The United Church Dorchester

United in faith, united in action


PLEASE NOTE: In the light of the current easing of the national lockdown, live services in church have re-started again.

Sunday Services in church

Our live services, with a preacher in the church, continue to evolve in the light of updated national guidance on Covid-19.

The regular Sunday morning services begin at 10.00am and 11.15am, and last about 35-40 minutes. In line with changes to government requirements, live singing by the congregation will now be allowed, though everyone will be asked to remain seated, not to sing too loudly, and ideally to sing with masks still in place. Although, legally, people can make their own choice about wearing masks, the Stewards very strongly recommend that, for the time being, you continue to wear your masks as you enter church and during the service. Use of hand gel will also still be required as you enter.

To retain partial social distancing, we will continue to have a maximum of 45 people in the church, so you will still have to book if you want to attend the service. Some ‘walk in’ seats will now be available at the 11.15 service, but it will be best to book wherever possible.

To book a place, please contact Val Gould by 6pm on the day before. The preferred contact method is email: you can send an email via the Contacts page, confirming your name, contact details, which service you wish to attend, and how many seats you want to book. Alternatively, you can call the Church Office on (01305) 457477 and leave a message with the same information: name, contact details, which service and how many seats are being requested. The answerphone for this number will be checked daily. Church Members with access to the Church Address Book can also use the personal details listed to make direct contact with Val.

Refreshments are now being offered between the two services, starting at 10.30: please see page 2 of the June news sheet for full details on how this will work.

If you were unable to attend a service, edited recordings of all the most recent services will be available to view on the UCD YouTube Channel: see the Local provision (UCD service recordings) information below.

Wednesday Market Day services 

These short mid-week services recommenced on 7th April, to cater for shoppers and those in town for market day. These are also live services, with a preacher in the church, but please note the new start time (10.45am) to fit in with the local bus service. There is no need to book for these services.

Please see the Diary for more details.

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 19th September, and has been prepared by Rev Peter Clark.



Sunday Services for previous weeks are also available: you can still download the Sunday Service for 12 September and the Sunday Service for 5 September.

Local provision (Circuit online services)

Zoom Services

The Circuit currently holds a service on Zoom 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. Please note that the Circuit's Sunday Zoom services have reverted to their 5.00pm start time.

YouTube Services

Each week since the start of the Covid pandemic, a short Sunday Service has been created for the Circuit, and made available for viewing online via YouTube. These stretch our resources the most to produce, so we are taking a break during August and September and re-commencing in October with monthly video services only. The most recent services produced were:

YouTube Service for 1 August - this service was led by the Soul Space team at Bridport, with a focus this week on Psalm 139

YouTube Service for 25 July - this week's service was led by Rev John Yarrien, taking the theme from Micah 6: Do Justice, Love Mercy and Walk humbly with God.

YouTube Service for 18 July - this week's service was led by the Soul Space team at Bridport, reflecting on Joseph's story in Genesis

The Special Circuit Service on 18 July as part of the Tolpuddle Festival was live streamed - the recording is also now available on the UCD YouTube Channel.

You may also want to watch the video services provided by the Soul Space team in Bridport: they have been providing services on the first and third Sundays throughout July (i.e. for Sunday 4th and 18th July) and August (i.e. for Sunday 1st, 15th August). These services can be found by going to the Soul Space YouTube channel, where you can also find and watch many of their previous services.


Local provision (UCD service recordings)

For those unable to attend the live services at UCD, recordings of all the Sunday services will be made available on the 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 took place on Sunday 5th September, and included Holy Communion. It 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 broadcasts Songs of Praise on Sunday 19th September at 1.15pm. The Rev Kate Bottley joins Christians in Hackney giving thanks for the fruits of creation, as churches prepare to celebrate their harvest festivals.

BBC Radio 4 broadcasts its usual Sunday Worship programme at 8.10am. On Sunday 19th September, The Right Rev Dr David Bruce, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, reflects on how hope may be found in situations of despair.


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.