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 lockdown easing

The Coronavirus pandemic required very significant changes to Church life. All services in the United Church itself were cancelled, with provision moving and remaining largely on line. Events, activities and meetings were also cancelled or postponed.

Much of the local support that was established to cope with lockdown is still being offered: you can read all about that continuing support and guidance through our Coronavirus information.

However, United Church Dorchester is now beginning to ease the lockdown, and is taking small steps towards re-opening in line with Government regulations and wider guidance. It is exploring how to restore limited versions of its more usual activities and re-open its facilities – while keeping everyone safe.

The most recent changes include:

Badminton clubs re-starting - from 7 September

Both the Badminton clubs are re-starting with a range of measures in place to protect everyone's safety. Currently, only existing members will be able to participate - please see the Badminton pages for further information.

Wednesday Market Day services re-starting - from 2 September

Starting on Wednesday, 2nd September, the short mid-week services will recommence, to cater for shoppers and those in town for market day. These will be live services, with a preacher in the church, and they will replace the 'private prayer' sessions currently taking place on Wednesday mornings.

Sunday Church services re-starting - from 26 July: updated 11 August

Starting on Sunday, 16th August, live services with a preacher in the church will recommence. These services, taking place on Sunday mornings, will begin at 10.00am, and last about 35-40 minutes. 

Full details (including how to book any of the limited number of places available) can be found on the Services page.

Church shop re-opening – from 8 July: updated 1 September

Please see full details on the Church Shop page, including revised opening hours.

Church opening for private prayer – from 5 July: updated 28 August

Following the successful opening of the church for private prayer during July and August, live services with a preacher in the church recommenced on Sundays in mid-August. In the same way, the Wednesday Market Day services will now be re-starting in church on Wednesday 2 September.

With live services taking place on two days each week, the 'open for private prayer' provision will now cease, and we look forward to welcoming limited congregations to our services instead.


Please assume that unless otherwise listed here, the buildings remain closed and no other events, activities or meetings are taking place. The only exception to this are Blood Donor sessions, which will continue as they have done throughout the lockdown.



Christian Aid Recipe Book

Like so many charities, Christian Aid is struggling to generate normal levels of donations during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The local branch of Christian Aid is therefore looking to create a Dorchester and District Christian Aid Recipe Book. It will contain recipes from local church members, and will be sold to create much-needed income for Christian Aid.

For more information on the project – and on how you can contribute your own recipes to the publication – please see the Christian Aid Recipe Book information sheet.



URC CWM report for Wessex Synod

Local member Ruth Archer recently provided a report for URC's Wessex Synod, outlining the Council for World Mission's responses to the challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic across the world.

You can see the report here, or visit the CWM web site to see more about its important work.



Action for Children: League of Light boxes

 At this time of year, we would normally hold an 'Action for Children' Sunday Service, to celebrate the work of this important charity and its work with children. It is also the time when everyone's 'League of Light' boxes are collected, with their significant financial contributions.

This year, of course, the Service could not take place. Equally, the boxes could not be collected, so we have set up two ways of making sure that the boxes can be handed in:

1. You can take your box to the Church Shop, when it is open on a Wednesday morning (10.00am - 12.30pm). Please tell the staff that you are leaving your League of Light box, and it will be placed in one of the  'quarantine' trays.

2. If you do not wish to go to the Shop, please email our Action for Children coordinator, who will make arrangements to collect your box from your own home.




News from Traidcraft

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

Some items are temporarily out of stock as Traidcraft continue to source from new suppliers, but do please come in and see what is available and help to support the Fairtrade movement. Just by buying a box of teabags or some honey you are helping producers worldwide to raise their standard of living: a contract with Traidcraft gives them access to legal, health and environmental advice, encourages them to form cooperatives and guarantees a fair price for their produce.

The new catalogue is available online or pop in and pick up a copy from the United Church Shop (now re-opened, but only on Wednesday and Friday mornings).



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