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Elstow Abbey in Autumn
Elstow Abbey and Green : October-November

Elstow Abbey was founded in 1078 by the Countess Judith, niece of William the Conqueror. It became one of the richer of the 106 Benedictine nunneries existing at the time and in its hey-day, in the fourteenth century, the building was twice its present size. The end of the Abbey came in 1539, as part of the dissolution of the monasteries.

By the time of Elizabeth I, the church itself had been reduced to its present dimensions, becoming the parish church of the village. The six Norman arches that still remain from the original building remind us of the Abbey’s long history of Christian worship.

Elstow is famous as the home of John Bunyan . He was baptised in our font in 1628 and as a child and young man he worshipped regularly in this abbey church. See History - John Bunyan on this website for further information.

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Elstow Abbey in August
Elstow Abbey and Green in August

St Helena

Choral Evensong for the Feast of Saint Helena- Sunday, May 21st at 6.30pm

Thy Kingdom Come

From Ascension Day to Pentecost (May 25th - June 4th)
‘Thy Kingdom Come’ - A global wave of prayer
Last year the Archbishops of Canterbury and York invited people to join a wave of prayer between Ascension day and Pentecost. This is traditionally a time when the church focuses on prayer, just as the first disciples did, gathered after they had watched Jesus ascend to heaven. For 2017, the hope is to see many churches taking part throughout the world from all denominatuions.

Elstow Pilgrim Course


How do Christians know and worship God? This short course uses one of the greatest Christian treasures, The Lord's Prayer , to explore prayer and reveal more about what God is like. Starting Wednesday, June 7th at 7.30pm in Church for 6 consecutive weeks. Click on the link below for more information.

Elstow Pilgrim Course

Also, visit the link on the left-hand menu (above) of this home page for more details of the Pilgrim Course initiative



Click to download the Annual Report for Elstow Abbey to year-ending December 2016

Regular Sunday Worship at Elstow Abbey

  • 10.00am Holy Communion and Sunday school

    (4th Sunday Contemporary All-Age Worship)

  • 11.30am Mattins (Book of Common Prayer)

  • 6.30pm Evensong

    (4th Sunday - Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) )

Regular Weekday Activities

  • Monday 10.00am Mothers and Toddlers (term time only)

    2.30pm Prayer Group

  • Tuesday 6.30pm Elstow Abbey Youth Group (term time only)

  • Wednesday 11.00am Coffee and soup

  • Thursday 11.00am Holy Communion

  • Friday 8.00pm Bell Ringing

  • Saturday 9.30am Iona Morning Prayer - Fr Paul Messam

  • 10.00am Open Church to book Weddings, Baptisms and general enquiries as well as for prayer.

Other events at Elstow Abbey - recent and forthcoming

  • St George's Day Choral Eucharist - April 21st 2017

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  • Sunday, April 30th at 6.30pm
    An evening service of Taizé worship - Prayer, Song and Contemplation

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  • Saturday, May 6th
    Elstow May Festival with maypole dancing, craft fair, stalls, food and entertainment.

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  • Sunday, May 21st
    Feast of St Helena

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  • 7.30pm Monday, May 29th to Friday, June 2nd ... and at 12noon on Saturday, June 3rd 'Thy Kingdom Come' - A Silent Eucharist

    Why not come and join us as we pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ throughout the week and celebrate with us on Pentecost Sunday (June 4th) at either 10.00am, 11.30am or 6.30pm


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  • View the poster that describes 'Thy Kingdom Come':


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  • The Day of Pentecost - Sunday, June 4th 2017 (Whit Sunday)


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  • Saturday, June 3rd
    Pentecost Messy Church

  • We are also welcoming two Shakespeare companies this year to perform at Elstow Abbey during the summer:

  • Friday, June 16th 2017
    Three Inch Fools perform 'Romeo and Juliet'

  • Outdoor Performance - open for picnics from 6.00pm
    Tickets, e-mail: abbeyelstow@gmail.com £12 adults, £10 concessions.
    More information from Elstow Abbey 'Facebook' page or call: 07714 028770

  • Tuesday, July 4th
    Durham University’s Castle Theatre Company perform 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'


For the full calendar of events at Elstow Abbey, please look at the 'Google' on-line calendar via the link below

Google calendar for Elstow Abbey

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