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.



URC 50th Jubilee: Wessex Synod 'Big Day Out'

Wessex Synod is holding a ‘Big Day Out’ on Saturday 7th May to help celebrate the URC’s 50th Jubilee.  It will be held at Hollycombe Steam in the Country, Liphook, Hampshire, which includes a traditional steam fairground.

Synod attractions for the event will include activity field with marquees, 30-piece brass band, giant games, family trails and reflective labyrinth, craft zones and workshops.  We invite everyone in all churches to come along.

Synod subsidised tickets (booked in advance): Adults £8, Children £5.









John Bell (Iona Community) at Salisbury

John Bell, the Church of Scotland minister and member of the Iona Community, hymn writer and broadcaster is:

= preaching at Salisbury Methodist Church on Sunday 8th May at 10.30 a.m (this will also be live streamed) 
= leading a workshop on Good Reasons to Sing, again at SMC at 2.30 p.m.
= leading a short course on Revisiting the Psalms at Sarum College on Monday May 9 from 10.00 to 4.00. To book:



Christian Aid Week 2022

Christian Aid Week is taking place this year between 15th and 21st May. As always, there are many ways to get involved, both locally and more widely.

Highlights locally include the ecumenical service on 15th May, and the return of Christian Aid envelopes being delivered to people's homes.

The house to house collection arrangements include both 'delivery only' (enveloped are delivered with information on where householders can deliver them to) and 'traditional donation' (involving delivery and collection at the door). 

For more information on the local events, including how to volunteer for the envelopes schemes, please visit the Christian Aid Week 2022 page.






Thy Kingdom Come 2022

These familiar words from the Lord’s Prayer are also the name of a prayer movement, started only a few years ago by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, which is now worldwide and ecumenical.  It promotes the idea of praying for up to five people each day from Ascension Day to Pentecost. Ascension Day, which is the fortieth day after Easter, is this year on Thursday, 26th May.

More details for how you can get involved locally can be found in May’s News sheet, or you can find out more at Thy Kingdom Come’s global site.






Christian Aid Ukraine Crisis Appeal

Christian Aid has started a Ukraine Crisis Appeal. In its own words, it says:

‘Intense conflict in Ukraine is threatening the lives and livelihoods of civilians across the country. 

We’ll be working with partner organisations in the ACT Alliance (a global faith-based coalition), to offer assistance to Ukraine refugees fleeing deadly violence.

So far, 2 of our ACT partners have distributed 28 tonnes of food supplies and other lifesaving essentials to people on the Ukrainian borders.

Christian Aid was founded in 1945 by British and Irish churches to help refugees after the Second World War. Back then, we worked with partner churches to alleviate suffering by raising the equivalent of £3 million plus in today’s money. We supported, equipped and enabled partner churches in mainland Europe to provide what people needed. Nearly 80 years later, we are doing the same.’


In addition, Christian Aid is supporting a petition which asks the government to take specific actions so that refugees from Ukraine can be offered greater support by the UK.





Methodists for World Mission: SW Conference

This year's South West Residential World Mission Conference will be held at the Ammerdown Centre, near Radstock, Somerset from 30th September to 2nd October 2022. The conference will be led by the Rev the Lord Leslie Griffiths on the theme "Caught between religion and politics – truth against power in a justice-led global church"

Leslie Griffiths is a recently retired Methodist minister and former President of the Conference. He spent most of the 1970s as a missionary in Haiti and is still closely involved with the concerns of the Haitian people and politicians. He is an active member of the House of Lords and frequently called upon to speak on current issues. It promises to be a stimulating and informative weekend.

Places are limited so early booking is advisable. Shared transport can be arranged. The cost is £220 for full board from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch. Full details and booking forms available from local rep David Reep.



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.