30 Oct Covid-19: Our Response
In light of the lockdown due to come into force in England on 5 November the Community regret that the Abbey will be closed for retreats, quiet days, worship and spiritual accompaniment until further notice.
Good news! Having put the necessary precautions in place we are now welcoming bookings for Quiet Days. Abbot Thomas explains more:
“Who would have thought, a year ago, that this autumn we would be struggling with a pandemic, and still struggling with uncertainty about how to mitigate its spread and the challenge to the Health Service!
Nevertheless, this is our current situation: constrained, variable and particularly risky for some parts of the population. Following national and church guidelines, the Community at Mucknell Abbey has undertaken a risk assessment (which can be viewed here), and we now feel confident in allowing bookings for Quiet Days at the abbey under new conditions. For those of you who have visited before, these post-Covid Quiet Days will not be the same as pre-pandemic visits and may be cancelled at short notice if local or regional restrictions change. Constraints on numbers may mean your first choice of date is not available.
However, for those of you who would benefit from a day at the abbey under the new conditions, who wish to give yourselves to God in the silence and solitude, who will enjoy the views in our grounds: we invite you to look at our Visiting Us page and to book in as indicated, and we look forward to welcoming you.”
The Community are now actively considering ways in which we can start to welcome day guests on Quiet Days. However we don’t anticipate this being available until sometime after mid-September. Thank you for your continued support at this time.
After a further review by the Community it was decided to keep the guesthouse and chapel closed to guests and visitors until the end of August, both for your safety and that of vulnerable residents.
After a meeting of the Community it was decided to keep the guesthouse and chapel closed to guests/visitors until the end of July. We understand that some parish churches may soon be opening up for private prayer, but as the monastery is also home to people particularly vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus, we have decided not to make any changes to our existing policy.
Those hoping to resume spiritual accompaniment may do so on the understanding that all meetings will be held out of doors, weather permitting. To arrange this individuals are encouraged to contact the relevant member of the Community directly. The Community regrets that at the moment it cannot accept any new “accompanees”.
We regret that the monastery will remain closed to visitors and guests until July at the earliest.
A decision has been made to keep the guesthouse closed until at least the 31 May. We will continue to review this as the situation develops.
In light of the advice given by the government and the Church of England in response to the coronavirus pandemic the Community regrets that the Abbey will no longer be open for public worship, retreats or spiritual accompaniment until at least the week after Easter.