The United Church Dorchester

United in faith, united in action

What Went On

What went on in our Church and community?

'What Went On' is a look back 'Archive' of past 'What's Going On' recorded events.

 

Thursday 21st September
Church Meeting 7:30 pm

Knitting for Greenbelt!
Help us to create an enormous bundle of knitted or crochet food items.... read more by clicking here

Wednesday 19th July
Church Meeting 7:30 pm

Sunday 2nd July
A Summer Serenade, 
At United Church, Dorchester at 3pm. Music for clarinet, violin and piano given by Mark Tocknell, Claire Tocknell and Brenda Stephenson . To include works by Schubert, Vanhal, Corelli, Schumann and Elgar,  Followed by refreshments. Donations in aid of Virtual Doctors.

Saturday 1st July
Garden Party -
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Bridport and Dorchester Circuit & Pastorate - What's On in June/July

View the Poster - click here to view

Saturday 8th April
World Church Easter Coffee Morning, 8th April, 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m., United Church Dorchester. Come and join us for tea or coffee in the church hall, together with a slice of homemade cake or a hot cross bun; stalls will include bric-a-brac, plants, books, homemade cakes and biscuits, and Mary Creighton and her team's unique and excellent quality homemade Easter crafts. There will also be competitions like 'Guess the weight of the Easter Basket' and 'Guess the name of the doll'. Entry is free, and all proceeds from the day will support the work of Virtual Doctors in Zambia. Donations to any of the stalls will be very welcome, especially homemade cakes and biscuits!

Bridport & Dorchester Circuit and Pastorate’s What’s On poster for May click here to view

Saturday 25 March
Dorchester and District "Sharing the Love" Christian Aid Coffee Morning - United Church, Dorchester - 10am-12.15pm. Come and join us and a number of other social justice organisations in a "Sharing the Love" coffee morning in support of Christian Aid. There will be books, DVDs, cakes, cards, Fair Trade goods as well as a range of campaigning materials to read with your tea and coffee. For more information please contact Tony McDougal (Tel: 07766133788).

Sunday 19th March
World Church Sunday, 19th March, 10.30 a.m. service at the United Church Dorchester. Speaker Huw Jones will introduce our World Church Project for 2017: Virtual Doctors is a unique service, designed with rural Africa in mind, connecting remote healthcare workers in Zambia with a panel of medical experts in the UK who give diagnosis and treatment advice. As a result, patients are diagnosed more quickly and more often treated in their own communities. Huw will speak about this work and of his recent experience in Zambia during the morning service, and at a fundraising lunch to be held in the church hall afterwards.  All are welcome to attend either or both events: tickets for the lunch are available for a donation of no less than £5 by contacting Maria Jacobson

Friday March 10th for five Fridays
CHURCHES TOGETHER LENT COURSE 12.30-1.30 at The Quiet Space 'RECEIVING CHRIST' -York course Come when you can.

SUNDAY 26th February
WINTER WARMER A concert of music for pianos and organ, including 8 hands on two pianos on SUNDAY 26th FEBRUARY at 3pm. Given by David Illingworth, Heather Reed, Brenda Stephenson and  John Walker. An hour of music followed by refreshments - retiring collection for Dorchester Child Contact Centre

Saturday February 26th
THREE CIRCUITS VISION DAY - Weymouth Bay Methodist Church 10am to 3pm.

Wednesday 22nd February
GAMES AFTERNOON Come and join us for our monthly games afternoon in the Coffee Lounge. We have a good selection of board games from Ludo to Scrabble and everyone is welcome to this sociable and enjoyable time among friends. Tea and home made cakes provided for just £1 donation.

Tuesday February 21st
The SOLOS GROUP will be meeting in the Coffee Lounge where there will be a talk and demonstration on Sign Language. Everyone welcome. Contact Angela for more details.

Monday 20th February
URC SYNOD GATHERING The next URC Wessex Synod South West Area Gathering will be on Monday February 20th in Ringwood. The meeting starts at 7pm. For further   details please see the poster on the noticeboard in the hall and contact Margaret Knighton if you would like a lift.

Monday 30th January
PASTORAL VISITORS - A Pastoral Visitors  meeting will take place  2pm  to 3.30pm in the Coffee Lounge Steph will lead a discussion on safeguarding training, DBS checks and next of kin information.

