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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 Abbeyís 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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For further information on services and community activities, please see the Elstow Church Bulletin:

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April 13th - May 4th 2014


See also on-line information about services and activities at St Michael's Church (part of the Elstow Benefice)

Welcome to St Michael and All Angels


Sunday and Holy Week Services
April - May 2014

Benefice and other services not held at Elstow Abbey are shown in italics.

Sunday, April 6th - Fifth in Lent

  • 10.00am Holy Communion + Sunday School
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.20am Mattins
  • 6.30pm Evensong
Sunday, April 13th - Palm Sunday
  • 10.00am Holy Communion + procession round the green with a donkey + Sunday School
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.20am Mattins (Group)
  • 6.30pm Choral Evensong with Elstow Choir
Thursday April 17th - Maundy Thursday
  • 09.30am Morning Prayers at St Michaelís
    11.00am No Holy Communion at Elstow
  • 7.30pm Eucharist services at Elstow, St Michael's Bedford and St Mary's Cardington
Friday, April 18th - Good Friday
  • 10.00am Family Service (Elstow)
  • 10.15am Stations of the Cross (St Michaelís)
  • 11am Last Hour (Elstow)
  • 12Noon Witness at Harpur Square, Bedford (Churches Together)
Saturday, April 19th - Holy Saturday
  • 7.30pm - Holy Saturday Watch at Elstow Abbey
Sunday, April 20th - Easter Day
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 10.30am Holy Communion at Elstow Abbey + Sunday School
  • 6.30pm Evensong + Holy Communion
Sunday, April 27th - First after Easter
  • 10.00am Family Service + Sunday School
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.20am BCP Holy Communion
  • 6.30pm Evensong
Sunday, May 4th - Second after Easter
  • 10.00am Holy Communion + Sunday School
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.20am Mattins
  • 6.30pm Evensong

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