The United Church Dorchester

United in faith, united in action

News and reports

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


Winter Fuel Allowance donations

Dorchester Poverty Action (DPA) is asking if people who are financially secure might donate their Winter Fuel Allowance to those who are struggling with money issues. If you don’t really need your allowance – do please consider donating it so that DPA can respond to requests from social workers, health workers or family members to help people who are in a financial crisis.

 To donate, go to the DPA website. As well as information about how to contact DPA for payment information, there is a Gift Aid form available so that any donation can be increased by 25%.



Dorchester Food Bank

If you are donating items to the food bank over the Christmas period, they are currently short of sugar, coffee, long life milk, jam, shampoo and toilet rolls.

The United Church Dorchester collection point is in the South Street Foyer.


Celebrate a Life Carol Service

 Christmas is not a good time for everyone. Whether you have lost a loved one, or are living with cancer, or simply wish to celebrate someone's life, you are invited to the Fortuneswell Celebrate A Life Carol Service.

For more details, please see the Circuit web site.



Carol Singing in aid of Action for Children

The annual carol singing around different areas of Dorchester, led and supported by the Brass Group, will take place this year on Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th December.
All are very welcome to come and join us, as singers or collectors: for more details, please see the December Newsletter




Traidcraft News

Since the announcement in September that Traidcraft plc was in consultation to cease trading at the end of December, an overwhelming amount of encouragement from their supporters persuaded them to seek other solutions.
The result is that the retail business will continue to trade but in a slimmed-down form. You can read more about the new business plans from the Traidcraft on-line shop.
While it is great news that Traidcraft will still be trading into its 40th year, the negative impact on its producers worldwide will be severe when the company is downsized. Further details are expected in December. 





Journey to the Stable

The United Church Dorchester will again be inviting everyone to pop in during December, and journey for about 20 - 30 minutes through a series of thoughtful scenes right the way through to the Christmas stable. 

An opportunity for adults and children to reflect, respond and take something away with them . . . please see more details on the Events listings.



Feed me, Change me, Love me

United Church Dorchester will again be open for baby changing and feeding during the last full week of Christmas shopping! 

There will be a safe, comfortable, private area for feeding and changing babies, and activities for older brothers and sisters.

This will all be FREE - please see more details on the Events listings.


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