Whether you're a local, a student, or a visitor to the city, you are very welcome to worship at Bath Abbey. We have many different congregations that gather here each Sunday as well as during our services throughout the week. Other aspects of worship that we run include social action, lifelong learning and homegroups.
All our Sunday services are large enough to allow you to be anonymous if you choose. However, if you'd like to be welcomed into the Abbey's life more fully, we'd love to hear from you. Please contact us by email: [email protected] or by calling 01225 422462 and a member of clergy will be in touch with you.
Details of our Sunday worship is as follows. Follow the links to find out more about each service.
|Holy Communion using the Book of Common Prayer (1662)|
|Holy Communion with Abbey Choir|
|Informal Evening Service|
Music is very much at the heart of our richly varied services. The Abbey Choir (Boys or Girls and Men) perform music at services regularly every week and during special services. You can find out about this month's music by contacting us: [email protected], 01225 422462.
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 40 minutes.
You are also warmly invited to join us for Holy Communion during the week on Thursdays at 10.30am.
Holy Communion with Abbey Choir
This service takes place at 10.15am each Sunday. The service lasts just over an hour and combines thoughtful preaching, prayer and praise with glorious music from our Abbey Choir. The atmosphere is relaxed and children are warmly welcomed. There are children's groups during term-time and a crèche all year round. All are invited to stay on after the service to chat over a cup of fresh coffee or tea.
This is a temporary combined service replacing our 9.30am Parish Communion and 11.15am Sung Eucharist services while building work is carried out on our Footprint project. Once Footprint is completed (spring 2021), our ‘normal’ service pattern will resume. We thank you for your continued understanding and support.
Choral Evensong takes place on Thursdays at 5.30pm and Sundays at 3pm and lasts for approximately 45 minutes. This formal service 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. During the holidays these services may be sung by visiting choirs.
Informal Evening Service
A reflective service with scriptures, prayers and lighting candles supported by instrumental musicians.
The aim of this informal evening service is to welcome visitors into the beautiful space of the abbey and to draw them into worship and prayer, and reflection on the Christian faith. This reflection will be rooted in the bible and in the Abbey as a centre of mission for the city and the global church.
We are uniquely positioned, with our half a million visitors a year, to listen to and to celebrate stories of faith from around the world, this is what we aim to do in this service.
It's a perfect way to end the day, all are welcome.
We offer a variety of weekday worship here at Bath Abbey including Morning and Evening Prayers, Holy Communion on Thursdays (10.30am) and Fridays (8.30am) and Choral Evensong on selected Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5.30pm. Please join us in person, if you can. Worship times may change so please check our what's on section or with the Abbey Office - 01225 422462 / [email protected]
Alternatively, if you wish to join us by saying daily prayer at home, you can follow the service online using the Daily Prayer RSS. Just make your choice of service and click on the one you want. Through the course of the week you are welcome to join us for the following services.
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Choral Evensong takes place on Thursdays at 5.30pm and Sundays at 3.30pm and lasts for approximately 45 minutes. This formal service 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 Lay-clerks, or Boys and Lay-clerks. During the holidays these services may be sung by visiting choirs.
Join us on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays for this said service of Evening Prayer. There will also be Evening Prayer instead of Choral Evensong on Thursdays during the school holidays.