The United Church Dorchester

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Sunday Services in church

Our live services, with a preacher in the church, continue to evolve in the light of updated national guidance on Covid-19.

The regular Sunday morning services begin at 10.00am and 11.15am, and last about 35-40 minutes. In line with a phased approach to relaxing more of the Covid restrictions, live singing by the congregation will now be allowed: you may also stand to sing (with or without mask) if you feel comfortable doing so. Although people can make their own choice about wearing masks, the Stewards now suggest that when you sit down for worship, you are free to take off your mask if you wish to do so. Use of hand gel will still be offered as you enter.

To retain partial social distancing, we will continue to have a maximum of 60 people in the church, so you will have to book if you want to attend the 10.00am service. You do not need to book a seat for the 11.15am service. While most bookings will be for unallocated seats, reservations for specific seats at either service can be booked in advance for those with particular needs. 

To book a place, and / or reserve a specific seat to meet your needs, please contact Wendy Hilton by 6pm on the day before. The preferred contact method is email: you can send an email via the Contacts page, confirming your name, contact details, which service you wish to attend, and how many seats you want to book. Alternatively, you can call the Church Office on (01305) 457477 and leave a message with the same information: name, contact details, which service and how many seats (especially for reserved spaces) are being requested. The answerphone for this number will be checked daily. Church Members with access to the Church Address Book can also use the personal details listed to make direct contact with Wendy.

Refreshments continue to be offered between the two services, starting at 10.30: please see page 2 of the June news sheet for full details on how this will work.

If you were unable to attend a service, edited recordings of all the most recent services will be available to view on the UCD YouTube Channel: see the Local provision (UCD service recordings) information below.

Wednesday Market Day services 

These short mid-week services recommenced on 7th April, to cater for shoppers and those in town for market day. These are also live services, with a preacher in the church, but please note the new start time (10.45am) to fit in with the local bus service. There is no need to book for these services.

Please see the Diary for more details.

However, if you wish to continue worshiping at home, you can find various local and national options – whether online, on TV or on radio – in the sections below.  

Local worship resources (for those without internet access)

If you know of someone who cannot access the internet, please feel free to download these files, print them off and deliver them through their letterbox (during your daily exercise walk).

Morning Prayer

Provided by Rev Gwyneth Owen, this also includes a short prayer for the evening.


Sunday Service for this week:

This Service is for 28th November (Advent Sunday), and has been prepared by Chris Warren.



Sunday Services for previous weeks are also available: you can still download the Sunday Service for 21 November and the Sunday Service for 14 November (Remembrance Sunday).


Local provision (Circuit online services)

Zoom Services

The Circuit currently holds a service on Zoom each Sunday. For details and to request the relevant Zoom invitations / links, please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Jacqui Trent. Please note that the Circuit's Sunday Zoom services have reverted to their 5.00pm start time.

YouTube Services

Each week since the start of the Covid pandemic, a short Sunday Service has been created for the Circuit, and made available for viewing online via YouTube. These stretch our resources the most to produce, so we are taking a break during August. From September onwards, occasional services will be made - the most recent services produced were:

YouTube Service for 19 September - this service was led by Rev John Yarrien.

YouTube Service for 1 August - this service was led by the Soul Space team at Bridport, with a focus this week on Psalm 139.

YouTube Service for 25 July - this week's service was led by Rev John Yarrien, taking the theme from Micah 6: Do Justice, Love Mercy and Walk humbly with God.

You may also want to watch the video services provided by the Soul Space team in Bridport, who are producing a new service on the first Sunday of each month. These services can be found by going to the Soul Space YouTube channel, where you can also find and watch many of their previous services.


Local provision (UCD service recordings)

For those unable to attend the live services at UCD, recordings of most Sunday services will be made available on the UCD YouTube channel. This means that everyone will still be able to see the services after they have taken place - if you 'subscribe' to this YouTube channel, it will be easier to find the services later. We hope this will be a helpful development, even though there will obviously be a delay between the service taking place and the edited video appearing on the site. 

The latest service to view took place on Sunday 21st November, and was led by Peter Jenner (our apologies: there is no video of the service from Sunday 28th November).


National provision (online)

Members may wish to access the national Methodist Church resources, which include downloadable service sheets for use at any time in your own home, as well as links for live streamed services and prayers at specific times. They also provide links to more general online resources for use during the week through ROOTS. The national URC Church has also produced an extensive list of churches across the country offering live streaming acts of worship, sermons as podcasts or audio files, or offering recordings of services for people who are unable to access church.

National provision (TV and Radio)

BBC1 broadcasts Songs of Praise on Sunday 28th November at 1.15pm. Aled Jones presents the boys' semi-final of the BBC Young Chorister of the Year competition from Salisbury Cathedral, with judges Lesley Garrett, Howard Goodall and David Grant.

BBC Radio 4 broadcasts its usual Sunday Worship programme at 8.10am. On Sunday 28th November, the broadcast (from St Salvator’s Chapel in the University of St Andrews) is marking the first Sunday of Advent and looking forward to St Andrew’s Day, with The Rev Dr Donald MacEwan and The Rev Samantha Ferguson.


As soon as it is safe to do so, we hope to revert to our normal patterns of services:

The range of services in the United Church is designed to fit everyone's needs, whether you are young or older or require a lively or more peaceful style.

Services therefore range in style from traditional to a less formal, contemporary feel to meet the broad variance of members’ needs.

Sunday Morning (9.00am) - this is a Holy Communion Service, held on the second Sunday of every month.

Sunday Morning (10.30am) - the mid morning services uses a range of styles from traditional to less formal. Songs and hymns are selected from many sources including ‘Singing The Faith’ and ‘Mission Praise’. Holy Communion is held once a month as part of this service.

Sunday Evening (6.30pm) - the evening services follow a formal style of service. Songs and hymns are selected form many sources including ‘Singing The Faith’ and ‘Mission Praise’. Holy Communion is held once a month as part of this service. 

Wednesday Market Day Service (10.30am) - a short mid-week service to cater for shoppers and those in town for market day.

Where possible more detail of each service, such as the theme of the service and who is leading the worship will be posted in the Diary.