St Peter & St Paul, Bourne

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Bourne Abbey was founded in 1138 by Baldwin FitzGilbert, who was the castellan of Bourne at that time.  Having built the castle, he turned towards providing the town with a religious house which would double as the parish church.  It is quite possible that the Abbey that he had constructed was built upon the earlier foundations of a Saxon church.  Baldwin decided to invite the Arrouasian branch of the Augustinian Order to provide the religious foundation of the Abbey.  The Augustinians were unique in that they always built their monastic buildings to north of their abbey; also, they provided one of their number to be the parish priest to minister to the needs of the parish. This would explain why the Abbey was not demolished after 1536, when the monastery was dissolved on the order of King Henry VIII. Although the monastic buildings were largely taken down, the nave of the Abbey remained virtually untouched, and became the parish church of Bourne with a secular priest taking over the parochial duties from his Augustinian predecessor. After the Civil War, it seems that the fabric of the Abbey was allowed to deteriorate.  The earliest drawings of the west front indicate that by the early nineteenth century, the incomplete north tower of the western front had become roofless, and the northern door was bricked up.  It took two major restoration scheme in 1869 and the 1880s to restore the Abbey to something of its pre-Reformation glory. Today, we are striving to continue this work of restoration and renovation, with a major scheme to make the toilets accessible from inside the Church, and to improve hospitality by introducing a more modern catering facility.

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Said Eucharist - Common Worship, Traditional Language
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Sung Eucharist - Common Worship, Modern Language
With singing led by choir and organ.
Every Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Choral Evensong - Book of Common Prayer - on the third Sunday of most months
A peace-inducing church service in which the 'song' of voices sounding together in harmony is heard at the 'even' point between the active day and restful night, allowing listeners time for restful contemplation. The singers are Bourne Abbey choir members and invited guests, conducted by Director of Music John Saunders. For details of settings and music visit the church website and look under Groups for Bourne Abbey Choir Music List.
Every third Sunday at 6:30 PM for ¾ hour


The Julian Meeting
Each month the music and readings are selected by a member of the group which meets on the first Monday of the month, in Bourne Abbey Church, at 10am
Every first Monday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour


Bring the Buggy Service
'Bring the Buggy' takes place in the Abbey Church, led by Fr Chris and Merryn Woodland. Consisting of a story, a song and a prayer, it is aimed at toddlers and their carers. It is normally held on the first Wednesday of the month at 9.45am (term times only).
Every first Wednesday at 9:45 AM for ½ hour


The Communion - Book of Common Prayer
First Thursday of the month is usually Mothers' Union Corporate Communion
Every Thursday at 10:00 AM for ½ hour


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Incumbent: The Revd Christopher John ATKINSON
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 14489
Built: From 1138
Archdeaconry: Boston (214)
Deanery: Beltisloe (21401)
Benefice: Bourne (21/062 F)
Parish Legal Name: Bourne (210007 )
CofE Church Info: (621007 21/7)
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This page was last updated on Friday 7th July 2017
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