Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds,

not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some,

but encouraging one another,

and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10. 24-25)

Dear Friends,
We began our Easter celebrations this year by gathering the Team’s nine Paschal

Candles together in one place for the Easter Vigil. Those nine new lights then journeyed to our nine churches carried by a mixture of lay and ordained people, by ministers and Churchwardens. Those paschal candles reflect the light of our Risen Lord at the heart of our worshipping communities. They burn brightly in these churches; they burned very bright when they were together! And to see them together brought me – personally – renewed hope for our future.

In union with Bishop Nicholas the Team is seeking the renewal of our hope by the strengthening of our prayer life, by the joyfulness of our service and by the anticipation of abundant growth. I peddle a Vision and Partnership document to anyone who is even vaguely interested, or doesn’t step back fast enough! It is a work in progress, something borne from on-going conversations across the Team and through the developing relationships we enjoy.

Our Easter celebrations, which we began together, conclude on the Feast of Pentecost, when we give thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit. That will be the moment when our energy shifts from reflecting in worship the story of our salvation - telling people what God has done for us - and we focus again - on what we can do for God?

The Vision and Partnership we glimpsed at the Easter Vigil will continue to grow from our shared purpose and values: through the generosity of our interactions, in the sharing of our talents and wisdom; as
we honour diversity and as we listen, hear

and engage with one another: because we are stronger together than apart.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! 

Canon Thomas Woodhouse

Team Rector of Dorchester and The Winterbournes 


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.