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.
The Big Pancake Race, Tuesday 28 March 6.30pm
Come along to witness the famous chorister pancake race with some special guests who will be running around the cathedral with a frying pan! After the race there will be pancakes for everyone as we raise funds for the Church Urban Fund's Food Poverty Campaign. The event is free, but for catering purposes please get a ticket from the cathedral box office... Read more
Sunday Sing! For Lent, 12 March 2.15pm
What have you given up for Lent?A special service for children and families exploring the meaning of Lent and reflecting on the countdown to Easter. This informal child-friendly service lasts about 30 minutes followed by refreshments.
Mothering Sunday Service, 26 March 10.30am
A special service for the whole community on Mothering Sunday. Come along with friends and family to say thank you to God for all the mothering qualities shared among us. With special guests the Ely Imps, the distribution of Mothering Sunday gifts, and wonderful music.
The Congregation are invited to arrive for 10.15am, to learn a new hymn together!
Sunday Sing for Palm Sunday, 9 April 2.15pm
A special service for children and families marking Palm Sunday when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a Donkey. Come and collect your free Palm Cross, hear the story of Palm Sunday and Sing Hosanna to the King of Kings. This informal child-friendly service lasts about 30 minutes followed by refreshments.
Good Friday Children's Worship, Friday 14 April 4pm
Come and hear the story of Easter and help create an Easter Garden. Children's Worship and Activities. All are welcome. This informal child-friendly service lasts about 40 minutes followed by refreshments and Hot Cross buns in the Refectory.
Easter Day Family Eucharist with Children's Activities and Easter Eggs, Sunday 16 April 10.30am
Children and families are very welcome to join us for our Easter Day service where we rejoice that Christ has risen! With beautiful music and great hymns. During the sermon, children will be invited to help create a lovely display at the back of the cathedral and what Easter service would be complete without the distribution of Easter Eggs! Followed by refreshments and an Easter Egg hunt in the Bishop's Garden.
Sunday Sing! for Creation, 14 May 2.15pm
As we get ready for our Science Festival, we give thanks for the amazing world we live in, the gifts of nature and discoveries of science. This informal child-friendly service lasts about 30 minutes followed by refreshments.
T-Rex and Dino Dig, Saturday 20 May 11am-3pm
Come and meet T-Rex, our friendly dinosaur walking around the cathedral. There will also be a dinosaur dig where you can uncover your very own fossil to take home... Read more
Mini-beast Hunt and Nature Walk Sunday 4 June 3pm in the Almonry Garden
Come and join us for an exciting hunt for mini-beasts, birds and cool creatures in the Almonry Garden. Afternoon teas and ice cream available in the Almonry Tea Rooms. Free Entry... Read more
Blast Off! Dr Bunhead Science Show, Saturday 10 June 4.30pm
The amazing stunt scientist Dr Bunhead presents his 'Blast off' Show, bringing science to life with explosive experiments, mayhem and live music. The Special show is for children and families-don't miss it!... Read more
Messy Church does Science, Sunday 18 June 1-3pm
The national launch of the new 'Messy Science Project' with experiments and activities for children and families and a chance to buy the new resource book. Sponsored by the Church of England's Scientists in Congregations Award... Read more
Regular Children's activities at Ely Cathedral
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 the Cathedral Centre (just opposite 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.
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 speaker so 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.
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