The United Church Dorchester

United in faith, united in action


PLEASE NOTE: In line with the recommendation of the Methodist and United Reformed Churches, and following government guidelines, limited services at the United Church Dorchester are starting again.

If you wish to continue worshiping at home, you can find various local and national options online, on TV and on radio in the sections below, starting at Local worship resources.

Sunday Services in church

Our live services, with a preacher in the church, recommence on 6 December. The regular Sunday morning services begin at 10.00am, and last about 35-40 minutes. In line with government requirements, there will be no live singing; and refreshments after the service will not be available. 

Because of social distancing, we can only have a maximum of 45 people, so you will have to book. To book a place, please contact Gillian Daniel by 6pm on the day before: you can call on (01305) 457477 and leave a message (the messages are checked daily), confirming your name, contact details, which service you wish to attend, and how many seats you want to book. PLEASE NOTE: you should only use this 457477 number: do not use the number currently listed in the UCD Church Directory, as this is no longer Gillian's phone number!

Alternatively, you can send an email via the Contacts page, including the same information: name, contact details, which service and how many seats are being requested.

If more than 45 people want to come we will repeat the service at 11.15am. For both services, people will have to use the hand sanitiser when they arrive, and they will have to wear masks.

Wednesday Market Day services

Re-starting on 9 December, these short mid-week services are also taking place again, to cater for shoppers and those in town for market day. These are also live services, with a preacher in the church, and they replace the 'private prayer' sessions that took place on Wednesday mornings during the second national lockdown.

Please see the Diary for more details.

Christmas services

For special services during Christmas, please see the Diary or download the United Church Christmas 2020 information leaflet which has full details of all Christmas services and outreach events.

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).

Morning Prayer

Provided by Rev Gwyneth Owen, this also includes a short prayer for the evening.


Sunday Service for this week:

This Service is for 29th November, and has been prepared by Rev Brenda Stephenson. 



Sunday Services for previous weeks are also available: you can still download the Sunday Service for 22nd November and the Sunday Service for 15th November.

Local provision (Circuit online services)

Each week, a short Sunday Service will be created for the Circuit 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 29th November - a service for the First Sunday of Advent. Our Service is led by Rev Peter Clark, with readings from Melanie Buckland, Jennie McGinley and Gill Bumphrey, and with hymns from Heather Reed and Revs Lythan and Phil Nevard.

YouTube Service for 22nd November - a service for Christ the King Sunday. Our Service is led by Rev John Yarrien, with prayers by Rev Ruth Lownsbrough, a reading by Peter Jenner and Music by Heather Reed.

YouTube Service for 15th November - service led by Rev Peter Clark, with a reading from Susan Clark and music by Heather Reed

Local provision (UCD service recordings)

For those unable to attend the live services of services at UCD, recordings of all the Sunday services will be made available again on the UCD YouTube channel. This means that everyone will still be able to see the services after they have taken place - if you 'subscribe' to this YouTube channel, it will be easier to find the services later. We trust this will continue to be a helpful provision, even though there will obviously be a delay between the service taking place and the edited video appearing on the site.

The latest service to view is from Sunday, 1st November, and was led by Rev John Yarrien.

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.

National provision (TV and Radio)

BBC1 broadcasts Sunday Worship for the First Sunday of Advent on Sunday 29th November at 10.30am. The Very Rev Dr Paul Shackerley leads the service from Brecon Cathedral in Wales, with hymns from earlier Songs of Praise programmes. 

BBC Radio 4 broadcasts its usual Sunday Worship programme at 8.10am. On Sunday, 29th November, in the first of the Advent series, theologian and scholar of Celtic Christianity, Gilbert Markus, and parish spiritual director, Anne Buhrmann, mark the eve of St Andrew’s Day by reflecting that cities have always represented the worst and best of humanity, and by offering a vision of the values upon which they could be built.


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.