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The Abbey is not currently open for worship or general visiting but you are welcome to visit for individual prayer at the following times:

Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday: 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Our clergy are also producing regular podcasts to support worship from home.

Abbey releases A-Z of family activities

Tuesday, 7th April 2020

Abbey releases A-Z of family activities

Staging a royal coronation at home, making up a secret sign language and navigation games are amongst the new activities being released online by the Abbey to keep families occupied during isolation. Perfect for primary-aged children they have been designed to spark creativity, ignite imaginations and keep young brains ticking, with little or no materials required.

Led by the Abbey’s Livingstone the Lion cartoon character they feature history and worship packed activities themed by the alphabet with three letters released each week for nine weeks.

This week, activities are A for Abbey, B for Benedictine and C for Coronations. Next week will be D is for Doorway, E is for Edward the Confessor and F is for Faith. Put together by the Abbey’s Learning team, many of whom have children at home, the downloadable worksheets are available on the A to Z activities page. The Abbey is encouraging children and adults to share their experience on Facebook or Twitter using #WAbbeyFun.

Grazyna Richmond, Head of Learning said:

We know it’s challenging being at home with young children whilst schools are closed. We hope these activities will provide some fun as well as promoting learning.

Livingstone the Lion said:

I can’t wait to see all your fantastic creations and hear all about what you’ve learnt.

The Abbey is also be running a Facebook Live session for families: 'Kings, Queens and Coronations' on Friday 17th April.

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