The United Church Dorchester

United in faith, united in action

About Us

 Our aims and purpose

The United Church Dorchester is a Christian Community welcoming everyone because God loves all people. We value our diversity. Whatever our age, background, culture, gender, orientation or race, we each have something special to share with others.

In Jesus Christ’s name the United Church Dorchester lives to celebrate together and share the love of God

• seeking personal and spiritual growth for ourselves and encouraging others

• caring for and supporting each other within and beyond the church community

• serving our community and the wider world by caring for the earth and striving for a just and peaceful world, identifying with the poor and powerless

• working in partnership with other churches and local groups in Dorchester and district

developing creative friendships with people of other cultures and faiths around the world

Our history

The United Church Dorchester was formed in 1978 by the coming together of Methodist and United Reformed churches in the town as a formal Local Ecumenical Partnership under the sponsorship of the Churches Together in Dorset. Through its founding churches, however, it has a much longer history of Christian worship, witness and work, starting with the creation in 1662 of Dorchester's first Congregational Church.

The key moments of this history show the significant influence of individuals, as well as the importance of working with other churches and across the wider community. For a fuller description of the church's history, you can download and print the Brief Guide and History leaflet.

Our organisation

Find out more about our Leadership and Management (including the most recent Annual Reports), as well as possible Job opportunities.

You can also read about some of our key principles in action, through our Safeguarding work and support for Fair Trade.


Please use the Contacts page to get in touch with us.


Please see the UCD Privacy Notice for information on how the United Church Dorchester deals with personal data.

Information for Church Members

There is a password-protected area for Church Members to access lots of additional information - please see the Information for Church Members page for details.