Great and Manifold Blessings: The Making of the King James Bible

An exhibition at Cambridge University Library Tuesday 18th January – Saturday 18th June (except April 22-25th inclusive). This exhibition at the University Library looks at the history of translation of the Bible into English, culminating in the famous King James Version of 1611, described as one of the greatest works in the English language. The exhibition includes manuscripts produced by the men who worked on the translation, pamphlets giving feedback on the new Bible (which was not received with universal approval) and copies of some of the Library’s rarest bibles, including the Gutenberg Bible and the so-called “Wicked Bible”. Admission Free. For more details go to

 In the Parish…

We hope that as many parishes as possible will choose to get involved in the celebrations. We believe it will be great opportunity to make a national celebration relevant to the local community. But how you do that is up to you and your PCC(s). You may wish to have your own –

  • Mini lecture series (maybe as a Lent course shared with other churches in the Deanery). •A special Lent or home group course focusing on the Bible.
  • A flower festival with the Bible as the theme.
  • A Bible Reading Marathon – read the whole Bible over five or six days. •A holiday club for children focussed on the Bible •Special events for children and young families.
  • Form a book group and read together one of the books that will be published next year as a contribution to the national celebrations.
  • Discussion groups in the pub based on reactions to the TV programmes being commissioned on the theme.

No doubt you will have your own ideas. We would be very interested to hear what you are planning. Please contact the Diocesan Communications Officer, to have your event added to the 2011 Year of the Bible Events in Ely Diocese calendar.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

There is an official Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in October 2011. The Ven Hugh McCurdy, Archdeacon of Huntingdon and Wisbech, will be one of the leaders on this pigrimage. Why not consider joining it and seeing the sites where many of Jesus’ words and miracles are remembered?

Open the Book Training Day

Monday 28th March, 10am – 3pm at Ely Cathedral Centre, Palace Green, Ely

Bring a packed lunch – refreshments provided. An opportunity for churches to become actively involved with their local schools, and to build community links, by presenting Bible stories in a lively, engaging and informative way. Come along with your volunteer storytellers, a minimum of 4 is ideal. Open the Book involves drama, mime, props and costumes in a way that includes both speaking and non-speaking roles effectively together. A free programme of themed and dramatised 10 minute Bible stories designed specifically to suit school assemblies is available on-line at Cost: £10 per person or £15 per team. For more details go to


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