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The deanery of Dorchester is part of the diocese of Salisbury , in the Church of England.

Our national church is part of the global Anglican Communion, which stretches across more than 165 countries worldwide. To find a church in our deanery (and further afield) you can use ‘A Church Near You‘, an excellent parish finder for the Church of England.

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In our Deanery, we aim to share the good things that are part of our life together as Christians in this part of Dorset including news of services, events and further mission activities.

Within this website you will find a list of the parishes and churches within our deanery, with links to their own websites wherever possible. Nearly all of our Churches meet for worship every Sunday, and more information can be obtained from the local clergy. If you are hoping to arrange a Baptism (Christening), Wedding or Funeral, please contact your own local church in the first instance.

Next Synod Meeting (Wednesday 20th  July 2022)

The next meeting of the Synod location will be at 7.30 pm at Kingston Maurward (in person).


Please click here for the agenda

Upcoming Meeting / Events

  • Wednesday 20th July 2022 – Next Synod Meeting

Latest From The Diocese

Click the following link to view the Latest Diocese Sermons and Addresses.

Prayer for the Deanery

Dorchester Deanery – Sarah Hillman (Rural Dean), Jonathan Still ( Assistant Rural Dean), Roger Holehouse (Lay Chair), Nigel Pridmore (Vice Lay Chair)

Pray for the relationship between the county town and its hinterland, for those maintaining the forty rural church buildings and communities surrounding the town, and those ministering within the constantly growing urban centre.

Diocesan Vision...



“There can be no renewal without prayer. Jesus said we should pray for what we want. It is the heartbeat of the Christian and the Christian Community.” Bishop Nicholas Holtam

What do you pray for? That worship and prayer will be at the heart of each Christian and Christian community in our diocese.

What will we do?

  • Make prayer central whenever we meet
  • Create more opportunities to pray together
  • Provide resources to help parishes and individuals develop their prayer lives


But I am giving you a new command: love each other, just as I have loved you. If you love each other, everyone will know that you are my disciples. John 13:34 – 35

Whom do you serve? We serve our parishes, communities and neighbours and will work to help them make Christ known through loving service.

What will we do?

  • Increase the support and resources for promoting social justice


I planted, Apollos watered but God gave the growth” 1 Corinthians 3: 6

How will you grow? We support parishes, schools and their leaders to grow in confidence, in numbers, in depth and in impact. If our primary focus is on prayer and serving others we believe we will flourish.

What will we do?

  • Increase the training and support for nurturing disciples
  • Increase vocations to ordained ministry by 60%
  • Increase the training and support for rural ministry
  • Support new forms or expressions of church and worship
  • Provide direct support to help parishes grow
  • Aim to grow church membership by 10% over the next 10 years.

Our Prayer

God our Father, renew our hope. By the Holy Spirit’s power strengthen us to pray readily, serve joyfully and grow abundantly, rejoicing in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Endorsed by Bishop’s Council and Diocesan Synod February 2016