Thursday 22nd December
Action for Children Carol Singing 2016Manor Park. Meet at Southcourt Roundabout – coffee & mince pies at 3 Kingsbere Crescent. Please come and join us to experience the true spirit of Christmas. Instrumentalists, singers & collectors.  We meet at 18.20, to move off by 18.30. Any Queries please contact Mary Rousell

Tuesday 20th December
Action for Children Carol Singing 2016Fordington Fields. Meet below the Trumpet Major Roundabout – coffee & mince pies at Judith's. Please come and join us to experience the true spirit of Christmas. Instrumentalists, singers & collectors.  We meet at 18.20, to move off by 18.30. Any Queries please contact Mary Rousell

Monday 19th December
Action for Children Carol Singing 2016Castle Park. Meet at Powys Close no. 6 – coffee & mince pies. Please come and join us to experience the true spirit of Christmas. Instrumentalists, singers & collectors.  We meet at 18.20, to move off by 18.30. Any Queries please contact Mary Rousell

Monday 19th to Friday 23rd December
Feed me, Change me, Love me, Christmas 2016 United Church Dorchester are extending a very warm festive welcome (between 10am and 2pm)  by opening it's doors and offering a free Baby Feeding and Changing facilities. You are assured of a warm friendly welcome in a comfortable environment. Please feel free to pop in for a break from the busy shopping street. Feed, Change your baby or just enjoy a few minutes respite.

Sunday 11th December
Church Family Christmas Lunch at 12.30pm. Served by our Young People and Helpers. Tickets Adults £10 Children £5 (Under 12) Available Sunday 27th November and 4th December after  Morning  Service and in our Church Shop from Monday 28th November to 3rd December.

Saturday 3rd Dec and Thurs 8th – Sat 10th Dec
The true meaning of Christmas - Journey to the stable is an interactive experience helping to explain the true meaning of Christmas. This is ideal for adults and children alike. The journey takes 20 – 30 minutes. There are seven stations focusing on a person or a part of the Christmas story with readings and reflections. At each there is a small activity or object for you to take away, so you leave with a bag of reflections and goodies. Open at the United Church Dorchester Sat 3rd Dec and Thurs 8th – Sat 10th Dec 11-3pm (except Fri 9th 11-2pm).
In the busyness of all the Christmas shopping, writing the cards and icing the cake take a few minutes to be still and reflect on what Christmas is all about

Wednesday 30th November
A Church meeting will be taking place at 7.30pm when current issues will be discussed.

Wednesday 23rd November
GAMES AFTERNOON - Come along and join in our friendly games in the afternoon of Wednesday 23rd November in the Church Coffee Lounge.
You will have a choice of fun board games such as Scrabble, Ludo and Boggle among others in a relaxed and sociable atmosphere among friends where everyone is a winner. Cost £1 to include tea and cakes.

CHRISTMAS SHOEBOXES
We are not formally doing shoeboxes at our church this year, but if you have one to send, please bring it to the church and we shall ensure that it travels with those collected by Broadmayne Church

Monday 21st November
The Listening and Sharing time from 6-8pm. in the Tolpuddle Room, has a few vacancies left.  This is open to all but is designed particularly to help those of us with welcoming and/or caring roles. To help us in preparing, please could from you let one or other of us know if  you are coming.  Angela Fisher and Chris Warren

Thursday 17th November
SOLOS - at 2.30 pm in the Church Hall:  'Cooking with Angela' Come and try some delicious new recipes e.g. Beefburger Pies and Cheese Scones. Refreshments (50p) following the demonstration.  Contact Angela

World Church Coffee MorningWorld Church Coffee Morning 2Saturday 12th November
Christmas Coffee Morning 10am - 12pm - There will be teas and coffees, cakes and stalls including bric-a-brac, books, cakes, Name the doll, Guess the weight of the Christmas Hamper and Mary Creighton and team's wonderful homemade Christmas crafts. All proceeds go to Christian Aid's work with Syrian refugees. We need helpers on the day, and donations to any of the stalls, especially homemade cakes!
A grand total of £1153.71 was made. Thank you so very much to everybody who helped, donated, crafted and bought!!!


Sunday 30th October
WORLD CHURCH SUNDAY - 10.30am led by Tony Boyden with speaker Fiona Daborn, South West Representative with Christian Aid. There will be a retiring collection in support of Syrian refugees.
Please bring in your mission boxes on the day.

Wednesday 26th October
Come along and join in our friendly games afternoon on Wednesday 26th October in the Church Coffee Lounge. You will have a choice of fun board games such as Scrabble, Ludo and Boggle among others in a relaxed and sociable atmosphere among friends where everyone is a winner. Cost £1 to include tea and cakes.

