The United Church Dorchester

United in faith, united in action


Sunday services in church

Our services continue to evolve in the light of updated national guidance on Covid-19.

The regular Sunday morning service is now back to its usual, single time of 10.30am, and everyone in the congregation is allowed to sing. People are welcome to wear masks when in church (though this is now optional), and use of hand gel will also be offered as you enter.

Seats no longer need to be booked for any services, though if you wish to reserve a specific seat to meet particular needs, you can still do so by contacting Wendy Hilton.

Do join us in the church hall for refreshments after the service.

If you were unable to attend a service, edited recordings of all the most recent services will be available to view on the UCD YouTube Channel: see the Local provision (UCD service recordings) information below.

Wednesday Market Day services 

These short mid-week services continue to cater for shoppers and those in town for market day. These follow the same Covid arrangements as the Sunday services, but please note the new start time (10.45am) to fit in with the local bus service. There is no need to book for these services.

Please see the Diary for more details of all services in church.

However, if you wish to continue worshiping at home, you can find various local and national options – whether online, on TV or on radio – in the sections below.  

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 3rd July, and has been prepared by Rev John Yarrien.



Sunday Services for previous weeks are also available: you can still download the Sunday Service for 26th June and the Sunday Service for 19th June.


Local provision (Circuit online services)

Zoom Services

The Circuit currently holds a Sunday service on Zoom every two weeks. For details and to request the relevant Zoom invitations / links, please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Jacqui Trent. Please note that the Circuit's Sunday Zoom services have reverted to their 5.00pm start time.

YouTube Services

Each week since the start of the Covid pandemic, a short Sunday Service has been created for the Circuit, and made available for viewing online via YouTube. These stretch our resources the most to produce, so we are taking a break during August. From September onwards, occasional services will be made - the most recent services produced were:

YouTube Service for 25 December - a special service for Christmas Day, led by Rev John Yarrien

YouTube Service for 19 September - this service was led by Rev John Yarrien.

YouTube Service for 1 August - this service was led by the Soul Space team at Bridport, with a focus this week on Psalm 139.

You may also want to watch the video services provided by the Soul Space team in Bridport, who are producing a new service on the first Sunday of each month. These services can be found by going to the Soul Space YouTube channel, where you can also find and watch many of their previous services.


Local provision (UCD service recordings)

For those unable to attend the live services at UCD, recordings of most Sunday services will be made available on the UCD YouTube channel. This means that everyone will still be able to see the services after they have taken place - if you 'subscribe' to this YouTube channel, it will be easier to find the services later. We hope this will be a helpful development, even though there will obviously be a delay between the service taking place and the edited video appearing on the site. 

The latest service to view took place on Sunday 26th June, and was led by Local Preacher Tony Boyden.


National provision (online)

Members may also  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.


National provision (TV and Radio)

BBC1 broadcasts Songs of Praise on Sunday 3rd July at 11.30pm (NB change of time). Kate Bottley joins the children's choirs of Leeds Cathedral, and Radzi Chinyanganya visits a youth group using virtual reality to experience Bible stories.

BBC Radio 4 broadcasts its Sunday Worship programme at 8.10am on Sunday 3rd July. In this broadcast from St Gabriel’s Retreat, the Graan, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, Father Brian D’Arcy considers how, with life returning to some sort of normality, what changes the Church might need to make.


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.