Following instruction from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the government that public worship be suspended in the Church of England during the current emergency there will be no services at Beauchief Abbey untill further notice.
Weekly services of public worship are held at the Abbey, continuing a tradition of Christian witness and prayer on this site that dates back to the 12th century.
You are very welcome to join us.
The services at the Abbey follow The Book of Common Prayer. This was published in 1662, around the time that the present Abbey church was restored with the box pews, chapel and tower that you see today. The Book of Common Prayer is the traditional prayer and service book of the Church of England.
What is a Service like at the Abbey?
Here you can find out what a typical Sunday service is like at Beauchief Abbey. Click here to download.
Throughout the year the Abbey’s weekly services follow this pattern:
|First Sunday of each month:||Holy Communion||11.00am|
|Second Sunday of each month:||Holy Communion||11.00am|
|Third Sunday of each month:||Evensong||3.00pm|
|Fourth Sunday of each month:||Holy Communion||11.00am|
|When a fifth Sunday occurs in a month:||Mattins||11.00am|
Services are also held on:
In recent years, we have held ten days of informal prayer between Ascension Day and Pentecost Sunday.
The Abbey joins with other local churches in providing monthly worship and church community at the nearby residential care home Henleigh Hall.
The Abbey has no appointed clergy and relies entirely on volunteer clergy and Readers to lead our services. We are lucky to have such an enthusiastic and generous pool of volunteers, who share their wide range of experience, gifts and ministry with the Abbey community.
Music is a much loved part of the Abbey life. We have a small electronic organ and singing hymns connects us to a long tradition of Christian worship.
Our informal choir sits in the pews nearest the organ and consists of anyone who enjoys singing. All are welcome to sit in this area and sing out! We aim to sing using harmonies where possible. Come and join us to sing.