Saturday 22nd October 2016
United Church Hall Dorchester, at 7.30 pm, Action for Children Quiz Night - Plate and Share Supper - Drinks and biscuits provided Adult £5, under 14's £2 Entry Tickets only available from the Church Shop, Mary (266461) or committee members.

Tuesday 18th October
SOLOS SOCIAL GROUP MEETING at 2.30pm in the Church Coffee Shop. A talk: 'Dorset Snippets' with Richard Baker followed by refreshments at 50pence. For more details contact Angela on 267809

Wednesday 28th September
Come along and join in our friendly games afternoon on Wednesday 28th September in the Church Coffee Lounge. You will have a choice of fun board games such as Scrabble, Ludo and Boggle among others in a relaxed and sociable atmosphere among friends where everyone is a winner. Cost £1 to include tea and cakes

Thursday 22nd September
The next SOLOS OUTING social get together will be a visit to Bowleaze Cove (2.15pm 22nd Sep). A range of refreshments are available. Transport provided if needed at £3 per head. Please contact Angela on 01305 267809 by 18th September if you wish to come.


September 14th, 21st and 28th
An introduction to British Sign Language will be held in the Tolpuddle Room on September 14th, 21st and 28th from 6pm to 8.30pm. There is a special offer for members of the United Church to attend free of charge. If you are interested, please contact Peter Mann

Wednesday 14th September

You are welcome to come and join the Picnic People in the coffee lounge at 12.30pm. Just bring a your own lunch and enjoy some good company and chat while we eat. Knit and Natter will follow on from lunch and you will be welcome to come to that too.

Saturday 10th September
The Dorset Historic Churches RIDE AND STRIDE event this year will take place on Saturday 10 September. If you would like to take part and seek sponsorship or if you can help by being in the church to welcome Riders and Striders please speak to Heather Bland.

Saturday & Sunday 3rd & 4th September
Yet again we will be at the Dorset County Show offering free baby feeding and changing facilities along with children's activities. A pastoral ear will be available on the stand should any show goer require it. If you are at the show please visit us on Stand A11. Spread the word - this is an important Outreach event for the Church.

August
The local ACTION FOR CHILDREN fundraising group has been chosen by Waitrose in Dorchester to be one of three charities for the month of August as part of their green token initiative.
When you shop at Waitrose, you get a green token which you then place in the charity box of your choice.  Your support will help AFC to be the top token winner for next month so please help this good cause.

Sunday 28th August
The next ENCOUNTER SERVICE (5pm service) will return to having choices. The worship will be based on the man who built his house upon the rock. After a brief time of worship together, we will be able to do all or any of the following:
* Learning a new worship song on the theme
* Meditating and praying on wisdom and foolishness
* Sand sculptures.
The worship will lead into a bring and share fellowship tea. You are very welcome to join us at 5pm on 28th August.

Tuesday 26th July
SOCIAL AFTERNOON AND CREAM TEA at Holy Trinity Parish Centre, at 2.30pm., by kind invitation of the Dorchester Catholic Women’s League. Please let Alison Pople know if you would like to attend.

Tuesday 19th July
Rev Peter Clarke, a short talk on Iona followed by tea & cakes. for the Solos Group 2.30pm in the Church Coffee Shop -
Contact Angela Fisher: 01305 267809

Friday 15th July
Friday Morning Bible Study, Quiet Room 10am to 11am. This will be our last meeting for the summer. We start again on the 16th September. 

Sunday 10th July
The Action for Children service. Please could those who have Action for Children collecting boxes bring them to the service. Thank you.

Sat 9th July
Dorchester Poverty Action Group Annual Coffee Morning 10am – 12 noon in United Church hall Refreshments and stalls. Donations for stalls can be given to Wendy Hilton.

Saturday 2nd July from 2pm
Colin and Sue Gannaway are holding their annual OPEN GARDEN event at 51 Coburg Road in aid of the Weldmar Hospice on Saturday 2nd July from 2pm Cream Teas, cakes and plants for sale £1 admission.

Saturday 25th June
The Encore Singers with musical director Julia McFarlane: Popular melodies with instrumental interludes. Saturday 25th June 7.30 pm, United Church Dorchester. Retiring collection and light refreshments after the concert. All proceeds go to Action for Children.

Thursday 16th June
The next Solos outing is on Thursday June 16th when we will be going to Pine Lodge for afternoon tea from 2.30pm. Please contact Angela Fisher if you wish to come so that transport can be arranged.

