Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence

One of the elements of Transforming Presence was the call to 'inhabit the world distinctively. I suggested ideas about helping people to pray, and about a simple Diocesan Rule of Life.

Canon Edward Carter, our Canon Theologian, came up with the idea of expressing a Rule of Life through a Holding Cross.

I am delighted to commend the Chelmsford Holding Cross as a significant new opportunity for us to respond to those ideas.

Indeed the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby blessed and presented Chelmsford Holding Crosses at Chelmsford Cathedral in May 2014.

Every parish has been allocated a sample bag, with three Chelmsford Holding Crosses, a note from me, an Information Sheet and an Order Form. You will find links to these below.

Please think carefully about how you might use this new resource in your parish.

The story of how the Chelmsford Holding Crosses have been designed and made is a fascinating one. You will find links below to a series of specially made videos below about the Holding Cross and what it means.

I believe these Crosses will encourage us over the coming months and years to continue inhabiting the world distinctively as followers of Jesus Christ.


Read our Information Sheet about the Chelmsford Holding Cross.

Watch the introductory video about  Chelmsford Holding Cross

Bespoke Chelmsford Holding Crosses

If you have an old pew in your church which is no longer needed, it might be suitable for making your own bespoke supply of Chelmsford Holding Crosses.

For more information watch this video or contact Edward Carter on

Holding On

'Holding On' is a new five-part course that accompanies the Chelmsford Holding Cross. The course materials have been designed as a download so that they can be used to run the course locally. 

Leader's Notes 

The following videos are for use on the course: 



For more information about this 'Holding On' course, or if you would like to order a hard copy of the course notes with a DVD of the video clips for £20, please contact Beverley Palmer at the Cathedral Office.

Additional videos 

Order your Holding Cross 

Order a stock of Chelmsford Holding Crosses for your church – print and post this Order Form to the address on the form. 

For more information please contact Edward Carter
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