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.

Care and Counsel

Dear Friends,

As we embark on a new church year it is a good moment to thank God for those volunteers who work tirelessly for our nine worshipping communities. We might not use the language of ‘elders’ in the Church of England in any formal way but, within the structures that create our worshipping communities, there are individuals who fulfil the role of wise counsellor; who hold the conscience of the parish; to whom it is sensible to listen!

Together we have a responsibility to care for our buildings, for our congregations and for the people in our parishes. We do so with humility, we do so casting our anxieties on God, disciplining ourselves, remaining alert and steadfast! Following after the example of Mary and Joseph, who were obedient to the message that Gabriel brought them.

Jesus, whose birth we prepare for during Advent and celebrate through Christmas and Epiphany, enters into a relationship with us. Jesus restores us, supports us, strengthens and establishes us: he settles us in the faith!
A wonderful message of hope is revealed in the birth of Jesus. Throughout his life Jesus continues to manifest that hope, securing for us a relationship with God that cannot be broken.

As they bow down and worship the infant Jesus, the Shepherds and the Kings became the first worshipping community, and thereafter the community of believers is transformed to include an ever and always growing body of believers.

Mary and Joseph, the Shepherds and the Kings listened to God in different ways: angels and stars and dreams and prophecies. We are most effective when we are listening to God and working with God. For it is when we pray together, serve together, grow together that hope is renewed and the Good News is shared.

As ever,


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


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.