UPDATED 19/04/21:Bath Abbey is currently open daily 12-2pm for private prayer and reflection. We are offering a hybrid of communal worship in the Abbey and online. Most services will need to be prebooked via Eventbrite. The Abbey (including Tower & Shop) is closed for general sightseeing and visiting until 17 May at the earliest. 

Welcome to Bath Abbey

The Abbey is a place to come to God; we continue to welcome individuals for private prayer and quiet reflection and are delighted to have resumed in-person worship on Sundays. At the same time we are offering online worship and resources to support each other and the city of Bath through this difficult period.

Revd Canon Bridgewater, Rector of Bath Abbey

Message from our Rector

“Come unto me, all you who are weary and are heavy laden” said Jesus to the crowds who gathered around him, “and I will give you rest”.

In this time of continuing anxiety and loving concern for each other, I am grateful that the Abbey is able to open for communal services on Sunday and private prayer each day.

You are also invited to gather with us for worship online and will find fresh spiritual resources added daily on this website - and I join the whole Bath Abbey family in praying for God’s love and renewing strength to fill you afresh, and bring peace and hope as you draw near to Him.

The Revd Canon Guy Bridgewater
Rector of Bath Abbey

Services, Prayer and Support

During this third national lockdown, the Abbey remains open daily for private prayer and reflection. The Abbey and Shop will be closed for general sightseeing and visiting until 17 May 2021 at the earliest.

Prayer

The Abbey is open for individual prayer 12-2pm every day.

You're welcome to come in to pause and reflect, pray or light a candle. The Birde Chapel and Gethsemane Chapel are open and a duty chaplain will be available to offer their support and prayers.

We would be grateful if you continue to observe our Covid-19 safety measures including wearing a face mask and physically distancing while in the Abbey.

Birde Chantry

Services

We are offering three services every Sunday at 8am, 10.15am and 3.30pm:

  • 8am Holy Communion
    No tickets required for this service in the Abbey
  • 10.15am Holy Communion with Choir
    Join us in the Abbey, limited number of tickets through Eventbrite OR watch with us live on Church Online
  • 3.30pm Choral Evensong
    Join us in the Abbey, limited number of tickets through Eventbrite OR watch with us live on Church Online

Tickets for each ticketed service will be available on Eventbrite from 10am the preceding Monday.

Weekdays

Support

As we continue to navigate our way through the Covid-19 pandemic, we are reminded how much we need each other and the importance of church family. We are always glad to offer pastoral care, support and prayer. Please don’t hesitate to just ask; there are a variety of ways to get in touch:

The Abbey Office is currently closed but there will be someone answering phone calls and emails remotely from Monday to Friday 10am -12pm. There will be an answerphone the rest of the time which will be usually checked on Thursday.

Should you need to urgently contact the Abbey for pastoral needs please contact our Abbey Pastor, The Revd Chantal Mason on 07908-326819 or email: cmason@bathabbey.org

Opening Hours

The Abbey remains open daily for you to come in to pause and reflect, pray or light a candle. The Abbey and Shop will be closed for general sightseeing and visiting until 17 May 2021 at the earliest.

As a working church that plays an active role in the community, the Abbey continues to offer daily prayers and gather for worship online.

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Bath Abbey to resume in person worship for Easter celebrations

By Bath Abbey | March 24, 2021
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By Bath Abbey | March 16, 2021
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By Bath Abbey | March 15, 2021
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By Bath Abbey | March 9, 2021
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Holy Communion (BCP)

Sun 9 May at 8:00 am until 8:40 am
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Sunday, repeating until Sun 19 December, 2021

This beautiful service of Holy Communion, using the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, begins at 8am every Sunday. This service includes a sermon, but no hymns, and lasts for approximately 40 minutes. No tickets are required, but limited seating is available (on a first-come, first-serve basis) due to social distancing measures. Keeping you safe We look forward to welcoming you and are taking every care to ensure a Covid secure Abbey: We are limiting the number attending services Chairs will…

Abbey Choir socially distanced

Holy Communion with Choir

Sun 9 May at 10:15 am until 11:15 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:15 am on Sunday, repeating until Sun 19 December, 2021

Please join us for our Sunday worship, led by members of the Abbey's ministry team, and beautiful music (usually including singing by members of the Abbey Choir). This service is available to watch live online through our website, or on our YouTube channel. To attend this service in the Abbey, please book your seat in advance via Eventbrite Tickets for each service will be available on Eventbrite from 10am the preceding Monday.

Girls Choir singing

Choral Evensong

Sun 9 May at 3:30 pm until 4:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:30 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sun 19 December, 2021

The Service of Choral Evensong usually takes place each Sunday at 3.30pm, making for a peaceful and prayerful start to the week. It lasts for approximately 45 minutes, blending the much-loved traditional liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer (1662) with a rich repertoire of English Church music. In accordance with Government and Church of England guidelines, the service is currently sung by a reduced Abbey choir. We have a very much reduced seating capacity to adhere to physical distancing,…

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