SUNDAY 17 OCTOBER 2021: Please note our services are different for this Sunday. We're holding two special services: A 'Freedom' service to mark anti-slavery day at 10.15am and a Footprint Celebration Service (ticketed) at 3pm. The 8am will go ahead as usual but there will not be Choral Evensong at 3.30pm or an Informal Service at 6.30pm.

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.

Government guidance for Covid-19 has changed with many restrictions easing. Before you attend a service, we ask you to please read our Covid-19 safety measures for services.

*We will be offering live-streams of our Sunday services (9.30am & 3.30pm) for those who wish to join us online. If you are attending a service in-person, there is a possibility you could be included in the filming. If you do not wish to be, please ask one of the ushers to offer you a suitable seat.

Details of our services in the Abbey are as follows:

8.00am

Holy Communion

9.30am

Church Family Communion

11.30am

Sung Eucharist

3.30pm

Choral Evensong

6.30pm

Informal Service

Music is very much at the heart of our richly varied services. The Abbey Choir (Boys or Girls and Lay-Clerks) perform music at services regularly every week and during special services. You can find out about this month's music by contacting us: office@bathabbey.org, 01225 422462.

To view the term's Music List, please click here.

Holy Communion
8am Sunday

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.

Family taking Communion at Parish Communion service

Church Family Communion
9.30am Sunday - 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 note this service is filmed and live-streamed therefore there is a possibility that as a member of the congregation you could be included in the filming. If you do not wish to be, please ask one of the ushers to offer you a suitable seat.

Sung Eucharist
Sunday 11.30am

This formal service, which lasts approximately 70 minutes, combines elegant liturgy, thoughtful preaching and magnificent music.

Bath Abbey Boys' Choir singing Evensong
Bath Abbey choirs of Girls and Lay-clerks singing at a service

Choral Evensong
Sunday 3.30pm

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 note this service is filmed and live-streamed therefore there is a possibility that as a member of the congregation you could be included in the filming. If you do not wish to be, please ask one of the ushers to offer you a suitable seat.

Informal Service
Sunday 6.30pm

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 in this service. It is a perfect way to end the day.

Enjoying a chat and a coffee after the informal evening service

Weekday Services

We offer a variety of weekday worship here at Bath Abbey and would love you to join us in person, if you can.

We invite you to start and end the day with us with Morning Prayer at 8.30am-9am and Evening Prayer at 5.30-6pm Mondays-Fridays. Alternatively, if you wish to join us by saying daily prayer at home, you can follow the service online using the Daily Prayer RSS.

We also offer Holy Communion on Wednesdays at 12 noon and Saturdays at 8.30am, as well as Choral Evensong every Thursday at 5.30pm during term time, and on selected Fridays at 5.30pm and Saturdays at 5pm.

Worship times may change so please check the What's on section on our website, or contact the Abbey Office - 01225 422462 office@bathabbey.org

Special Services

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

 

 

 

Special service for Advent