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Welcome!

It has been a delight to welcome many members of the Abbey community back to the Abbey for the first time in months. We are hugely appreciative of the hard work and dedication of our churchwardens, staff, volunteers and clergy, making possible this return to the Abbey for members and visitors. We are aware of the anxieties that continue in respect of Covid-19 safety, please be assured that the Abbey will continue to offer a warm welcome and fully comply with all the government requirements to ensure this safety. Visitor numbers continue to grow steadily in line with growing numbers in the city centre. We continue to pray for our key workers, for the most vulnerable and for all those who have already lost jobs or face the prospect of losing them. We pray also for our city and business leaders as we continue to adjust in this post-lockdown period.


The Church's prayer for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity

Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as pass our understanding: pour into our hearts such love toward you that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; 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

Romans 8.12-25 & Matthew 13.24-30, 36-43

Services During July

On Sundays 19th and 26th July there will be a pre-recorded service available through our website. We will also be trialling a new service in the Abbey, with the view to either recording or live-streaming a service on Sundays, beginning 2nd August. This trial will, under current permissions, include the organ and solos by members of the Abbey girls’ choir

Any live-streamed service will for the time being be available through Bath Abbey’s Facebook page. As we are trialling in the Abbey you might want to familiarise yourself with the Abbey Facebook page, you do not need to have a Facebook account to access this. If you are not sure why not ask a friend or neighbour – you could even invite them to watch it with you!

We are postponing introducing weekday services in the Abbey while we monitor visitor footfall and get our Covid-19 safety regime well established. We’re all having to learn a lot and fast in this new world, thank you for your patience and for your prayers.

Please click here for the Zoom link
Please make sure you use this link, not the one you may have saved - it is different!
Meeting ID: 359 101 1010
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.
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JSJWY8P

Thank you to the 90+ people who have already completed the survey monkey survey, your feedback has been extremely helpful. If you haven't yet completed the survey, please consider doing so. Thank you. 
Can you help?

Recording /Livestreaming services

We are looking for volunteers to help with recording / live-streaming services from the Abbey. If you have prior experience and are willing to learn together as a team, please let Stephen Girling know (missioner@bathabbey.org).

Alpha Course

Stephen will be leading the team hosting an Alpha Course by Zoom from Thursday 6th August. He's looking for one or two co-hosts to help with a ‘breakout room’ small group and a Zoom ‘technician’ to help people with the technical ins and outs of Zoom. If you are interested please contact Stephen on missioner@bathabbey.org

 
Pentecost Appeal 2020

Thank you to all those who have already sent a donation to this year’s Pentecost Appeal.  The ‘Donate’ button on the Abbey website will remain active until the end of July or if you prefer you can send a cheque to the Abbey office, labelled for the Pentecost Appeal, with details of your name and address if you are eligible for Gift Aid.  This is an immensely difficult time for all charities, especially those in the developing world, any help we can give is greatly appreciated. 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.

Thank you

Delyth Cardy would like to express her gratitude for all the support she has received through prayer, messages, letters, cards and flowers following Derek’s death at the end of June. Although it has not been possible for face-to-face meetings, the knowledge that so many are holding our family in their thoughts and prayers has been wonderfully sustaining and uplifting. Thank you so much.



Sheila Thomas, formerly Hurley


Friends of Sheila will be sorry to hear of her death. Mark Rutherford has written the following appreciation:

"Sheila Hurley was elected to the PCC in 1974 joining her husband Alex Hurley who had been a member since 1953.

After her husband died, Prebendary Askew had the happy inspiration to invite her to stand for churchwarden and in 1993 she was elected as the first lady churchwarden for the Abbey. She continued in post until 1997 by which time she had re-married and moved to live with her new husband in Nairn, Scotland.

While at the Abbey she assisted Margaret Askew and Daphne Seaborne in organising the Abbey Bookshop and she helped with the Abbey Pilgrimages.

As a child she went to school at Teignmouth in Devon where she became friends with David St John Thomas. During this period another pupil took a photograph of Sheila and David and when she and David married they discovered they had both kept a copy of that photograph.

