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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.  

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 January where you will find Bible stories and lots of creative ideas.  You are welcome to follow the story of Alice the mouse on her Advent adventure on the Cathedral Families Facebook page.

Beads bracelet made by one of the children

Junior Church

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

Junior Church meets outside in the lovely Guy Harlings garden (behind the Diocesan and Cathedral offices) and is an interactive time of worship and learning for families of all ages – children and adults together.
On the last Sunday of each month, Junior Church meets with the whole congregation in the Cathedral.

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. 

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.

16th January

20th February

20th March

24th April

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.