The United Church Dorchester

United in faith, united in action

News and reports

Read below about some of the most important issues and developments within the United Church and beyond.




United Church Dorchester: the 'new normal'

As at 18 October 2021, United Church Dorchester is essentially operating normally again, following further easing of restrictions that were put in place during various stages of the Covid pandemic.

In practical terms, this means that:

The church and church rooms are fully open, though with relevant safeguards in place to keep everyone safe.

Services are being held in the church, with music groups and singing by the congregation. For those still unable to attend services in church, a range of written and on-line options are available.

The church shop and coffee shop are both open, and welcoming customers.

Events and meetings are taking place again: for full details, please visit the relevant pages across the web site.

If you have specific queries about what is happening at UCD, and cannot find the answer here, please contact us.



Forest Praise

Children, parents and carers are all welcome at Forest Praise, which is starting its new, monthly sessions: come along for family-friendly fun, relaxed play and praise.

It will take place on Saturday 30th October, 10.30 - 11.45am, at St George’s, Fordington (opposite Fordington Green) – please see the Events page for more information and contact details.




Christian Aid Week: Autumn Update and Recipe Book

A number of events have been taking place across September and October for Christian Aid Week, after being postponed from May because of the pandemic.

The first of these was the sponsored walk on 4 September, and now the locally-sourced, professionally produced Christian Aid Recipe Book has been published. Over the weekend of 15/16/17 October, there has been another street collection, the Christian Aid Market, and the Ecumenical Service: a very hectic three days of Christian Aid activities but well worth it.   

The Street Collection on Friday, 15th October amounted to £290.86 and our market and lunches on Saturday, 16th October  together raised £1307.72. Very important too was the opportunity for people from so many Dorchester churches to work together and get to know one another better. 

The Christian Aid Service at the United Church on Sunday, 17th October was led by Revd John Yarrien with guest speaker Rob Pearce representing Christian Aid in the south and west.   Rob gave an inspirational talk making clear links between Christian discipleship and taking steps to alleviate global poverty and the effects of climate change.   

Full details (and pictures) of all the year's events are on the Autumn Update page.




News from Traidcraft

Traidcraft continue to trade in their new, slimmed down company. The Autumn catalogue is now out, containing a complete range of Fairtrade foods, gifts and clothing.

The church shop has now re-opened, so do please come and support the Fairtrade movement.