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.


Christian Aid Week 2019

Christian Aid Week 2019 will take place from 12 – 18 May.  There are lots of opportunities to get involved, either by going to and participating in an event, or by supporting the house-to-house and street collections.

You can you can read a summary of what is happening locally, or explore the details for all the week’s activities.







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. 





Sewing for Kenya

There was another highly successful sewing session on Sunday 12th May – 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 at one of their earlier sessions! There will be more sessions in the future –  keep an eye on the Events page for details, as they become available.



Easter Forest Praise

Children, parents and carers came to the most recent Forest Praise, coming along for family-friendly fun, relaxed play and praise.

The next Forest Praise will be on Thursday 30th May, 10.30 - 11.45am, and will take place at the Surestart Children's Centre (next to Sunnydays Nursery in Poundbury).




InFormation 19: regional conference


InFormation 19 is a regional day conference organised by the Church Mission Society, designed to resource, inspire and refresh participants in their journey as Christian pioneers.  This year’s conference will take place at Salisbury Arts Centre on Monday 10 June, with a focus on worship and discipleship.

The programme for the day includes: insights from Rev Matt Finch, the Pioneering and Church Planting Officer for the Methodist Church; experiential opportunities with Play Chants, Take Time, Ruach Cards, Elemental and The Coracle; workshops on Emotionally Healthy Leadership, Coaching for Pioneers, Simple Worship for Fresh Expressions; conversations on Worship & Contemplation, Formation for Leadership and Discipleship on the Edge.

To book a place, please visit the conference booking facility at Eventbrite.



Churches Together: Quiet Day

Churches Together in Dorset have organised a Quiet Day around the theme of ‘Horizons’, to be led by Bishop Karen Gorham. 

It will take place on Saturday 15th June from 10.30 – 3.30 at St Aldhelm’s Church, Crossways. Tea and coffee will be provided, and those attending are asked to bring a packed lunch. To book a place, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., County Ecumenical Officer.



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.



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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