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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.  

Our Junior Church 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 1st August where you will find Bible stories and lots of creative ideas.

Beads bracelet made by one of the children

Junior Church

Junior Church takes place at the same time as the Sunday morning eucharist.

After the 2020 Spring Coronavirus lockdown, 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. 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 oppotunity 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 finsihes around 4.30pm.

Sunday 15th August - On the beach at Westcliff - on-Sea. To book a free ticket, please click here.

Sunday 19th September -venue tbc

Sunday 17th October - venue tbc

Sunday 21st November - venue tbc

Sunday 19th December - Christingle in Guy Harlings garden

Summer Space

We are pleased to be able to let you know that Summer Space is back!  Based in Guy Harlings garden (behind the Cathedral offices) it is an opportunity for families to drop in and play in the beautiful garden.  Bring a picnic blanket to sit on; there will be toys available or you can bring your own.  More details to follow but the dates are Wednesday 21st & 28th July and 18th & 25th August anytime from 11am to 4pm.

There is no need to book and you can drop in at any time throughout the day.  Children and Families worker Jean Elliott will be really please to see you.  If you would like any more information, please do get in contact with Jean.

Summer Space

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.