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In response to both government guidance and our desire to exercise our responsibility in the community in the best way possible, we have made the decision to move all our worship on line.  

As a result we have planned our entire programme of worship and learning for Lent, Holy Week and Easter so that it can be delivered fully on-line, but – were circumstances to change – could equally well be delivered in the Cathedral building with people gathering. When and if that will be the case is kept under constant review, but realistically my expectation that the renewal of any kind of congregational public worship is highly unlikely before Easter.

I know this is difficult and challenging for all of us, and I have a particular concern for people who are feeling very isolated – especially those who are unable to connect with the Cathedral on-line. I am however also encouraged by what I see of the informal networks that continue to sustain and develop our life together, however remotely.

We will continue to update our plans in response to changes in both government and church advice, so please look out for developments.

The season ahead in the Christian calendar is of course one that speaks of the desert journey, of the deepest challenge of the cross, and the darkness of Good Friday. And yet we set out on that journey in full assurance that the future is already secured, and that the Lord holds the shape of that future.

With my thank and best wishes.

Nicholas Henshall

Dean of Chelmsford

serving East London and Essex

Discover more about the Christian Faith this Lent.  Sign up for one of our free on-line Lent courses.  More details on our Lent 2021 page.

Eucharist for the Second Sunday of Lent 28th February.  Click here for an Order of Service.

On Sunday the first of our services of Words and Music for Lent was livestreamed on the Cathedral's Facebook page.  To download an order of service click here.

We're open for private prayer

We're delighted that we remain open for anyone wishing to come into the Cathedral to pray or light a candle.  The Cathedral will be open each day Monday to Saturday from 10.30am to 3.30pm and Sundays from 12 noon to 3pm.  There are also resources, available each day for you to take away, to help you pray.  Please remember when you visit to observe social distancing and to wear a mask, unless you are exempt.

We're worshipping online

Our clergy team live stream Daily Prayer every day from the Church at Home Facebook group at 7.45 am and 5.15pm. A recording of Morning Prayer is also normally made available on YouTube shortly after the live stream has finished. On Sundays, the clergy will lead a Eucharist service from the Cathedral, starting at 10.30am and live streamed to our Facebook page.  Whilst you cannot attend in person at the moment, do join us on-line.  We look forward to welcoming you.

Please visit our 'Church at Home' page, you can find it just below the Home screen button. This is a real hub for a whole range of resources that we are making available to help people sustain a regular pattern of prayer, share news and support one another, and to keep in touch with new developments. There is also a link to pastoral support and to other organisations who are here to help you at this time.

There's lots of ways you can keep up with all the latest news from the Cathedral. The Dean sends out a weekly letter, there is a weekly newssheet.  Please email Clare Broome to be added to the mailing list.  Plus simply click on the link to receive the Growing in Faith mailing and a Children and Family Newsletter

Supporting your Cathedral  

As we continue to minister during these challenging times, we need your help now more than ever. If you are able to please consider making a donation to the mission and ministry of the Cathedral. Please click here to make a one-off donation. 

You can now make a donation to St Peter's Chapel, Bradwell. To do so please click here.

We’re Good to Go

During lockdown, the Cathedral was awarded the Visit England ‘We’re good to go’ Industry Standard.  This is the official mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

You are welcome to join us for Morning and Evening Prayer and our Sunday Eucharist

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