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: Coronavirus and the latest lockdown

Despite the easing of lockdown restrictions, the church and its buildings largely remain closed, other than for limited, permitted events (i.e. Blood Donors, AA) and some specific activities led by the church (i.e. 'live' services, church shop, Story Tots).

The most recent updates, taking account of the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions, include:

Church services: updated 18 March

We are pleased to confirm that 'live' services, with a preacher in church, have now re-started again: full details can be found on the Services page.  

Details of on-line alternatives (including written services, YouTube and Zoom services, and national TV and radio broadcasts) can also be found on the Services page.

Please contact Wendy Hilton if you cannot access the printed service and would like a paper version delivered.

Private Prayer: updated 18 March

Given the re-starting of live services in church, and the need to continue follow strict guidelines on Coronavirus, it has been decided that the church will not be open at any other times for Private Prayer. Please contact either of the Ministers or Wendy Hilton if you need support for any pastoral issues.

Church shop has re-opened: updated 23 March

For further information, please see the Church Shop page.

Story Tots has re-started: updated 22 April

The weekly group for young children and their parents / carers has re-started: please see the Story Tots page for more details.

Badminton clubs stop: updated 5 January

Neither of the Badminton clubs are currently meeting: please see the Badminton pages for further information.

Circuit Craft group: updated 5 January

Although the UCD group is not currently meeting because of Coronavirus restrictions, a Circuit Craft group continues to meet via Zoom: please see the Patchwork and Craft page for more details.


Please assume that unless otherwise listed here, no other events, activities or meetings are currently taking place.




Give thanks for your Covid vaccination

Have you or your loved ones had your vaccine? To show your appreciation would you like to help families who have lost everything as they face the threat of this deadly virus?

Christian Aid is asking for support in its work with refugees and families who have fled violence and hunger in countries suffering conflict. Many live in crowded refugee and displacement camps with little access to medical care, clean water or enough food, making them extremely vulnerable to COVID.

Please read more about this, and find a prayer for these time, by looking at the ‘Give thanks for your vaccine’ poster, or go to the Christian Aid web site which includes information on how to donate.

Alternatively, you can contribute to the Methodist District Appeal for the same cause: the District has set a challenge of raising at least £2,600 – representing our District number of 26 - and is asking people to give as generously as they can.



General support for church members

Are you still worried about going out? Finding it hard to cope with masks and queuing? Family too far away to help? Needing to self-isolate?

Please don’t struggle on alone and put yourself at risk.  Don’t forget there is a cheerful and willing band of younger folk from church who are very happy to help out.  We are happy to continue shopping, collecting prescriptions or other tasks as long as needed so if you, or folk you know, need support then please don’t hesitate to make contact. 

Support is being coordinated by Gill and Peter Robinson.



Christian Aid Week 2021

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

There are lots of opportunities to get involved, despite the uncertainties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. In addition to the national programme of events and challenges, a local series of opportunities to get involved is currently being planned. These will depend on the continued easing of lockdown restrictions, but if all goes to plan, the events listed on our Christian Aid Week page should be going ahead - do check back on the page nearer the time to check the details.



Pentecost Family Funday 

Come and celebrate the Church's birthday with lots of fun activities! 

The event, designed for young children and their families, will take place at United Church Dorchester on Saturday 22 May from 11.00am - 2.30pm. You can see more on the Events page.


G7 Summit: send a postcard about climate change to the Prime Minister 

The G7 is made up of the richest countries in the world and this June, G7 leaders are being hosted by the UK government in Cornwall. 

Christian Aid believes that countries that caused the climate crisis must financially support those facing its worst impacts – and that the G7 is a key moment to make sure that the UK leads the way by making more money available to tackle this crisis.  

It is therefore running a campaign to make sure the Prime Minister gets the message, by asking everyone to send a postcard that represents where you live to show the breadth of support for action on climate justice. 



Dorchester Poverty Action

Are you one of the financially lucky ones during the coronavirus epidemic that has actually more money in your bank account than normal?  In DT1 and DT2 many people are not so fortunate for a variety of different reasons, some work-related, others due to difficult family situations.

Dorset Poverty Action has been there all through coronavirus supporting local people in DT1 and DT2, making grants of up to £200 to local people who have hit a financial crisis, at the request of a professional worker or agency who knows their circumstances.

With no fund-raising events, Dorchester Poverty Action is depending on the generosity of local people who perhaps realise that they have not spent as much this year as they usually do.  Please consider if you are one of these good people and make a donation by visiting the Dorchester Poverty Action website.




News from Traidcraft

Traidcraft continue to trade in their new, slimmed down company. The Spring 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.