Dunfermline Abbey

Dunfermline Abbey

A worshipping community since 1073
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Abbey Life
Having been a centre of Christian Worship on this site for over a thousand years the church looks forward to the future with confidence in its place in the life of the town of Dunfermline....
Music at the Abbey
Music has been an important feature of the liturgy at Dunfermline Abbey since the time of the Benedictine foundation in the twelfth century. In these earlier times music would have been sung at every service...
Visit the Abbey
Dunfermline Abbey sits at the heart of Dunfermline, Scotland’s ancient capital. Dunfermline lies thirty minutes from the centre of Edinburgh, across the spectacular Forth Bridges. Dunfermline`s royal and monastic past dominates a town whose lifeblood...

Welcome

Worship at Dunfermline Abbey follows a traditional Church of Scotland pattern with the Word of God taking central place.

Morning Worship takes place every Sunday at 9.30am & 11.00am.
Midweek Prayers are held at Noon each Wednesday in the Memorial Chapel during the Summer months.

There is a creche available, and the Sunday School  and Abbey Youth Group meet during the 11am service. (during school term time).

Coffee and Tea are served between the services 10.15am to 10.45am in the Church Hall, Abbey Park Place.  Before heading to their Sunday School groups the children are welcome to the early part of the service, where they take a more active part in worship.

Abbey Life
Abbey Life
Having been a centre of Christian Worship on this site for over a thousand years the church looks forward to the future with confidence in...
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Worship
Worship
Worship at Dunfermline Abbey follows a traditional Church of Scotland pattern with the Word of God taking central place.
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Music
Music
Music has been an important feature of the liturgy at Dunfermline Abbey since the time of the Benedictine foundation in the twelfth century.   The Abbey...
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Messy Church
Messy Church
Messy Church is an opportunity for families to come together, have fun, be creative together, eat together and worship together.  There will be a variety of...
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Support
Support
It currently costs £558 per day to keep and maintain the Ministry of the historic Dunfermline Abbey which is wholly met by members the congregation...
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Development Plan
Development Plan
The Abbey Church of Dunfermline Development Plan 2017-2022 including the video of the presentation given by members of the team during Worship on Sunday 19th...
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The Sunday School Picnic 2017
The Sunday School Picnic 2017
This years Sunday School Picnic ventured to the Kelpies in Falkirk. We still had our picnic, quiz and races but also enjoyed a nature quiz...
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The Kilbarchan Singers
The Kilbarchan Singers
The Kilbarchan Singers performing in the Abbey at 3pm on Saturday 27th May.
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Upside Down Sunday Worship
Upside Down Sunday Worship
An upside Down Service at the Abbey ahead of a trip to Heart and Soul in Princes Street Gardens.
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Heart and Soul
Heart and Soul
Another very successful year at the Abbey stall at Heart and Soul in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh. This year we were handing out knitted...
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#WordOfLife
#WordOfLife
The ‘Word of Life’ campaign celebrates this chosen theme for the annual gathering of the Kirk in Edinburgh on 20 May by urging members to...
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Easter Sunday 2017
Easter Sunday 2017
It was a very busy Easter Sunday in the Abbey, starting with a 6.30am Dawn Service. The morning then continued with the usual 9.30am service...
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Palm and Passion Sunday
Palm and Passion Sunday
The Palm Sunday Procession
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1st Sunday in Lent
1st Sunday in Lent
Sunday 5th March was the first Sunday in Lent and the middle Sunday in the Fairtrade Fortnight.
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Weddings

In choosing to be married in the Abbey Church you will be married within a unique historic setting according to the practice and tradition of the Church of Scotland.

On the day of a marriage ceremony, brides enter through the great medieval West Door, progressing through the ancient Nave into the Church for the Wedding Ceremony. The service is then conducted in accordance with the custom and practice of the Church of Scotland, and with respect to the worship and tradition of the present congregation.   All music is played on the organ, although on occasion (and with agreement of the minister and the Director of Music) alternative musicians have participated.

Those wishing to be married within the Abbey Church should contact the minister and make an appointment to discuss dates and times. More information about what happens during a marriage ceremony and potential costs are discussed at this first meeting.

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What to Pack?

The Sermon, “What to Pack?,  preached by the Minister, Rev MaryAnn R. Rennie, at the 11am service at Dunfermline Abbey on Sunday 18th June 2017.