A Christ Church initiative to encourage young families (pre-school children from birth and their adults) to engage with the Cathedral and its community, enabling them to benefit from all it has to offer as a distinctive and sacred place. 

Join our free weekly sessions with refreshments: Mondays in term-time from 15th January, 10-12 noon in the Priory Rooms.

At a Wonderlings session you will find friendly faces and warm hearts ready to greet, support and encourage you and your little ones through the joys and challenges of the pre-school years.

You’re never too young - or old - to wonder

Detail from stained glass window showing the baby Jesus holding an orb


Our inspiration comes from one of our stained-glass windows in the Latin Chapel, depicting the infant Jesus in the arms of Mary. In his hand he cradles an orb containing images of a church, a tree and a river, thought to have resonances with Frideswide and the church at Binsey. With a little leap of imagination, we see a snow-globe. 

Who hasn’t shaken a snow-globe and wondered as the world inside transforms through swirls of colour, shape and movement. Time twirls, spirits spiral with joy. So it is when we engage in creativity. The experience changes us, and the tingle lives on even after the dance has ended. We are all born with the capacity to wonder, but as we grow older it so often gets lost, buried under heaps of busy-ness, responsibility and emotional baggage. We hope that a Wonderlings session will awaken a sense of curiosity and awe in everyone, whatever their age and stage.

  • What to expect

    • Gathering time with free play – settle your feathers and make yourself at home.
    • Circle time with Bible-themed activities – singing, dancing and playing instruments.
    • Story time with thought for the day – board books and journalling
    • Refreshment time with a cuppa – food for body, mind and soul to send you on your way
  • How to find us

    Map of Christ Church


    Come to Christ Church through Meadow Gate and follow the curved path. 

    The door into the Priory Rooms is first on the right through the arch.

  • Sign up

    For more details contact: wonderlings@chch.ox.ac.uk