The United Church Dorchester

United in faith, united in action


PLEASE NOTE: In line with the recommendation of the Methodist and United Reformed Churches, and following government guidelines, limited services at the United Church Dorchester are starting again.

If you wish to continue worshiping at home, you can find various local and national options online, on TV and on radio in the sections below, starting at Local worship resources.

Services in church

Starting on Sunday, 26th July, the service will show the Circuit's weekly Service from its YouTube channel. This will be projected onto the big screen in church, starting at 10.00am. All are welcome, but this will particularly benefit those who are not online.

Because of social distancing, we can only have a maximum of 45 people, so you will have to book. To book a place, please contact Gillian Daniel by 6pm on the day before: you can call on (01305) 457477 and leave a message, confirming your name, contact details, which service you wish to attend, and how many seats you want to book. Alternatively, you can send an email via the Contacts page, including the same information: name, contact details, which service and how many seats are being requested.

If more than 45 people want to come we will repeat the service at 11.15am. For both services, people will have to use the hand sanitiser when they arrive, and they will have to wear masks.

From Sunday, 16th August, we aim to start live worship with the same times, limits on numbers, and booking arrangements. We hope that the service will be live-streamed as well. The service will last only about 35-40 minutes; and in line with government requirements, there will be no live singing. There will also be no refreshments after the service.

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 9th August, and has been prepared by local preacher David Ninnim. 



Sunday Services for previous weeks are also available: you can still download the Sunday Service for 2nd August, and the Sunday Service for 26th July.

Local provision (online)

Each week, a short Sunday Service will be created for the Circuit using material prepared by different local people. It will be available for viewing online via YouTube: the links below will go live as soon as the services are ready each week.

YouTube Service for 9th August - Revd Peter Clark brings you our weekly service with a reflection by Revd Sarah Moore, Transition Champion, URC Synod of Scotland. Music has been contributed by Pete Brazier and Heather Reed.

YouTube Service for 2nd August - led by Peter Clark, with a reading from Sue Clark and prayers from the Soul Space Team. Music has been contributed by Pete Brazier and Heather Reed.

YouTube Service for 26th July - led by Rev Peter Clark, who introduces our weekly service with the sermon from The Revd Richard Teal, the new President of the Methodist Conference, and readings and prayers from Carolyn Lawrence, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference. Music has been contributed by Pete Brazier and the Soul Space team at Bridport United Church. 

You may also like to watch this Service for Sunday 2nd August, created by a team based at Bridport United Church and operating under the name of Soul Space. This concludes the Group’s exploration of the Book of Ruth:

Soul Space Service for Sunday 2nd August


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.


With the return of services in some churches, BBC1 is no longer showing weekly services on Sunday mornings. There are still various religious programmes showing on Sundays - please see your local TV listings for details


Radio 4 is still broadcasting a regular Sunday Worship at 8.10am. On 9th August Chine McDonald, a writer on race and faith, leads a service exploring the cross as a symbol of black liberation.


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.

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