The United Church Dorchester

United in faith, united in action


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).

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 12th July, and has been prepared by David Ninnim  



Sunday Services for previous weeks are also available: you can still download the Sunday Service for 5th July, and the Sunday Service for 28th June. 

Local provision (online)

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 12th July - service led by Rev Peter Clark, with the address from Student Deacon Janet Amey, prayers by Melanie Buckland and music from Heather Reed.

YouTube Service for 5th July - service and sermon from Rev Peter Clark, reading from Gill Bumphrey, prayers read by Sue Clark and music from Heather Reed and John Bell

YouTube Service for 28th June - service and sermon from Debs Brazier, prayers from Flora Stewart, art from Marilyn March, readings from Matthew Reed and music from Heather Reed and Rev. Pete Brazier

You may also like to watch this Service for Sunday 5th July, created by a team based at Bridport United Church and operating under the name of Soul Space. This service is part of a series using the Methodist Bible Month material, based upon the book of Ruth.

Soul Space Service for Sunday 5th July

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.


With the return of services in some churches, BBC1 is no longer showing weekly services on Sunday mornings. The most recent Sunday services to be shown are still available on the BBC iPlayer:

The programme for Second Sunday after Trinity, broadcast on 21 June, came from Holy Trinity Platt Church, Manchester

The programme for First Sunday after Trinity, broadcast on 14 June, and also came from Holy Trinity Platt Church, Manchester

The programme for Trinity Sunday, broadcast on 7 June, came from St David's Cathedral


Radio 4 is still broadcasting a regular Sunday Worship at 8.10am, with the worship on 12 July coming from South Wales Baptist College. It will be led by Rev Dr Craig Gardiner, with a reflection on the parable of the sower from College co-principal Rev Dr Rosa Hunt.


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.

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