Welcome to Selby Abbey

A Statement from the Archbishops of York and Canterbury: “The Church is alive and active, but our buildings must close for a while.”

“As more people fall sick with Coronavirus COVID-19, we must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives. Therefore all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed both for public worship services and for private prayer.”

“Our worship of God and our care for each other continue, but cannot be in our church buildings until further notice. To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips.”

In line with this (and Government regulations) Selby Abbey will be closed for both public worship and private prayer for the time being. This includes weddings, baptisms and funerals (although the clergy are available to take these at the crematorium or graveside).

Please be assured that the Abbey clergy will be praying for all of you throughout each day as we face this challenging time together. If you wish to join us in prayer from your home or place of work, we will say Morning, Midday and Evening Prayer at 9.00am, 12noon and 4.00pm respectively. You can use your own prayers or join us in using the daily liturgies for Daily Prayer, available on the Church of England’s website.

See the “Latest Notices & Diary” on the website for this Sunday’s bible readings and a reflection on them by one of us.

For more information about the Church of England’s response to, and specific prayers for, the coronavirus situation, visit: www.churchofengland.org/coronavirus

As far as possible, we want to be available to offer you whatever support we can, so please do not hesitate to contact us. We are confident of God’s love, and that he will be walking with us through these uncertain days. We pray that all of you will know his comfort and peace during this time.

John, Jake, Neil

A Prayer

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and the fearful, and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.  

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.

What’s New on Our Website

Selby Abbey is looking to secure Heritage Lottery Funds to undertake urgent repairs to the roof and stonework of this important building. The funding will enable the abbey to improve how it tells the story of its 950 year history and will help people benefit more from its facilities. 

Shop & Donate

Funds raised from the sale of our Organ Master Series CDs and DVDs will be used to assist the work of the Selby Abbey 950 Roof Appeal.

Visit our Shop & Donate website

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

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

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

Christian Aid Week 2020 – Children’s Activity Sheet

Pictures of completed activities can be sent to selbyabbeycyp@gmail.com

Upcoming Events

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Service Times

08.00 Holy Communion
10.00 Sung Eucharist
16.00 Family Fun Time @ the Abbey
(2nd Sunday of the month)
18.30 Choral Evensong 
(1st & 3rd Sunday of the month)
18.30 Evensong (said) 
(2nd, 4th & 5th Sunday of the month)
11.30 Wholeness & Peace
(2nd Monday of the month)
12.00 Holy Communion
10.00 Abbey Tots 
(1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month)
11.30 Taize Service
(Last Wednesday of the month)
10.00 Holy Communion
12.00 Midday Prayer

The Abbey is open to visitors daily 09.00 to 16.00.

The Abbey Coffee Shop is open most days between 10am – 3pm, serving hot buttered teacakes, cakes, hot chocolate, cup of soup, tea and coffee.