Chelmsford Cathedral
Church at Home

Live Streaming our services:

How to watch our live streamed services:  Through Face Book

Morning Prayer 7.45am, Evening Prayer 5.15pm and our 10.30am Sunday Eucharist are live-streamed via FaceBook. This link, Click here will take you straight to the page on Face Book where the services are live streamed.  You can watch Live without joining Facebook- just click 'not now' when they ask you to sign in. You then continue to the page to watch the service.

Watching afterwards: Via YouTube

Once services have been live streamedm morning prayer and the Sunday Eucharist are uploaded to our YouTube Channel and can be watched here. You will find all services that have been livestreamed over many months.


Morning Prayer Monday 10th August 

Evening Prayer (direct link to Face Book)

Click on the day to find the Order for Morning and Evening Prayer throughout Ordinary Time:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 


Sunday 10.30am Eucharist for Sunday 9th August

Click here to download the order of service.

Watch on our YouTube channel here.

Night Prayer will resume in September.


Following the latest Church of England guidance, it is now expected that all visitors to the Cathedral, for worship or private prayer, wear a facemask.

A Cathedral Eucharist will take place at 10.30am each Sunday.  Please note there is no longer a requirement to reserve a place/book a ticket for this service. Tickets are still required for Junior Church and Muddy Church.

Junior Church will also be running on Sunday at 10.30am in Guy Harlings Gardens. This will be an All Age Service, parents must stay with their children and places must be booked in advance. You can book your free tickets on Eventbrite here.





If you have a pastoral need or prayer request, please email the Canon Pastor


Our weekly emails:

Click here for the newssheet for Sunday 9th August 2020

Children and Family Junior Church Newsletter for Sunday 2nd August

The Dean's Weekly Letter for Saturday 8th August. (Audio version from our YouTube channel)


Next Saturday (15 August) is VJ Day, marking the formal end of the war in Japan. Partly because of the way the war ended with the dropping of the first two nuclear bombs, and partly because of our emphasis on VE Day, the war in Japan is often overlooked. Here at Chelmsford Cathedral we will be marking this with a special ceremony at 6 am and in the daily prayer at 7.45 am and 5.15 pm. All of these will be streamed live on Facebook.




This Sunday, is our annual cricket match against Chelmsford Mosque.  It is a little different this year, in order to comply with social distancing but still promises to be a great afternoon whether you are playing or watching.  Do come along and support the teams.  The match is being played at Willingale Cricket Club CM5 0SJ and starts at 2pm.  In place of the usual buffet, please bring your own picnic although some individually wrapped food and drink will be available.  Cathedral organiser, Canon Ivor Moody says, 'this is always a great occasion to get together with our friends at the Mosque so do come along and support us if you can'.  For more information please contact Ivor Moody.



Each week from now until the end of August, the Cathedral will be sharing a series of 12 minute talks as videos on mental health and social isolation.  Kintsugi Hope was set up two years ago by Patrick Regan.  Kintsugi is a Japanese technique for mending broken pottery.  Gold powder is added to glue so that rather than hiding the cracks, they are made more beautiful.  A metaphor for us all.  Our scars make us who we are.  The series starts with a short introduction from Revd Jackie-Dee Thornton.  Do listen as they are added each week.  They are easy to listen to and full of encouragement.

Recommendation of the video series by Kintsugi Hope from The Revd Jackie-Dee Thornton.


Talk 1: Anxiety.  Anxiety isn't a weakness.  It's normal but how do we manage it?  Do we try too hard to be accepted and liked, to be perfect?  Patrick talks about the need for compassion, both for ourselves and for others.  To talk to ourselves as we would a best friend.  Just like Elijah, we are not on our own - God is with us.  This is the first video in the series looking at mental health and social isolation.


Talk 2: Resilience.  'For I know the plans I have for you', declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'.  Patrick speaks on this verse from Jeremiah 29 v.11 about resilience.  In the midst of trouble and feeling scared, God will give us hope.


Talk 3: Perfectionism.  'Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order'.  Do minor arguements feel like the end of the world?  Are you contstantly trying to read the minds of others and second guess what they think about you?  Do you have unrealistic expectations, or are unable to take constructive criticism and do you fail to celebrate achievement?  Sound familiar?  Listen to this talk and hear what God says when he looks on you.



Talk 4: Lament.  We can often feel forgotten.  Patrick reads from Psalm 13 where the psalmist feels forgotten by God.  Do we feel disorientated, forgotten by God?  Patrick challenges us to find God in the midst of our suffering and to realise it is OK not to be OK.





Hymn of the Week: 

This week’s hymn, Before the ending of the day, is an ancient hymn from the 4th century, translated by J M Neale, who we celebrate this week. It is sung at night, during the fragile and still hours, when prayer is often most natural. 

This week: Before the ending of the day

To listen to the hymn, please click here


Pastoral Support:

If you are self-isolating and a member of our Cathedral congregation, please let us know by emailing or calling Marion Palmer, Dean's PA or by phone: 01245 294497.  Leave a voicemail message when prompted to do so and that message will appear as an email which Marion will be able to check from home and contact the right person on your behalf.

The effects of mental health problems are huge, and given the challenging times we are living in with coronavirus, it's more important than ever that we take steps to support good mental health.  The Church of England has updated its mental health reflections booklet with new material to provide hope, reassurance and comfort, called 13 Daily Reflections.  To view or download the pdf, please click here.


There is information about coronavirus, faith and bereavement support on the Essex County Council website.  For advice, please click here.


There is now a free number especially for people who cannot get on-line.  It is  0800 804 8044. You can listen to a message from the Archbishop of Canterbury and then there is the option to choose to listen to hymns, prayers and reflections.   It's aimed at those without access to online worship so if you know anyone who would like to use this service, please give them a call and let them know.


The Chelmsford YMCA is offering new support, accessible to all and free of charge including family support, early years online, housing and welfare benefits.  Click here for further details.




Dementia Friendly Communities.  The Cathedral is pleased to be working with local groups and organisations to be a dementia friendly community.  Please click on the links that follow where you will find help and support.  This is especially important as people with dementia are partticularly vulnerable at this time.

If you have access to Face Book there is a Dementia Friendly Communities Face Book group.  Please click here.

The Alzheimer’s Society (Essex) is also available to offer help and suppprt: Tel: 01245-260911 (open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm)


The National Alzheimer’s Society also has a telephone support line: tel: 0333 150 3456 which is open Monday to Wednesday 9am – 8pm, Thursday and Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm.  Calls are  charged at standard local rate.

There are Dementia Friends sessions online.

The Alzheimer’s Society produces a number of factsheets. General Factsheets as well as factsheets for faith groups. There is also a special support page for people affected by dementia and coronavirus.

Action for Family Carers:  For information, links to videos, support and advice, please click here.


Supporting the Cathedral: 

On-line giving is now available.  If you would like to make a donation to the Cathedral, please click here.  You can give a one-off set amount or choose your own figure.  There is also the option to Gift Aid your donation at no extra cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

Regular donations are enormously helpful to keep the mission and ministry of the Cathedral going even in this very different form. Many in the Cathedral give by direct debit through the Parish Giving Scheme, which passes on the full amount of the gift and relevant Gift Aid at no cost to us. It is easy to set up a regular donation by ringing the PGS on 0333 002 1271. They will ask for our parish code which is 080608001.


Staying in touch:

If you would like to stay in touch with us by receiving our newssheet please email


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