A Message from Thomas

If there is anything good about getting old it is that you grow in wisdom!  The accumulative result of a lifetime of experiences mean you have knowledge that can be shared.  Wisdom, as a tool of faith, is about knowing your place before God and Lent is the opportunity to think about our relationship with God.

Many of us live quite dislocated lives in relation to God!  We search for God but he has already found us!  We are restless for God but he is there before us!  We believe ourselves to be searching for a God who has saved us, we are restless for a God who has found us!!  I don’t like being unsettled but I know there is value in sticking with the emotion it invokes rather than just becoming annoyed at the inconvenience!

Lent is an opportunity to stay with the emotion of a suffering Christ and addressing some of the challenges of being a Christian in the 21st Century.  Not having ready answers to every question is challenging but wisdom is about having the heart and mind of God, not offering endless sound bites.

The light of Christ now exchanged for Lenten abstinence, is a light that brings new epiphanies that reshape our understanding, confound our reason and bring deeper transformation.  For worshipping communities the way we express our wisdom is through our commitment to Jesus Christ, by caring for one another and then being a Christian presence in the world.

As ever


The Revd Canon Thomas Woodhouse
Team Rector


New Team Vicar for St. Peter's

Dear Friends,

On Tuesday 5th April 2016 The Revd Claire McClelland will be Instituted and Licensed as a Team Vicar in the Dorchester and the Winterbournes Team Ministry.  Claire will be the resident priest at St Peter’s Church and will have responsibility for St Peter’s Church and helping us to continue to develop the Anglican presence on Poundbury.

At the moment we are working with Claire to prepare the house on Herringston Road for the family to move into during March.  I will be meeting with Claire to offer support and encouragement as she transitions from her work in the Parish of Charminster to the Dorchester and Winterbournes Team.   Please pray for Claire, Sam, Hannah, Esther and Ayla.

During Lent the churches of the team will be holding their AGMs and APCMs, important gatherings when we reflect on the past year.  We will give thanks to God for His presence in our lives and in the life of His Church.  We have much to be thankful for in 2015 and speaking personally, thank you for the support and encouragement you have shown me.

I am thrilled that Claire joins in our conversations during the Easter Season!  Across the whole nine worshipping communities that form our team we will begin new tasks; explore new possibilities for mission and continue to grow the Kingdom of God in Dorchester and the Winterbournes.  These are exciting times and we are looking forward to embracing the future.

As ever


The Revd Canon Thomas Woodhouse
Team Rector

The Installation by the Archdeacon of Sherborne will take place at St. Peter's on Tuesday 5th April at 7 p.m.

The 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.

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.