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December 2021

Handel’s Messiah – Bath Choral Society

Sat 4 December at 7:30 pm
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Bath Choral Society

Bath Choral Society is delighted to announce a return to the annual performance of Messiah which opens the season of Christmas music in Bath Abbey. This will also be the first Messiah to be presented using the new seating arrangements of the transformed Abbey. Messiah tells the story of Christ’s life in solo arias and magnificent choruses, from ‘For unto us a child is born’ through the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus and ‘The trumpet shall sound’ to the final Amen. Shean Bowers…

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Holy Communion

Sun 5 December at 8:00 am until 8:45 am
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Sunday, repeating until Sun 25 December, 2022

People kneeling taking communion

This beautiful service of Holy Communion, using the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, begins at 8.00am every Sunday. This service includes a sermon, but no hymns, and lasts for approximately 45 minutes. You are also warmly invited to join us for Holy Communion on Wednesdays at 12 noon and Saturdays at 8.30am. Please read our Covid-guidance: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/

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Church Family Communion

Sun 5 December at 9:30 am until 10:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Sunday, repeating until Sun 25 December, 2022

Family taking Communion at Parish Communion service

A family service with crèche and children’s groups. The service lasts just over an hour and combines prayer and praise with glorious music from our Abbey Choir and thoughtful preaching. The atmosphere is relaxed and children are warmly welcomed. There are children's groups during term-time and a crèche is offered all year round. Everyone is invited to stay on after the service to chat over a cup of fresh coffee or tea. Please read our Covid-guidance: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/

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Sung Eucharist

Sun 5 December at 11:30 am until 12:30 pm
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Bath Abbey Boys' Choir singing Evensong

This formal service, which lasts approximately 70 minutes, combines elegant liturgy, thoughtful preaching and magnificent music. Please read our Covid-guidance: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/

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Choral Evensong

Sun 5 December 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 25 December, 2022

Bath Abbey choirs of Girls and Lay-clerks singing at a service

This beautiful service lasts for approximately 45 minutes and combines the memorable cadences of Thomas Cranmer's Book of Common Prayer with a distinctive repertoire of English Church music. During term-time these services are sung by the Abbey's choirs of Girls and Men, or Boys and Men. Occasionally these services may be sung by the Bath Abbey Chamber Choir and during the holidays, by visiting choirs. Please read our Covid-guidance before attending: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/

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Informal Service

Sun 5 December at 5:30 pm until 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sun 12 December, 2021

Enjoying a chat and a coffee after the informal evening service

A short reflective service with reflections on Scripture, prayers and lighting candles supported by instrumental musicians, which lasts for approximately 30 minutes. This informal evening service also welcomes everyone of all ages to worship and prayer, and draws on the worship style of Taize. We are uniquely positioned, with our half a million visitors a year to the Abbey, to listen to and to celebrate stories of faith from around the world, and this is what we aim to do…

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Museum of the Moon

Moonlight Lates

Sun 5 December at 6:00 pm until 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sun 19 December, 2021

Visit the Abbey in the evening for a unique opportunity to experience the magic of the moon after hours in the stunning Abbey. The accompanying soundtrack created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello winner Dan Jones can also be enjoyed during these magical evenings. Tickets for the evening: £6, Adult; £3 Child available from Eventbrite. Stargazing with the Bath Astronomers As part of our Moonlight Lates, you can interact with Bath Astronomers in the Abbey Nave and there will be a ticketed opportunity to…

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Museum of the Moon

Moonlight Lates

Mon 6 December at 6:00 am until 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 am on Monday, repeating until Mon 20 December, 2021

Visit the Abbey in the evening for a unique opportunity to experience the magic of the moon after hours in the stunning Abbey. The accompanying soundtrack created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello winner Dan Jones can also be enjoyed during these magical evenings. Tickets for the evening: £6, Adult; £3 Child available from Eventbrite. Stargazing with the Bath Astronomers As part of our Moonlight Lates, you can interact with Bath Astronomers in the Abbey Nave and there will be a ticketed opportunity to…

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Morning Prayer

Mon 6 December at 8:30 am until 9:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 8:30 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until Sun 31 December, 2023

Hands in prayer with candles in the background

A simple, said service to help prepare us for the day ahead. We hope you'll join us.

