The Bishop of Sherborne and the Team Patronage Board, after a long and careful process of discernment, are pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Martin Lee as the new Team Rector of Sherborne. Martin is currently Vicar of St Bartholomew, Long Benton in the Diocese of Newcastle and Area Dean of Newcastle East Deanery. Prior to this he was Vicar of Brent Knoll, East Brent and Lympsham and Rural Dean of Axminister in the Diocese of Bath and Wells, hence his experience spanning both rural and urban ministry. Martin is currently also Chair of the National Deaneries Network and Chair of the Churches Together Group for his area. He has an interest in education, young people and a love of music, playing a number of instruments. He brings to us amongst other things significant pastoral skills, a broad spirituality, and a commitment to community life. In his spare time he is a bee keeper, involved in scouting and has a background in piano restoration. We are delighted that Martin will be bringing his gifts to the team here, and look forward to him and his wife moving to Dorset in early September. Martin’s Institution, Induction and Installation will take place at the Abbey at 7pm on Thursday 16th September.
New Team Rector
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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, we 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.
Ordinarily, when we are open we say Morning Prayer daily (Mon-Sat) at 8.30 am, using Common Worship Daily Prayer. The text is available as a download from the Church of England website along with a short audio daily service and sets of prayers, readings and canticles for the various stages of the day.
You can access this by clicking on the red button below.
The First Sunday After Trinity
This Week's Collect
O God, the strength of all those who put their trust in you, mercifully accept our prayers and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without you, grant us the help of your grace, that in the keeping of your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Government advice continues to permit just six socially distanced adult singers unless they are professional. We are therefore grateful to the volunteer members of our Abbey Choir ‘back rows’ for singing, on rota, for the Sunday morning Eucharist services.
On Sunday 20th June the choristers will be singing Eucharist in the morning, and then the first Choral Evensong for over fifteen months will also be sung by them at 6.00pm. Then from the end of the month, dependent on the restrictions being lifted on 21st June, the full Abbey Choir will be singing two Sunday services (Eucharist at 9.30am and Choral Evensong at 6.00pm each week until the end of July.
Midweek Holy Communion Wednesday 10.30 am (live streamed)
Parish Eucharist 9.30 am Sundays
Current Service times:
St Mary Magdalen, Castleton 11.00 am Sundays
St Martin of Tours, Lillington 10.00 am Sundays
St James the Great, Longburton 10.00 am Sundays
St Paul’s @ the Gryphon 10.30 am Sundays
For further information, contact The Parish Office on 01935 713777 (9.00 am – 1.00 pm)
Music plays a vital role within worship at the Abbey. Sherborne Abbey’s choral tradition is nationally famous.
A number of groups run regularly as part of the Abbey community. Details can be found here.
The Abbey, along with the Church of England is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Details of our safeguarding policy can be found here.
In addition to The Abbey, the Sherborne Benefice comprises the churches of Castleton, Lillington, Longburton and St Paul’s with St Paul’s at the Gryphon.