PLEASE NOTE: In line with the recommendation of the Methodist Church, all church 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 the week:
This Service is for 29th March (Passion Sunday), and has been prepared by Rev Gwyneth Owen
Local provision (online)
Each week, a short Sunday Service will be created by Rev Pete and Mrs. 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.
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.
BBC 1 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 first programme was broadcast on 22 March, and is available to view on BBC iPlayer. The next programme, for Passion Sunday, will be broadcast on Sunday 29 March at 11.30am, from Bangor Cathedral.
Radio 4 is broadcasting a regular Sunday Worship at 8.10am, with the worship on 29 March being led by Canon Dr Jennifer Smith of Wesley's Chapel London. We believe this programme may also be broadcast on local radio stations.
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.