Bible Study / Prayer

Healing Ministry at St Mary's

There are 6 members of the healing prayer group who meet regularly to pray for the sick and on a rota basis offer prayer ministry after every Mass on a Sunday in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. There is a votive candle stand and a book for prayer requests which are offered up each Sunday.

During the year a Meditative Communion with Prayers for Wholeness and Healing takes place on the 2nd Sunday: 8th Jan   12th  March  14th  May  9th  July  10th Sept 12th November in 2017 at 6pm, where the laying on of hands and anointing is offered.


For over twenty years St Mary’s has hosted regular Taizé worship at 6:00 pm on the 1st Sunday of each month, attracting an ecumenical congregation drawn from Dorchester and the surrounding area. The service, held in the intimacy of the chancel, is a mixture of prayer and chant together with a reading and reflection. Each month the service reflects the church's seasons and themes. Everyone from anywhere is welcome to join us for this special, deeply spiritual and atmospheric worship experience. Let the prayers speak to you; feel you can join in the chants or just remain silent, letting the music penetrate your being. And you can give yourself time and space to be in the presence of God during the short period of silence

Contemplative Prayer Group

An invitation to ‘come and be’ with others in the stillness, silence and simplicity of contemplative prayer.

Our busy lives with its constant activities and demands often leaves us longing for a breathing space, for a little time to ourselves, where we can touch and be aware of a deeper self which brings some balance and harmony to our lives and a greater awareness of the Spirit who lives in our hearts through love.

To live more deeply out of this reality, we need stillness and silence allowing us to be attentive to the many changes that flow through our lives, mindful of the divine presence at the centre of our being. Our practice of meditation gradually helps us to respond to our everyday lives with greater calmness, insight and understanding.

Our Christian Meditation follows a long and well-established tradition of contemplative prayer in the Christian Church and is part of The World Community for Christian Meditation which is led by the Benedictine monk, Fr Laurence Freeman. It is an ecumenical community which welcomes people of all traditions.

Our Meditation groups meet every Wednesday at 5pm in the Chapel at St Mary’s Church, Edward Rd, Dorchester & also on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 7.30pm at the Quiet Space, Poundbury. All are welcome.


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