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Whether you are browsing for information about the church, looking for a place to worship or seeking information for a baptism or wedding welcome to the website for St Mary the Virgin, Charminster near Dorchester. We are a rural church a few miles outside of Dorchester, serving Charminster, Charlton Down & Forston. We meet in a beautiful 11th Century church in the heart of Charminster and you will be most welcome to join us on a Sunday. A loo and servery enable us to provide hospitality with Coffee & Tea at the end of the service. We have disabled access, a hearing loop system and baby changing facilities.
For further details please go to our website www.stmarys-charminster.org.uk
With our incumbent – The Reverend Canon Janet Smith – having just retired from the parishes, we are left in what is generally called a ‘Vacancy’ and the responsibility for parish churches and their buildings revert to the churchwardens and the Parochial Church Councils (PCCs). The administration and the life and work of the church carries on as normal. Bills have to be paid, repairs done, services held, troubles eased,
Fortunately in our benefice we are blessed with several retired priests who have offered their help to fill the gap of a full time Vicar in conducting services and helping as needed. The Revd Pene Kennedy will take the foremost role in the ‘cure’ (care) of souls during this period leading the PCCs and churchwardens in the spiritual aspects of the parishes.
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This could be for a variety of reasons, including:
- Regular Services
Wheelchair accessible toilets
(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)
Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Confirmation classesLent study groupsParish awaydays Ad hoc prayer groups
|Most daylight hours & Thursday evenings to coincide with bell ringing practice.Accompanied children welcome to use play area but PLEASE leave it tidy.Souvenir items on sale.|
Foodbank or foodbank collection point
|The North aisle [chairs, childrens corner and refreshment trolley] is available only for approved events.Church House is no longer available.|
The current editor is: Jean Garrard