Bourne Abbey was founded in 1138 by Baldwin FitzGilbert, who was the castellan of Bourne at that time.
Having built the castle, he turned towards providing the town with a religious house which would double as the parish church. It is possible that the Abbey that he had constructed was built upon the earlier foundations of a Saxon church.
Baldwin decided to invite the Arrouasian branch of the Augustinian Order to provide the religious foundation of the Abbey.
At Bourne Abbey the liturgy is shaped by the rich diversity of the Church’s year underpinned by the daily offices. All Sundays celebrate the paschal mystery of the death and resurrection of Christ whilst reflecting the character of the seasons in which they are set.
By following the liturgical cycle the Church enters into the moods and rhythms of the Christian year, from the birth of Jesus, through the drama of the events in Holy Week to his ascension. This cycle deepens our Christian experience and becomes part of the rhythm of our lives – whether it is the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday or a candle lit for our departed on All Souls’ Day, the experience changes us. The Church’s year, with its cycle of seasons, thus provides the Church with its most compelling way into the mystery of faith.
Bourne Abbey Church has strong links with Bourne Abbey Church of England Primary Academy and Bourne Elsea Park Church of England Primary Academy. Collective worship is lead regularly in school by a member of the clergy. In addition the clergy prepare the children for confirmation and also act as a resource for the RE curriculum. In turn the children make regular visits to the church and attend special services, for example at Harvest and Christmas. The church is also well-represented on the school's Governing Body.
We are happy to offer for hire our attractive well used Church Hall. We can offer lets for children’s parties; fund-raising events; baptism, wedding or funeral receptions; clubs and societies.
Bourne Foodbank is a centre for giving emergency food to those in crisis in our community. Today there are people struggling to put food on the table. Bourne foodbank provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis.