Revd Canon Thomas Woodhouse

Dear Friends,

With the autumn comes Harvest and the season of thanksgiving. Then, as October ends, we will begin again to focus on the Story of our Salvation: we will look towards Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter! Our focus moves to recall what God has done for us!

It is then a good moment to remind ourselves of the three questions we are seeking to address:

What do we pray for? Whom do we serve? How will we grow?

As we continue the work of developing the connections we make when we meet people ‘on the way’, connections that reshape our common life in the likeness of Christ, these three questions help us in our work.

With the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games in September an extraordinary summer of celebrations drew to its close. We reflect back over such happy events as the Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations, the Olympic Games and the Paralympics: each an expression of community and the power of shared experiences.

Locally our church communities are always seeking to build up community: the regular coffee mornings at St Andrew’s; St George’s Fete; St Mary’s Christian Aid event to highlight the refuge crisis; the Art Festival in St Peter’s. We also support such work as the Foodbank, the Women’s Refuge, the Poverty Action Group, and you can add to the list!

Our commitment to honour community by sharing in its common life is a hallmark of the Christian community.

As ever,
The Revd Canon Thomas Woodhouse

Team Rector of Dorchester and The Winterbournes 


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.

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.