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.

Goodbye and Thank You

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

September is a turning point in our year; it is a changing season. The summer has gone and the mind begins to prepare for another autumn. We move closer to the end of the year when autumn then turns to winter. Our whole lives are framed by the seasons, times of remembrance, of celebration, of rest. I believe that God works in season too, why wouldn’t he, of course he created them! We worship in different times and seasons, and the journey through the church calendar is part of how we remember the story of our faith. I also believe that we journey through different seasons in our own walk with God.

The past three years have been for me, a time of learning and growth. Throughout my time of training as a curate in this team many people have supported me, but God has called me to step into a new season, one in which learning will continue and mistakes will I’m sure be made. I am currently in between these two seasons, reflecting back and grateful for all that has been, whilst preparing for what will be and the challenges ahead.

As we decorate the new vicarage and sort through boxes in the loft, I cannot help but think and reflect on the past three years and the people who have supported us. Thank you to all of you who have been part of this season of my life and ministry. I am grateful for the support and kindness I have received and will always remember our time in Dorchester with fond memories.

I am being licenced as Team Vicar of Emmanuel and St Mary’s Church, in the Radipole and Melcombe Regis Team. The service will be on Tuesday 25th September at 7pm at St Mary’s Church, all are welcome.

Many blessings Jo


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.