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We’re overjoyed to share the wonderful news that the Abbey is now open for private prayer (4.30-6pm Mondays-Saturdays & 11am-1pm on Sundays). We are working with other churches in the city centre to communicate the different times that our buildings are open for prayer in this period. Individuals can come in to pause and reflect, pray or light a candle. We pray for those who have died, our loved ones who we remain separated from and for those who through this lockdown still live with great fear and anxiety. We are taking every care to ensure a Covid safe way for prayer, and look forward to welcoming you.

Bath churches opening times:
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 Second Sunday after Trinity

Lord, you have taught us that all our doings without love are nothing worth: send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, the true bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whoever lives is counted dead before you. Grant this for your only Son 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 10.24-39

Please click here for the Zoom link
 



This Week's Global Mission Month Focus

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

Wycliffe are a well established international charity working with a local partner in Togo to bring literacy education, literature and bible translation, in their mother-tongue, to the 200,000 people who speak the Ife language. The Abbey’s support has helped restart a project which is seeing literacy education extended and good progress be made in translating the Old Testament.

Our long standing Mission Partnership with Wycliffe Bible Translators is thriving and we recently received the following very Good News from Cameroon:-

"On 14 March 2020 in Ndikinimki Church, the New Testament in the local language Tunen was dedicated in the presence of the Paramount Chief of the Banen people, priest, pastors, elites, CABTAL delegation, special guests and the Tunen speaking community. The NT was ushered in on a royal Menja with a little girl carrying the Bible in a basket. There was a great deal of enthusiasm which followed the entry of the Gospel in Tunen into the community. 

5,000 copies have been printed and a sales plan is currently being implemented to make sure that people in the Banen community own their own copy of the Tunen New Testament." 

Our current focus is to support the Ifè project in Togo. This involves the translation of the Old Testament into Ifè, one of the Togolese mother tongues,  broadcasting over the radio sermons and Scripture in Ifè as well as messages highlighting the dangers of Covid 19 and how to limit its spread. The project also supports vital literacy and numeracy classes for the Ifè people.

Wycliffe are very grateful to us at the Abbey for helping to bring the Tunen translation project to fruition and ask that we continue to support the Ifè project in Togo with our interest, prayers and generous gifts.

If you would like to receive regular updates on the Ifè project please contact me, Mary Henderson, at maryhbath@gmail.com

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.
 

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.


 
Footprint Update

Photos for the Abbey floor excavations, Vaults, Song School corridor and Jackson Extension excavations.


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.

 

If you know of anyone who would benefit from these services, please do pass on this information.

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
  
THE ABBEY OFFICE IS CLOSED FOR THE TIME BEING, PLEASE RING THE ANSWERPHONE IN THE EVENT OF A PASTORAL EMERGENCY

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