Saturday 11th June
There will be a Service of Thanksgiving to Celebrate the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen, The Church of St Peter Dorchester, Saturday 11th June 2016, 10.00am Everyone is invited to attend.

CHAPLAINCY COURSE
We are about to run a one day course for those seeing if they may be interested in Chaplaincy. This looks like late May or mid June. If you would like to explore this, please be in touch with Chris Warren as we are trying to fix a date that suits everyone.

Thursday 26th May
The next meeting for SOLOS will be on Thursday 26th May at 2.30 pm in the Coffee Lounge when Ray Harris will be speaking on 'Working in the Prison Service'. Refreshments 50p. Contact Angela if you are able to attend.

Wednesday 25 May
Church Meeting Wednesday 25 May 7.30pm in the Church Hall.

Wednesday 25th May
The next GAMES AFTERNOON will be on Wednesday 25th May from 2.30pm in the Coffee Lounge. There will be the usual assortment of games to choose from such as Scrabble, Boggle, Ludo, Cards, Draughts so come along and enjoy a social time with friends. £1 to include tea and home made cakes. For more details contact Jacquie Bruce or Val Cracknell. Note: We will be taking a summer break after this session and resume on September 28th.

Wednesday 18th May
CHRISTIAN AID MARKET -
In the Church Hall. We are now collecting items for our stall and would welcome the following:  bric a brac, jewellery, DVDs, books. Also donations to offset the cost of lunches would be much appreciated. Please contact Sheila Mann or Frances Jackson

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK
The needs of the poor and homeless worldwide have never been greater than now and Christian Aid plays a vital role in helping those who have suffered the devastating effects of war and natural disaster. Christian Aid Week (15-21 May) is coming up fast and we urgently need more volunteers for house to house collections and for our South Street Collection on 20 May. If you find the idea of house to house collecting daunting why not try just ten or so houses.  Even a few houses can make a big difference to someone’s life. Please give some serious thought to collecting for Christian Aid this year if you haven’t been involved before.  If you want to know more about what is involved, talk to Malcolm Lewis, Heather Bland or Tony Boyden.  You can contact Tony on 01305 268726.  We would love to hear from you. As Christian Aid says:  “Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of dignity, freedom and hope, of power over their own lives.”

Wednesday 11th May
THE PICNIC PEOPLE -
The Picnic People will tuck into a Fish and Chip lunch on Wednesday 11th May at 12.30pm in the Coffee Lounge. You are invited to join us and if you wish to have fish and chips, please see the menu on the notice board and sign up with your order or speak to Mary Lucraft.

Saturday May 7th
PROM PRAISE WESSEX - Local singers will be performing with special guest Stewart Townend in an exciting evening of sacred and choral music at the Lighthouse Poole on Saturday May 7th at 7.30pm under the baton of Noel Tredinnick of Songs of Praise fame. Tickets are from £12 to £25

Thursday 28th April
Mr Doug Bowring - All are invited to attend the funeral service for Mr Doug Bowring which will take place at the United Church on Thursday 28th April at 12.30pm


Wednesday 27th April
GAMES AFTERNOON - Come and join us at a Games Afternoon in the Coffee Lounge on Wednesday 27th April.
A variety of games are on offer including Scrabble, Cards, Ludo and draughts £1 to include refreshments - Everyone welcome

Monday  25th April
PASTORAL VISITORS MEETING - Monday  25th April in Cerne Abbas Room 2.00pm to 3.30 pm Discussion on positive pastoral visiting. Please note change from usual room.


Thursday 14th April
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - The church AGM will be held in the church on Thursday 14th April at 7.30pm.
Agendas and minutes of last year’s meeting  are available in the front foyer.

WORLD CHURCH
The collection at the World Church Sunday Service (on 3rd April) and the World Church Spring Coffee Morning (9th April) between them raised well over £1400 for Christian Aid Syrian Refugee campaign. Brilliant! Very many thanks. Tony Boyden

Saturday 9th April
World Church Spring Coffee Morning, 10am to 12pm, All proceeds to go to Christian Aid and their support for Syrian Refugees

Easter Week 2016 -
Monday 21st MarchTaize Service 6.30 pm
Tuesday 22nd March – Film show ‘The Way’ 6.30 pm
Wednesday 23rd MarchChurch Family Meal 6.30 pm (there will be a sign up list and donations of desserts will be welcome)
Thursday 24th MarchMaundy Thursday Service 7.30 pm
Good Friday service 9.30 am followed by Walk of Witness to Holy Trinity
Easter Sunday
6.30 am Sunrise Service at Maumbury Rings
8.30 am Easter Breakfast
10.30 am Communion Service
5 pm Easter ‘Tingle ½ creative worship followed by Bring & Share tea

