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Worship at Bourne Abbey is a rich tapestry of colour, sounds and experiences where the principal act of worship is the Eucharist.
At 8am there is a said Eucharist using a more traditional form of words; it is consequently a more reflective style of worship.
The 10am is a Sung Eucharist with a robed choir using modern language as we follow the life of Jesus throughout the year. On Saints' and Festival Days, we use incense to emphasize the dignity and celebratory aspect of worship.
We also believe in seeking to engage the full spectrum of ages in our community; so additionally, we offer an informal style of worship on designated Sundays . Children are welcome to all the worship taking place at the Abbey. There is a children's activity area in the Church, where families are often to be found engaging informally with the Church's worship.
Members of The Bourne Abbey Youth Group (mainly for those in year 6 and above) meet to share and chat about issues to do with their faith journeys, and the experiences they encounter in everyday life. We meet with specific projects in mind; eg. preparing music, prayers and presentations for Family Services, our 10am Sung Eucharists and so on. Each Easter since 2014 we have had the task of designing and constructing the Easter Garden. Such projects help us to deepen our faith. For instance, making the Easter Garden made us think about how Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead and what that means for us today. The group also attends local Deanery events, interacting with other young people in the area.
Music is an essential part of worship at the Abbey Church. We have a robed choir with currently about 30 members.
The Choir’s main responsibility is to support the singing of hymns, lead the singing of the Mass setting, lead Responsorial Psalms during Advent and Lent, and to provide motets, anthems, and plainsong during the Communion. The choral repertoire is now mainly composed of communion motets, sung in the Lady Chapel. More plainsong melodies have been introduced where appropriate, and are becoming more familiar.
Here at the Abbey, we place a high emphasis upon quality of welcome that you receive.
There is always someone one hand to greet you at the door. If you haven't been to the Abbey before, the 'greeter' will introduce you to one of the Sidesmen or Sideswomen, who will explain the Service by showing you the Service Sheet and Hymn book