Welcome

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

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.

Remembrance

November is a month of remembrances which begins with All Saints and All Souls days, but this year the focus of our remembrance is the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. The armistice, signed at 11o’clock on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 ended, what was then called, the Great War, thought then to be the war to end all wars.

As we reflect on the great loss of life and limb, loss of healthy bodies and quiet minds and often a loss of hope, we wonder how the nation and all the local communities managed to carry on with the loss of so many husbands and sons, brothers and friends. One hundred years ago a greater proportion of the nation worshiped in church week by week and many found comfort through their faith in Christ who suffered and died yet brought hope through his resurrection. Their faith in God’s love from which nothing can separate us was strengthened and we can have such faith in the very different world of 2018. Others, however, seeing the suffering and senseless carnage questioned God’s love and such questions remain.

So, as we read the names on war memorials in town and villages, how are we to remember without becoming over sentimental about those we did not know or cynical and agnostic in the face of the horrors of war? Perhaps the best tribute to all those who died is to work for peace and justice with contrition for the times when our thoughts, words and actions have been tinged with the hate that leads to war, working for the healing of past wrongs, while seeking peace and reconciliation in our homes and communities, in our nation and across the globe. Even though a hundred years have passed since the end of WW1 it is right to remember not only those who died, but the tragedy that war is for everyone and remember Christ who is the prince of peace in God’s coming Kingdom.

Rev'd Jane Culliford, St Andrew's Church

 

Our message to you

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.
We 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.