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.

For details of the special services and outreach events for this year's Christmas, please see the separate Christmas information page.




Revd Steph Jenner / Circuit Advent Carol Service

Unfortunately, Revd Steph Jenner has had to stop work due to ill health and we hope to have her replacement ready to begin work on 1 September 2020.

A special Advent Carol Service to be held at United Church Dorchester will give us an opportunity to thank Steph for her work in the circuit and wish her well for the future. The service will be led by Revd Gwyneth Owen and Revd Peter Clark.

Afternoon Tea will be served in the church hall from 4.00pm, with the service starting at 5.30pm. We hope to see as many of you as possible.



Westham Methodist Church: autumn clean

Westham Methodist Church is no longer a worshipping community, but the property still belongs to the circuit and is used by many community groups such as Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Fellowship meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, etc. The rent collected from these groups pays for all the outgoings and makes a contribution to circuit finances. 

The building is looked after by a very small group of church members from the Weymouth area.  We need to give the building and its grounds a bit of an autumn clean up.  We would be very grateful for any help anyone can give: we pay in copious amounts of coffee and cake! 

If you are available we will be meeting from 9.00am until 12 noon on Saturday 23 November.  The full address is Westham Methodist Church Newstead Road Weymouth DT4 0AR: if you would like to support our outreach we would love to see you.


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 and follow the links; or go directly to the donation page, which includes the possibility of Gift Aiding the donation to increase the value of your donation by 25%.




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.



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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