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A response from the Bishop of Selby to the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip

April 9th 2021

It is with sorrow that I join with you in mourning the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the
Duke of Edinburgh, a man whose life was one of dedicated service to this country, to the Queen and
to his family. His down to earth speaking, his passion for the wellbeing of young people through the
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and his role as patron of many organisations won him the
affection and respect of many. His zest for life was clearly seen in his enthusiasm for sport and the
environment. The trauma of his family’s life following their exile from Greece when he was a baby
and his education in France, Germany and this country, followed by service in the Royal Navy, bred
in him a resilience which he drew upon as the Queen’s husband of over 70 years and her consort of
69 years. As we trust him to God’s merciful keeping we do so in Easter hope. May he rest in peace
and rise in glory.
John Selby

God of our lives,
we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,
for his love of our country,
and for his devotion to duty.
We entrust him now to your love and mercy,
through our Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.


Selby Abbey Open

Selby Abbey is open for Public Worship (including funerals) and Individual (or family) Prayer.

Opening times are 10.00am to 3.00pm every day. There are two services of Holy Communion on Sunday and two more during the week. For more information, please see below under “Services of Public Worship”.

Under current lockdown measures we are not open for sightseeing or tourism.

The Gift Shop is not open but purchases can be made online via the Selby page on the ShopAppy website for delivery or collection.

We will continue to produce a Sunday Sheet with a weekly reflection, bible readings and prayers for the foreseeable future, to help people to pray and worship at home, especially those unable to join us in the Abbey as yet.

For more information, please see below under “Services of Public Worship”, or for any additions to these, under “Sunday Sheet”.


Sunday Service

The 10.30am Sunday Service will be available to view online via the following YouTube link. https://youtu.be/LtQH2iv6Gws

An order of service has been provided to help you follow and join in with the service: Download “Selby Abbey Sunday Service”


More information from office@selbyabbey.org.uk or 01757 703123.

John Weetman, vicar

Loving God,
at this time of crisis when so many are suffering,
we pray for our nation and our world.
Give our leaders wisdom,
our Health Service strength,
our people hope.
Lead us through these parched and difficult days
to the fresh springs of joy and comfort
that we find in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Inspiring architecture; sacred space and a vibrant worshiping community make Selby Abbey the place it is today. Men and women have worshiped here and served the wider community for over 900 years. Selby is a small Yorkshire town, 12 miles South of York with one of the most superb Abbey churches to be found anywhere in England. The Abbey is not just a building it is a living and vibrant part of the local community yet provides space that allow the visitor and the worshiper alike to find peace, tranquillity and the very presence of God.

Throughout its long and turbulent history the Abbey has undergone many changes and therefore never stands still. We look forward to welcoming you to this very grand building and hope you will enjoy it for its history, its architecture and its space but above all for an encounter with God.

Donations Welcome

With your donation, we will continue to provide a welcoming, inspiring visitor experience to Selby Abbey. Maintaining free entry to the building, we will be able to develop on our 950 years of spiritual, cultural and economic support to the local community and for those further afield. We receive no direct financial support from the state or central church to preserve our historic building, and are therefore grateful for any donation you may be able to give to keep this magnificent Abbey at the heart of Selby both now and for future generations. 

Have you ever wanted a tour of the Abbey?

Why not join one of our new guided tours, free of charge, with donations welcome. These will all be delivered with social distancing and we are limiting the numbers to 10 per tour to adhere to the current government guidance on tour guiding (which still allows for a maximum of 30). They will last a maximum of one hour and must be pre-booked so we can manage the numbers. Tickets can be booked online, we look forward to welcoming you soon.

Children’s Church

Sunday School

We hope that you are all well and are managing to cope with the restrictions of the current situation which is difficult for all. We thought we would put together a few resources for children to help them to continue to worship and learn about God at this time. If you would like to receive these activities via email please email us as selbyabbeycyp@gmail.com

Week 1 – The Raising of Lazarus
Week 2 – Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday & Good Friday
Week 3 – Easter Sunday
Week 4 – Doubting Thomas
Week 5 – The Road to Emmaus
Week 6 – The Good Shepherd
Week 7 – I am the Way, the Truth and the Life
Week 8 – Noah and the Ark
Week 9 – Jesus’ Ascension
Week 10 – Pentecost
Week 11 – Trinity
Week 12 – Jesus Sends out his Disciples
Week 13 – Jesus is baptised by John the Baptist
Week 14 – St Peter
Week 15 – Love one another
Week 16 – Parable of the Sower
Week 17 – Call of Samuel
Week 18 – The Parable of the Mustard Seed
Week 19 – The Light of the World
Week 20 – Jesus Walks on Water
Week 21 – The Salt of the Earth
Week 22 – Who is Jesus
Week 23 – Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me
Week 24 – The 10 Commandments
Week 25 – The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
Week 26 – Parable of the Two Sons

November 8th – Fruits of the Spirit
November 15th – The Parable of the Talents

Other Children’s Activities

These activities are secular in nature and aim to provide resources for your child/children to learn about Easter and other elements of the Abbey’s history, Christian beliefs and ways of life. These activities will be updated on a weekly basis and will be free to download and access.

Week 1 – Easter (copyright RE Today / NATRE)
Week 2 – Easter – Jesus’ Journey (copyright RE Today / NATRE)
Week 3 – Spring Activities
Week 4 – St. George’s Day Activities

Selby during the English Civil War Part 1
Selby during the English Civil War Part 2

Selby Abbey Fire

Time After 8 Activity Sheet – 3rd May 2020
Time After 8 Activity Sheet – 10th May 2020
Time After 8 Activity Sheet – 17th May 2020
Time After 8 Activity Sheet – 24th May 2020
Time After 8 Activity Sheet – 31st May 2020
Time After 8 Activity Sheet – 7th June 2020
Time After 8 Activity Sheet – 14th June 2020 + Guide to common bryophytes
Time After 8 Activity Sheet – 21st June 2020
Time After 8 Activity Sheet – 28th June 2020
Time After 8 Activity Sheet – 5th July 2020
Time After 8 Activity Sheet – 12th July 2020
Time After 8 Activity Sheet-Summer Sessions

Christian Aid Week 2020 – Children’s Activity Sheet
Traffic Jam Puzzle Book
Traffic Jam Puzzle Playing Pieces
Hard Maze

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