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.



Christmas services and outreach events

For details of the special services and outreach events for this year's Christmas, please see the separate Christmas information page.

We very much hope that everything will be able to go ahead as planned, but please keep checking the page for any last-minute changes that may have to be made.

Current service plans include: A Quiet Christmas service; Carol services; Christingle services; Christmas morning service.

Current outreach plans include: Journey to the Stable; Feed me, Change me, Love me; Action for Children carols; Chistian Aid carols and a stall at Christmas Cracker (with Traidcraft goods and the local Christian Aid Recipe Book).

In the meantime, we wish everyone good health and trust that individual and family preparations to celebrate at Christmas are successful!



Dorchester Family Support

Dorchester Family Support will once again be offering food parcels to those families entitled to free school meals this Christmas.  We will be using Hardye's School on Friday 17th December to pack the provisions, and our families will come in on Saturday 18th December to pick up their parcels. 

Because of the uncertainty regarding supplies this year, we would appreciate financial donations rather than goods.  This will allow us to act quickly if there are difficulties sourcing any particular foodstuff.  Last year we helped 191 families at Christmas, which equated to 416 children.  We do not think our numbers will be less this year.

Please see the November news sheet for details on how best to provide financial donations.




Home Start West Dorset

Home Start West Dorset exists to support families with at least one child under five to cope with the difficulties of parenting. Our volunteers spend around two hours each week with a family.

Our long term financial position needs to improve to handle the increased demand. We are therefore asking people to become Friends with a small regular donation. If you would like further information (including details on how to donate) please visit the HSWD web site.



Boys' Brigade and Girls Association

Mark Topps, who is the pastor of the Storehouse church on Cambridge Road, is starting a branch of the Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association in Dorchester.  This is a Christian organisation for children, and well worthy of our support. 

Mark wants this to be an ecumenical venture affiliated to Churches Together in Dorchester, and would welcome anyone who is interested in helping (to contact Mark, please do it via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  He is starting with the youngest age group until he gets more help, and families with children aged 5-8 are invited to take them along on Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 7pm to the Boys’ Brigade Hall, Sawmills Lane, Dorchester, next to the YMCA and opposite the cricket field (near Tesco). 




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.