News & Views

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.

Churches Together Ecology Group petition handed in

Many thanks to all of you who supported the The Churches Together Ecology Group’s petition about the Environment, either in Church or in South Street last week. We collected over 250 signatures asking the County Council to take the lead in tackling climate change in the county by reducing our carbon emissions, and actively promoting renewable energy and energy saving. Many of those signing mentioned lights being on all day and night in public buildings and in street lighting on Poundbury.

St George's Christmas Tree Festival - Photos [UPDATED]

Over 20 Christmas trees decorated on the theme of "Christmas Music" were displayed in St George's Church for the annual Christmas Tree Festival. The Festival ended on Monday 7th, although some of the trees will stay in church over the Christmas period.

Click on each photo to see a bigger version.

UPDATE January 2016 - Yvonne & Maggie say:

Learning the Gospel of St Mark

The following article has been written by Gerald Osborne who will be in St Mary’s Church on the 2nd December 2015 to deliver a dramatized reading of the Gospel of St Mark. Below he explains his inspiration…

The Gospel of St Mark is a thrilling and pacy account of the life and death of Jesus. It is too often neglected as a gospel, but my eyes were opened to it by tutorials with a retired priest in 1998. In very few words Mark seems to be able to create wonderfully evocative vignettes of each scene, proclaiming the identity and authority of Jesus.

Dorset County Show 2015

As usual, Churches Together manned a tent at this year's County Show.

The Bread of Life


Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus. When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”

Welcome to Jo Haine & family

We look forward to welcoming Jo Haine as a Curate who will be based at St Mary's. They write ....

Hello!! We are the Haine family and we are all really excited about moving to Dorchester and being part of your church family.

Dorset Home Library Service

The Dorset Home Library Service is most worthwhile, providing not only books and talking books to anybody who cannot easily get to their local library, but also a regular visit by a trusted volunteer.

Please contact me if you have any further questions,
Maria Jacobson, Royal Voluntary Service

If you, or anyone you know might be interested, call her on 01305 236666

"See, I am making all things new"

Morning assembly in the local church school was under way, and the head teacher introduced the vicar, making her monthly visit. It was just before the October half-term so Hallowe’en was approaching, so the head knew she would want to stress that this meant the Eve of All Hallows, All Saints.

As usual, she began her talk with a question. “Now then, who can tell me anything about All Saints?”