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Mindful Art Workshops led by Stephen Magrath

Mon 6 December at 4:15 pm until 5:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:15 pm on Monday, repeating until Mon 20 December, 2021

Painting by Stephen Magrath

Local artist, Stephen Magrath, will help participants create their own personal design inspired by the Abbey’s moon exhibition, sacred circle art and the artist’s own work. Age 8 upward, £3, all materials included. Please read our Covid-guidance before attending: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/

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Moon and stars

The Still Moon – Accessible Sessions

Tue 7 December at 9:00 am until 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until Tue 21 December, 2021

For those who find bright lights and noises distressing, visit the Moon between 9am and 10am on Tuesday mornings to experience the exhibition at a quiet time. Please read our Covid-guidance before visiting: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/  

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Holy Communion

Wed 8 December at 12:00 pm until 12:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wed 14 December, 2022

Holy Communion

This beautiful service of Holy Communion, using the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, begins at 12pm every Wednesday. This service includes a sermon, but no hymns, and lasts for approximately 45 minutes. You are also warmly invited to join us for Holy Communion on Saturdays at 8.30am and Sundays at 8am. Please read our Covid-guidance before attending: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/

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Bath Festival: Symphony of Sorrowful Songs with Paraorchestra

Wed 8 December at 7:30 pm until 8:30 pm

Image caption: Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram. Ely Cathedral. Photo (c) James Billings Tickets are £25 (excluding fees), with discounts for students and the under 26s, from: https://bathfestivals.org.uk/the-bath-festival/event/sorrowful-songs/ or from Bath Box Office, tel: 01225 463362. Cathartic and hauntingly beautiful, Henryk Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs is an astonishing meditation on loss and transcendence. Performed by Paraorchestra, with acclaimed soprano Victoria Oruwari, Charles Hazlewood conducts this harmonic ‘spiritual minimalist’ composition in the deep, vast, and dark splendour of Bath Abbey. Each of the three movements of Symphony of…

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People singing at Shoppers Carol service

Shoppers Carols

Sat 11 December at 1:00 pm until 1:20 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until Sat 18 December, 2021

A popular, informal 20-minute service with traditional carols. There will be a Christmas welcome from our clergy, a solo from one of our choristers and a chance to sing aloud to popular carols. All welcome. No reserved seating or tickets required. Please read our Covid-guidance before visiting: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/

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Shoppers Carols

Sat 11 December at 2:00 pm until 2:20 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until Sat 18 December, 2021

People singing at Shoppers Carol service

A popular, informal 20-minute service with traditional carols. There will be a Christmas welcome from our clergy, a solo from one of our choristers and a chance to sing aloud to popular carols. All welcome. No reserved seating or tickets required. Please read our Covid-guidance before attending: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/

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Shoppers Carols

Sat 11 December at 3:00 pm until 3:20 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until Sat 11 December, 2021

People singing at Shoppers Carol service

A popular, informal 20-minute service with traditional carols. There will be a Christmas welcome from our clergy, a solo from one of our choristers and a chance to sing aloud to popular carols. All welcome. No reserved seating or tickets required. Please see our Covid-guidance before attending: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/

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Shoppers Carols

Sat 11 December at 4:00 pm until 4:20 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until Sat 11 December, 2021

People singing at Shoppers Carol service

A popular, informal 20-minute service with traditional carols. There will be a Christmas welcome from our clergy, a solo from one of our choristers and a chance to sing aloud to popular carols. All welcome. No reserved seating or tickets required. Please see Covid-guidance before attending: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/

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A Christmas Celebration with the Bath Abbey Choir and Melody Makers

Sat 11 December at 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm

A festive selection of well-known Christmas classics for choir, organ and audience. To help get into the festive spirit, there will be plenty of opportunities for audience participation and to singalong. Featuring the Abbey Choir of Girls, Boys and Lay-clerks directed by Huw Williams, Director of Music, Bath Abbey, and the Abbey’s youngest Choir of 6-11 year olds, the Melody Makers directed by Bethan Dudley-Fryar. Accompanists: Peter King and David Bryson. Tickets: £18, 13, and £8 (16s and under half…

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Storytelling

Moon-tastic Family Day (Storytelling and Craft)

Sat 18 December at 10:00 am until 12:30 pm

Join us for some family fun including listening to magical stories while sitting under the Moon and making Cosmic Christmas decorations in our new Learning Room down in the Abbey vaults. Drop in. Free, no tickets required. Ages 5 and over.

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Cherub with trumpet

A Baroque Christmas at Bath Abbey

Sat 18 December at 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm

A Baroque Christmas at Bath Abbey featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria and Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit. Bath Abbeys Choirs are joined by Baroque instrumentalists Rejouissance playing on historic instruments. With carols for audience and a feast of glorious Christmas music from Venice and Paris. Directed by Huw Williams. Tickets £20, £15 and £10 (16s and under half price) available from Bath Box Office. We ask that you read our Covid-guidance before attending the event: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/

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Family Carols

Sun 19 December at 4:00 pm until 5:00 pm

Children are invited to come dressed as a shepherd, angel, wise man or citizen of Bethlehem to take part in a fun retelling of the Nativity - complete with a real live donkey! Includes traditional carols and prayers. Entry is by (free) ticket only and are available on Eventbrite.

