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.

Grace

Dear Friends,

One of the most familiar prayers we use together reads, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you”. When anyone starts it off others effortlessly take up the strains and by the end there is communion, even harmony. It reflects the community of the church and focuses us onto God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It speaks to us of grace, love and communion. It can also offer a stillness at the end of the conversation in which we may well have being engaged!

Our common life – our conversation – is established on the self- giving love of God, which is Grace. The love of God is the essence of who God is and expresses what God reveals for us. Love describes what God does through us, embodied as God is in Jesus Christ! If we are touched by God’s love and grace, we in turn will be generous, self-giving people.

Learning to live in the world of grace brings with it a challenge to cease always having to be part of the action, ceasing to exert our power or agenda. Learning to live in the world of grace involves learning to wait, often at the edge of things and above all else, waiting patiently and being attentive to what God will do.

As ever,

Thomas

The Revd Canon Thomas M B Woodhouse
Team Rector of Dorchester and The Winterbournes

(I am indebted to The Revd Paul Bradbury, whose book Stepping into Grace has inspired this reflection. It is a book well worth reading.) 

 

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.