Church of England Diocese of Salisbury Sherborne with Castleton

Sherborne: Abbey Church of St Mary The Virgin

To know God and to make Him known in wonder, love and praise.

Founded by St. Aldhelm in AD 705, the Abbey has developed from Saxon cathedral to the worshipping heart of a monastic community, and finally, to one of the most beautiful of England’s parish churches. For many it is still the ‘cathedral of Dorset’, and our Benedictine heritage lives on in the daily offering of prayer and praise.

If you have never visited the Abbey, I hope you can do so soon. Marvelling at this glorious building, may you also catch a glimpse of the Glory of God – so that, having arrived as our welcome guest, you will leave renewed, as a pilgrim.

Canon Eric Woods, Team Rector



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Mrs Linda Woods

Parish Secretary Parish Office 3 Abbey Close Sherborne DT9 3LQ

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Parish Eucharist

Every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for 1hr

Abbey Close
Sherborne

Weekly celebration of the Eucharist

Refreshments Common Worship