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.



Churches Together AGM

All are welcome to this important meeting, to be held at the Holy Trinity Catholic Parish Centre on Culliford Road North on Friday 18 October, at 7pm.

This year the Town Chaplaincy has been asked to give a detailed account for its work. In addition, The Rev Peter Clark will be proposing that we ask local artists to paint the Stations of the Cross in Dorchester settings, similar to those painted in Bridport settings in the past.

West Bay Songs of Praise

To celebrate the Methodist Heritage of Hymn Singing, the West Bay Discovery Centre is holding a Songs of Praise on Sunday 3 November, at 3pm.

This is a free event (donations welcome), which will also mark the 170th Anniversary of the opening of West Bay Methodist Chapel in 1849.



Traidcraft 40 years: a celebration

Traidcraft recently held a Service of Thanksgiving in Newcastle Cathedral, to celebrate 40 years since its formation as one of the founders of the Fair Trade movement. Alongside the Service, the company held its AGM, which explored both the major challenges faced over the past year, and the more positive news on the future direction of the company. The meeting also heard from its campaigning sister organisation, Traidcraft Exchange.

For more details about the Service and the AGM, you can read the report written by a member of the United Church who attended. You can also visit Traidcraft’s own summary of the day, where you can download copies of the CEO and Trustee speeches. We also recommend watching the powerful Address given by Matt Oliver, Traidcraft’s National Sales Manager, at the Service (please note: the Address starts just under two minutes into the video).


Homelessness information leaflet

People First Dorset has produced an updated version of their ‘Easy Read’ leaflet about homelessness. This provides clear guidance on how we can all help people we see on the streets who might be homeless.

Please note that the advice refers primarily to homelessness, and not to street begging. Although Streetlink is the main point of contact for offering support to homeless people, alternative organisations (including the police) can be alerted to persistent begging from people who are known not to be homeless.


Ride and Stride

This year’s Ride and Stride for Churches, organised by Dorset Historic Churches Trust, was held on Saturday 14th September. The United Church Dorchester was one of the participating churches, and many thanks are extended to the volunteers who very kindly helped with staffing the church. They welcomed nearly 40 Riders and Striders to the Church, and their support was most appreciated.

Special thanks also go to Eric Young, who rode for the United Church, and to all those who sponsored him. Eric covered 30 churches and rode 50 miles, raising a total of £175 which will be shared between the United Church and the Dorset Historic Churches Trust. A great effort and well done!




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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