Wednesday 23rd March
GAMES AFTERNOON -  from 2.30pm In the Coffee Lounge Come and enjoy Scrabble, cards, Ludo, Draughts or whatever is your favourite game £1 to include refreshments

Saturday19th March
THE UNITED CHURCH BRASS ENSEMBLE AND FRIENDS

present a Charity Concert in aid of Dorset Search and Rescue, Saturday 19th March at 5 pm, Free Admission - Refreshments - Donations Welcome at the United Church, South Street, Dorchester. Click to view Poster  - Thanks to all who supported this enjoyable event, it was a great performance and over £340 was raised for DorSAR.

Saturday 12 March
TIME TO GET QUIZZICAL -
Come and pit your wits, have fun and compete for prizes at a Quiz Night on Saturday 12 March in aid of Christian Aid will be held  between 7.30-10.30 pm at St Georges Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester. Tickets £3.00 each (from the United Church Shop) There will be a ‘Bring and Share Buffet so contestants are asked to bring a plate of sweet or savoury ‘finger food’ although tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available free.
Come as a team of four or why not meet up with people on the evening to form a team.

Sat 5th March
DEATH CAFÉ
10am.-12.30pm. United Church Dorchester Hall - Solicitors, funeral directors, flowers, information from Age UK, Weldmar and about woodland burial. Also present,Rev Steph Jenner and Rev Peter Clark and Heather Reed, Director of Music.  Come and find out about wills, funeral planning, what to do when someone dies and support – spiritual, emotional and practical. Refreshments available with lots of chocolate cake.  Everyone welcome

Tuesday 23rd February
TALK THE LABYRINTH   7.30 pm – 9 pm St George’s Church Hall, Fordington Come and walk a candlelit replica of the famous Chartres cathedral labyrinth and enjoy this opportunity for a time of quiet reflection during the season of Lent. Please bring a donation of £5 towards the work of the Peaceful Path Project, which helps primary schools explore spirituality through the labyrinth. Enquiries: Nickie Fidgin wessexlabyrinthwalks @ gmail.com

Thursday 25 Feb
Dorset POPP (Partnership of Older Peoples Projects) working with the URC pastoral committee for the area, are holding a morning at United Church Dorchester on Thursday 25 Feb 10.30 – 12.30 to include lunch.  If you are interested in attending to learn about social isolation and how churches can be involved, please let Wendy Hilton know by the evening of Mon 22nd Feb, so that your place can be booked.

LENT LUNCHES
We are once again offering Lent Lunches in the Church Hall on Wednesdays from 12.noon to 1.30pm, just come along, everyone welcome. The lunch consists of a ham or cheese salad with roll and butter followed by a home made pudding with custard and tea or coffee, all for just £5 per person. The profits will be donated to Christian Aid.

Wednesday 27th January 2.30pm
GAMES AFTERNOON
In the New Year, we are starting a games afternoon so come along and enjoy Scrabble, cards, chess, draughts, ludo or whatever is your favourite game. If you have any unwanted games you no longer need or use, or would like more information please contact Jacquie Bruce, Norma Miller or Val Cracknal.

18th to 24th January 2016
CHURCHES TOGETHER
Week of Prayer fro Christian Unity Click here to download/view pdf poster.

Tuesday 15th December
CHURCHES TOGETHER
The final Quiet Meeting of 2015 at the Quiet Space will not be quiet!  Do come along for half an hour of joyful carols and readings at 6pm. Refreshments afterwards.

Monday 14th December
SOLOS GROUP CELEBRATION

Celebrate Christmas with us on Monday at 2.30pm in the Church Hall, Activities and refreshments For more information, contact Angela Fisher.

Sunday 13th December 12.30pm
CHURCH FAMILY CHRISTMAS LUNCH
Tickets £9 Adult £5 Child Tickets will be on sale after the service today (29/11/15),  next week and in the church shop.

Saturday 5th December 5pm
CHILD CONTACT CONCERT
Why not finish off your Christmas shopping with an hour of CHRISTMAS MUSIC for flutes and voices?  A short concert will be given by FLUTECAKES, BAGATELLE and WILD THYME at 5pm on Saturday 5th December at the United Church. It will be followed by refreshments. There is no entry charge but donations will be gratefully received for Dorchester Child Contact Centre.

