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Minster Abbey

Welcome to the St. Mary & St. Sexburga (Minster Abbey) Home page. Here you will find the latest news, upcoming events and everything to do with Minster Abbey.

Minster Abbey, also known as The Abbey Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Sexburgha, is a Grade 1 listed building and National Monument which was founded in 664 AD by Queen Sexburga.

Having been badly damaged in the 9th century it was rebuilt in the 12th century with an unusual arrangement of two adjacent “churches”, the Northern Church being for the nuns and the Southern Church for parishioners  During the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII the two adjacent churches led directly to the saving of the Abbey Church. Because the two churches shared a common wall and were linked by arches in the wall, the Abbey Church was spared the destruction wrought on the rest of the Abbey.

Amongst many other artefacts, it also houses the famous de Northwode brasses dating from 1330 and an interesting array of monuments dating from the 14th to the 16th century.

Minster Abbey occupies the highest hilltop position on the Isle of Sheppey and has been a place of worship for over 1,400 years.

The original Abbey Gatehouse, close to the church, is now an interesting local museum.


Location

St Mary & St Sexburga (Minster Abbey), Vicarage Road, Minster on Sea, Sheerness, ME12 2HE.

  • Sun 11am Weekly Sunday Service

  • 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month is a service of Praise and Worship

  • 2nd, 4th & 5th Sunday of each month is a service of Shared Holy Communion.

  • There is also a Midweek Shared Holy Communion service on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at Minster Abbey at 10:30am.

  • Our doors are also open to all who wish to enter at the following times:

    • Sundays from 12noon until 2pm
    • Mondays 9am until 12noon
    • Tuesdays 9am until 12noon
    • Wednesdays 9am until 2pm
    • Thursdays 10am until 2pm
    • Fridays 9am until 12noon
    • Saturdays 10am until 2pm

Service times

  • Sun 11am Weekly Sunday Service

  • 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month is a service of Praise and Worship

  • 2nd, 4th & 5th Sunday of each month is a service of Shared Holy Communion.

  • There is also a Midweek Shared Holy Communion service on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at Minster Abbey at 10:30am.

  • Our doors are also open to all who wish to enter at the following times:

    • Sundays from 12noon until 2pm
    • Mondays 9am until 12noon
    • Tuesdays 9am until 12noon
    • Wednesdays 9am until 2pm
    • Thursdays 10am until 2pm
    • Fridays 9am until 12noon
    • Saturdays 10am until 2pm

Upcoming Events

Jazz Concert

Jazz Concert

Sat 25 May 2024 7:00 pm -10:00 pm

Latest News

Happy Retirement

Happy Retirement

25 March 2024
As we wish Revd Jeanette a very blessed and enjoyable returement with our love and prayers, on 24th March 2024 a combined Parish service was held to celebrate the ministries of Revds Jeanette and Chris which was followed by a celebration lunch. Here are Revds Jeanette and Chris cutting the cake.
Scam Alert

Scam Alert

28 February 2024
Please read this important message from Rev Paul about scam emails currently doing the rounds: ‘I am aware that once again scam emails are being sent purporting to be from myself asking people for money in what appears to be a legitimate request…except such emails will often state I cannot take ...

Location

St Mary & St Sexburga (Minster Abbey), Vicarage Road, Minster on Sea, Sheerness, ME12 2HE.


Service times

  • Sun 11am Weekly Sunday Service

  • 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month is a service of Praise and Worship

  • 2nd, 4th & 5th Sunday of each month is a service of Shared Holy Communion.

  • There is also a Midweek Shared Holy Communion service on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at Minster Abbey at 10:30am.

  • Our doors are also open to all who wish to enter at the following times:

    • Sundays from 12noon until 2pm
    • Mondays 9am until 12noon
    • Tuesdays 9am until 12noon
    • Wednesdays 9am until 2pm
    • Thursdays 10am until 2pm
    • Fridays 9am until 12noon
    • Saturdays 10am until 2pm

Upcoming Events

Jazz Concert

Jazz Concert

Sat 25 May 2024 7:00 pm -10:00 pm