News and Events


Baptism and Confirmation

In June, we are holding a Baptism and Confirmation course. If you would like to be baptised and/or confirmed, please let one of your churchwardens or Revd Nigel know. 

The confirmation service itself will take place on Sunday 14th July. Any Baptisms will take place in the lead up to the service.

May Events

Songs of Praise - Sunday 26th May

As part of the Downham Market Festival, Churches Together are hosting a Songs of Praise service in the Town Hall on Sunday 26th May at 6.30pm (Please note the new time!)

Everyone is welcome to come along and join us - and please invite your friend and neighbours. 

If you would like to be part of the choir on the night, please come along to Downham Market Methodist Church on Friday evenings at 7pm from 3rd to 24th May. You can also regisiter an interest by completing the form below.

Informal Deanery Synod - Thursday 30th May - 7pm

Our next informal synod session will be on Thursday 30th May at Hilgay Village Hall at 7pm until 8.30pm. The invitation is to all members of all our churches, not just church officers or members of the formal synod. The purpose is to share experiences and encourage one another on important topics that were raised in our parish consultation in 2022, and to do so informally, but with focus.

We had a very inspiring session in April in Fincham village hall, learning about two church-based initiatives in our deanery concerning children, families and young people. All those who attended agreed it was very positive and encouraging (afterwards, one wit exclaimed “and no discussion of ministry share!”).

Those present asked that we continue exploring this topic that is so vital for the future of our churches, and that we not leave it too long before the next session, so as to maintain momentum.

Accordingly, there will be another informal synod session on Thursday May 30th at 7pm at the village hall in Hilgay (22 High St, Hilgay, PE38 0LH, almost opposite the Methodist chapel). Please no not park on the road directly outside the village hall.

We will be considering 'Messy Church' as one model for working with children and families:

June Events

Strawberry Tea - St Mary's Church, Southery, 

St Mary's Church, Southery are holding a Strawberry Tea on Saturday 29th June, from 2pm to 4pm on the church lawn (in the church if wet).

There will be games, a cake stall and raffle. Everyone is invited so why not come along and support St Mary's on the day.

Mailing List

We are setting up a new email mailing list for the Ouse Valley Benefice which will be used for the monthly newsletter and other regular updates. Please let Revd Nigel know if you would like to be added to the list. You can be assured that your email address will not be shared with anyone else. Once signed up, you will be able to unsubscribe at any time. You can also join the mailing list by completing the form at

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