The United Church Dorchester

United in faith, united in action

Christian Aid Week 2021


Christian Aid Week 2021 will take place between 10th and 16th May.

There are lots of opportunities to get involved, despite the uncertainties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. The Christian Aid Week web site has a huge number of ideas, challenges and events, all of which will raise money for those who need it most. If this all feels too energetic, you can just visit the Donate page to contribute at the click of a button.

Alternatively, a series of events is being planned for Dorchester and the local area. These will depend on the continued easing of lockdown restrictions, but if all goes to plan, the events listed below should be going ahead - do check back on this page nearer the time to check the details as they are confirmed.



Available from 9 May: Christian Aid Quiz

Following our very successful quiz last year, Mary Martin has kindly produced a new one.   

First prize will be £10; second prize, £5. Cost of entry is £3 and the quiz can be downloaded here. Alternatively, it can be obtained from Tony Boyden by using the Christian Aid Contact form; closing date for all entries is Sunday June 5.  

Details of where to send the completed quiz, and means of payment, will be found at the end of the quiz sheet when you are sent it. 


Friday 14 May: Street Collection

This will still go ahead between 9.00am and 4.00pm, but using collecting buckets on the pavement rather than collection tins and with collectors wearing masks. 

We do need volunteers to help with this so if you feel you could give an hour during the day at some time between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm we would be very grateful: please let Tony Boyden know what times(s) you could offer by using the Christian Aid Contact form.



Saturday 11 SeptemberSponsored walk to the River Jordan (in Bowleaze Cove, Weymouth!)

Last year's walk was a highly successful and enjoyable event (see the pictures below), and it will be repeated this year. We shall be starting again from St Peter's Church in Dorchester at 9.30am, and walking the 8 miles to Bowleaze Cove. However, please note that we have had to postpone this walk until the autumn - it will now take place on Saturday, 11 September.

We would be delighted to see as many people as possible using the sponsor form to support Christian Aid, or just for the enjoyment of the walk. Further details and additional sponsor forms are available from Tony Boyden via the Christian Aid Contact form.




House to House Collections

It has been decided that, regrettably, house to house collections cannot go forward in any format.

This will of course place even greater emphasis on the importance of the envelope giving scheme through church collections, etc.


Postponed to October: Ecumenical Service and Christian Aid Market

The current plan is for this year's service to be held at United Church Dorchester. Although the original intention was for the service to take place in May, it will now be held in the autumn on 17 October at 4pm.



The Christian Aid Market will take place the day before on Saturday 16 October when, hopefully, our activities will be less restricted and they can run more closely to what was the norm before the pandemic