Tuesday 24th November from 12.30pm
SOLOS LUNCH
The Solos group will be having a lunch get together on Tuesday 24th November at the Walnut Grove, at 12.30pm Please let Angela Fisher know in advance on 01305 267809 if you plan to come

Tuesday 24th November from 3pm
Invitation to the Ladies of the United Church From the Dorchester Catholic Women’s League to their afternoon gathering
At the Parish Centre, Culliford Road Christmas Quiz, Bring and Buy, Raffle in aid of Food Bank, Carols and Refreshments Contact Alison Pople

SOUTHAMPTON METHODIST DISTRICT
MARRIAGE AND RELATIONSHIPS DISCUSSIONS 2015-16
Three Saturday meetings in different parts of the District.
Saturday 31 October at Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church SO53 2DJ from 10am to 1pm.
Saturday 7 November at Bemerton Methodist Church (Salisbury) SP2 9BH from 2pm to 5pm.
Saturday 21 November at St Andrew’s Methodist Church Basingstoke RG22 6ER from 2pm to 5pm.
Full details click here to view/download/print PDF

19th October
The next pastoral visitors meeting will be on Mon 19th October from 2pm  – 3.30pm in the Coffee Lounge or all pastoral visitors, those who deliver the church service tapes and all others who are interested.  The topic will be lone working.  If you have a mobile phone please bring it with  you. Everyone welcome.

13th October
SOLOS GROUP The next meeting of the Solos Group is on Tuesday 13th October at 2.30pm in the Church Coffee Lounge Our invited guest is the highly recommended speaker Richard Baker who will be telling us about The Finds of a Lifetime Please let Angela Fisher know if you are coming so we can arrange refreshments

10th October
CONCERT ON THE WAY On 10th October we welcome Paul Field who is giving a concert at the church. Please put the date in your diary and invitations will be available soon.

Wednesday October 7th
AGM of Churches Together - Wednesday October 7th at 7pm is the AGM of Churches Together in Dorchester, Cerne Abbas Room at the United Church. It will last only till 8.30 and everyone present will be taking part. Please do come.

Wednesday October 7th

DORCHESTER QUAKER MEETING - Wednesday October 7th at 12.30pm, Dorchester Quaker Meeting invites you to a half hour Meeting for Worship and a shared lunch together afterwards. All are welcome. The Meeting House is in Holloway Road - a turning to the left as you go up Fordington High Street.

HARVEST FESTIVAL SUNDAY 27th SEPTEMBER
The theme of harvest festival this year will be “Helping others to help themselves”. We will be supporting Tools with a Mission(TWAM), who provide tools to young people in Africa when they have finished training for a specific trade.   We will be collecting unwanted tools of all trades as well as sewing items and gardening tools. Items can be brought on Saturday morning 26th September from 10 am – 12 noon to decorate the church or on Harvest Festival Sunday morning.  Pick up a TWAM leaflet in the foyer to find out more.

BARN DANCE
Christian Aid are holding a Harvest Barn Dance on 26 September in the Church Hall.  Tickets for the evening event are on sale in the Church Shop.   Come and support this good cause and have a good time as well.

SOLOS GROUP
The next Solos Group get-together will be on Thursday 24th September to Bowleaze Cove Please tell Angela Fisher—Telephone no. 01305 267809 if you wish to come so that transport can be arranged

DORSET HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST
The annual Ride and Stride Event in aid of DHCT takes place on Saturday 12 September. This event raises money for Dorset churches and the United Church will be open on the day and staffed by volunteers to provide refreshments and directions and to sign sponsor forms etc.  We need to have the church open from 10am to 6pm if  possible so if you can spare an hour or so between 10am and 6pm please ring Heather Bland to let her know when you are available to come along. Your help will be much appreciated. Thank you.

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September
DORSET COUNTY SHOW Volunteers are needed to help man our tent at the Dorset County Show. We need people to commit to a minimum of 2 hours either on .Please contact Lynne Antell - click to go to contact page, or Peter Jenner - click here to go to contact page

Friday 31st July
Mrs Mary Pullin. The funeral of Mrs Mary Pullin will take place on  at United Church Dorchester at 12 noon, all are welcome.

Tuesday 21st July
CHURCHES TOGETHER Next week there the monthly Quiet Meeting arranged by Churches Together in Dorchester at 9am on Tuesday morning, July 21st at the Quiet Space. Half an hour of quiet with a theme on which to focus in good company and with coffee afterwards. Everyone is welcome.