In June 2002 David and Sheila generously sponsored the Friends of Bath Abbey on a seven day trip to Nairn. On Sunday we joined the local church where Sheila was a Lay Reader."

Pastoral Care

A heartfelt thank you to everyone for the way in which the Abbey community has been so enriched by the care shown in many ways to one another. Special thanks should be extended to all our
CONTACT AND HOME GROUP LEADERS
Since Covid 19 began to impact our lives and the corporate and worshipping life of the Abbey we have been enormously blessed by our Contact and Home Group leaders. They have willingly extended their ministry of keeping in close touch with all the members of their groups. This has given the clergy and leadership team the confidence that the Abbey has a strong and vibrant network of pastoral support. Guy, Jebs and I recently had the pleasure of meeting all the leaders virtually via Zoom and took that opportunity to thank them for all they have done for the Abbey.
Liz Westbrook

Abbey Staffing

As many of you will have noticed, the Abbey and its offices are now open however we are currently not operating with a full team of staff. Whilst the Abbey is open now to visitors and for services we are still awaiting permission to have choirs sing in the Abbey. Additionally we are required to comply with COVID-19 social distancing and hygiene standards which means that we are unable to operate Tower Tours, and our shop and visitor capacities are running at only 20% capacity. With regards to our offices, we are only able to have around a third of staff seated at their desks at anyone time in order to comply with social distancing guidelines. This means that our Tower Tours Guides and Lay Clerks  have been furloughed and we have broadly a third of our staff working mainly in the Abbey and its offices, a third of our staff mainly working from home and a third of our staff remain furloughed. We continue to review these staffing arrangements on a monthly basis and in light of any UK Government and Church of England COVID-19 announcements.  We remain connected to all of our staff and volunteers and hold monthly update zoom meetings with them to keep them informed on whats going on in the Abbey and whats happening the following month. We also send a weekly update communication to all of our volunteers. With regards to our volunteers, many are understandably not yet ready to return, however I am pleased to say that next week will we will start to see some of them return. We hope that over the next few months we will see the further easing of lockdown which will enable all of our family of staff and volunteers return to the Abbey and to a new normal.



#GenesisTogether Virtual Cotswold Way Challenge

Genesis Trust are launching some new virtual challenges, which use technology to track any distance you clock up against a virtual route. Our first challenge will take you on a virtual Cotswold Way, and you can do all 102 miles of it from your living room if that’s what suits. You also have the freedom to choose any method of covering the distance: your usual daily step count, running, cycling, kayaking – anything goes, and you can even mix and match. 

And as a supporter of Genesis Trust, you can also use the challenge as a means of raising funds for us, helping homeless and vulnerable people in Bath move from crisis to independence.

The Challenge starts on July 20 and runs until August 31, and once you’ve signed up you can use a variety of ways to keep track of your progress: Apple Watch, Strava, Fitbit, Apple Health, Under Armour, and you’ll see your progress as you move along the route.

For more information please visit the Genesis Trust website:  http://genesistrust.org.uk/support-us/fundraising/genesistogether-virtual-challenges/


Kids' Holiday Club 2020

Currently we hear a lot of bad news, and many things are remaining closed and shut.  However this peculiar time has also provided many blessings and open doors.  One of the doors that God has opened is that 10 children's workers from Bath and the surrounding area have gathered together (virtually!) to create Unlikely Heroes Virtual Holiday Club. 

This is 6 sessions that will be released on YouTube every Saturday (starting 25th July) throughout the summer holidays that will take our children and their families through a heroic adventure of faith.  We will be looking at unlikely heroes in the bible through TV reporters, crafts, games, songs, prayer and much more.  We would love to bless you with this resource to inspire and encourage the children and families in your church and community.

To access the holiday club all you need to do is type "Unlikely Heroes Holiday Club" into YouTube and subscribe to the channel.  Attached are posters that you can display on your notice boards and a digital flyer that can be emailed to your families, community and any schools that you are in contact with.

Blessings,
Children's Workers from Bath and the Surrounding Area

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.
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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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