What to expect at Christ Church Cathedral

Entering a church for the first time can be a little intimidating, whether you are an experienced church-goer or not.  It can feel like you are the only person who doesn't know when to stand up or what to say or where to look or how to sing.

And it's true that churches kind of have their own language and that each individual church speaks it a bit differently.  But here's the good news - you don't have to be fluent in the language to join us for worship.  You are free to sit when you want, to be silent when you want, to wear what you want.  We're just happy to have you with us.

But in case you would like to know what to expect in advance, here is a little description of what will happen at the various Sunday services at Christ Church Cathedral.

Children at Christ Church Cathedral

Children are welcome at all of our services and our community is highly tolerant of kid noise (particularly at the larger, 10:30 service and the monthly informal evening service). Children are welcome to sit with their caregivers or to make use of the Children’s Chapel where they can play quietly with soft toys and books (with a caregiver present, please).  There is a changing table in the restroom to the left of the main entrance.

During the 10:30 service, children are also welcome to go to Sunday School.  They can join the other kids and the Sunday School teachers when they gather at the front of the church near the beginning of the service to receive a candle and be led down the aisle.  Children can also simply join in the procession as it passes.  Caregivers are welcome to go with their children either for the whole of Sunday School or just until everyone is comfortable.  The children will return to their caregivers at communion time.


Some tips for having kids in church:

While it may seem sensible to sit near the back corner, children often find it easier to pay attention when they can see what is going on.  Consider sitting near the front but to the side, so you can slip down a side aisle if the need arises.

  Feel free to nurse your child or to bring snacks and drinks, as well as books, colouring, or soft toys.

  It's okay for your children to go for a wander and you are free to get up and follow along behind if you feel you need to.  No one will mind nearly as much as you!

  In fact, that's a good general principal.  We are always more aware of our own children's noise and mess than other people are.  Other people are more likely to find them charming than upsetting.