 

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival - There will be no evening service in the United Church Dorchester on July 19th.  Instead it is hoped that as many of you as possible will support Tolpuddle Methodist Church at their 5pm service which will be led by Rev. Graham Hunter. If anyone can offer a lift or needs a lift please look at the notice in the foyer and contact each other.

Saturday 18th July
Action for Children Garden Party - at The Gannaways on Saturday,  at 2.30pm Please come and help us raise money for this very worthwhile cause.

150th Anniversary of Broadmayne Methodist Church 1865—2015
Our Past, our Present and our Future. We invite you to attend as many events as you can.THE PRESENT Saturday 11 July Evening Concert – the Bovington Cost per ticket £4.00, Students £1.00. Sunday 12 July  Service led by Revd Barrie Snook  3.00pm  followed by a cream tea and photograph For catering purposes and for seats at the concert it would help with planning if you would let me know by Tuesday 16  June whether you will be joining us for the concert on 11 July and the cream tea on 12 July. If you wish to come to the concert, please send your remittance to me as well.
Margaret Eaglestone, Box Cottage, 4 Main Street, Broadmayne, DT2 8EB , to contact Margaret through our Contact us page, click here

6th July
Church Meeting -
In the church starting at 7.30pm

4th July
Safeguard Training Click for details

Sunday June 28th
Bring and Share Lunch : (with the added excitement of a coffee tasting to choose a new Fairtrade coffee for Sundays!) Please sign up on the board in the Hall if you plan to come.

Tuesday 16th June
Solo's Group - The June get together will be a cream tea at Pine Lodge Tea Room, Bockhampton You MUST let Angela Fisher know you are coming by Friday 12th June as Pine Lodge is opening especially for us and they need to know the numbers. Transport will be arranged for those needing it and we will leave Dorchester at 2.15pm Please phone Angela on  267809

Monday 15th June
Churches Together, The next Quiet Meeting is at the Quiet Space on Monday June 15th at 6pm for half an hour, with coffee or tea afterwards. Come and enjoy just a short time of focussed peacefulness in good company - everyone welcome. 

Church Address Book 2015
The new draft address book 2015 will be available for checking on Sunday 31st May, 7th June and 14th June in the foyer.  Please sign against your name after you have checked all your details are correct.  If you do not want your details in the address book, please let us know.  The new book should be ready in July.  This will be available in a printed version, as well as electronically for the first time to save printing and paper.  The electronic version will be a pdf file (not on the web) and will be for personal use only.
Thank you. Wendy and John Hilton.

Methodist Homes (MHA)
Each year we support Methodist Homes.  Collecting envelopes will be on the seats at the services on Sunday June 7th and 14th.    This year the charity will use the money donated to support MHA Live at Home schemes, chaplaincy and music therapy for people living with dementia.

Sunday 14th June
Remembrance - We will be gathering at St Mary’s Church, Edward Road, Dorchester on Sunday 14th June to remember children who have died before, during and after birth. If you would like to join us at any time between 2pm and 4pm you will be very  welcome. This will be an informal occasion with music, candles to light, time for quiet reflection and refreshments. If you have some special music on CD, or a poem or piece of writing that you wish to share, please bring these with you.
For more information contact Judith on 260592 or Lauretta on 268641

Thursday 11th June
Thursday Night Out
- starting at 7.30pm Please note that the speaker for this month will be Rev David Reep who will talk on Ministerial Ramblings

Monday 8th June
Poverty Action Group
Dorchester Poverty Action Group is holding its annual open meeting on  at 7pm in the Dorford Coffee Lounge. The meeting lasts only just over an hour and the subject is 'Debt - how does it happen, how is it resolved?' Speaker is Keith Greening from CAB. These open meetings are quite popular and all are welcome - tea or coffee served as you arrive.

Sunday 7 June
Methodist Homes Service - at 3pm. This is a short 30 minute service ideal for those with dementia, their carers and people who need a short service. This will be followed by a cream tea in the hall.
Everyone welcome.

Sun 24th May
150th Anniversary of Broadmayne Methodist Church 1865 – 2015 - This year, to celebrate our 150th Anniversary, we have three events to mark our Past, our Present and our Future and we would very much like to invite you to attend as many of these events as you can. The Past - Sunday 24 May 10.30am Service led by Revd Dr Christina Le Moignan. After the service there will be a buffet lunch so please let me know whether you will be joining us. Contact Margaret Eaglestone (click here to go to contact page) by Friday 15 May.

