Urban Abbey

The Urban Abbey is a community of individuals that have accepted Jesus as their savior and now live and serve together at the Abbey to live on mission and reflect the face of Jesus to our outside community.

Urban Abbey is modeled after ancient Celtic Abbeys with a focus on prayer, worship, community, hospitality, restoration and the creative arts.



What we believe is core to us because it defines our works and is why we do what we do. Learn more about the vision and mission of the Abbey here.

What's an Abbey? Do people live at the Abbey? What's a 'Rule of Life'? Find the answer to these questions and more!


What's Happening Right Now

At the Urban Abbey there is always something happening on any day of the week.

how can we be a better
resource to our neighbourhood?

Urban Abbey wants to find out the best way we can work with our neighbors to create a great neighborhood.   The radius of our parish is 1.4km.  The borders of our neighbourhood are John St. to our South; VanHorne St. to the North; The Waterfront to the East and Pine St or McKibbon St to our North.

If you live in that neighborhood, and you were not home when we knocked on your door, please click the button below and fill out a survey online!


Our Neighbourhood Needs & Resource Assessment begins Monday, July 17.  We may be knocking on your door!  We are seeking to discover what the felt needs of our neighbours might be and what resources are already present in our neighbourhood to meet those needs. This will help us to then strategically plan for the year ahead! 

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Saturday Night Life


Every Saturday night for the last 10 years formally First Baptist church and now the Urban Abbey have put on a community dinner called 'SNL' or 'Saturday Night Life'.  This is our weekly feast that we celebrate with our neighbours in the community. Anyone and everyone is invited to come and share this meal with us.

Want to help?

We are also always looking for helping hands - whether that's volunteering as a group to serve an entire meal together (great team bonding) or individuals desiring to help prep, serve and clean. 

If you are interested in helping please contact Angela Martin at angela@urbanabbey.ca.

For more information visit our Hospitality page!


Thrive is a program started by the Urban Abbey and is a community recovery environment for young women started as a response to the crisis of babies born in North-Western Ontario with opiate dependency.

To be a part of Thrive means living in community, growing as a mother and individual and receiving the necessary counselling and teaching to leave a changed person.

To be a part of Thrive means: living in community, receiving necessary recovery counselling, whole-life mentoring, pregnancy and parental education through individual growth learning plans. 

We want to see communities of young women and their infants, who face challenges related to substances use, in Thunder Bay, embraced, educated, empowered, and established as they journey toward holistic health. 



To learn more about what Thrive is, what we do or how you can help, check out the 'About' page linked below


If you would like to apply to be a part of Thrive please visit our 'About' page and then start filling out the necessary paperwork in the 'resources' section.


WE Just finished our 247 challenge fundraiser!

We raised almost $50,000 for the purchase of a new Thrive home. Check out the video to learn why we did this fundraiser and see Candace's testimony on what she's learned at Thrive