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We are delighted to be in a position now to extend our opening hours. From Monday 6th July the Abbey will open for prayer and visiting from 10am to 4pm each day. The Abbey Office will be open from 10am to 1pm, Monday - Friday. Please continue to pray for our clergy, PCC and staff as we plan for the right way forward, to discern a way to be the Church within and without the building, that is appropriate for the very new context in which we find ourselves.

This weekend, the Abbey is open for private prayer from 4.30-6pm on Friday and Saturday & 11am-1pm on Sunday. You are welcome to join us, to pause and reflect, pray and light a candle. We pray for those who have died, for our loved ones from whom who we remain separated and for those still live with great fear and anxiety for their health, their businesses and their loved ones. We pray for our city leaders and the leaders of our businesses and institutions, that we may work together with courage and imagination, in this very new context.

In light of the Government and Bishop's guidance on reopening places of worship for services, we continue to prayerfully consider how and when to recommence services in the Abbey, and we will keep you updated with any developments. 

We are taking every care to ensure that as we open for prayer, services and visiting, the Abbey will offer a warm welcome and fully comply with all the government requirements to ensure we are Covid-safe.

The Church's prayer for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that with you as our ruler and guide we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not our hold on things eternal; grant this, heavenly Father, for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

This week's gospel reading

Matthew 11.16-19, 25-end 

Services on Sunday 5th July

Following permission from government, the guidance from our Bishops on holding services has been coming thick and fast.  We are delighted to announce that there will be a Facebook Live broadcast of Spiritual Communion, from the Abbey, at 10am this Sunday – please go to Bath Abbey’s Facebook page, you do not need to have a Facebook account to access this. You are also invited to watch the online pre-recorded service in the usual way – this will follow on from Spiritual Communion. More information on future services will be available next weekend.
Please click here for the Zoom link
Please make sure you use this link, not the one you may have saved - it is different!
The Online Service

Over the past three months an average of 200 households have been watching the online service which is posted on Sunday and is available through the following week. We are hugely appreciative of all those who have worked so hard to create material for the service and help put it together. As we plan a way forward for our services both in the Abbey and online, we would really like to know more about the viewing habits and preferences of those who are watching. If you have watched one or more of our online services please would you complete the following survey, which will be available throughout July. Please just complete one survey per household.
Welcome back to the Shop!

"Bath is a charming place, sir; there are so many good shops can step out of doors and get a thing in five minutes." So wrote Jane Austen in her 1818 novel, Northanger Abbey. So in two hundred years not much has changed! Talking of shops and Bath and Abbeys, it is with much excitement that we will re-open the Abbey Gift Shop on Monday 6th July. Back in March we moved to our new, temporary location in the nave of the Abbey. We created a couple of wonderful Easter displays, packed with chocolate and books and beautiful cards. And then lockdown came and no-one had a chance to buy any of it! All of that has now magically disappeared, shelves have been dusted and restocked and the team are looking forward to welcoming you back. We have a pretty spectacular setting, underneath the fan vaulting and being watched over by the beautiful west window. For now, we will be taking contact less payments only and will be open daily from 10am until 4pm. Normal service – or services -  may not be resumed just yet but you can still support the Abbey by supporting the shop. If you come in and show us this edition of Community News we will give you a 10% discount on anything you purchase. Come and see us for Christian books, gifts and cards and if you are really organized, you could even buy next year's Easter cards...
Pentecost Appeal 2020

Thank you to all those who have already sent a donation to this year’s Pentecost Appeal.
We hope that you enjoyed the on-line services over these iast few weeks with the contributions from our main beneficiaries.
We have received a number of positive and helpful comments about how interesting and revealing the items during the services were.

A big thank you also to everyone who was interviewed by Stephen and the other clergy for the services and for giving up their time to do so. 

To have been able to put out the service on-line has been a proper blessing. It has given us a real opportunity to link up with others, at home and across the world, and to inform and sustain this important part of our mission.
If you have not yet given to the appeal it is still possible to do so either via the ‘Donate’ button on the Abbey website or by sending a cheque, labelled for the Pentecost Appeal, with details of your name and address if you are eligible for Gift Aid, to the Abbey office.

Thank you again. 

Before he ascended to heaven Jesus said to his followers – “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”. As many have given witness to us so we continue to be and to support the witness to others. Thank you.

Diocese of South Sudan
Janet Parkin has written to tell us that her daughter Catherine, who was baptised and confirmed at the Abbey, is working in Africa with the Diocese of South Sudan. 
The late Richard Askew, who was Rector of the Abbey had close links with a school in Juba in Sudan.
In that country, they are not only continuing to suffer with the terrible effects of a civil war but more acutely also recently the increasing threat of Covid-19. 
If you would like to send a contribution to support the church there and Catherine in her work it is possible to do so through the JustGiving web-page:
James Playfair

Congratulations to Charles Curnock!