Thursday 21st May at 7.30pm
Church Meeting and our Vision -
The next church meeting is in the church on at 7.30pm . The stewards have recently reviewed our Vision statement and the church remits. Please pick up a copy of the current Vision statement and proposed revised version, which are available with the agenda and minutes in the foyer.   We will be looking at our Vision statement and how we, as a church, are living out our Vision and what we need to be considering for the future.  As part of the meeting, we will be looking at the church website and how that can meet the needs of those visiting or relocating to the area and our local church and  community. Please come with your ideas about the future work of our church. For information – a paper copy of the revised church remits has been placed in the South Street foyer wall pockets (administration section) and an e-copy is available on the church website click here to visit view.

Wed 13th May
Christian Aid Market in the Church Hall. We are responsible for the jewellery and bric a brac stalls as well providing the lunches Donations in cash or items to sell will be much appreciated Contact Sheila Mann on 01305 ######

Monday 11th May
As Monday 4th May is a Bank Holiday, the Men's Group will meet next on Monday 11th 7.30pm-9.00pm @ United Church

Thurs 7th May
Election Day
- As a one off, the Quiet Space at Poundbury will be open between 7 am and 10 pm for you to visit to think and pray before or after you vote.

Wed 6th May
Ladies (and Gents) Who Lunch - at 12.30pm in the Coffee Lounge. Bring your own food, tea and coffee will be supplied, all are welcome.

Tue 5th May
'Time for Peace' At the Borough Gardens on at 12 noon. An annual commemoration event set up by Churches Together and the British Legion. Half an hour of readings and silence, near the fountain if fine or in the bandstand if wet. (Bring a chair if you wish).

Monday 27th April
Monday Fellowship Group will be meeting at 7.30p.m, at the home of Dorothy, 17, Victoria Buildings, Salisbury Fields, Fordington. All are welcome.

Monday 13th April
As Monday 6th April  is a Bank Holiday, the Men's Group will meet next on Monday 13th April 7.30pm-9.00pm @ United Church

Saturday 11th April
Barn Dance ( with Jump at the Sun band )  6.30pm-9.30pm @ United Church Hall Tickets £7 and £4 From The Church Shop

Sunday 5th April (Easter Sunday)
On Easter Sunday, the young people will be providing breakfast, at the Church, between 8:30 and 9:30am. If you would like to join us for a full cooked breakfast then please sign the list on the notice board opposite the Coffee Lounge or email Jonathan.mair @ btinternet.com  The cost is £5.00 for adults and £3.00 for children. Full waiter and waitress service!

Saturday 28th March 2015
World Church Easter Coffee Morning, 10 am - 12 mid day @ United Church Dorchester To include teas/coffees/Hot Cross Buns, Pottery, Books, Bric-a-Brac, Plants, Cakes and Mary Creighton and team's Easter Crafts; also Guess the number of Easter Eggs in the basket and other competitions. All proceeds to go to Hope Now.

FESTIVAL OF CROSSES
Bridport United Church - Wed 18th to Sat 21st March 10am to 1pm, United Church Dorchester - Wed 25th March to Wed 1st April 10am to 12 noon

ROMANIAN ORPHANS APPEAL
Many thanks to all those who contributed to this appeal. A total of 15 jumpers and 16 baby vests have been donated. Long sleeved  jumpers for children aged between 10 and 13 are now wanted. Please leave your name with the completed garment. Completed jumpers can be left at the shop or at the Tourist Information Centre in Antelope Walk for collection by Tish Robberts. For more information contact Mary Brayley on 01305 ######.

LENT LUNCHES
Join us for our annual Lent Lunches  which support Christian Aid. They take place every Wednesday from 12 noon until 1.30pm A ploughman’s lunch, delicious dessert and tea or coffee, all for £5 per person.

LENT GROUPS
This year we are using the Tom Wright book – Lent for Everyone (Mark’s Gospel). Books are available in the church shop. This means that people can either read through by themselves, knowing that they are sharing with others, or join a Lent Group. We are asking established groups to consider this material too. If you are not currently part of a study/house group and would like to be for Lent, please sign the sheet in the hall board indicating whether you would like to lead, host or just participate and the days of the week that would suit you. Many thanks all Steph

CHAPLAINCY COURSE
We are about to run a one day course for those seeing if they may be interested in Chaplaincy. This looks like late May or mid June. If you would like to explore this, please be in touch with Chris Warren as we are trying to fix a date that suits everyone.

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