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Song of Praise at Rushen Abbey - All Welcome! 14 July 2008

On Sunday 20th July 2008, Manx National Heritage and Churches Together in Mann are inviting worshippers to join them for a special open air Songs of Praise service in the grounds of Rushen Abbey at 2.30pm. The open air Songs of Praise service at Rushen Abbey

Rushen Abbey is the Island’s most substantial and important religious site. The grounds include the site of the original Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, where the original church last held regular acts of worship in June 1540.

Since acquiring Rushen Abbey for the Manx nation in 1998, Manx National Heritage has held a number of community based activities in its grounds including the open air services, which commenced in summer 2001 when the first regular acts of worship were held at Rushen Abbey for over 460 years.

The Songs of Praise service has since become an annual interdenominational event arranged by Manx National Heritage in conjunction with Vicar of Malew, Reverend Michael Roberts, who said:

“The Open Air Service is always a popular event and enables both the local and the wider community to enjoy worship at Rushen Abbey, where it is very fitting to have such acts of praise and thanksgiving. During this year’s service, local Manx singers including Cleveland Medal Winner Terry Qualtrough, and local groups ‘Harmony’ and ‘Ampp’ will lead the hymns”.

Jane McGregor Edwards, Manx National Heritage’s Site Supervisor for Rushen Abbey, said:

“2008 is the eighth consecutive year in which Manx National Heritage has worked with the Church to host the Songs of Praise Service at Rushen Abbey and Manx National Heritage very much looks forward to welcoming worshippers to this year’s service”.

Admission to the Songs of Praise event is free, and following the service this year visitors will be invited to take a tour of Rushen Abbey’s interactive displays and exhibits, followed by summer refreshments, including cream scones and cakes, served in the Church Hall in the grounds of Ballasalla’s Abbey Church.

Ample car parking is available at Rushen Abbey, which is also only a short walk away from Ballasalla station and bus shops. Ballasalla is regularly served by the Isle of Man Steam Railway and regular bus services including the 1, 1C, 2, 8 and X2 buses.

All are very welcome. For their comfort visitors are advised to bring seating or blankets. In case of wet weather the service will be conducted at the Abbey Church, Ballasalla, approximately 100 yards away from Rushen Abbey.

Rushen Abbey is part of the award-winning Story of Mann, and is open from 10am to 5pm daily until 31st October 2008.

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