Chelmsford Cathedral
 
Junior Church

Due to the suspension of services, Junior Church is unable to take place at the moment.  However a weekly mailing is sent out with ideas, thoughts, activities and more for families. This is to help families have some form of Junior Church At Home. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to sign-up for this fun-packed mailing.

Junior Church at Home!

Ideas for Sunday 31st May:  

This week's theme is: Pentecost: the birthday of the Church

At Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, the Holy Spirit is sent upon the Apostles and friends of Jesus. They are given the ability to speak in many different languages in order that they could tell everyone the Good News!

Bible Readings:

Acts 2.1-21
John 20.19-23

and the The Pentecost Story told with Lego and Father Black

 

“When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were.”

 

Ideas.

For All Ages

Pentecost is celebrated as the Church's birthday. Have a little birthday party for the Church! You could make a cup cakes together and talk about how when Jesus had finished his work on earth he started the Church so we could keep doing all the work he had done! 

Recipe here https://catholiccuisine.blogspot.com/2011/06/pentecost-cupcakes.html

Wear red - red is the colour of flame and tongues of flame rested on the followers' heads at Pentecost. Make a red paper hat together. 

Fly a kite - if you have a kite go and fly it. Jesus' friends heard the sound of a great wind as the Holy Spirit came upon them. 

Make - natural wind streamers. Get some sticks from outside. Get some old pieces of fabric, cut them out in strips and tie them to your sticks. The more colours you have the better. No plastic and no glue! Run around and enjoy.

Get out the red paint and enjoy painting with the paint! 


 

Praying the Lord's Prayer

Each week there will be a short video clip featuring a part of the Lord's Prayer and a craft activity to enjoy as a family.

 

Our Father in Heaven                                  Hallowed be your name   

 

Your Kingdom Come ...                             Give us today our daily bread

 

Forgive us our sins ...                                Lead us not into temptation...

 

 

 

 

 

For the Kingdom the power and the glory ...

 

 

We normally have some lovely colouring sheets drawn by Tony out at our Stay and Play Lego mornings in the Cathedral.  Here are some for you to download and colour.  

If you would like to have a go at making a model, click on the link here to download a scale model of aCathedral.  You may need to print it on paper and glue it to a thin piece of card.

 

 

 

 

Click here to download the Bishop's Shield colouring sheet. 

 

Here is another of Tony's amazing colouring sheets.  This one is based on the window at the Cathedral which tells the story of the Good Samaritan.

Click here for a colour-in sheet of the carvings found on the Cathedral tower.

Click here to download the colouring sheet for the Cathedral ceiling. 

 

 

 

An Easter Board game!  

Click here to download a pdf version to print and play at home.

 

Alphabet Praise.

Think of a word starting with each letter of the alphabet to describe God. Some letters will be much easier than others! Write the words on post-it notes and leave them somewhere you can keep coming back to so you can add to them. Choose a word to discuss together and use it as a focus for your prayers. (This activity could last for a whole week!)

 

Bubble prayers

Talk together about what we are worried about. Blow some bubbles (bubble mixture or washing up liquid) to represent our worries and give them to God. As we focus on him, our worries will grow smaller. Some will even disappear. 

 

Prayer paper chain – cut strips of paper and write the name of someone in your family, someone from your church or school or workplace, a friend or a neighbour on each. Glue or tape the strips together to form a chain. Even though we can’t get together at the moment, we are together in prayer. 

 

And for when we're back ...!

You are welcome here

Matthew 18 - True Greatness 

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Children and young people are at the heart of the Christian community and are invited to join with us in worship as they choose. Particular provision for children is available at our Sunday 9.30am Parish Eucharist/ Communion Service.

Children between 3-8+ are warmly invited to come to the Chapter House which is next to the Cathedral at 9.30am during term time. There are 2 groups to choose from:

  1. For younger children between 3-7 years old, parents stay with the children
  2. For children aged 8 plus

 

Babes and toddlers are invited to come to the Cathedral at 9.30am where there is a Children’s Chapel if parents wish to make use of it, as well as busy-bags for little ones.

Children and their parents join the rest of the church family at around 10am in the Cathedral. That coming together as one church family is really important. Children are invited to gather with the clergy around the altar. Refreshments are served after the service.

 

Events and Activities

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!

For more information about Chelmsford Cathedral’s Junior Church please contact Canon Imogen Nay, imogen.nay@chelmsfordcathedral.org.uk 

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