Weekly Message

January 23rd 2021


Another week into lockdown 3 and I’m sure you’re like me and already lost track as to how long it’s been so far. Patient waiting is hard. In our fast-food, drive-thru, one-day-Amazon-delivery world, it’s a lost art. A muscle we don’t like to exercise often. Yet as Christians, we’re called upon to use that muscle. God desires for us to wait steadfastly upon Him and be long-suffering with each other. “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12).


 Elstow Abbey will continue to have just one service each Sunday with restricted numbers (maximum 30 in church) .   This Sunday there is a short service of Holy Communion at 10:00am.   It is planned to continue our live streaming of the 10am service  via Facebook Live.
The Church is also open on Saturdays between 10:00am – 12:00 noon for individual prayer. 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.

We understand that many people may not want, or physically be able to come to Church at this time, so we will continue to provide online resources for worship. The link to this week’s YouTube online worship is available to view here on the website from Sunday morning.

  • This week’s Reach Out is also available here on our website.
  • Sunday ‘Zoom Coffee’  (January 24th @ 11.30am) (Please e-mail vicar@elstow-abbey.org.uk if you would like the Zoom link to this)
  • The Bible Course on Zoom (from the Bible Society) will start on Wednesday 3rd February and run for 8 weeks. Sign-up details are in this week’s Reach Out.
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