St Albans Cathedral will publish their first bespoke children’s story book on Sunday 3 December. The Cathedral has an active Youth Chaplaincy, catering for the community in and around St Albans. Felipe the Sheep is written by Andrew Baird, a congregation member at St Albans, and is illustrated by Liz Cherrett.

It is a colourful read-aloud book and tells the tale of Felipe, a character in the nativity play, lost just before the play begins. Aimed at primary school aged children, the book is an introduction to the life of the Cathedral, the nativity play, and the church more generally.

The Reverend Calum Zuckert, Minor Canon Youth Chaplain, says

‘It has been such a joy bringing the story of Felipe to fruition, and the launch of the book this Sunday will be an opportunity for the whole community to join in celebrating its success. This Christmas we rejoice in the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd across all our family festive services. The tale of Felipe invites each of us to an encounter with this Jesus as we tell the story once more of the Word Made Flesh.’

The Very Reverend Jo Kelly-Moore, Dean of St Albans comments of the project,

‘Children’s Ministry is front and centre of who we are as a Cathedral, and this fabulous book shows the Cathedral’s commitment to engaging creatively with all ages. I can’t wait for the story of Felipe to be told here and far away – the sheep who was lost, but now is found – as we celebrate Christ’s love for us this Christmas.’

Purchase your copy of Felipe the Sheep just in time for Christmas in the Cathedral shop or from our website.

Buy Felipe the Sheep

Books are £6 or 3 copies for £15.