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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

Monday 8 & Wednesday 10 April, 10am - Midday
Easter Craft Family Drop-ins In the Lady Chapel
No charge for entry, small charge for optional trail.

Thursday 11 - Thursday 18 April
Easter Prayer stations around the East End of the Cathedral.

Good Friday 19 April
10-11am
Children's Activities and Worship
Come and hear the story of Easter and help create an Easter Garden. This child-friendly event lasts about an hour and leads in to an informal act of worship with Christian communities from all over Ely as they gather in the Cathedral after their Walk of Witness. The service is followed by hot cross buns in the Lady Chapel. All are welcome.

10.15am
Christians Together Walk of Witness
Christians from all over the city gather outside St Mary's Church for prayer and begin a walk of witness to Market Square. The procession then moves to the Cathedral for a final short Act of Worship at 11am. Everyone is invited to the Lady Chapel for hot cross buns and refreshments.

Easter Day 21 April
Eucharist with Children's Activities and Easter Egg Hunt
Children and families are very welcome to join us for our service on Easter Day where we rejoice that Christ has risen! With beautiful music and great hymns. During the service, children will be invited to help create a lovely display at the back of the Cathedral and what Easter celebration would be complete without an Easter Egg Hunt which takes place immediately after the service in the Bishop's Garden.


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.
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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 Education 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 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