Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire - 'putting, arts, culture and entertainment at the heart of everyday life'.

Wednesday 5 April
Branch Meeting
Alexis Brooke, a member of the Cathedral MU. She is active in supporting Kairos Prison Ministry International which is a Christian faith based ministry that addresses the spiritual needs of men, women and youth in prison and their families outside. Find out what is happening at Whitemoor prison.

Wednesday 3 May
Branch Meeting
We welcome Bev Sweet who will demonstrate a craft activity which we will be able to try ourselves. There will be more details available at the April meeting.

Wednesday 7 June
Branch Meeting
This meeting coincides with the Cathedral Science Festival. At 6.30pm Dr David Summers will be giving a talk on 'What Darwin didn't know ...' We will meet at 7.30pm (following this talk) for refreshments and have our own short talk by Barnabas Leeke (Margaret's Son), a Lay Minister who has 20 years experience in medical research and teaching and is particularly interested in communicating scientific research and the interplay between science and faith.

Wednesday 5 July
Garden Party at Bishop Woodford House, Barton Road, Ely, 2pm - 4pm
Plant Stall and Raffle. More details available by May meeting

Wednesday 6 September
Branch Meeting
Jan Payne who works as a Lay Minister/Canon of the Cathedral will talk on 'Music, Ministry and Me'. She also does Diocesan work as well as her own professional life. Find out how she fits it all together!

Wednesday 4 October
Branch Meeting
Sophie Baker the community fundraiser for Cambridgeshire East Anglia Children's Hospices (EACH) will talk to us about the services they provide and the different events coming up. I expect she will encourage us to make cakes for EACH at the Christmas Food Fair!

Wednesday 1 November
Branch Meeting
Rob Needle local speaker for The Children's Society will tell us about the history, current work and campaign focus for the TCS, with a very special focus on the partnership scheme between the Society and St Andrew's, Stapleford.

Wednesday 6 December
Branch Christmas Social 7pm
Bring and Share Finger Supper. Entertainment and Raffle. Money donations for the Women's Refugees will be welcome on the evening. More details available by November meeting.

January 2018
Subscriptions due to the Treasurer, Sheila West 01353 669029.

Wednesday 3 January
Branch Meeting
Jean Thomson will be sharing some of her surprises in uncovering her family history. If you have ever wondered about your family history then she will encourage you to find out.

Wednesday 7 February
Branch Meeting
This is an important opportunity to celebrate what we do as members of the Cathedral MU and as members within the Ely Diocese. The evening will conclude with Eucharist and address.

The Mothers' Union Prayer

Loving Lord,
We thank you for your love so freely given to us all.
We pray for families around the world.
Bless the work of the Mothers' Union as we seek to share your love through the encouragement,
strengthening and support of marriage and family life.
Empowered by your Spirit, may we be united in prayer and worship,
and in love and service reach out as your hands across the world.
In Jesus' name. Amen