Bath Abbey is delighted to be welcoming back its congregation in time for Easter celebrations as it reopens for in person worship from Palm Sunday (March 28).
In support of the national lockdown, the Abbey moved all communal worship and services online at the start of this year, with its church building remaining open only for private prayers. All churches including the Abbey were also closed from March to June last year which makes the return of in person services this Easter even more significant.
Revd Canon Guy Bridgewater, Rector of Bath Abbey, said: “After all the painful challenges of this last year, we look forward eagerly to celebrating the life-renewing hope of Easter. It will be a great joy to celebrate Christ’s victory over death, as a church family back in the Abbey once again – especially as we weren’t able to come together at Easter last year.
“We’re also hoping that our worshippers will share our delight in seeing the Abbey much changed since they last were here. With the floor now fully restored, the new eco-heating installed and the hoardings inside the Abbey taken down, the beauty of our renewed worship space is simply overwhelming. We are beginning to see the fruit of all the amazing vision, prayer, planning, generosity and skilled hard work poured into resourcing the future of the Abbey and its ministry. What a fantastic way to celebrate Easter!”
Palm Sunday (28 March) will see the Abbey re-opening its doors for public worship for the first time since December. In order to keep everyone as safe as possible, the services will have reduced capacity with all the appropriate Covid-19 safety measures in place. Although the Abbey cannot enjoy a return of the full choir just yet, there will be a small choir singing every week from including for most of the Holy Week and Easter services.
Services will also be live streamed on the Abbey’s website. Those wishing to attend in person, seats are available to book via Eventbrite, to ensure they are run in a Covid-safe and compliant way, and to ensure social distancing. Full details on all of our services including how to watch them remotely and join us in person can be found on our are available on the Abbey’s website: www.bathabbey.org.