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Covid-19/Coronavirus Update - December 2020 (updated 14/01/21)

Following the end of the second lockdown, some of our churches are now open for worship and private prayer. Details are below.

St George

  • Shortened Communion service every Sunday at 9:45am, with distribution of bread only and no singing
  • No need to book - just turn up
  • Please wear a mask, apply hand sanitiser (provided) on entry and leave your name and phone number
  • Sit in the marked pews and follow the one-way system
  • No refreshments after the service - please move outside before talking to friends
  • BCP service 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at 8am
  • Also open for private prayer Wednesday 8:30am - 4pm

St Mary

  • Eucharist every Sunday at 8am and 9.45am. Please book EACH week with Trudy (trtabone@gmail.com) if you wish to attend either service.
  • Eucharist every Wednesday at 9.30am - no need to book
  • Contemplative Prayer Group meets every Wednesday at 5pm 
  • Church is locked outside service times

St Peter

  • Holy Communion (BCP) every Sunday at 9am
  • Holy Communion (Order 1) every Sunday at 10.30am
  • Both services are abbreviated and arranged in accordance with COVID-19 requirements
  • No need to book - just turn up
  • Open for personal prayer 10am - 4pm every day
  • Benefice Prayer Group meets in the Hardye Chapel at St. Peter's Church every Friday at 10.30am for half an hour, with appropriate spacing and hand sanitising

West Stafford

  • No services at the moment
  • Church open on Wednesdays and Sundays between 10am and 4pm

Winterborne Monkton

  • Holy Communion service on the 1st Sunday of the month at 11.15am
  • Church open for private prayer every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during daylight hours. 

Compton Valence and Winterbornes St Martin, Abbas and Steepleton

“Unto us a child is born”

A portrait of Revd Keith Magee

It is wonderful, at last, to be among you in Dorchester, to have moved into Herringston Road and to be slowly going through the process of unpacking and adjusting to living in a completely new context. I am beginning to find my way around the benefice, although I still rely heavily on my satnav to find places. Once lockdown is over, I am really looking forward to meeting many of you, although you will have to be patient with my ability to put together the right names and faces.

As we move towards our celebration of Christmas this year there will be many events and traditions that will have to be marked differently or may have to be missing altogether. However a less busy and frenetic approach to Christmas may gift to us more time to be still and contemplate the wonder and mystery of the coming season.

For a child has been born for us, a son has been given; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

God the creator loved creation so much that God wanted to come among us in the vulnerable form of a human baby born to a humble couple. Let that amazing reality resound in your hearts and may God bless you as you rejoice in the love that God has for you and for all humankind.

The Rector's Induction

Revd Keith Magee

To watch the induction of the Revd Keith Magee as the Rector of Dorchester and the Winterbournes Team Ministry, click here:


The broadcast will start at 2:55pm on Sunday, 22nd November. It will also be available to watch afterward the service.


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.

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.