The United Church Dorchester

United in faith, united in action


PLEASE NOTE: In the light of the current national lockdown, services in church are not currently taking place.

However, if you wish to continue worshiping at home, you can find various local and national options – whether online, on TV or on radio – in the sections below.  

Local worship resources (for those without internet access)

If you know of someone who cannot access the internet, please feel free to download these files, print them off and deliver them through their letterbox (during your daily exercise walk).

Morning Prayer

Provided by Rev Gwyneth Owen, this also includes a short prayer for the evening.


Sunday Service for this week:

This Service is for 24th January, and has been prepared by Student Deacon Janet Amey. 



Sunday Services for previous weeks are also available: you can still download the Sunday Service for 17th January and the Sunday Service for 10th January.

Local provision (Circuit online services)

Zoom Services

The Circuit holds a service on Zoom at 10.00am each Sunday. For details and to request the relevant Zoom invitations / links, please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Jacqui Trent.

YouTube Services

Each week, a short Sunday Service will be created for the Circuit, and will be made available for viewing online via YouTube: the links below will go live as soon as the services are ready each week.

YouTube Service for 24 January - this week the service is led by Revd John Yarrien, and we look at the theme "God intends good for us".

YouTube Service for 17 January - provided this week by the Soul Space team in Bridport.

YouTube Service for 10 January - led by Rev John Yarrien.


National provision (online)

Members may wish to access the national Methodist Church resources, which include downloadable service sheets for use at any time in your own home, as well as links for live streamed services and prayers at specific times. They also provide links to more general online resources for use during the week through ROOTS. The national URC Church has also produced an extensive list of churches across the country offering live streaming acts of worship, sermons as podcasts or audio files, or offering recordings of services for people who are unable to access church.

National provision (TV and Radio)

BBC2 (NB change of channel) broadcasts Songs of Praise on Sunday 24th January at 1.15pm. Marking Songs of Praise's sixtieth year, Aled Jones recalls special moments with fellow presenter Pam Rhodes, including the Queen’s celebrated appearance on the programme in 2018.

BBC Radio 4 broadcasts its usual Sunday Worship programme at 8.10am. On Sunday 24th Januarythe Archbishop of Canterbury's Special Advisor for Reconciliation, Canon Sarah Snyder and Revd Julia Hedley, Chaplain to the Rose Castle Foundation, mark Holocaust Memorial.


As soon as it is safe to do so, we hope to revert to our normal patterns of services:

The range of services in the United Church is designed to fit everyone's needs, whether you are young or older or require a lively or more peaceful style.

Services therefore range in style from traditional to a less formal, contemporary feel to meet the broad variance of members’ needs.

Sunday Morning (9.00am) - this is a Holy Communion Service, held on the second Sunday of every month.

Sunday Morning (10.30am) - the mid morning services uses a range of styles from traditional to less formal. Songs and hymns are selected from many sources including ‘Singing The Faith’ and ‘Mission Praise’. Holy Communion is held once a month as part of this service.

Sunday Evening (6.30pm) - the evening services follow a formal style of service. Songs and hymns are selected form many sources including ‘Singing The Faith’ and ‘Mission Praise’. Holy Communion is held once a month as part of this service. 

Wednesday Market Day Service (10.30am) - a short mid-week service to cater for shoppers and those in town for market day.

Where possible more detail of each service, such as the theme of the service and who is leading the worship will be posted in the Diary.