Welcome

Enjoy being Creative

As Spring turns to Summer we realise how blessed we are to live in Dorset particularly having the opportunities to get out and enjoy the countryside and the seaside, the woodland and heathland about us. We see the beauty of God’s creation in trees and flowers, animals, birds and insects and in the sea and sky and are moved to give thanks to God the creator of it all. As writer of the book of Genesis puts it’ “God saw everything that he had made and indeed it was very good”

But it is not only in the countryside that we see God’s continuing work of creation. Human beings are made in the image of God and all people have the spark of creativity within them though it is expressed in different ways. We have only to look around our church buildings to see the creative skill of stonemasons and woodcarvers, of stained glass artists and painters while others use their talents for making music, in needlework or flower arranging as a way of worshipping and glorifying God. Even if we feel we are not that gifted, we can all use our inborn creativity in cooking or gardening, in creative writing, drawing or painting or in a whole range of handicrafts and this creative activity gives us life and joy.

In being creative ourselves we come to realise that our creativity is vulnerable, our work into which we have poured something of ourselves can easily be spoiled. If this is true for us we can see the great love of God in creating a world which is very good but which humankind neglects and damages and destroys. Yet God continues to pour out his love to us, the people he knit together before we were even born, that love shown in Jesus with his arms stretched out on the cross for the whole world. Creation is a costly act, so as we enjoy the created world around us we need to respect it and care for it as we enjoy being creative even in a very small way. 

Rev'd Jane Culliford

Team Vicar, St Andrew's Church, West Stafford

The invitation to our Team website is simple: Come On In…Revd Canon Thomas Woodhouse, Team Rector

Dorchester and the Winterbournes Team Ministry is your local Church of England uniting nine worshipping communities:

St Thomas a Beckett, Compton Valence;
St George, Dorchester;
St Mary the Virgin, Dorchester;
St Peter, Dorchester;
St Andrew, West Stafford;
SS Simon and Jude, Winterborne Herringston and Winterborne Monkton;
St Mary, Winterbourne Abbas;
St Martin, Martinstown;
and St Michael, Winterbourne Steepleton.

We are a community that attracts all kinds of people from across the town of Dorchester and six villages, Christians united by our common faith in Jesus Christ. We are a diverse and welcoming team of Christian communities, committed to prayer, service and growth.

This website will let you know about some of the things we do: some of them well established, some of them new ventures and all of them exciting and available for you to join.

Details about the individual churches are on this website and we welcome conversation. For now, thank you for visiting…

With best wishes

Revd Canon Thomas Woodhouse, Team Rector


Almighty God, the source of our joy, you gladden our hearts as we journey towards the heavenly city.
Deepen within us a desire for peace, that celebrating our differences and rejoicing in all we hold in common,
your people may prosper and come to praise you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Amen.


You are welcome, whatever your beliefs, even if you find organised religion irrelevant.
You are welcome, whatever your lifestyle.
You are welcome, wherever you may be on your faith journey; believer or agnostic, conventional Christian, or questioning sceptic.
We look forward to receiving the ideas and experiences you can bring.
We welcome the infinite variety of human beings and hope that our shared witness to Christian faith will not leave anyone feeling unwanted or unloved.
We think that the way we treat each other is even more important than the dogmas we hold.
e think it is vital to take seriously the intellectual and emotional problems many people have with the Christian faith.
We think Christians must be concerned with global issues of injustice and suffering.
We recognise that our ignorance far outstrips our understanding and that there is great value just in asking questions as well as in finding answers.
We recognise that our faith involves discipleship and a consciousness of all that is bad and promotion of all that is good.
Our hope is that anybody visiting our churches will feel welcome.