Guild of Servers
There are currently twenty members of the serving team at the Abbey, some young children, others teenagers and adults of all ages. There are many different duties: Crucifer, Acolyte, Thurifer, Boat Bearer, depending on the service, but there is no hierarchy; all are present to serve the Lord in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar to the best of their ability. The Head server leads and trains but is still part of the team and it is teamwork that focuses on the liturgy of that particular service and the need to create a reverent atmosphere of true worship.
We are very fortunate to have inherited a distinguished Anglo-Catholic liturgy for some of our services, but we constantly review our practice according to need and many services are very simple. It is profoundly moving and a great privilege to serve, especially in such a beautiful building, and we warmly invite anyone who would like to learn more to speak to one of the clergy or one of the servers.