Worship and Faith: Developing our Faith
United Church Dorchester lives to celebrate together and share the love of God.
By seeking personal and spiritual growth for ourselves and encouraging others, we can develop our faith together.
We engage with various fellowship and prayer groups to make this happen.
At UCD we have four
homegroups that meet regularly and host around 40 people. Some know them better
as housegroups or fellowship groups. John Wesley encouraged
different kinds of small groups to develop and these early Methodist gatherings
had a variety of names; ‘societies', ‘classes’ or ‘bands’.
The supportive small group has been found
to be one of the most powerful ways for people to feel that they belong and to
learn and grow in their Christian faith.
what our Minister, Rev. John Yarrien has to say: “Many
people ask me, ‘what is a home group, why would I want to go to one?’ and they
are great questions. Essentially a Homegroup is a small group, of about 8 - 12 people,
who meet in a home, each week or every 2 weeks or even monthly (depending on
the group), to have fellowship together, to pray together, to study the Bible
or to work through material that is suggested by the Minister or the Homegroup
home-group will have its own dynamics and way of journeying together, but
research tells us that meeting in small groups provides an opportunity for
every person to go deeper, to build stronger and lasting relationships with
those they meet with and to develop their understanding of faith in life.
believe passionately that Homegroups form the lifeblood of any growing Church
Community, and as a growing church, United Church Dorchester is seeking to
intentionally grow its network of Homegroups.”
If you would like to know more about Homegroups
at UCD please get in touch with Michael Humphrey.
Prayer Chain - we welcome new members to join this Ministry of Prayer, which you may share from your own home. If you would like a prayer for yourself or others please contact our Prayer Chain coordinator (Penny Fennell).
Prayer in the Community - three prayer groups meet monthly around Dorchester. They are intended for local residents and are open to Christians from all churches. They meet in people's homes in Castle Park, Poundbury and Brewery Square: if you would like more information about when and where they meet, please contact the Dorchester Baptist Church office on 01305 262045.
The aim of the group is to share environmental issues from a Christian viewpoint - how we can best understand, enjoy and care for God’s creation. Meetings are held on an occasional basis.
We also have representatives on the Ecology Group of Churches Together, which meets three or four times a year.
If you are interested in Eco issues, you may want to explore the 'Creation Mondays' webinars currently being run by the Southampton Methodist District.