Our Roadmap out of Lockdown

A plan for re-opening the Abbey and a guide to Holy Week and Easter Day Services 2021

Plans are now emerging for the re-opening of the Abbey for services, prayer and reflection, hospitality, general visiting, and events. In our planning we are being careful to adhere to national legislation and to the importance of maintaining everyone’s safety. We also need to contend with the ongoing roof works which will continue to affect the inside of the Abbey until Good Friday. However, we also recognise the huge spiritual and social importance of in-person worship and so the following sets out the Abbey’s roadmap for re-opening.

 

Palm Sunday 28th March

The first in-person service in the Abbey will take place at 6.30pm on Palm Sunday and will be a service of reflections, music, and prayers for Holy Week.

 

Monday 29th – Thursday 1st April

On each of these evenings there will be a Eucharist in the Abbey at 7pm. The Abbey will be open for private prayer from 6pm.

 

Good Friday 2nd April

The Abbey will be open for private prayer from 12 noon and there will be a service of “Gathering around the Cross” at 2pm.

 

Easter Sunday 4th April

There will be an Easter Day Parish Eucharist at 10am. The Abbey will remain open for private prayer and reflection until 3pm. There will be an Easter Refresh at 6.30pm

 

Easter Monday 5th April and every day until 17th May

The Abbey will be open for private prayer and reflection from 11am – 3pm (subject to the removal of scaffolding which may affect opening on some days).

 

Tuesday 6th April and then each Tuesday 

There will be a Eucharist at 12 noon

 

Sunday 11th April and then each Sunday

Parish Eucharist will be at 10am and Evening service (Evensong. Refresh or Revive) will be at 6.30pm.

 

Monday 12th April

Morning Prayer will resume in the Abbey at 9am. Evening Prayer will resume in the Abbey at 5pm. The Refectory Café will open with outside seating only and the Abbey Shop will re-open.

 

Wednesday 14th April

Tots’ Praise resumes at 9.30am

 

Monday 17th May

The Abbey will open for general visiting from 1oam to 5pm each day. The Refectory Café will be fully open.

 

Monday June 21st

By this date the government’s current roadmap envisages that most, if not all, Covid related restrictions will be lifted. Well in advance of this date we will communicate about all Abbey services, activities and events.

 

Covid protocols, social distancing, Choirs and Children’s worship

When we return to the Abbey we will be re-instating all our Covid secure measures which will include: the requirement to wear a mask, social distancing, track and trace, extra hygiene measures, no congregational singing etc.

At present it is not known when Choirs will again be allowed to sing in Church. Because of this the above roadmap does not mention the resumption of Wednesday and Thursday Evensong. However, as soon as choirs are permitted, we will look to resume these services. Likewise, choirs will return to Sunday services as soon as legislation permits.

We hope to resume Messy Church as soon as possible and more information about this will follow soon.

 

In addition to the re-opening of the Abbey, worship via Zoom will continue, albeit at different times from the current pattern.

 

The above roadmap is not exhaustive and does not cover every aspect of Abbey life but we hope it gives a clear direction of travel. As the ending of Covid measures emerge, we will review the ongoing pattern of services and events and keep everyone informed.

 

 

Rector and Churchwardens

10th March 2021

 

Holy Week and Easter Day Services

 

 

Holy Week is the most sacred and precious time in the Christian calendar. It will be wonderful to be able to be in the Abbey again this year but there will also be good opportunities for observing Holy Week via Zoom. Some of the richness and variety of a normal Holy Week will not be possible but it should still be a deeply meaningful time.

 

Friday 26th March

2pm -4pm       Palm Crosses will be available to collect in the Cloister Porch        Abbey

 

Palm Sunday 28th March

10am               Abbey Morning Worship                                                                   Zoom

6.30pm            Journeying through Holy Week

 – a service of reflections, music and prayer                                                            Abbey

 

Monday 29th March

9am                 Morning Prayer                                                                                 Zoom

11am – 2pm    Family Easter Egg trail in the Abbey Grounds                                  Abbey

7pm                 Eucharist for the Monday of Holy Week                                           Abbey

8.15pm            A Holy Week evening service                                                           Zoom

 

Tuesday 30th March

9am                 Morning Prayer                                                                                 Zoom

11am – 2pm    Family Easter Egg trail in the Abbey Grounds                                  Abbey

7pm                 Eucharist for the Monday of Holy Week                                           Abbey

8.15pm            A Holy Week evening service                                                           Zoom

Wednesday 31st March

9am                 Morning Prayer                                                                                 Zoom

11am – 2pm    Family Easter Egg trail in the Abbey Grounds                                  Abbey

7pm                 Eucharist for the Monday of Holy Week                                           Abbey

8.15pm            A Holy Week evening service                                                           Zoom

 

Maundy Thursday 1st April

9am                 Morning Prayer                                                                                 Zoom

11am – 2pm    Family Easter Egg trail in the Abbey Grounds                                  Abbey

7pm                 A celebration of the Last Supper                                                      Abbey

8.15pm            A Holy Week evening service                                                           Zoom

 

Good Friday 2nd April

9.30am            Stations of the Cross – joining St Mary’s Church, Hexham             On-line

2pm                 Gathering around the Cross                                                             Abbey

  • A service of readings, reflections music and prayer as

we gather together around the cross

 

Holy Saturday 3rd April

11am – 2pm    Family Easter Egg trail in the Abbey Grounds                                Abbey

8.30pm            Compline for the Eve of Easter                                                      Abbey

- A quiet and prayerful service as we anticipate the

joy of Easter Day

 

Easter Day 4th April

10am               Parish Easter Eucharist                                                                     Abbey

11.45               Easter Morning Worship                                                                    Zoom

12pm – 2pm    Family Easter Egg trail in the Abbey Grounds                                  Abbey

6.30pm            Easter Refresh                                                                                 Abbey

                        - a service of reflections, music and prayer as we celebrate

the wonder of Christ’s resurrection.