About Cathedral Community Cathedral Community Worship with us Everyone is welcome to worship at St Albans Cathedral. In addition to its status as a Cathedral, St Albans is also a thriving parish church - home to a regular congregation of over 600 people. Whether you are a regular worshipper, new to faith, or even if you aren't sure what you believe, our services are open to all. You can find out more on our Regular Services page or by contacting us directly. Children and young people The Cathedral has a wide range of groups for children and young people which are active during school term time. The groups provide an opportunity for children and young people, both from within our congregation and outside to worship, socialise and have fun together. These include: Stomp! (Service for Toddlers On a Musical Picnic) - an interactive, age appropriate service that welcomes pre-school age children and anyone who cares for them. The service will include Bible stories, songs, instruments, music, prayers and a light picnic for children and their teddy bears. Every Thursday during term-term, 10am-11am, St Michael Chapel. PJs - a singing group for young people aged 6 - 12, Monday afternoons 5 - 6pm. They sing lots of different styles of music and the group is open to anybody who is enthusiastic about music. Xcite - a youth group for ages 8 - 12 on Fridays during term time, 7.30 - 9pm Abbey Squad - a youth group for ages 12 - 16 Abbey Youth - a youth group for ages 16 - 18 If you would like more information about any of our children or youth groups, please contact our Youth Chaplain, the Rev'd Kim Quak-Winslow on 01727 890206 or [email protected] Abbey News Our Abbey News magazine is released quarterly and reports all the latest news from the Cathedral community. You can pick up a copy for free in the Cathedral, or download an electronic version. Summer 2020 Edition The Summer 2020 edition is the 500th! Look back at previous editions here Cathedral Groups There are a number of groups at the Cathedral which meet throughout the year, offering opportunities to socialise and worship together, as well as making important contributions to the day to day life of the Cathedral. A list of the groups, and their roles within Cathedral life, is available here. House Groups House Groups allow members of the congregation to study part of the Bible or related literature in a relaxed and informal setting. The groups meet regularly throughout the year. More information about House Groups during Lent can be found here. To enquire about House Groups click here. If you are interested in joining a Cathedral Group, or you can't find what you are looking for, please contact our Parish Administrator, Sara Harvey on [email protected] or 01727 890233. Hands at Work Last summer, a team of 8 volunteers from the St Albans Diocese, including members of the Cathedral's congregation visited the Hands at Work Hub based in South Africa and the Msengeni community in Swaziland. You can read about their visit here. The goal of Hands at Work is to care for 100,000 orphaned and vulnerable children, who have been affected by HIV and AIDS. You can find out more about their work here. Due to the Covid 19 global pandemic, George and Carolyn Snyman, the founders of Hands at Work are unable to come to the UK in June as planned. They are therefore planning a series of virtual meetings via Zoom, to update us on what is actually happening in the African countries and communities where Hands at Work are involved as well as helping us to explore how we can be Hands at Work at home. The South East Region Gathering will be on Sunday 7 June at 3pm.If you would like to be part of the meeting please contact Helen Cullen who will send you the zoom link.email: [email protected] Chapter Matters Chapter is the Administrative body of the Cathedral and has ultimate responsibility for its affairs. You can read the minutes of recent Chapter Meetings below. 24 February 2020 30 March 2020 27 April 2020 18 May 2020 15 June 2020 13 July 2020 Congregational Giving Members of the Cathedral community donate generously to the mission of the Cathedral and, each year, many charities, both local and national, benefit from the money collected. An enormous number of members also volunteer for a wide range of local charitable work and can be found throughout St Albans helping in foodbanks and homeless centres. If you would like to find out more about giving, click here.