Chelmsford Cathedral
Junior Church

What we do

The Junior Church meets every Sunday during term time in St. Cedd’s Hall, and enjoy a range of worship and activities based on each Sunday’s readings organised and delivered by a group of parents led by Jo Themistocleous one of the cathedral’s Pastoral Assistants, and a member of the clergy team. They then come over to the cathedral and join the congregation for the second half of the 9.30am service, with different age groups of young people invited to stand round the altar during the saying of the Eucharistic Prayer.

As well as Sunday morning teaching, activities and worship, the Junior Church enjoy a range of activities throughout the year, including Easter and Christmas workshops, ‘find out about your cathedral’ mornings (for parents as well!), outings, contributions to cathedral worship and a trip to the pantomime in December!

Junior Church is there for young people up to the age of 10-11, after which they are invited to join the cathedral’s youth group.

For more information about Chelmsford Cathedral’s Junior Church and to enquire about membership for a child, please contact the cathedral office on 01245 294492,

We need parents to complete a registration form for each child attending Junior Church. Please return completed forms to the Cathedral Office or bring it with you to Junior Church. Parents of children in the Crèche and Pre-school are asked to collect their child from the Chapter House as children attending these groups must be signed in and out.

Programme for Spring Term 2018

7 January - Jesus is baptised

14 January - Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael

21 January - Jesus throws the money-changers out of the temple

28 January - Candlemas Thanksgiving Parade Service in the Cathedral (no Junior Church)

4 February - 'In the beginning was the Word ...'

11 and 18 February - half term break - (no Junior Church)

25 February - Jesus said, 'Take up your cross and follow me ...'

4 March - Jesus said, 'Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days ...'

If you can, plese bring wooden bricks of Jenga!

11 March - Mothering Sunday Parade Service in the Cathedral (no Junior Church)

18 March - All-age Communion Service in St Cedd's Hall, led by Canon Ivor Moody 

25 March - Palm Sunday all-age Procession Service in the Cathedral (no Junior Church)


Easter Holiday Club 3rd to 5th April - sign up to attend at

Summer Term 2018                                            
22 April Jesus said: 'I am the Good Shepherd'
29 April Jesus said: 'I am the vine, you are the branches'
6 May Jesus said: 'This is my commandment - love one another'
13 May Jesus prayed for his disciples: 'As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world'
20 May Pentecost (The Church's birthday)
27 May & 3 June Half Term Break (no Junior Church)
10 June Jesus said 'Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother'
17 June Parable of the mustard seed
24 June Jesus calms the storm
1 July All Age service in the Cathedral
8 July Junior Church Communion
15 July The blessings we have in Christ


Junior Church will return in September, after the summer break.




This is a picture of some of our young people cutting out some flags of the world, ready to lay them around an impromptu stable scene we had constructed on the floor of St. Cedd’s Hall in the Cathedral Chapter House just before Christmas.

They were taking part in an all-age Eucharist, which is now being held once a term as part of the Sunday morning Junior Church activities. The flags represented the visit of the wise men to the stable, who represent the other nations of the world and the Christmas message that Christ’s birth and message is for all people. The children also made and wrote Christmas cards and displayed them around the crib, which were messages and prayers to the world’s poor, reflected by the fact that the first visitors to the stable were very poor shepherds.

The children also enjoyed a Eucharistic Prayer written as a poem, and Caroline Robinson, a member of the cathedral congregation, brought some home- made baked bread!



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