The United Church Dorchester

United in faith, united in action


PLEASE NOTE: In the light of the current easing of the national lockdown, live services in church have re-started again.

Sunday Services in church

Our live services, with a preacher in the church, re-started on Sunday 28th March. The regular Sunday morning services begin at 10.00am, and last about 35-40 minutes. In line with government requirements, there will be no live singing; and refreshments after the service will not be available. 

Because of social distancing, we can only have a maximum of 45 people in the church, so you will have to book if you want to attend the service.

To book a place, please contact Wendy Hilton by 6pm on the day before. The preferred contact method is email: you can send an email via the Contacts page, confirming your name, contact details, which service you wish to attend, and how many seats you want to book. Alternatively, you can call the Church Office on (01305) 457477 and leave a message with the same information: name, contact details, which service and how many seats are being requested. The answerphone for this number will be checked daily. Church Members with access to the Church Address Book can also use the personal details listed to make direct contact with Wendy.

If more than 45 people want to come we will repeat the service at 11.15amFor both services, people will have to use the hand sanitiser when they arrive, and they will have to wear masks.

Please note: Dorset Council introduced new charges in its car parks on 1 April. This means that charges across the town car parks will also apply on Sundays, from 8.00am to 6.00pm: please be aware of this if you normally park in town for Sunday services.

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 recommenced on 7th April, to cater for shoppers and those in town for market day. These are also live services, with a preacher in the church, 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.

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 16th May, and has been prepared by Rev Ruth Lownsbrough



Sunday Services for previous weeks are also available: you can still download the Sunday Service for 9 May and the Sunday Service for 2 May.

Local provision (Circuit online services)

Zoom Services

The Circuit currently holds a service on Zoom at 10.00am each Sunday. 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, a short Sunday Service will be created for the Circuit, and will be made available for viewing online via YouTube: the links below will go live as soon as the services are ready each week.

YouTube Service for 16 May - a service for the culmination of Christian Aid Week, led by Revd Peter Clark and Revd Pete Stone. NB we were made aware this morning of the technical glitch that meant there was no sound from half-way through the service - this has now been fixed! Please do re-watch the service in its entirety - and our apologies for the inconvenience caused.

YouTube Service for 9 May - led by Rev Peter Clark, Rev Brenda Stephenson, and Local Preacher Jennie McGinlay. Music is provided by Rev Pete Brazier, Heather Reed and Frodsham Methodist Church.

YouTube Service for 2 May -  led by the Soul Space team in Bridport, looking this week at Genesis 3 & 4, with Peter reflecting on Choices and Consequences.


Local provision (UCD service recordings)

For those unable to attend the live services at UCD, recordings of all the 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 16th May, and was led by Rev John Yarrien.


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.

National provision (TV and Radio)

BBC1 (yet another change back to BBC1!) broadcasts Songs of Praise on Sunday 16th May at 1.15pm, in which Aled Jones explores the cathedral town of Exeter, and in Dementia Action Week, YolanDa Brown meets one local woman helping people with dementia remain active.

BBC Radio 4 broadcasts its usual Sunday Worship programme at 8.10am. On Sunday 16th May, the Rt Rev Jan McFarlane reflects on the Ascension of Christ in live worship from Lichfield Cathedral, with the cathedral choir singing Ascensiontide hymns and anthems.


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.