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Praying for the USA
We pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ in the USA as they face the scourge of racism. The following prayer of Martin Luther King Jr. is as relevant today as it was then. 
God, we thank you for the inspiration of Jesus. Grant that we will love you with all our hearts, souls, and minds, and love our neighbors as we love ourselves, even our enemy neighbors. And we ask you, God, in these days of emotional tension, when the problems of the world are gigantic in extent and chaotic in detail, to be with us in our going out and our coming in, in our rising up and in our lying down, in our moments of joy and in our moments of sorrow, until the day when there shall be no sunset and no dawn. Amen.

Please click here to view the Prayer from the churches of Bath.
(Please note this link will take you to a WeTransfer page, from which you will be able to download the video).
The Church's prayer for Trinity Sunday

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity and in the power of the divine majesty to worship the Unity: keep us steadfast in this faith, that we may evermore be defended from all adversities; 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 Gospel reading

Matthew 28.16-20

Please click here for the Zoom link
 

This Week's Global Mission Month Focus
7th June – Interview with Bishop Peter
Mission Partner: Northern Diocese of the Anglican church in Zambia.

The Anglican Church in Zambia grew out of the missionary impetus of David Livingstone and others. Bath and Wells Diocese has enjoyed a companion link with the Anglican Church in Zambia since 1978. The aim of the link has been to pray for each other, to learn from each other, to challenge each other and to meet each other through exchange visits. The Abbey’s support has been principally directed to the work of the Cathedral church of the Northern Diocese, in Kitwe.

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.

14th June – Interview with Abbey Volunteers
Mission Partner: Genesis Trust, Bath

21st June – Video message from Togo and Interview with Wycliffe staff member
Mission Partner: Wycliffe Bible Translators, Togo

28th June – Video Message from Father Anthony and interview with Abbey supporters
Mission Partner: Reaching the Unreached, India

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 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).

The first week of June is National Volunteers Week, and as we do each year, we've been reflecting on how very thankful we are for the support and enthusiasm of Bath Abbey's myriad teams. The Church is not the building, it's the people - and our amazing volunteers support us in so many ways. Though we've not been able to celebrate with you all in person this year, we hope our message of appreciation and thanks reaches you nontheless. Thank you.

Bath in Lockdown - The Church Responds. There have been many examples of compassionate care around the city of Bath during the Coronavirus lockdown. Supporting key workers and their families, caring for the vulnerable, volunteering in neighbourhoods - expressions of goodwill have abounded. Revd Stephen Girling (Bath Abbey) and Revd Andy Percey (Manvers Street Baptist Church) have collected stories from around the city in a half-hour video 'roundup'. With contributions from churches, charities, chaplains and the 3rd Sector Group, Stephen and Andy take a relaxed tour through some of the amazing work that has been going on. Revd Stephen Girling said "we both believe God is at work in many ways in this city through the lockdown, both in the churches and beyond the churches - we wanted to bring people together to share some interesting and exciting stories to encourage us all and to help keep up momentum". Andy went on to say, "I hope many of the new ways of us being caring and thoughtful neighbours will continue well beyond lockdown, that we'll become an even more compassionate city." Stephen and Andy had no shortage of stories to tell, by selecting a few from among many they hope their video will be an inspiration for people to discover more of what has been going on and either join in themselves or seek whatever help and support they need.
Trailer - 1 min 
https://youtu.be/19xHdKgOumI
Roundup - 30 min 
https://youtu.be/x5rTvNgtrYgt
We thank Bath Christian Action Network (BathCAN) for hosting this trailer and video on their Youtube channel.

Being Grateful. Each week, members of the Abbey family share photos and give thanks for three things they're grateful for. Last week, we celebrated creativity so it was lovely to see some wonderful creations from some of our Abbey families who are homeschooling including a space station made from marshmallows and a wonderful drawing of the Abbey by James Rutherford. We always enjoy hearing from you so please continue to let us know what three things you would like to give thanks and rejoice over so they can be included in our regular time of community thanksgiving in our Saturday 'Thought for the Day' video. Just email your photos or thoughts to evelyn@bathabbey.org or email Evelyn to find out how to share via WhatsApp.
 


Looking forward to a holiday or change of scene? It may be too soon for this year but how about 2021? The Revd. Ken Madden is planning to lead a Friends of Bath Abbey group visit to the Western Front based in Ypres on 17 -23 May 2021. The trip will include visits to the main WWI  memorial sites and Commonwealth War Graves cemeteries in and around Ypres and a day excursion to the Somme. Ken will be assisted by a professional guide but he is very familiar with all the sites from his annual visits to the area and role as a volunteer warden at Talbot House near Ypres. A visit to this area is always a moving and unforgettable experience; it can even be life-enhancing and life-changing. It will also be a lot of fun in a group. You don’t have to be a Friend (but we’d love you to be one!) to join the visit and if you would like to have more information or book a place please contact Ken by email at KMadden@bathabbey.org or call him on 07894 208501.

Service Phoneline & DVD. We are aware that there are members of our community who do not have access to a computer or the internet. We are therefore looking into the possibility of facilitating a phone line to allow people to listen to our services, as well as creating a DVD of services to be watched on their TV. If you know of anyone in our community who would appreciate either of these resources, please let us know on office@bathabbey.org, or let your Contact Group Leader know.

Services by Landline – we can get a facility to take the audio from our online services and make it available to people via their phone, for the cost of a local call. This would be appreciated by those who are not on the internet. It needs a volunteer who is reasonably competent with a computer, to do the necessary preparation, with software which will be provided. If you are interested in helping in this way contact Stephen on missioner@bathabbey.org
 

Lockdown Life. If you've been up to something that you be happy to tell us about, we'd love to hear from you! Please send a picture of what you've been up to and a short paragraph to go with it to Phili (pparfrey@bathabbey.org).

 


 

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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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 – DSmith@bathabbey.org (Tel: 07943 179194)
Tel: 01225 422462   Email: office@bathabbey.org    Website: www.bathabbey.org
  
THE ABBEY OFFICE IS CLOSED FOR THE TIME BEING, PLEASE RING THE ANSWERPHONE IN THE EVENT OF A PASTORAL EMERGENCY

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