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, this week announced this year’s recipients of Lambeth Awards for outstanding contributions to the Church and wider society. 
Among the recipients is a name familiar to us, our very own Charles Curnock who received The Canterbury Cross for Services to the Church of England for sustained, voluntary contributions to church leadership and governance, the care of the elderly, and political action, as well as direction of two major church renovation projects.
The Reverend Canon Guy Bridgewater, Rector of Bath Abbey, said: "Our warmest congratulations and gratitude to Charles, who has been an invaluable support and great friend to the Abbey for many years. During his time here Charles fulfilled a range of important roles, notably those of Abbey Administrator and Footprint Project Director – and all with the same positivity and infectious enthusiasm with which all will associate him. His work on Footprint in particular has been an amazing testament to his tireless dedication and bright vision. Thank you Charles, and Well Done!"

To all our Volunteers
The Abbey doors will be open to all again next week. 
When they do open, there will be a number of changes and things that are different. This will be especially with the way we welcome our visitors and also our congregation on their return. From Holy Dusters to Marble Cleaners to Door Stewards and so many others the routine and pattern of Abbey life depends so much on so many volunteers in your many different roles. All volunteers will be properly appraised of the changes and the ways in which our behaviours will have to adapt. There will be a restriction on numbers in the Abbey at any time and on what we can offer both through the week and on Sundays with the pattern of worship.
We are really looking forward to having our volunteers back on the Abbey floor both at services and in our week-day welcome. You are ’the face of the Abbey’ and it will be a more welcoming place when you are there. It will though be a gradual and measured opening-up as we have to make sure that our plans and procedures are working properly as we gradually return to a more ’normal’ situation. One example of this will be with regard to the Sunday services where, having taken note of all the guidance, our plans are still at an early stage. Worship Support volunteers will hear more about this in due course.
It will maybe seem strange but it will also be good - and amazing  - to be back. We look forward to seeing you then.
James Playfair
Mary has been very active in keeping in touch with volunteers and she writes:
May I also remind you that, though we re-open for visitors from Monday 6th July, volunteering will not restart right away. For the first week roles will be covered by staff, to give us experience of those positions with our new procedures and enough time to plan your return. We want your volunteering offer to feel both enjoyable and safe, and this extra time will help us do that. We will let you know when it is appropriate to start booking shifts, and what the shifts will look like, as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience!
  • The exception to the above is the role of chaplain, for which staff cannot fill-in. Those shifts begin on Monday 6th, and are available to book on Better Impact already.
Some roles will not be restarting in July due to ongoing restrictions. If you're not sure whether your role is going to be 'active', please email me at
Programme about Bath Abbey and the Footprint on Bath Radio

There will be a programme on the history of The Abbey and the story of Footprint, with interviews with Jeremy Key Pugh and Charles Curnock, on Friday 10th July at 3pm on Bath Radio’s Bath Arts  programme. Go to and click on ‘Listen now.’

We are encouraging people to “just ask” if they would like prayers said for themselves, loved ones or those at the frontline fighting the Coronavirus.  Your requests will be added to the prayers offered up by one of the Abbey's Priests or Lay Ministers throughout the week. You can either submit your prayer request to: or go to our website and fill in our online form: 

(We would be grateful if your requests are kept to a maximum of 150 words).

Resources and Pastoral Care during lockdown

Our life is going to be less characterised by attendance at church on Sunday and more characterised by the prayer and service we offer each day”:

Through the Abbey website you can access: 

  • Daily and Weekly Worship Online
  • Junior Church
  • Community Resources
  • Prayer Requests.
If you have missed any of our Weekly Worship and Thought for the Day videos, you can catch up at any time by visiting our YouTube Channel:  If you subscribe to our channel it will automatically notify you every time a new video is uploaded. To do this, click on the red SUBSCRIBE button just below the main picture.

Our Abbey Clergy are here for support and prayer. Please ring the Abbey office for the emergency pastoral number, available on the answerphone. Please look out for others. You can let us know of any needs you have using or
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Ministers: Every Member
Rector: The Revd Canon Guy Bridgewater
Abbey Missioner: The Revd Stephen Girling
Associate Priest: The Revd Evelyn Lee-Barber
Associate Minister: The Revd Ken Madden
Youth & Families Minister: Tim Norton
Parish Safeguarding Officer: Derek Smith – (Tel: 07943 179194)
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