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We’re overjoyed to share the wonderful news that the Abbey will be reopening for private prayer next week (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.

The Church's prayer for the First Sunday after Trinity

O God, the strength of all those who put their trust in you, mercifully accept our prayers and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without you, grant us the help of your grace, that in the keeping of your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; 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 9.35-10.8

Please click here for the Zoom link

This Week's Global Mission Month Focus

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

Genesis are a well-established charity supporting people in the district of BANES. Working with the homeless, those struggling with addictions and those without stable families and sources of income, Genesis harnesses the goodwill of over 700 volunteers from the churches and city of Bath, working with BANES and other statutory agencies to make vital provision.

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.

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 (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.

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: 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).

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
Roundup - 30 min
We thank Bath Christian Action Network (BathCAN) for hosting this trailer and video on their Youtube channel.

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, 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

Lockdown Life. Marion Reed shares what she has been doing with her grandchildren:

I have two grandchildren in Bristol; Eliza (15) learns French at school and Iris (13) German; they get written exercises from school - but this is not the same as speaking.
I have half hour sessions with them every other day and we sing songs (proper grown up ones, not Frere Jacques!) and read poems; amazing how much you can get through!
This, as you can imagine, is a great pleasure for me - children politely go along with it.....

Thank you Marion for sharing; what lucky granddaughters! If you have something you have been doing, perhaps a new hobby or project, we would love to here about it. Please send to

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
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 Thank you. 
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)
Tel: 01225 422462   Email:    Website:

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