PLEASE NOTE: In line with the recommendation of the Methodist and United Reformed Churches, all services at the United Church Dorchester have been suspended with immediate effect.
If you wish to worship at home, you can find various local and national options online, on TV and on radio:
Local worship resources (for those without internet access)
If you know of someone who cannot access the internet, please feel free to download these files, print them off and deliver them through their letterbox (during your daily exercise walk).
Provided by Rev Gwyneth Owen, this also includes a short prayer for the evening.
Sunday Service for this week:
This Service is for 31st May (Pentecost), and has been prepared by Rev Gwyneth Owen.
Local provision (online)
Each week, a short Sunday Service will be created for the Circuit by Debs Brazier using material prepared by different local people. It will be available for viewing online via YouTube: the links below will go live as soon as the services are ready each week.
YouTube Service for 31st May (Pentecost) - led by Debs Brazier with a sermon by Rev. Gwyneth Owen, reading from Matthew Reed and music from Heather Reed.
YouTube Service for 24th May (7th of Easter) - led by Debs Brazier, with Chris Smith reading, prayers from Roger Phillips and music from Heather Reed,
YouTube Service for Sunday 17 May (6th of Easter) - led by Debs Brazier, with music from Heather Reed, prayers written by Tony Boyden and bible readings read by Rev Gwyneth Owen.
You may also like to watch this Service for Sunday 17 May, created by a team based at Bridport United Church and operating under the name of Soul Space:
National provision (online)
Members may wish to access the national Methodist Church resources, which include downloadable service sheets for use at any time in your own home, as well as links for live streamed services and prayers at specific times. They also provide links to more general online resources for use during the week through ROOTS. The national URC Church has also produced an extensive list of churches across the country offering live streaming acts of worship, sermons as podcasts or audio files, or offering recordings of services for people who are unable to access church.
The URC has created a wide range of resources for Pentecost for both young children and teenagers: see the information sheet for full details, including direct links to a service on YouTube and activities for young people.
BBC1 is broadcasting weekly services on Sunday mornings, with individual preachers and readers on location, mixed with recordings of previous Songs of Praise hymn singing. The programme for the Pentecost on 31 May will be broadcast at 11.00 and will come from Hereford Cathedral.
Previous week's broadcasts are available on the BBC iPlayer:
The programme for Seventh of Easter, broadcast on 24 May, came from Bangor Cathedral
The programme for Sixth of Easter, broadcast on 17 May, came from St David's Cathedral
The programme for Fifth of Easter, broadcast on 10 May, came from Hereford Cathedral
Radio 4 is broadcasting a regular Sunday Worship at 8.10am, with the worship on 31 May being an Elim Pentecostal service from City Church Cardiff. It will reflect on Pentecost hope during lockdown.
As soon as it is safe to do so, we hope to revert to our normal patterns of services:
The range of services in the United Church is designed to fit everyone's needs, whether you are young or older or require a lively or more peaceful style.
Services therefore range in style from traditional to a less formal, contemporary feel to meet the broad variance of members’ needs.
Sunday Morning (9.00am) - this is a Holy Communion Service, held on the second Sunday of every month.
Sunday Morning (10.30am) - the mid morning services uses a range of styles from traditional to less formal. Songs and hymns are selected from many sources including ‘Singing The Faith’ and ‘Mission Praise’. Holy Communion is held once a month as part of this service.
Sunday Evening (6.30pm) - the evening services follow a formal style of service. Songs and hymns are selected form many sources including ‘Singing The Faith’ and ‘Mission Praise’. Holy Communion is held once a month as part of this service.
Wednesday Market Day Service (10.30am) - a short mid-week service to cater for shoppers and those in town for market day.
Where possible more detail of each service, such as the theme of the service and who is leading the worship will be posted in the Diary.