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.

True Love

From the beginning of February or even earlier, the chilly grey days are brightened by racks of Valentine’s cards on sale in the shops. Nearer to St Valentine’s day, 14th February, the supermarkets display flowers, special meals, chocolates in red shiny foil and bottles of fizzy wine, all to treat your true love. It is good to celebrate and to have someone special but many are excluded if the focus is only romantic love.

This year Ash Wednesday also falls on the 14th February marking the start of Lent. During Lent people are called to self-examination and penitence, study and self-denial in preparation for Easter with no flowers in church and maybe no chocolates, special meals or wine if you are giving up treats for Lent. On top of that, on Ash Wednesday come those sobering words, ‘Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return’ with the exhortation ‘turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ’. It is not surprising if some people think Valentine’s day might be more fun.

There is a huge contrast between St Valentine’s day and Ash Wednesday and Lent. Yet when I took time to ponder I saw that it is Lent that is really all about Love as we reflect on the unconditional self-giving love of God for all humankind. This sort of love is for everyone and excludes no one and goes way beyond romantic love. This was the love that brought Jesus to live among us as one of us and took him to the cross and, with the open arms of love, dying for us though we had been disobedient and had turned away from his love.

Lent is the time when we need to face up to those things in our lives that we would rather were kept hidden, but we can do so secure in the love of God, whom we call Father and who longs for us to be his children and this wonderful reality will sustain us longer than any card covered in hearts. 

Rev'd Jane Culliford, St Andrew's Church, West Stafford

 

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.