News & Views


The Benefice will soon be preparing people for a Confirmation service at Salisbury Cathedral on Saturday 17th June 2017.

If you would like to know more please speak to your minister.



Annual Parochial Church Meeting to be held 5th April

Dear Friends,

On the 5th April 2017 we will gather for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting in St Peter’s Church Hall at 7.30pm.  We know that the Holy Spirit works through the committees, councils and synods of the Church and I delight in those who give their time and talents to serve God through membership of these bodies.

Open the Book

Open the Book aims to bring the Bible to life for every child in every primary school.  It gives children the opportunity to discover the wonder and wisdom of the Bible for themselves. 

Website training day held

The first Dorchester & the Winterbournes Team Ministry website training day was held today.

Six willing volunteers gathered in St Peter's church hall to have a go at adding and editing content on this website.



Petertide Ordinations

Jo Haine and Teresa Stewart-Sykes will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday 25th June 2016 in Salisbury Cathedral.  The service is un-ticketed and I would encourage as many people as possible to join in the celebration.  The service begins at 4.30pm and we suggest that people ‘car-share’!

In the years since Teresa joined the Dorchester and Winterbournes Team Ministry, her work with children at St Mary’s and our young people in YP&D is something for which we give thanks.

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

Easter Garden at St Andrew's

The Easter Garden at St Andrew's Church, West Stafford.


A Message from Thomas

If there is anything good about getting old it is that you grow in wisdom!  The accumulative result of a lifetime of experiences mean you have knowledge that can be shared.  Wisdom, as a tool of faith, is about knowing your place before God and Lent is the opportunity to think about our relationship with God.

New Team Vicar for St. Peter's

Dear Friends,

On Tuesday 5th April 2016 The Revd Claire McClelland will be Instituted and Licensed as a Team Vicar in the Dorchester and the Winterbournes Team Ministry.  Claire will be the resident priest at St Peter’s Church and will have responsibility for St Peter’s Church and helping us to continue to develop the Anglican presence on Poundbury.

Carol Singing Raises Over £500

Two carol singing events in Dorchester in December raised over £500 between them.

The first took place in Tesco's on the evening of the 23rd. A group of singers organised by the Dorchester committee of the Children's Society, accompanied by Allen Knott on guitar and Steve Kinnersley on keyboard, sang carols and Christmas favourites for 2 hours, raising £307.87 for the charity.