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
You will be asked to follow the instructions about distancing and sanitizing when you enter the Abbey, and there will be staff on duty to assist you.
All the benefice churches are gradually opening up for Services applying Church of England distancing and Covid protection advice. Please check the services area of the website as they may not follow our usual pattern.
Events are starting to resume in a Covid secure manner. please check the events section of the website to see what is on.
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:
16th Sunday after Trinity
Today’s Collect for each one of us to use:
Eternal God, you crown the year with your goodness and you give us the fruits of the earth in their season: grant that we may use them to your glory, for the relief of those in need and for our own well-being; 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.
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 email@example.com
Full details of our Safeguarding Policy and Guidelines can be found onour Safeguarding page.