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.

Coming together as Easter begins!

Holy Saturday, 31st March 2018

On the Eve of Easter we invite you to start the Easter celebrations together as the nine worshipping communities of the Dorchester and The Winterbournes join together at St Mary’s Church, Edward Road at 8pm.

The notes below explain the symbolism of the service.  By way of celebrating our common life we will light from the flames of one fire the paschal candles of the nine churches and we will also renew our baptismal vows together.  This is a moment of unity, a service that I hope you want to come to…

  • The Liturgy of the Light takes place after dark on Saturday outside the Church.  The Paschal Fire is blessed and from its flames a light is taken to ignite the Paschal Candles.  We glimpse the fragile light of Resurrection and its light leads us back to God. 
  • The Vigil of Readings are the stories of our redemption.  Starting in the Old Testament, the Vigil draws us toward the moment of Salvation, we proclaim Christ as risen!  For the
  • Liturgy of Initiation we stand at the font.  Having heard of flood, of grave, of glory, we stand in the light and we recall our baptism promises. 
  • Proclaiming the Good News! Mary was the only disciple to see the Risen Christ on that first visit to the tomb.  The other disciple, saw, believed and went to tell the others.  We too go and we tell the Good News.

As ever

Thomas Woodhouse

Team Rector of Dorchester and The Winterbournes

Alpha Course at St George's

Everyone has questions

We believe that everyone should have the chance to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share their point of view.

 Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone's welcome. It runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes—you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.

In Dorchester we are running an Alpha course at St George's Church starting on the 17th January 2018 at 7.30pm, we will start each session with a pudding, then listening to a talk before getting into smaller groups where each person will have the chance to ask questions. You may be interested to view the Alpha website

If you are interested in exploring faith and would like to join us please phone the Parish office 01305 250719.

Dates are 17 January - 14 March. More details to follow - Watch this Space!

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.