Messy Cathedral

Bring the children along to enjoy stories, prayer, crafts and songs. Messy Cathedral is church, but not as you might imagine it!

What is Messy Cathedral?

Messy Cathedral is a monthly session aimed mainly at primary school children and their families, but siblings of all ages welcome and come together in a relaxed environment, it is Christ-centred and based on creativity, hospitality and celebration.

Originating from ‘Messy Church’ (a nationwide initiative set up for families to enjoy fun and creative activities together centred around Christian values and teachings) we aim to create a relaxed space for families and children.

Themes for children

Each session a will explore a different theme by way of stories, crafts and prayer.

Themes for the coming weeks:

The sessions will run from 14:00-16:00 inside the Cathedral, on the following dates:

June 23rd (Theme: Jesus’ stories: The Wise and Foolish Builders)

July 21st, (Theme: Jesus’ stories: The Sower) 

August 11th, (Theme: Summer fun) 

September 8th, (Theme: Creation Season) 

October 20th, (Theme: Harvest) 

November 10th, (Theme: Advent) 

December 8th , (Theme: Christmas) 

Sunday School

During our Sunday morning Service at 10:45 we run a Sunday School, whereby children can explore their faith, make new friends and learn through play.

To find out more ask our Cathedral Vergers on arrival or call the Cathedral office on 01332 341201.

Frequently Asked Questions

Messy Cathedral is a relaxed, family session lasting about 2 hour and includes stories reflecting key themes, songs, games, learning activities, crafts and prayer.

Messy Cathedral is free, however donations are gratefully received.

No booking required, just come along!

Messy Cathedral is aimed mainly at primary school children and their families, but siblings of all ages welcome.

Messy Cathedral takes place inside the Cathedral building. Our lovely welcome team will direct you when you arrive.

Enquire today about your first time

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Derby Cathedral,

18-19 Iron Gate,



Call: 01332 341201


We're open

Sunday 08:30 – 18:15
Monday 08:30 – 18:30
Tuesday 08:30 – 18:30
Wednesday 08:30 – 18:00
Thursday 08:30 – 18:30
Friday 08:30 – 17:00
Saturday 09:00 – 17:00

Registered Charity Number: 1207768.

Please check the Visit page for up to date information.

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