In common with all other places of worship, Bath Abbey hasn’t escaped the lockdown but that hasn’t stopped it continuing to connect with people who seek the comfort of prayer through an online campaign called Just Ask.
At the touch of a button, you can submit your prayer request online or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and your prayer will be read and offered up by one of the Abbey’s priests and a small team of specially appointed members, currently led by The Revd Evelyn Lee-Barber.
One of the prayer team, Kalyn Mallard, has been humbled by the number of people reaching out for prayer through ‘Just Ask’.
Kalyn explained: “Whether the prayer requests have come from around the world or on our doorstep, we’ve lifted them up to God and we know his peace and his presence are there with these people and in these situations.
“Some prayer requests have brought me to tears and I want people to know that they can just ask, and there are people who are willing to bear these burdens with them just as Jesus Christ does. So, we know that prayer is powerful and we encourage you to just ask.”
The Revd Canon Guy Bridgewater, Rector of Bath Abbey, said: “We are very aware that these are extraordinarily stressful and difficult times for many, and we are very keen to keep praying with those in need. “The Church” is the people, not the building – so although we can’t be there in the Abbey physically to offer our prayers, it absolutely doesn’t mean we aren’t able to continue to pray for, and with, all who seek God’s help. To do so is deeply humbling, and the greatest privilege.”
The Abbey is also offering a ‘Thought for the Day’ from Monday to Saturday, and encouraging its congregation to gather together virtually for worship and morning coffee every Sunday via their website and social media. Music lovers are also being catered for with archive footage of the Abbey Choir and organ music, and there is also a Junior Church video message and an activity each Sunday for Abbey families with young children.