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CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

WELCOME TO YOUR CATHEDRAL!

ELY CATHEDRAL IS FOR EVERYONE. WE HOPE THAT CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FIND A SPECIAL WELCOME HERE AND ENJOY THE MAGNIFICENT BUILDING AND ALL THAT WE HAVE TO OFFER THROUGH WORSHIP, MUSIC, PRAYER, FAMILY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES. CHILDREN OFTEN EXPRESS AWE AND WONDER WHEN THEY COME INTO THIS WONDERFUL SPACE. WE HOPE THEY ALSO EXPERIENCE SOMETHING OF GOD'S LOVE FOR THEM.

2017 Programme

There are lots of fun activities for Children and Families to look forward to at Ely Cathedral this Christmas. Admission to any of these events is free and everyone is very welcome!

Christingle Service in aid of the Children's Society

9 December, 3pm

Christingle was established by the Moravian Church in 1747 as a symbol of Christ's light and love. The Children's Society introduced it to the Church of England in 1968 and it has since become a popular family celebratory and community event that takes place in thousands of churches and schools across the country. The celebrations are named after the Christingles that are lit during the service which are made from an orange decorated with red tape, sweets and a candle.

The Big Christmas Tree Light Switch-on Service!

10 December, 5.15pm

Back by popular demand! Come and see the biggest, most spectacular Christmas tree in Ely as we countdown to the switching on of the lights. This popular event designed for young children and families celebrates the festive season in song and prayer, concluding with the blessing of the magnificent tree complete with fairy dust! Once the lights are switched on why not take the opportunity for a family photo in front of the beautiful, sparkling tree.

Christmas Story and Song Time

14 December, 10am

Meet at the Christmas tree.

A very special service recommended for younger children re-telling the Christmas Story in the wonderful setting of Ely Cathedral. This short service will include storytelling, delicious snacks plus songs and prayers in preparation for Christmas.

Recommended for children up to the age of 5 with their parents or carers.

Community Christmas Carol Sing-a-long

16 December, 2pm

Forget the Christmas shopping for an hour! Come and sing-a-long to your favourite carols accompanied by the brilliant Littleport Brass Band. With Christmas music, readings and prayers.

Christmas Holiday Drop-in

20 December, 10am - Midday

A free Christmas Holiday drop-in to get the school holidays off to a festive start. The theme for this session will be Christmas Crafts, including the chance to make prayer angels and paper snowflakes.

Recommended for children up to the age of 10. Children must please be accompanied by an adult.

Children's Crib Services

23 December, 3pm and 24 December, 3pm

The children of the Cathedral re-tell the story of Christmas in this wonderful tableau of shepherds, angels, wise men and very special VIP guest and cathedral celebrity 'Daisy the Donkey'. With well-known Christmas carols and a sense of awe and wonder as we all await the celebrations of the birth of Jesus.

Junior Church

The Children of Ely Cathedral will be preparing for Christmas on 26 November & 3, 10, 17 December. The Children meet in Powchers Hall during the main 10.30am Eucharist for activities, stories and crafts exploring the story of Jesus. If you would like to come along just ring June on 01353 656959.

Regular Children's activities at Ely Cathedral

Junior Church
Our Cathedral Junior Church meets on Sunday's during term time. They gather in Powchers Hall at 10.15am, and then come back to join the whole church family for Holy Communion. They hear stories, sing songs, do craft activities and learn about the Christian Faith. Junior Church is for children from Reception to Year 6. All of our Junior Church helpers are DBS checked and receive regular safeguarding training.
For further information contact June Massey - 01353 656959.

The Edward Bear Club meets every Friday from 10-11am in Powchers Hall (just outside the south door of the Cathedral) and is designed for pre-school children and their parents/carers. There is a special little service with prayers, songs and stories and then plenty of time for play followed by refreshments. Edward Bear Club is run by the Cathedral branch of the Mothers' Union, and you can find out more about their work here.

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Children's Area
Every Sunday there is a special area set aside (in the Prior's Door area) for young children to use during our main Sunday service at 10.30am. There are toys and books and a loudspeaker so that you can listen to the service at the same time. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Ely Imps, our Children's Choir.
The Ely Imps are our fantastic children's choir for children between 7-13yrs. Children from all over Ely are invited to come along and enjoy the experience of singing in the Cathedral. We are always looking for new members to come and join the fun. To find out more about The Ely Imps see here.

Ely Cathedral App.

Did you know, if you live in Ely, postcode CB6 or CB7 you can apply for a resident's pass which gives you free entry Ely Cathedral?

If you would like to find out more about events for children and families please contact: gro/lardehtacyle//nosnhoj/v