To know God and to make Him known in wonder, love and praise.

A warm welcome to the Abbey’s website. I hope you will find here the information you are seeking. There are also a number of important links to other sites which will tell you more.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Virus

The Abbey is open for socially distanced public worship on Sundays at 9.30 am.

The Abbey is open for visitors and private prayer on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm.

There is a mid-week service of Holy Communion on Wednesdays at 10.30 am in the Abbey Lady Chapel

Events are starting to resume in a Covid secure manner. please check the events section of the website to see what is on.

All Souls

There will be a Requiem Eucharist in the Abbey on Monday 2 November at 10.30 am. Those wishing to have family members or friends commemorated at the All Souls’ Requiem are invited to write their names in the loose-leaf file at the back of the Abbey. Please note that the names of all those whose funerals we have taken this year are automatically included, and do not need to be added. The folder will be available at the back of the Abbey after the 9.30 am Eucharist on Sundays and when the Abbey is open to the public.

The Abbey Shop is from 11.00 am until 3.00 pm Monday to Friday

The Parish Office remains closed.

The telephone 01935 812452 will be answered during office hours Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 4.30 pm, but not on Wednesdays.

The Digby Memorial Church Hall is open for small group bookings

The Abbey Website, Pew Sheet and porch notices will keep you up to date with any further changes as they happen.

If you need to speak to a priest, click on the link below:


20th Sunday after Trinity

Click here for our recorded Eucharist

Today’s Collect for each one of us to use:

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning help us so to hear them to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word we may embrace and for ever hold fast the hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


Founded by St. Aldhelm in AD 705, the Abbey has developed from Saxon cathedral to the worshipping heart of a monastic community, and finally, to one of the most beautiful of England’s parish churches. For many it is still the ‘cathedral of Dorset’, and our Benedictine heritage lives on in the daily offering of prayer and praise.

If you have never visited the Abbey, I hope you can do so soon. Marvelling at this glorious building, may you also catch a glimpse of the Glory of God – so that, having arrived as our welcome guest, you will leave renewed, as a pilgrim.


This Benefice takes very seriously its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we operate in accordance with best practice at all times. We have adopted the House of Bishops’ “Promoting a Safer Church; Safeguarding Policy Statement”.

If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Parish Safeguarding Officers, Mr David and Mrs Lyn Rayner, by clicking on the link safeguarding@sherborne abbey.com

Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, on  07500 664800 or email heather.bland@salisbury.anglican.org

Full details of our Safeguarding Policy and Guidelines can be found onour Safeguarding page.