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.

Pentecost

Standing by a lake near Assisi in the bustle of the tourist crowd, a beautiful sound floated over the water. As it did, a hush fell on the crowd and we stood mesmerised by the beautiful singing. Later we learnt it was a group of monks singing in tongues.

Glossolalia, or speaking in tongues, was one of the wonders that occurred at Pentecost, ‘All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.’ Acts 2 v 4

It was an amazing wonder as people from different nations heard of God’s love for them in their own language, and many were added to the Church. So it seems sad today that when the Holy Spirit is mentioned, and particularly speaking in tongues, there is often a fearful reaction. In some cases it is understandable, as Christians of all denominations can misuse and abuse worship. However we read in Galatians 5:22 – 23, that, ‘the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self- control...’ none of which should engender fear. Which leaves a dilemma, especially as we come to Pentecost once more. Do we major again on the Church’s birthday, and leave the wonders to things of the past, or expect similar wonders to happen today?

The Christian Church, like so much else, wonderfully leaves each person to decide for themselves whether these things are for today, or simply for the new Church on that first day.

However, though we may disagree theologically, each Christian can unite as we pray that God’s kingdom come, God’s will be done, and that God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, will help us his Church to continue to speak the language of his love, kindly and gently, patiently to a world who is longing to hear it. 

Rev'd Fiona Hall,

St George'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.
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.