PLEASE NOTE: In line with the recommendation of the Methodist and United Reformed Churches, and following government guidelines, limited services at the United Church Dorchester are starting again.
If you wish to continue worshiping at home, you can find various local and national options online, on TV and on radio in the sections below, starting at Local worship resources.
Sunday Services in church
Starting on Sunday, 16th August, live services with a preacher in the church will recommence. These services, taking place on Sunday mornings, will begin at 10.00am, and last about 35-40 minutes. In line with government requirements, there will be no live singing; and refreshments after the service will not be available.
Because of social distancing, we can only have a maximum of 45 people, so you will have to book. To book a place, please contact Gillian Daniel by 6pm on the day before: you can call on (01305) 457477 and leave a message (the messages are checked daily), confirming your name, contact details, which service you wish to attend, and how many seats you want to book. PLEASE NOTE: you should only use this 457477 number: do not use the number currently listed in the UCD Church Directory, as this is no longer Gillian's phone number!
Alternatively, you can send an email via the Contacts page, including the same information: name, contact details, which service and how many seats are being requested.
If more than 45 people want to come we will repeat the service at 11.15am. For both services, people will have to use the hand sanitiser when they arrive, and they will have to wear masks.
If you were unable to attend a service, edited recordings of all the most recent services are available to view on the UCD YouTube Channel: see the Local provision (UCD service recordings) information below.
Starting on Wednesday, 2nd September, the short mid-week services will recommence, to cater for shoppers and those in town for market day. These will be live services, with a preacher in the church, and they will replace the 'private prayer' sessions currently taking place on Wednesday mornings.
Please see the Diary for more details.
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).
Provided by Rev Gwyneth Owen, this also includes a short prayer for the evening.
Sunday Service for this week:
This Service is for 20th September, and has been prepared by local preacher Chris Warren.
Local provision (Circuit online services)
Each week, a short Sunday Service will be created for the Circuit using material prepared by different local people. It will be available for viewing online via YouTube: the links below will go live as soon as the services are ready each week.
YouTube Service for 20th September - this has been offered by Rev Peter Clark, and is actually created by a team based at Bridport United Church, operating under the name of Soul Space.
YouTube Service for 13th September - a recording of the morning service at United Church Dorchester on Sunday 6th September 2020. The service was led by Rev John Yarrien with music by Heather Reed.
YouTube Service for 6th September - a recording of the morning service at United Church Dorchester on Sunday 30th August 2020. The service was led by Rev John Walker with music by Heather Reed.
For those unable to attend the live services of services at UCD, recordings of all the Sunday services will be made available on a new, UCD YouTube channel. This means that everyone will still be able to see the services after they have taken place - if you 'subscribe' to this YouTube channel, it will be easier to find the services later. We hope this will be a helpful development, even though there will obviously be a delay between the service taking place and the edited video appearing on the site.
The latest service to view is from Sunday, 20th September, and was 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.
With the return of services in some churches, BBC1 is no longer showing weekly services on Sunday mornings. There are still various religious programmes showing on Sundays - please see your local TV listings for details
Radio 4 is still broadcasting a regular Sunday Worship at 8.10am. On 20th September, Father Brian D'Arcy leads a reflection on 'Where shall we put our trust?'
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.