Children & their Families

We welcome families and children to explore faith matters through play, story-telling and music.

Te WāhiAtua Godspace

This after school programme opens its doors to children, teens, young people and their families so they can gather at the Cathedral to enjoy friendship, food and spiritual engagement. Our programme has been gifted the name Te WāhiAtua: Te tiaki tikanga, Godspace: Nurturing spirituality.

It’s a calm time of story-telling, wondering and play that enables children to ponder about God and the life of Jesus Christ.  It’s based on the Godly Play programme used in many churches around the world.  And yes, healthy snacks and drinks are provided for that essential boost for the children after school.

Term 2 2024 meeting dates are: 

Wednesdays – 11-17 years
1 May, 15 May, 29 May, 19 June

Thursdays – 6-11 years
9 May, 23 May, 13 June, 4 July

Parents are welcome to contact the office to find out more.

Cathedral Kids

The Cathedral Kids programme is available each Sunday during the 10am Eucharist service in the Cathedral. We offer fellowship, bible sharing and an activity or feast for children 4 – 12 years, between the gradual hymn and communion. We also welcome parents with infants and toddlers who want a space to play. 

Young People's Choir

The Cathedral Young People’s Choir is a group of young girls and boys (ages 8 – 14 years) who enjoy singing together.  No prior experience is necessary so this is also an opportunity if a child wants to learn to sing.  

Young singers can work towards RSCM qualifications and medals. The children join with the Cathedral Choir for concerts and services, especially at Christmas, and for family services at Ormond Chapel. 

This group also provides an opportunity for their parents to spend a social time with each other.  For more information, see the Music page

Choral medal


The Cathedral encourages all children and adults to be baptised and made members of the Body of Christ, the Church. 

The Cathedral clergy are happy to meet with families and candidates and to discuss the baptism service and commitment it implies.

The programme Understanding the Eucharist is offered regularly to groups of younger members to help them grow in their knowledge of Christ and the Church.

Confirmation of those commitments made earlier in life is another stage in a person’s faith journey that is readily available at the Cathedral.