The United Church Dorchester

United in faith, united in action

News and reports

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




Rev Steph Jenner / Rev John Yarrien

Unfortunately, Rev Steph Jenner has had to stop work due to ill health; the Advent Service on 1 December was a fitting tribute to her work with the church and wider community. 

We always hoped to have her replacement ready to begin work on 1 September 2020, so it is with great pleasure we can announce that Rev John Yarrien will become our next Minister and Circuit Superintendent from September 2020, subject to approval at Methodist Conference.




Methodist Circuit Worship Band

The local Methodist District hopes to form a Worship Band for the 'Farewell and Welcome Service' (farewell to Andrew Wood, and welcome to Andrew de Ville as our new Chair) at 2.00pm on 29th February 2020 at Chandler's Ford Methodist Church, and for our Synod on 25th April 2020 at The Spire, Poole.  

If you would like to take part and contribute to the special music for either of these important events, then please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Sandy Coates, as soon as possible.  The Worship Band will be led by Rev'd Ruth Midcalf and Rev'd Gareth Hill.

If anyone else wishes to attend this service, please inform the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Sarah Pothecary, by Friday 31 January, so that appropriate organisational and catering arrangements can be made.

World Day of Prayer

This year’s service in Dorchester will be held at 10.30am on Friday, 6th March, at the United Church Dorchester. The service will follow the worldwide plan, which this year focuses on Zimbabwe and its message: ‘Rise! Take up your mat and walk’.

As this date is within Fairtrade Fortnight, there will also be a Fairtrade stall in the foyer of the United Church: anyone attending the service will therefore be able to see and buy a range of Fairtrade goods.



Winter Fuel Allowance donations

Dorchester Poverty Action (DPA) is asking if people who are financially secure might donate their Winter Fuel Allowance to those who are struggling with money issues. If you don’t really need your allowance – do please consider donating it so that DPA can respond to requests from social workers, health workers or family members to help people who are in a financial crisis.

To donate, go to the DPA website and follow the links; or go directly to the donation page, which includes the possibility of Gift Aiding the donation to increase the value of your donation by 25%.


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.



Chinese adventure

A member of the United Church, Mike Jacobsen (seen below on the day of his departure), has spent a year teaching in China. He has been working at a school in Jiangkou, Guizhou Province, though he has now returned and is safely out of the quarantine period for the 'Coronavirus' Covid-19 infection. If you would like to explore his experiences during his time away, you can read all about it via his blog.



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