Liturgical Ministries

“The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the church is directed; it is also the source from which all its power flows. For the goal of apostolic endeavour is that all who are made children of God by faith and Baptism should come together to praise God in the midst of his church, to take part in the sacrifice and to eat the Lord’s Supper”. (Sacrosanctum Concilium)

Altar Servers assist in the liturgy, and thus engage the hearts and minds of young people in the liturgical action giving them an intimate insight into the workings of worship. The Abbey has a full team of servers affiliated to the Guild of St Stephen and the First Mass of Sunday (Saturday Vigil Mass) has a regular list of servers.

Servers can be boys or girls who have made their first communion at eight years of age. Training is mostly while serving, and the attempt is made to gradually increase a young person’s responsibilities in this ministry.

Contact: Michael Weston-Burt on

Worth Stitchers

Worth Stitchers meets once a month to repair and make vestments, altar cloths, choir robes and other items for the Abbey Church.

The group welcomes new members. Some sewing experience is needed but there is a variety of work to suit all levels of expertise.

The Worth Stitchers meet on a Wednesday morning in Compass House from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. There is a generous supply of tea, coffee and home-made cakes at each session.

For further information, please contact Christina Fitzsimons on or 01444 415557