Abbey Services

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: office@bathabbey.org 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.

8.00am

Holy Communion using the Book of Common Prayer (1662)

9.30am

Parish Communion with creche and children and youth groups in term-time

11.15am

Sung Eucharist

3.30pm

Choral Evensong

6.30pm

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 three services every Sunday and during special services. You can find out about this month's music by contacting us: office@bathabbey.org, 01225 422462.

Holy 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 40 minutes.

You are also warmly invited to join us for Holy Communion during the week on Thursdays at 11am.

 

 

 

Family taking Communion at Parish Communion service

Parish Communion

Parish Communion takes place at 9.30am each Sunday. The atmosphere is relaxed and inclusive with children's groups during term-time and a creche all year round. The service lasts for one hour and is both contemporary and rooted in its use of liturgy and music with a blend of both traditional hymns and more modern songs of worship.

At heart, we seek to encourage and equip a community who, together, explore how God is calling them to join in His mission and to that end there is a regular focus on our support for five Mission organisations at home and further afield.

It is important for us to gather as the people of God to worship and give thanks for all that God has done and is doing in our life together, and the Parish Communion is just one way that we do this here at Bath Abbey. Why not join us at 9.30am on Sunday and afterwards for fresh coffee?

Choral Evensong

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 Men, or Boys and Men. During the holidays these services may be sung by visiting choirs.

Girls Choir singing
Enjoying a chat and a coffee after the informal evening service

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.

Weekday Services

We offer a variety of weekday worship here at Bath Abbey including Morning and Evening Prayers, Holy Communion on Thursdays and Fridays and Choral Evensong on 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 / office@bathabbey.org

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.

Special service for Advent

Special Services

We have a number of special services planned throughout the year. For further details please see our what's on section.

 

 

 

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