‘Running the Race’ was the theme for this year’s Children’s Festival at Wells Cathedral on Saturday 18 January. Around 250 children, parents and leaders gathered to take part in a packed programme of fun, creative activities and reflective moments too.
Almost every part of the cathedral was used and there was a real buzz as families, church groups and uniformed groups moved around the different zones: giant inflatables filling much of the Nave (with house DJ Andy Gray), mini-Olympic games in the Chapter House and reflective storytelling in the Lady Chapel.
There were also workshops from Christian Aid and Get Sported linking to the global and inclusive nature of the Olympics & Paralympics in Japan this summer. You could even decorate your own Olympic torch!
The day which is organised each year by the Cathedral Education Team and the Diocese Go Team was officially opened by Rev Rob James, newly appointed Chancellor at Wells Cathedral, who introduced the theme of the day.
To end the day all were encouraged to gather back together for the closing worship led by Go Team Advisers Andy and Cheryl along with Jay Cook and a band made up of young people from churches in Locking Castle and Watchet. After much cheering, singing, dancing and celebration, Bishop Peter concluded the day with a moment’s prayer and sending out.
Andy Levett, Go Team Adviser for Taunton Archdeaconry commented:
‘Another fantastic day! Great to see families and groups from all around our Diocese coming together at the cathedral – it was literally bursting with life.’