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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.

2019 Programme

Christingle Service in aid of the Children's Society

7 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!

8 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

12 December, 10.30am

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

14 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. 

Children's Crib Services

24 December, Midday and 3pm

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


Regular Children's activities at Ely Cathedral

Junior Church
Our Cathedral Junior Church meets on Sundays during term time. They gather in Powcher's Hall (just outside the south door of the Cathedral) 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. The children often contribute readings and prayers during Cathedral worship on Mothering Sunday, Good Friday, Harvest and on other occasions through the year. Junior Church is for children from Reception to Year 6. All of our Junior Church helpers are DBS checked and receive regular safeguarding training. Older children (Yr 6 upwards) are invited to be part of Café Church, a relaxed discussion-based group meeting once a month on a Sunday morning exploring how we live out our faith in the world.
For further information contact gro/lardehtacyle//hcruhcroinuj

The Edward Bear Club meets every Friday from 10-11am in Powcher's 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.

The Learning Department runs a Holiday Drop-in on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am - Midday during all school holidays (except Bank Holidays). It is open to all ages and free of charge! Each week has a different theme to suit the time of year and a new trail to help children explore the Cathedral. Please join us in the Lady Chapel.

Ely Cathedral App.

Did you know. If you live in Ely postcode districts 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//drarrag/j