February 7th 2021

Elstow Abbey will continue to have just one service each Sunday at 10am with restricted numbers (maximum 30 in church) .

This Sunday morning we will again live-stream the 10:00am Holy Communion service on the church Facebook page. This is still experimental and we are learning on the job!    We now plan to test a live-stream directly via YouTube as this could be linked to our website for those who don’t subscribe to Facebook.   We have also improved the sound quality of our live streaming.

 We will continue to offer a pre-recorded YouTube Worship, and this is the link that will work from Sunday morning.


 The YouTube recording is also available from this website.

NB: Last  week’s YouTube Worship  was an evening service to celebrate the feast of Candlemas (February 2nd), with a fabulous sermon from the Rt Rev’d Dr Rowan Williams.  Here is the YouTube link:


 On Wednesdays we are continuing  ’The Bible Course’. This is an 8 week course run on Zoom every Wednesday with a choice of either joining at 10:00am or 7:30pm. There is a book to go with the course, £4.99. Just let me know if you would like a copy of this book.  The course is also an excellent opportunity to invite friends and neighbours to join. The joining details can be found in the current ‘Reach Out’ on this website.

We continue to keep it touch with each other on Sunday morning with Zoom Coffee:

Topic: Church Coffee Zoom Meeting
Time: Feb 7, 2021 11:30 AM London

To join this Zoom meeting:  Contact ‘vicar@elstow-abbey.org.uk’ for login details of ID and pass code.

Elstow Abbey continues to be open on Saturdays between 10:00am – 12:00 noon for individual prayer. However, we urge anyone who has any degree of vulnerability through age or other causes, not to come to church but to stay safe and stay at home.

Confirmation at Elstow Abbey  will be on Holy Saturday  (3rd April).  I’m pleased to say that, Covid permitting, we will be holding a Confirmation Service on the evening of Saturday 3rd April.   If you’ve never been confirmed and think you may be interested (and you can never be too old!) do please drop me a line.
Finally, please let us know if you are struggling in any way and be assured of continued prayers of the church.


Rev’d Fr. Paul Messam

Priest-in-charge of the Elstow Abbey and Elstow Team.

Assistant Area Dean of Bedford

Abbey Vicarage,
Church End,
Bedford   MK42 9XT

01234 261477