The United Church Dorchester

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News and reports

Read below about some of the most important issues and developments within the United Church and beyond.



Action for Children celebration party

Dorchester Community Church is joining in the 150th celebrations for Action for Children. The Church is hosting a drop-in event organised by the local AfC committee on Wednesday 18th September, from 2.30 – 5.30pm at the Church. There will be presentations, displays and the chance to chat about the great work being done to support children, young people and families across Dorset. As it is a celebration party, there will also be cake!

You can see more about future events connected with the 150th anniversary of Action for Children on our special Action for Children 150 page.

Homelessness information leaflet

People First Dorset has produced an updated version of their ‘Easy Read’ leaflet about homelessness. This provides clear guidance on how we can all help people we see on the streets who might be homeless.

Please note that the advice refers primarily to homelessness, and not to street begging. Although Streetlink is the main point of contact for offering support to homeless people, alternative organisations (including the police) can be alerted to persistent begging from people who are known not to be homeless.




Dorset County Show - baby changing facilities

THANK YOU to all those who helped to provide another highly successful year of ‘Feed me, change me, love me’ support at the Dorset County Show. 124 babies came for changing and / or feeding, and many more families came along with young people for some time out and a chance to have a go with a variety of games, badge making, colouring, etc. 

You can see below the marquees and games area all set to go  – it was full of people over the two days! We look forward to seeing you all again next year . . .





CAP money courses

Dorford Baptist Church is hosting two more courses at the Dorford Centre for anyone who needs to learn how to manage their money or is in debt – including a one-off session for first-time university students:

Saturday, September 7th, starting at 10.30, and with a break for bacon rolls at 11.30. This is a special Student course for those heading to university for the first time this year.

Saturdays September 14th, 21st and 28th, with coffee at 9.45, a 10.00 start and 11.00 finish. This is the usual CAP Money Course for Adults about managing money and budgeting.

For further details or to book on the course contact the Dorford Centre: 01305 262045 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ride and Stride

This year’s Ride and Stride for Churches, organised by Dorset Historic Churches Trust, is being held on Saturday 14th September. The United Church Dorchester is one of the participating churches, as usual.

The event takes place between 10.00am and 6.00pm, and participants can visit as many or as few churches and chapels as they wish. Full information, including the sponsorship form, is available from your Parish Organiser (Shawn Board is this year's organiser at the United Church); or from the Dorset Historic Churches Trust website.


Poverty Action

Dorchester Poverty Action Group is organising two events in the coming weeks:

A Cream Tea (with stalls and a raffle) to raise funds. This is being held at The Old Vicarage, Puddletown, on Sunday 15th September, 2.30 – 4.30pm

The Group’s Annual Open meeting, which this year has the focus ‘From Homeless to Housing’. It will take place at the Dorford Centre, Dorchester, on Monday 7th October, starting at 7.00pm. Speakers include Kerry Mellor (Street Homeless Outreach) and a representative from the YOU Trust


Climate Emergency meeting

Churches Together Dorset are hosting a meeting on Monday September 30th, which will offer everyone the chance to hear the latest national and international news about climate change. It will start at 7.00pm and will take place at the Dorford Centre.

Key speakers are Bishop Nicholas, Bishop of Salisbury (C of E lead for the environment since 2014) and Lindsey Fielder Cook (representative for climate change, Quaker United Nations office, Geneva)



Methodists for World Mission SW Conference

Taking place at the Brunel Manor, Torquay, between October 4 – 6 this year, the theme of the conference will be ‘Movement: the work of the World Church with people on the move'. It will be led by Dr Andrew Dye, former Mission partner in Grenada and now Team Leader in Global Relationships in the Methodist Church.

Full board from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch costs £145, and shared travel arrangements can be made. Further details and booking forms are available from local rep David Reep.



Chinese adventure

A member of the United Church, Mike Jacobsen (seen below on the day of his departure), is spending a year teaching in China. He is now working at a school in Jiangkou, Guizhou Province. If you would like to follow his progress, you can read all about it via his blog.




Poundbury Quiet Days

The dates for the Poundbury Quiet Days have been fixed for the coming year:

February 23rd; April 6th; June 22nd; July 13th (at Puddletown); September 21st; November 30th.

These are all Saturdays, and usually take place at The Quiet Space, Woodlands Crescent DT1 3RQ (just behind Poundbury Garden Centre). To book a place, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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