The United Church Dorchester

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News and reports

Read below about some of the most important issues and developments within the United Church and beyond.





Holiday Food Club

Can you help the Holiday Food Club, which offers food parcels to families who struggle during the long summer holiday to feed their children? This is a local Dorchester programme, supported and run by several local organisations. Last year over 80 local families applied for help and over 100 families have registered this year.

There are two ways you help:

1. The target of £8,000 needs to be raised - local charities, churches and individuals have already been very generous, but more funds are needed. If you want to send a cheque, please make it payable to Dorchester Food Bank, and send it to:

Dorchester Holiday Food Club, c/o Dorchester Food Bank, The Dorford Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester DT1 1RR

2. Food donations and wider support - the Food Club will be open on the following Thursdays in August: 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd, with two sessions per day. Families are chatted to over refreshments, so cakes and biscuits are also needed at the beginning of each of those weeks. If you want to find out more about how you can donate food or help out more generally, please contact the organisers through their This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




Summer Holidays: Forest Praise

Children, parents and carers are all welcome at the next two Forest Praise events: come along for family-friendly fun, relaxed play and praise.

Both will take place during the summer holidays: the first will be on Thursday 25th July, and the second will be on Thursday 22 August. They will both run from 10.30 - 11.45am, and will take place as usual at the Surestart Children's Centre (next to Sunnydays Nursery in Poundbury).

Let's hope the weather is as good as last time - as you can from the photo below, we had lovely sunshine then:





Dorset County Show - baby changing facilities

The United Church Dorchester will again be providing baby changing facilities – and much more – at the Dorset County Show, over the weekend of 7th and 8th September.

Everyone is welcome to drop in for our well-known ‘Feed me, change me, love me’ support. This offers the chance to breast feed / feed, change babies’ nappies, and generally chill out for a while on the comfy seats!  While parents (or grandparents and friends) are dealing with the babies, older children in the family can try out a range of play activities. There will be a team of helpers to keep them occupied – and we’ll have bowls for dogs to have a drink too.

It’s all FREE, so do look out for us on Avenue A, next to the Weldmar refreshment tent.


Dorset County Show - Forest Praise

Churches Together Dorchester are organising daily Forest Praise events at this year’s Dorset County Show, starting at 2.00pm on both Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September.

Everyone is welcome to come along for family-friendly fun, relaxed play and praise.  Both events will be held in the Churches Together Tent, near the ‘walking entrance’ to the show via the footpath from Grey’s Bridge.




Methodists for World Mission SW Conference

Taking place at the Brunel Manor, Torquay, between October 4 – 6 this year, the theme of the conference will be ‘Movement: the work of the World Church with people on the move'. It will be led by Dr Andrew Dye, former Mission partner in Grenada and now Team Leader in Global Relationships in the Methodist Church.

Full board from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch costs £145, and shared travel arrangements can be made. Further details and booking forms are available from local rep David Reep.



Chinese adventure

A member of the United Church, Mike Jacobsen (seen below on the day of his departure), is spending a year teaching in China. He is now working at a school in Jiangkou, Guizhou Province. If you would like to follow his progress, you can read all about it via his blog.




Poundbury Quiet Days

The dates for the Poundbury Quiet Days have been fixed for the coming year:

February 23rd; April 6th; June 22nd; July 13th (at Puddletown); September 21st; November 30th.

These are all Saturdays, and usually take place at The Quiet Space, Woodlands Crescent DT1 3RQ (just behind Poundbury Garden Centre). To book a place, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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