Coronavirus – Headlines & Support


Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

11am Worldwide Prayer

The Bishops are asking everyone across the whole diocese, every disciple of Christ, to pause at 11 am each day if your work permits and say Psalm 23 and the Lord’s Prayer (with Pope Francis and our Archbishops).

Abbey Open for Private Prayer and limited services

We are delighted that the Abbey can now be open for Private Prayer.
We are open from 10.30- 12.30 every weekday and from 2-4pm at weekends. Entry is through the West (rather than the usual South) door. Opening arrangements are subject to change and whenever possible the details of any changes will be made known on this website.
To keep everyone safe we are limiting access when the building is open and not opening on days when there are other events.  We will therefore be closed on the following days:  September: 16th, 18th, 20th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 30th.  October: 1st, 4th

PLEASE help to keep everyone safe when you visit – read the notices carefully and follow the instructions.

Baptisms Weddings and Funerals

There is guidance about  Baptisms Weddings and Funerals on the Church of England Website but please call our office number (01865 340007) for enquiries about these services in any Dorchester Team Church.

We are very pleased to be able to offer Funeral services in Church. The best contact number to make a funeral arrangement is 01865 340007 or that of the Team Vicar responsible for the parish. We will work closely with your Funeral Director who can contact us on your behalf whilst making arrangements.

As government advice changes we are continually reviewing how we can best open our Churches in a way that keeps people safe as they enjoy the peace and offer prayers. Arrangements for visits and services will change and will be posted on this website and on the A Church Near You site for each Church as they are confirmed.

Please hold our wedding couples especially in your prayers as guidance changes and plans have to adapted.

Can we help you?  Could you volunteer?

As a community we are determined that everyone should feel supported in these uncertain and concerning times and we are working across the Village and with the Parish Council to provide all the practical help you might need during the weeks and possibly months to come. Our phone number is the central contact number so if you need any help you can start calling from now. Our Pastoral Care group have been calling members of our congregation and community whom we feel may need help or just a chat – if we haven’t called you and you’d like a chat do call on 340007 – we’d be delighted to hear from you – and will always call back if you leave a message!

The Rectory Office will remain contactable through 01865 340007 for general queries. Please be aware that because some of the office staff are working from home we are asking that no personal visits are made to number 8 Manor Farm Road without prior arrangement.