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


Easter Forest Praise

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

It will take place on Thursday 18th April, 10.30 - 11.45am, and will take place as usual at the Surestart Children's Centre (next to Sunnydays Nursery in Poundbury).


Dorset South & West Circuit: new lay posts

Two new lay posts - both paid, and part-time - have been advertised: one for a Community Outreach and Pastoral Worker; and one for a Church Clerical Coordinator. 

Please see the Jobs page for more details.


Gorgeous Garments

Could you help with raising money for the Dorchester Food Bank and the school holiday lunch club?

All you need to do is bring your most gorgeous garments that you no longer wear to the United Church Hall on Sunday morning 28 April.  These will be collected and sold on Saturday 11 May 2.30 – 5pm at the Dorford Centre.  Gorgeous garments also include shoes, bags, hats and other accessories and also men’s wear.  Items should be good quality and in good condition. 



Traidcraft News

We are pleased to report that Traidcraft have now relaunched as a smaller-scale retail company. Their primary focus is presently on supplying grocery items to their network of Fair Traders, working mainly in local churches.

This has meant a massive sell-off of their craft and clothing stock, although they hope to re-introduce some craft lines at Christmas and Easter, and will continue with their greetings cards.

New lines are being added all the time and the Spring catalogue will be launched at the end of March – copies will be available in the Church Shop.





Sewing for Kenya

There was another highly successful sewing session on Sunday 10th March – a large team arrived to prepare, make and pack washable towels and pants for some of the poorest girls in Kenya. The project ensures that the girls do not miss school one week in every four, and receive healthcare information that might otherwise be sadly lacking.

Thank you to everyone who came and supported this extremely valuable project - you can see the team in action below! There will be more sessions in the future –  keep an eye on the Events page for details, as they become available.








Pastoral worker required

Bridport United Church and Uploders Methodist Church are looking for someone to act as Pastoral Worker in their area.  This will involve visiting members and friends to provide ongoing pastoral support, and working with others to initiate and support outreach activities in a pastoral context.

Further details from the Circuit Steward, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Dorchester Poverty Action

Dorchester Poverty Action is a small charity, working hard to make a difference to local people in need across DT1 and DT2. It is looking for volunteers to take on two part-time roles: bookkeeping and website managing.

For further information, please contact Wendy Hilton or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Winter Forest Praise

Nearly 30 young children came along with parents and carers to the latest Forest Praise on 21st February - you can see pictures of some of the activities here. As usual, there was family-friendly fun, relaxed play and praise, all at the Surestart Children's Centre (next to Sunnydays Nursery in Poundbury).

The next Forest Praise will be on Thursday, 18 April, from 10.30 – 11.45 as usual.  




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..

* Exploring two paintings by Sieger Koder ('The Last Supper' and 'The Washing of the Feet'), led by Rev. Rosemary Bassett.


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