Covid-19 restrictions

Temporary suspension of Worship in the Sherborne Benefice

In view of the worsening Covid situation in the country, it is with deep regret that the decision has been made to suspend worship in the five churches of this benefice, something we have not done lightly.  These measures will begin from Sunday 17th January and will be reviewed at regular intervals.  We do this keeping in mind the need to protect our neighbour, which we take to mean showing care and concern for the wellbeing of all people in this area and beyond.  The government is strongly advising people to stay at home and to keep safe.  These steps bring us into line with most other Christian churches.

The Team Vicars; Revdd Jane Craw, Lesley McCreadie and Jono Tregale

The Digby Memorial Hall and Shop are closed.

The Parish Office is also closed but the Parish secretary can be contacted on 01935 812452  during office hours Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 4.30 pm.  She does not work on Wednesdays.

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.

Gap Year Choral and Organ Scholars

Sherborne Abbey  with Sherborne School has vacancies for an Organ Scholar and Choral Scholars for the academic year 2021/2022 commencing in September.  For more details click on the attached link.

Choral and Organ Scholars

This Week's Collect

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness, and was tempted as we are, yet without sin: give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit; and, as you know our weakness, so may we know your power to save; 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

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Regular Services

The Abbey is currently not offering midweek services.

Sunday Services

Sherborne Abbey
You Tube Streamed Service 10.30 am Sundays.

Current Service times:

There are currently no services of corporate worship within the benefice.


For further information, contact The Parish Office on 01935 812452 (office hours only)

Opening Times

The Abbey is currently closed to visitors

There is no admission charge – donations are welcome

What's on

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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.