Welcome to Selby Abbey

Welcome to Selby Abbey

SELBY ABBEY OPEN

Until Wednesday 2nd December: During the current lockdown period, we are open every day from 10.00am to 3.00pm for individual (or family) prayer. Funerals may also take place within the Abbey as required (with a maximum of 30 people attending). However, all other services of public worship and any other activities will not be possible in the Abbey until further notice.

From Thursday 3rd December: Selby Abbey will be open for public worship with two services of Holy Communion on Sunday and two more during the week. For more information please see below under “Services of Public Worship”.

Weddings, baptisms and funerals may take place in the Abbey, although with certain restrictions in place.

Visitors to the Abbey will also be welcome between 10.00am to 3.00pm each day (although visiting to some parts of the Abbey may be restricted and may not be possible during services, so please contact us if you want to check in advance).

The Gift Shop will be available daily. We will re-open the Coffee Shop as soon as possible – please check the website or contact us for updates.

Abbey@Night: On Saturday 28th November the Abbey will be open during the evening from 6pm to 9pm for prayer, especially for those who aren’t able to come during the day. Prayer Stations will also be in place to help you reflect on the Christmas story as a journey of self-discovery. Due to current restrictions this is open to individuals or to groups from the same household and booking is required. To book, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abbeynight-tickets-129998786871

Christmas Services: We hope to hold some Carol Services and Christmas Communion Services, probably during the period from Sunday 20th December to Christmas Day. Numbers will be limited and pre-booking will be required. Please check the website or contact us for updates.

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.

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

John Weetman, vicar


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

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

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