2019 Programme

We are still here …. WORSHIPPING, welcoming, wondering…….

Although our centres on Iona are closed to residential guests this year, the Iona Community remains fully committed to its presence on Iona, and to the island itself. There will continue to be…

  • Daily worship in the Abbey Church. See below for service times.
  • A warm welcome to day visitors and guests staying elsewhere on the island.
  • The full operation of the Iona Community Shop and Welcome Centre

Sessions, led by Iona Community members resident on Iona or Mull, which engage with our ethos and core values:

  • What is the Iona Community?
  • 6 Rs for the environment
  • Radical Hospitality
  • ‘My heart shall sing of the day you bring’ – singing for justice, peace and liberation
  • A wee or big sing with material from the Wild Goose Resource Group
  • A walk to the North End beach in search of seaweed
  • Stories from Mull and Iona

These would usually take place in the afternoons and last for about an hour – the walk about two.

 Please look out for posters for other events in your place of residence.

If you or your group are interested in one or several of these activities, please contact Heinz, the Iona Centre Manager by Sunday 4pm for the following week; he will be happy to make arrangements or answer any questions or queries you may have. You can reach him at  [email protected] or on 01681 778 025 and 0787 257 4374.

Why are we closed to residential guests in 2019?

For over 70 years, the Iona Community has welcomed visitors from across the world to Iona:

  • to take part in the rebuilding of the medieval Abbey living quarters
  • to share in a common life of work and worship
  • to experience the beauty, history and living community of Iona
  • to find inspiration and faith in action for justice and peace

The accommodation has provided a sanctuary for thousands of residential guests over many decades, but a couple of years ago, the Iona Community was professionally advised that substantial work to the infrastructure of the Abbey was urgently required. This is a major undertaking given that the Abbey is a listed building of considerable historic interest on a Hebridean island. This work began in 2018 in close partnership with Historic Environment Scotland, the Iona Cathedral Trust and in continuing consultation with island partners, businesses and friends.

The building programme, which is the subject of The Iona Abbey Capital Appeal, will have the following outcomes in sustainability, accessibility and flexibility:

  • The Abbey as a building for living safeguarded for the future
  • Greatly increased access regardless of mobility
  • Reduced negative environmental impact, through use of sustainable materials, renewable energy and reduction of waste
  • Improved facilities and refreshed programme of activities
  • Increased capacity in guest numbers thanks to a 25% increase in guest season
  • Contributing to the local economy, safeguarding local jobs and offering further employment opportunities

This major and complex renovation project involves completely vacating the Abbey residential accommodation. Because of this, and the requirement for all the contents and furnishings of the Abbey living areas to be stored in the MacLeod Centre, the Iona Community recognised that, for the first time for many decades, it would not be able to offer a residential programme in either of its Centres on Iona during 2018 or 2019. We see this sabbatical time as a positive opportunity to explore new kinds of encounter, hospitality and community, and to create new imaginative possibilities for shared experience.

Iona Abbey Church – Summer Service Times

Sunday:         10:30am Holy Communion (open to all)
                        9:00pm Service of Quiet

Monday:        9:00am Morning Service
                        2.00pm Afternoon Service Prayers for Justice & peace
                        9:00pm Evening Liturgy 

Tuesday:        9:00am Morning Service
                        2.00pm Afternoon Service Prayers for Justice & peace
                        9:00pm Service of Prayer for Healing**

Wednesday: 9:00am Morning Service
                        2.00pm Afternoon Service Prayers for Justice & peace
                        9:00pm Evening Liturgy

Thursday:     9:00am Morning Service
                        2.00pm Afternoon Service Prayers for Justice & peace
                        9:00pm Informal Communion or Agape (open to all)

Friday            9:00am Morning Service
                        2.00pm Afternoon Service Prayers for Justice & peace
                        9:00pm Evening Liturgy

Saturday        9:00am Morning Service
                        2.00pm Afternoon Service Prayers for Justice & peace
                        9:00pm Evening Liturgy


We have an induction loop system and large print copies of the service and hymn books are also available.

**If you would like particular names included in the service of prayers for healing, please leave them in the designated box in the South Aisle Chapel of the Abbey, or in St Oran’s Chapel by 10:30am on Tuesday please. Thank you

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