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Children and Family Ministry

We love to welcome children and families to Chelmsford Cathedral.

We usually have lots planned so that we can have fun together while exploring the Christian faith.  

Inside Out, also known as Junior Church, our outdoor family service, runs on Sunday mornings but there are special activities and events that take place in school holidays too. Continue reading this page to find out more including our latest events for you to join in with.

You are welcome to read our newsletter for Sunday 10th October where you will find Bible stories and lots of creative ideas.  Here is a story from Jean Elliott for this week (24th October). Click here to read the story, you can download and colour it in too.

Beads bracelet made by one of the children

Junior Church - Inside Out

Inside takes place at the same time as the Sunday morning eucharist.

After the 2020 Spring Coronavirus lockdown, our Junior Church began to meet outside in the lovely Guy Harlings garden (behind the Diocesan and Cathedral offices) and continued there throughout the summer and autumn until the winter lockdowns.

It has become an interactive time of worship and learning for families of all ages – children and adults together and is now called Inside Out. There is no need to book a place.

The garden provides a relaxed and beautiful setting in which to worship and is right next to the Learning Centre whenever an indoor space is required.

We enjoy using the garden space to the full, getting to know God and one another better as we listen to stories and engage with the Bible, enjoy craft and trails and pray together. We hope that meeting outside will remain an important part of what we do, but we also look forward to the time when we are able to reconnect with the cathedral building and indoor congregation.

Muddy Church

Muddy Church is for everyone not just for children!  It's an opportunity to explore God through creation and the sessions are all outside so do dress according to the weather.  Places need to be booked via Eventbrite.  A link will be added by each date as booking becomes available.  Muddy Church starts at 3pm and finishes around 4.30pm.

Sunday 19th September - Our theme is 'Harvest'

Sunday 17th October - Hylands Park to experience the Autumn leaves, build dens and enjoy God’s beautiful creation together. 

Sunday 21st November - Guy Harlings garden and is a 'Winter Warmer' time of fun for the family as we meet outdoors and discover God's creation in nature. Among other things we'll be thinking about hibernating animals and enjoying hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows.

Sunday 12th December - Christingle in Guy Harlings garden

Little Robins

Join us on Wednesdays between 9.30am and 11.30am in the Learning Centre and Guy Harlings garden for a new baby and toddler group run by Jean Elliott, our children and families leader. 

You'll find a big welcome for you and your pre-school children, indoor and outdoor fun, singing and rhyme time, new friends.

No charge but donations welcome.

Just come along or email Jean for more details

Term Time - starts 15th September.

Little Robins Graphic

Special Events

We look forward to being able to welcome you back to special family events at the Cathedral. In the past these have included ‘stay and play’ Lego days in the cathedral (a lot of Lego and a lot of fun!), Pancake parties in the Learning Centre, ‘Summer Space’ (space to chill and play in the garden) and ‘Light up the night’ (marshmallow toasting, storytelling and lanterns) in Guy Harlings garden.

The Cathedral also has a family’s Facebook page. Do contact us via @chelmsfordcathedral to join the group.

Or email our Children and Family’s minister Jean Elliott for more details.