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A view looking up at the pipes of the Klais Organ at Bath Abbey

La Nativité – Messiaen

Tue 21 December at 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm

Come and hear Huw Williams, the Abbey’s Director of Music, perform Messiaen’s exquisite meditation on the organ, with accompanying scripture readings. All welcome, no tickets or prebooking required. Please read our Covid-guidance before attending: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/

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Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Thu 23 December at 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm

A beautiful service based around nine Bible readings interspersed with Christmas hymns and carols sung by the Bath Abbey Choirs. Entry is by (free) ticket only available on Eventbrite. Please read our Covid-guidance before attending: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/

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Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Thu 23 December at 7:30 pm until 8:30 pm

A beautiful service based around nine Bible readings interspersed with Christmas hymns and carols sung by the Bath Abbey Choirs. Entry is by (free) ticket only available on Eventbrite. Please read our Covid-guidance before attending: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/

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Front of the Abbey at night with Christmas tree in front

Carol Praise

Fri 24 December at 4:00 pm until 5:00 pm

An informal service with traditional carols including an interactive rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas - complete with actions! All welcome, no reserved seating or tickets. In previous years, the Abbey has been full to capacity, so there may be long queues so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Please read our Covid-guidance before attending: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/

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Front of the Abbey at night with Christmas tree in front

Carol Praise

Fri 24 December at 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm

An informal service with traditional carols including an interactive rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas - complete with actions! All welcome, no reserved seating or tickets. In previous years, the Abbey has been full to capacity, so there may be long queues so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Please read our Covid-guidance before attending: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/

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Bath Abbey at Christmas

Midnight Communion

Fri 24 December at 11:00 pm until 11:45 pm

A joyful celebration of Christ’s birth. We welcome the Bishop of Taunton as our preacher. Please note this service is ticketed this year. Admission by free tickets prebooked via Eventbrite. Please read our Covid-guidance before attending: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/

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Christmas tree inside the Abbey

Holy Communion for Christmas Day

Sat 25 December at 8:00 am until 9:00 am

Join us at this quiet hour as we draw together before the Christ-child. A beautiful service of Holy Communion, without music and using traditional language. Please read our Covid-guidance before attending: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/

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Looking at Bath Abbey in the snow from Parade Gardens

Church Family Communion for Christmas Day

Sat 25 December at 9:30 am until 10:30 am

Celebrate ‘God with us’ at this informal service, suitable for all ages. Please read our Covid-guidance before attending: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/

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Bath Abbey Boys' Choir singing Evensong

Sung Eucharist for Christmas Day

Sat 25 December at 11:30 am until 12:30 pm

Celebrate with us. Traditional Christmas music with our Abbey Choirs. Please read our Covid-guidance before attending: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/

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Joint Eucharist Service

Sun 26 December at 10:15 am until 11:15 am

A joint Eucharist service bringing together our usual 9.30am and 11.30am congregations for the first Sunday of Christmas. We hope you'll join us.

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January 2022

Joint Parish Communion

Sun 2 January, 2022 at 10:15 am until 11:15 am
Celebration Service

Join us for a joint Communion Service bringing together our 9.30am and 11.30am congregations. Please read our Covid-guidance before attending: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/

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Hands clasped in prayer

Evening Prayer with hymns

Sun 2 January, 2022 at 3:30 pm until 4:30 pm

Join us in the Abbey for a simple service of Evening Prayer with hymns as we bring the day to a Godly end in the stillness of this holy space. Please read our Covid guidance before attending: https://www.bathabbey.org/visiting/keeping-you-safe/

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Informal Service

Sun 2 January, 2022 at 6:30 pm until 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Sunday, repeating until Sun 25 December, 2022

Enjoying a chat and a coffee after the informal evening service

A short reflective service with reflections on Scripture, prayers and lighting candles supported by instrumental musicians, which lasts for approximately 30 minutes. This informal evening service also welcomes everyone of all ages to worship and prayer, and draws on the worship style of Taize. We are uniquely positioned, with our half a million visitors a year to the Abbey, to listen to and to celebrate stories of faith from around the world, and this is what we aim to do…

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Evening Prayer

Tue 4 January, 2022 at 5:30 pm until 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, repeating until Wed 30 November, 2022

Candles at prayer station

Join us in the Abbey for this said service of Evening Prayer as we bring the day to a Godly end in the stillness of this holy space.

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Ceremony of Carols 2018

Epiphany and New Year Concert

Sat 8 January, 2022 at 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm

Join the Abbey Girls Choir as they sing their annual performance of 'A Ceremony of Carols' with the beautiful and evocative harp accompaniment. We are joined again by Elune Pierce who played with us in 2020 and there will be several solos amongst the girls as they usher in the New Year and celebrate Epiphany. Many countries open presents at the Epiphany instead of on Christmas Day – so come along and enjoy this magical experience in the glorious Abbey…

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February 2022

A celebration of fostering, adoption and kinship care

Fri 11 February, 2022 at 10:00 am until 12:00 pm
A celebration of fostering and adoption

Home for Good are excited to invite you along to a celebration of foster carers, adopters, special guardians and kinship carers at Bath Abbey on the 11th of February 2022 from 10am to 12pm. Tarn Bright, the CEO of Home for Good, will be coming to speak and there will be gifts for carers and stories from people who care for the most vulnerable kids in our area. This event is for everybody. Whether you are a carer, supporter, Church…

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