Revd Michael Lakey commissioned as Curate in Charge of the Bridge Group Parishes
We were delighted to welcome the Bishop of Dorchester, The Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, and the Venerable Judy French, Archdeacon of Dorchester, to the Abbey this week to publicly appoint Michael Lakey as Curate in Charge of the Bridge Group of parishes in the Dorchester Team. In a joyful service attended by all of the Team clergy and many of his new parishioners, Michael was blessed and given representative items by leading members of the Bridge Group. Michael has been working as a curate at Dorchester Abbey for 18 months so already knows many of the churches and parishioners with whom he will be working. To find out more about how the Dorchester Team works, look here.
May Morning sung in with style by Two A Part
Village tradition continued this year with local a cappella singers Two A Part singing in May Morning (or more accurately May Bank Holiday morning!) from the top of the Abbey tower. Those who braved the early hour were well rewarded with excellent singing outside and then a great breakfast serenaded by clever arrangements of old and new music, raising money for The Nasio Trust and Dorchester Abbey.
Dorchester welcomes the new Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Rvd Steven Croft
Dorchester Abbey was delighted to welcome The Right Reverend Steven Croft on the day that he was announced as the next Bishop of Oxford. Bishop Steven and Bishop Colin joined us for a short service to celebrate our environment and met key church and Abbey supporters, including Abbey staff and children from the local primary school, St Birinus.
We gathered at points around the Abbey and Abbey gardens to pray for artists, craftsmen, the earth and our stewardship and concluded with prayers of thanks for St Birinus, our new Bishop and our Mission. Bishop Steven said the final blessing and then talked to the congregation and children.
Easter, Eggs and New Hymn Books
Hunting for Easter Eggs was a recurring theme for our popular Easter Sunday service in Dorchester. Over 40 children (with enthusiastic help for the adults) hunted for eggs before the service, looked for eggs in significant places during the service and then ate egg themed cake at the end. The Abbey flower arrangers excelled themselves with beautiful and thought provoking arrangements throughout the building (just look at the photos) and the service gave us a great opportunity to bless our new hymn books, unpacked just this week!
If you missed our service you can listen again here:
Mothering Sunday at Dorchester Abbey
Our Family Service for Mothering Sunday was an entertaining mixture of flowers, dressing up, great music and, of course, on what is also Refreshment Sunday, cake! Revd Sue talked about the story of Moses and the different intentions we may have when wearing different clothes. Listen again here: