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.



Christian Aid Week 2019

A huge thank you to everyone who helped in any way with Christian Aid Week - whether by collecting money, running stalls and organising lunches, or just by going along to one of the many events and offering your own contributions.

We already know that the Christian Aid Market and lunches raised nearly £1300, and the collection in Dorchester Town centre raised over £350. In addition the Walk to the River Jordan raised over £300 - you can see the intrepid walkers below:


We also now have the figure raised through door-to-door collecting - a fantastic sum of just over £2000.

So THANK YOU again to everyone: a grand total of £4000 has been raised through the full range of activities in Dorchester this year. As Christian Aid says, this could provide 30 bundles of zinc to be used as roofs for new health centres, and 20 community health worker kits, including bicycles and torches.


Action for Children: Garden Party

To celebrate 150 years of the charity’s work, and to raise much-needed funds, a Garden Party in aid of Action for Children was held on Saturday 22 June, from 2 – 4 pm at 51 Coburg Road, Dorchester.

There were delicious cream teas and cakes, a bring and buy, and a plant sale - and wonderful weather to enjoy the lovely garden.

Thank you to everyone who came along, and to all those involved in hosting and organising the event - a splendid figure of £340 was raised on behalf of Action for Children. You can read about future events which will be taking place locally to mark the 150th year for this important charity: do please get involved if you can! 


Lübbecke visit: September 2019

A group from United Church Dorchester will be visiting Lübbecke in northern Germany from 26 – 30 September as part of our twinning with the Lutheran Church of St Andreas.  We will stay with families from the Church and have a planned programme that includes a focus on provision for refugees, some sightseeing of course and, importantly, the opportunity to worship together.

We shall be travelling by coach, leaving on Thursday 26th September and returning on Monday 30th September. We will welcome any friends from across the Circuit who would like to join us: please contact Rev Brenda Stephenson or Alison Cocks for further information, ideally before June 24, or see the information sheet



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 connections

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.

Ben and Hayley Moss (see below) are also planning to go to China, and Ben was able to speak at the Morning Service at United Church on 12th May. It was both fascinating and inspiring to hear about their upcoming trip, and what they will be doing there - which they hope will include supporting local orphanages and community centres for young people. 



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 was launched at the end of March – copies are available in the Church Shop.



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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