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.

All things bright and beautiful

‘All things bright and beautiful’ is a hymn most of us have sung since childhood and it is still very popular. It tells of all the various wonders of creation and how ‘the Lord God made them all’. Although everything looks fresh and new in springtime here in Dorset, it is at this time of year in early autumn that the church is growing a new tradition. The season of Creationtide from the 1st September to 4th October is a time to celebrate all of creation in our bright and beautiful earth. Within this season the church celebrates Harvest. Though few people are now involved with bringing in the harvest, at Harvest services we thank God for all the fruits of the earth and for providing us with our daily bread as we also give thanks for all who work so that we can eat. Saying thank you is very important to oil the wheels of our relationships with one another alongside those other little words; sorry and please. These words are just as important in our relationship with God. We often say please as we ask in prayer for the many needs of this world and just as often have to say sorry to God for the times when we have got things wrong through weakness, negligence or our own deliberate fault. But we should always be ready to give thanks and praise God whatever the season. Thanksgiving in Creationtide must however go beyond words and stir our complacency. We are called to action in the fifth mark of mission of the church ‘to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth’. If we live more simply and less wastefully and work to protect and renew our world, then our earth can continue to be bright and beautiful for generations to come and people can continue to sing their thanks and praise to God. 

Rev Jane Culliford, Vicar, St Andrews Church, West Stafford

 

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.