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Easter Hopes and Fears

I often wonder how Jesus felt as he entered Jerusalem at the beginning of what we call Holy Week.

He was met by triumphant crowds who saw him as the person who was to save his nation from domination by the Romans. Yet as the week went on we saw a man who shrugged off the adulation of the crowds, spent time with his friends, sought refuge outside the city for peace and respite and then gave the Passover meal with his closest a new and everlasting meaning. It did not end there as he was tried and in some people’s eyes found guilty and cruelly executed.

These are all things we know and in some ways take for granted. Yet surely it begs the question – How did Jesus the man feel inside himself? I guess he must have been fearful about what he was about to face. As Jesus, the Son of God, he knew how it was all to end as he made that utterly self-giving act on Calvary’s tree.

How do we feel as we approach Holy Week and Easter in 2020? With hopes and fears like him? Fears, for ourselves and others, as we see the likelihood of the Coronavirus continuing to spread throughout the world and in our own country. Fears that we and those we love may be affected. Fears that our lives may be disrupted or even worse!

Yet we surely must have hope – hope as Our Lord himself had that his death and resurrection would lead to a better world. Our hope must be that we will get through this situation and come closer together as a caring nation – one where we may not put our own desires to the fore but may try to ensure others are cared for in every way and allow the love of Our Lord to surround us day by day.

May we all be able to be together in prayer and celebrate the joy of Easter in our hearts and in our homes as we go forward in faith and hope having cast aside our fears.

Revd Canon Alan Woods

Covid-19/Coronavirus Update - Churches Closed

Following the government's announcement last night, we regret to tell you that all church buildings are closed until further notice.

However, we can still keep in touch with one another on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We also now have a YouTube channel where we will post the occasional video.

You can also register an account with this website, which will allow you to log in and contribute to our Forum.

There are also resources online for those hoping to find a virtual service - see Church Online - Virtual Services While Regular Services Cancelled.

And because we all need to remember that the Church is the people, not the buildings, we've chosen to illustrate this article with this excellent cartoon by Dave Walker of CartoonChurch.com, which really says it all. (Click on the thumbnail to view the full-size image.)

About us

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. You are very welcome to join us in any of the things we do, and we welcome all enquiries.


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.

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.
We 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.