Church Services & Opening Times

On this page you’ll find the Sunday Service rota for all out churches and details of when the church buildings are open for private prayer. Please do keep an eye on the Rector’s Weekly Updates for the latest news in these difficult times. Also note that the service times below are subject to change.

If you can’t join us in person then why not take part in our online church. Every week we publish a video Worship at Home service that you can take part in. You’ll find all these online services on the Worship at Home page.

Due to the current public health emergency we are suspending services in our church buildings until further notice

Suspension of Services in the Beaminster Area Team 

I have this morning taken the decision to suspend all acts of public worship across the parishes of The Beaminster Area Team Ministry. I am very grateful to my Church Warden colleges and Parochial Church Councils for their support and understanding.

Since I consulted with PCCs earlier this week there has been a huge increase in the number of new cases across the whole of West Dorset. When the daily death rate is at nearly 1500 nationally I deem that the risk to individuals is too great to continue holding services. Team Churches will continue to be available for private prayer, and as a quiet reflective space within their communities, but please adhere at all times with the Covid security measures that are in place. This decision will be kept under constant review but I do not expect any change in the near future.

Life event services, funerals, and weddings will continue to be conducted under the strict Government guidelines. 

Do keep an eye on this site as there will be further updates. Remember just because services are suspended in churches it does not mean there are no services. We have a weekly Worship at Home video service, and we have other ways to engage with each other on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Please continue to pray for all those who work on the Covid frontline and those who are  working tirelessly to get the vaccine programme out to as many people as possible as quickly as possible.

Please keep well and stay safe.

Rev Canon David Baldwin
Team Rector
The Beaminster Area Team

Other Church Opening Times

The following Beaminster Area Team churches are open for private prayer on the days and at the times specified. Note churches are often closed for the three days before and after a service to ensure they are safe for Sunday Worship, so please use the data below in conjunction with the rota above.

ChurchOpening Time
Beaminster:  St Mary’sSunday 11am – 12.30pm
Wednesday 5 – 7pm
Broadwindsor: St John’sSunday 10am – 11am
Mosterton: St Mary’sTuesday 2 – 4pm
Friday 9 – 11am
South Perrott & Chedington: St Mary’sSunday 10am – 12noon
Toller Porcorum: St Andrew’sWednesday 10 – 11am
Hooke: St GilesEvery Day 9am – 4pm

The following churches are open for private prayer by request. Please use the contact details on the individual church noticeboards:

Blackdown: Holy Trinity
Burstock: St Andrew’s
Stoke Abbott: St Mary’s
Seaborough: St John’s

We are sorry but the following churches are unable to open at the present time:

Drimpton: St Mary’s
Melplash: Christ Church
Netherbury: St Mary’s
Salway Ash: Holy Trinity

Church Locations

You’ll find all the addresses of our churches, and map links to help you find them, on the Our Churches page.

Understanding Our Services

  • Eucharist: Service where we share bread and wine together using words from Common Worship, the service in modern language.
  • Eucharist (Book of Common Prayer): Service where we share bread and wine together using words from the Book of Common Prayer, traditional language from the 17th century.
  • Village Praise, Family Service or Open Worship: Shorter service with hymns, bible readings, and prayer but no bread and wine.
  • Matins: Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer using traditional language from the 17th century. Parts of the service may be sung by the congregation or choir. No bread and wine.
  • Evensong: Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer using traditional language from the 17th century. Parts of the service may be sung by the congregation. No bread and wine.
  • Evening Prayer: Spoken service from the Book of Common prayer using traditional language from the 17th century.
  • 10.15@Salway Ash: Service where we share bread and wine together, suitable for all ages using modern language. Activities for children start before the service at 10.15 am and coffee and pastries are served. The worship service starts at 11 am.
  • United Service: Service with the Methodist and Anglican congregations joining together to share hymns, bible readings, and prayers. No bread and wine.
  • Healing service: Short service with words from the Iona Community. There are times of silence and opportunities to pray for healing. Anointing and personal prayer is available.