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Wareham URC

The United Reformed churches in Wareham and Swanage became a Shared Pastorate in 2008. Currently the church is in Ministerial Vacancy and the church at Skinner Street, Poole will become part of this Shared Pastorate. We share worship with Swanage on 5th Sundays.

Wareham URC is in Church St., BH20 4NE, and is part of the Wareham Church Family. We share worship with the Methodist church 4 times a year, and support, and host Advent and Lent lunches for, Christian Aid.

It is one of many Dorset ‘1662’ churches, founded after the appointed Rector of the six parish churches in the town refused to sign the infamous Act of Uniformity. There is a long history of courage in standing up against the establishment and there are interesting records of the church in the Dorset Record Office in Dorchester. The beautiful listed building dates from 1762.

On Sundays at 10.30 am we hold a traditional-style service, which is led by a variety of preachers, ordained or lay, from different denominations; there is an equipped children’s corner, and visiting families are always welcome. The service is followed by refreshments and fellowship. Free car parking in the Sainsbury’s’ car park walled annexe opposite the church.

On Thursdays there is a Home Producers Market (8.30 - 11am in large hall), and we have a 20 minute ecumenical Market service at 10.30, led by Elders and friends. We also run a coffee morning from 10.00 - 11.45, and there is a Traidcraft stall on 1st, 3rd and 5th Thursdays from 10.30 - 1145, in the smaller hall.  We are a Fairtrade Church, using Fairtrade products wherever possible. On 1st and 3rd Thursdays we have a Bible Study/Discussion Group from 12noon - 1pm.

The church runs a Lunch Club for elderly people living alone on alternate Tuesdays at 12.30 -  contact Liz Binney on 01929 459440. The church has an up-to-date Safeguarding Policy.

The 1st Wareham Boys Brigade and Girls Association, offering a wide range of activities for children aged from 5, meet at the church on Wednesdays from 6.15 pm and join us for worship on alternate month 4th Sundays - contact John on 07855 393470.

The smaller hall, with adjacent kitchen, and larger hall on the premises are both well-used, but are available for hire when free - contact Felicity Roberts on 01929 792678.

You may be sure of a warm welcome at any of our church activities.

For any queries, or pastoral concerns, please contact our Church Secretary, Janet Jennings on 01929 555108 or email <>.