The United Church Dorchester

United in faith, united in action


PLEASE NOTE: In line with the second national lockdown requirements, 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 online, on TV and 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 22nd November, and has been prepared by Rev David Cuckson. 



Sunday Services for previous weeks are also available: you can still download the Sunday Service for 15th November and the Sunday Service for 8th November.

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 22nd November - a service for Christ the King Sunday. Our Service is led by Rev John Yarrien, with prayers by Rev Ruth Lownsbrough, a reading by Peter Jenner and Music by Heather Reed.

YouTube Service for 15th November - service led by Revd Peter Clark, with a reading from Susan Clark and music by Heather Reed

YouTube Service for 8th November - a service led by Rev John Yarrien which focuses on the theme of Remembrance. Included in the service is a 2 minute Silence, and also a special moment of recognition for Mr Peter Benwell, who receives a certificate for 50 Years as an accredited Local preacher.

Local provision (UCD service recordings)

For those who were unable to attend the live services of services at UCD, recordings of all the Sunday services have been made available on a new, UCD YouTube channelThe latest service to view is from Sunday, 1st November, 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.

National provision (TV and Radio)

BBC1 is broadcasting Songs of Praise on Sunday 22nd November at 2.15pm: in this week's episode, (from Gorton Monastery in Manchester) Katherine Jenkins launches the very first joint Songs of Praise and Radio 2 competition to find the BBC Young Chorister of the Year.

BBC Radio 4 is broadcasting its usual Sunday Worship programme at 8.10am. On Sunday, 22nd November, a live service from Holy Trinity, Platt in Manchester explores the experiences of the nearby student community during lock down.


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.