His Royal Highness The Prince Philip

Following the announcement of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip the Abbey will be open to give opportunity for private prayer and reflection, prior to his funeral,  on Saturday  17 April  between 12.30 am and 2.30 pm.  The Abbey tenor bell will be tolled 99 times on Saturday at around 2.00 pm.

Covid-19 restrictions

Worship in the Sherborne Benefice

Sunday worship within the benefice has resumed. Please look at the Services area of the website for more information as they may not follow the regular pattern.

The Digby Memorial Hall is closed.

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.

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.

Lent Project 2021

St Saviour’s Anglican Church Riga, Latvia
Future Roots and Countrymen’s Club

We have close links with both of these organisations and they have a powerful impact on their communities. Although the pandemic has seriously affected their funding and how they operate, they have adapted and operated  successfully throughout the last twelve months.

This year our support is needed more than ever, so the first £6,000 of our appeal will be provided by the Faith in Action Committee.  We would love to double that if we can – what a witness that would be to our friends in Latvia and in Holnest!  All the funds raised will be divided equally – half to St Saviour’s, Riga and half to Future Roots /Countrymen’s Club.

I know you have many calls on your giving but I hope you will consider a donation to these excellent causes during Lent.

To listen to John Crossman explain the Lent projects in more detail click here

To learn more or to donate to our projects

You can give in THREE different ways. Please make sure we have your name if we can claim gift aid.

1. By cash or cheque in an envelope clearly marked “Lent project”, and post to the Parish Office, Abbey Close, Sherborne, DT9 3LQ. Please include your name in the envelope if you wish us to claim Gift Aid – we can only do that if we hold your enduring Gift Aid Declaration

2. Donation by BACS please use the account details below:

Account Name Sherborne PCC
Sort Code 40-52-40
Account Number 00008483

Please use the reference: your surname followed by LP, e.g. SmithLP

3. Donate directly using a debit or credit card by clicking on the button below.
Please use the reference: your surname followed by LP, e.g. SmithLP

This Week's Collect

Almighty Father, who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord: give us such knowledge of his presence with us, that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life and serve you continually in righteousness and truth; 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.


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.

Forthcoming Services

april, 2021

Regular Services

Sherborne Abbey
Midweek Holy Communion Wednesday 10.30 am

Sunday Services

Sherborne Abbey
Parish Eucharist 9.30 am Sundays
You Tube Streamed Service 10.30 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)

Opening Times

The Abbey is currently closed to visitors

There is no admission charge – donations are welcome

What's on

april, 2021


Music plays a vital role within worship at the Abbey. Sherborne Abbey’s choral tradition is nationally famous.


We warmly welcome school visits and can provide a range of activities covering a wide range of topics across the curriculum and key stages.


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.

Our Churches.

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.

Digby Hall.

Digby Hall is available for hire and is ideal for markets, fairs, fitness classes, lectures, parties, music, and exhibitions.