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Re-opening the Abbey

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement this week, we are delighted to begin to move towards the third phase of re-opening our church buildings. From 4th July we will permitted to hold services of public worship, however as we ‘go to print’, we are still waiting for the full Government advice on how this can be done safely. From 5th July the Abbey will open for prayer and visiting from 10am to 4pm each day. Please 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 week the Abbey remains open for private prayer from 4.30-6pm Mondays-Saturdays & 11am-1pm on Sundays. 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.

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.

Other city centre churches open for prayer
St Mary's, Bathwick - Wednesday afternoons 2pm-4pm and Saturday mornings 10am-12pm
St John's, Bathwick - Monday evenings 6pm-8pm and Friday afternoons 2pm-4pm
St John the Evangalist Roman Catholic Church, South Parade - 11am-1pm daily
St Michael's Without - Will be open at various times


The Church's prayer for the Third Sunday after Trinity

Almighty God, you have broken the tyranny of sin and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts whereby we call you Father: give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that we and all creation may be brought to the glorious liberty of the  children of God; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

This week's readings

Acts 9.17 & Matthew 10.40-end 

Please click here for the Zoom link
 



This Week's Global Mission Month Focus

28th June – Video Message from Father Antony and interview with Abbey supporters Mission Partner: Reaching the Unreached, India RTU - is situated in Tamil Nadu, southern India.

The local people, from the lowest or scheduled castes, live a basic existence dependent on day-labour and work in agriculture. With high levels of deprivation and poor housing there is little respite for any of the families. Health care provision and levels of education are very limited and sadly many children will have been orphaned. In the safe care of RTU, nine hundred children find a family life and a community in which to thrive and grow.

Pentecost Appeal 2020

In our mission to live and tell the good news of Jesus Christ we work with visitors to Bath and with residents of the city. We also work with other mission partners, our most local is the Genesis Trust the remainder are in different parts of the world. All these partnerships have been established through links with people and places built up over a number of years. We invite you to learn more about the work of a few of our mission partners, to pray and to give financially (details below). This work is monitored and promoted by the Mission Support Group of the Abbey’s PCC. The Abbey’s online services through the month of June include interviews with and messages from partner representatives and opportunities for prayer.
 

Please give in support of our partners either through our website www.bathabbey.org (click on the ‘Donate’ button on the home page) OR by sending a cheque to 11a York Street, Bath, BA1 1NG.


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.


 

We offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to Delyth Cardy, whose husband Derek died on Monday morning, peacefully, in his sleep, with Delyth beside him, holding his hand. He had reached the great age of 90 and after a week in which his health had deteriorated rapidly, he slipped quietly away to his eternal rest. There will be a funeral at Haycombe but for close family only. Many will remember Derek with great affection: a conversation with him was both erudite and entertaining in equal measure. He loved music – the Abbey “evening choir” in days of old had brought him and Delyth together – and he played tennis to a greater age than many of us would have thought possible. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Footprint Update

Clockwise from top left: Song School, the front of Kingston Buildings, the Learning Centre, the new offices.


Project Director, Nathan Ward, gives an update on the progress of the Footprint Project.

 

Abbey

Following handover of the S Aisle and south side of the Nave in March, there has been good progress since the resumption of site activity on 27th April.  Although there has been slower progress due to the coronavirus working restrictions, the final ledger stones were lifted last week and are being repaired ready for re-laying in the autumn.  We are currently excavating the South aisle, uncovering the carved footings of the Norman Abbey and a large collection of beautifully carved marble memorials, unceremoniously discarded during the Victorian renovations of 18.

 

Jackson Extension

The Jackson extension is an early 20th century addition to the Abbey, which will soon house the Abbey shop and new Discovery Centre.  This new space beneath the shop is currently being excavated, where we have found some exciting archaeology including medieval, Georgian and Victorian structures.  Work is continuing over the remainder of this year to allow the interpretation fit-out in the summer of 2021.

 

The Vaults and Kingston Buildings

Work is progressing well within the vaults beneath Kingston Parade.  These areas will become the new Learning Space, kitchen and WCs.  The historic vaults have been opened up to create the new spaces and we now have a real sense of how these rooms will look and feel.

Kingston Buildings, the row of Georgian terraced houses adjacent to the Abbey, is being transformed into the new Song School, volunteers’ room and staff offices, and we are progressing with the full fit-out of these spaces ready for occupation by the end of 2020. 

 

Sustainable Services

The Abbey’s new heating system, which uses energy from Bath’s famous hot springs, is one of the most exciting parts of the Footprint Project. We are preparing the final details for the installation of the new heat exchangers to the Roman Great Drain, 7m below York Street.  This innovative system will use a series of energy blades to draw energy from the natural hot spring waters that flow from the Roman Baths towards the river, ensuring that we have a sustainable and efficient method of heating the Abbey. We have been laying more pipework outside the Abbey and the new plant room is complete. When we install the heat exchangers at the end of the building contract, the Abbey will receive around 50% of its energy from a renewable source, which is a fantastic environmentally friendly use of this natural resource.

At the same time, we are continuing to upgrade the Abbey lighting with energy efficient LED fittings, along with new electrical and data services to ensure we maximise the flexibility of the Abbey floor for future events, concerts and presentations.

 

Footprint Fundraising

In these challenging times, there is increasing pressure on the remaining project budgets.  We are focusing on a renewed fundraising strategy and reviewing cost savings where we can.  The success of our fundraising will enable us to deliver the project to plan and fully develop all opportunities for community, school and visitor engagement.

If you are able to support Footprint with a monetary gift, your donation will be very gratefully received – and doubled by the Brownsword Matchfund, making twice the impact! Please visit the Footprint Donation page on the Abbey website to make your donation (www.bathabbey.org/donations/footprint) or post a cheque made out to ‘Bath Abbey Footprint’ to the Abbey Office.

 

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: prayer@bathabbey.org or go to our website and fill in our online form: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/praying/ 

(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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSTBxSCyS70_S_ZiPd-DANA/  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 office@bathabbey.org or churchwardens@bathabbey.org.
You'll have noticed we're trying a new format for our weekly emails; we'd love to have your feedback. If you have any feedback, please send it to office@bathabbey.org. Thank you. 
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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 – DSmith@bathabbey.org (Tel: 07943 179194)
Tel: 01225 422462   Email: office@bathabbey.org    Website: www.bathabbey.org
  
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