The Diocese of Ely is one of 42 Dioceses that comprises the Church of England.
The Diocese of Ely (map here) covers an area roughly similar to the county of Cambridgeshire, but also includes some parts of western Norfolk, Peterborough, Essex and Bedfordshire.
The Diocese of Ely has an exciting, hopeful vision and strategy to help us grow and develop. We created this together to give us direction, right up to the year 2025 and beyond. Learn more about this here.
The Bishop of Ely leads the work in the Diocese. The Bishop's Seat of Authority is at Ely Cathedral and he is responsible for the care and support of the Diocese of Ely’s ordained clergy, as well as having a role in administering the legal structures they must work within.
Although the Bishop leads and encourages parish work, church communities also influence the policies and practices of the Diocese as a whole. This happens through debate and voting at Diocesan Synod.
The Bishop of Huntingdon works alongside the Bishop of Ely across the whole Diocese.
Governance and Structure
Representatives from church communities within the Diocese of Ely have a part in influencing the policies and practices of the national Church of England, through General Synod. There are also Deanery Synods and Diocesan Synod in which representations can be made, more on this can be found here.
The Diocese operates within the national structures of the Church of England. For more information about this, visit the Church of England website.
Every Parish in the Diocese has at least one church building and many also have a Church of England school.
Our church communities exist to serve their parish in all kinds of loving ways. That love is inspired through our Christian faith. Church schools exist to provide education like any other school, but have distinct values drawn from the Christian faith.