Most Sundays there is a special programme for children at the 10am Eucharist Service. We believe vibrant Christian faith and deep belonging in community is for people of all ages, not just the grown ups. We also believe our chuch is most vibrant and healthy when we develop authentic faith across our generations and encourage all ages to participate fully in the life of our church. Our ministry to children and families builds authentic faith and community through special teachings for our children aged 2-13 during the Liturgy of the Word, with everyone coming together to share the Liturgy of the Table as one family.
Tots’N’Tunes music and movement is a weekly gathering for parents and carers (and those expecting!) and pre-schoolers. We meet on Tuesday mornings from 10am to 11.30am in the Brian Davis Room at the Cathedral.
Sessions begin with an energetic time of music, songs and dance. We have a children’s story and then enjoy all important coffee and morning tea!
Whilst every worship service at the Cathedral is an opportunity to gather together as the family of God, we recognise that juggling young children is not always easy within our regular services and parents don’t always get to join in all of the hymns or hear the sermons. So, once a month we have a Eucharist service especially designed for parents and pre-schoolers.
The service takes place at 9.30am (early enough to be home for morning sleeps!) on the third Saturday of every month in the Lady Chapel.
The Buggy Service combines traditional liturgy and hymns with pre-school focussed songs and activities. The service lasts half an hour and is followed by a relaxed morning tea.
Infant Baptism and Services of Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child
Regular opportunities are offered for parents of infants to be prepared for the baptism/christening of their child. Speak to one of the clergy team to find out more about the celebration of baptism and the preparation process here at the Cathedral. We also offer a service for parents to give thanks for the gift of their child and pray for God’s blessing upon their family life.
The Children’s Choir is aimed at children aged between 5 – 8. The choir is directed by Richard Apperley, Assistant Director of Music at the Cathedral, and serves as a training ground for those wishing to become members of the Cathedral Choristers. Singers learn essential vocal technique, music theory and experience the joy and fun of singing as part of a choir through both games and repertoire.
The choir rehearses during term time on Thursday afternoons from 3.30 – 4.30pm, and once a month sings a service with the Cathedral Choristers. There is no cost or audition to be a member of the choir.
Please contact Richard Apperley for further information about the choir.
The Cathedral Choristers are an important part of the life of the Cathedral. Aged from 8 to 15 years and drawn from schools across the city, they play a regular role in the worship life of our Cathedral. The Choristers rehearse twice a week and participate in a weekday Evensong service and some of the Sunday services and special services which take place at the Cathedral.
Being part of the Choristers is a wonderful opportunity for first rate musical education and to be part of a much loved community. Choristers also take part in Christian education and have the opportunity to train for Royal School of Church Music Ribbon Awards.
Michael Stewart, Director of Music, auditions prospective choristers regularly. Please contact Michael Stewart for more information.
Cathedral Servers and Acolytes
Cathedral servers are young people, who take responsibility for vital parts of our Sunday Eucharist celebrations. A Head Server looks after the group of servers and, along with the clergy, provide training for all new servers. If you would like to find out more about serving God in this way, please contact the Cathedral office.
During school-term time on Monday mornings there is a playgroup for Pre-schoolers from 9.45 to 11.30am in the Brian Davis Room at the Cathedral.