Abbey Opening for Private Prayer
We are delighted that the Abbey can now be open for Private Prayer.
We plan to be open from 10.30- 12.30 every weekday and from 2-4pm at weekends. Entry is through the West (rather than the usual South) door. Opening arrangements are subject to change and whenever possible the details of any changes will be made known on this website.
To keep everyone safe we are limiting access when the building is open and not opening on days when there are other events. The Abbey will not be open on Sunday 5th, Tuesday 14th, Friday 17th or Tuesday 21st July
PLEASE help to keep everyone safe when you visit – read the notices carefully and follow the instructions.
We are now permitted to conduct funerals in the Abbey according to government guidelines and these can now be arranged in the usual way through your Funeral Director.

Rector’s Welcome

We stopped our services with deep sadness; our hearts and our telephone lines are open and the Abbey is open for private prayer.  Please pray for us as we are praying for you.  Be strong and of good courage.  Please read my latest letter to keep up to date on what is happening at the Abbey.  

It is a joy to welcome you to Dorchester Abbey – a place of prayer and pilgrimage for many centuries.
The Christian message has been spread from Dorchester’s Saxon cathedral, from its medieval monastic Abbey and from today’s Parish Church, all combined in this beautiful building, over a period of almost fourteen hundred years.
Since the foundation of the first Christian church building on this site in the ‘Dark Ages’, mission and welcome have been at the heart of this community, and these twin priorities remain at the centre of our life today.  We do this through our interaction with the local community and through our links with the charities of this country and abroad, particularly in Kenya, Uganda and Lesotho.  Welcome and relationship come together in the wide range of events and activities that take place in the Abbey throughout the year.  Underlying all that we do is our aspiration to be a church that welcomes everyone and offers each person the opportunity to engage with their faith and our heritage.
This inspiring medieval church has been built, adapted and celebrated by men and women using their God given gifts.  The spirit of Dorchester Abbey has been forged over the centuries by the prayers of saints, pilgrims and parishioners and continues to be so.
I welcome you most warmly and hope that you will be blessed by your visit.

Revd Canon Sue Booys
Rector of Dorchester Abbey

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