The church is about people. That means you and me!
The Church in the Winterborne Valley and Milton Abbas patch is made up of a group of followers, explorers and searchers, trying to live out their faith in Jesus. We try to serve God and our communities in our everyday lives. This works out through our desire to enhance and bless our communities through caring, praying and through spreading a bit of fun around as well. We will make mistakes from time to time but that is because there is so much going on – oh, and we are not perfect! We are ordinary people and we hope that you will find a warm welcome in any of our churches. We hope you enjoy our community events and our church services too!
- Our congregations are friendly and come from a wide variety of backgrounds. The only worshipping community in any of our villages is Anglican so we try to make our worship accessible, relevant and reverent for everyone.
- Our worship is centred in six beautiful churches in rural Dorset. Each has its own personality and people often belong to more than one of our churches.
- Our mission statement is to ‘Make Christ Visible’ in our communities and beyond.
We want to offer a welcome to all who wish to explore or further their Christian faith. You can bring your doubts, questions and struggles and, hopefully, find encouragement. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for any further help you may require.
Our 6 parishes are very lively and hold a variety of events throughout the year.
We have weekly coffee shops in three of our churches, Winterborne Whitechurch, Winterborne Stickland and Milton Abbas where many of the community come for coffee, cake and conversation. They are great places to meet people.
We live in an area of great natural beauty and historical interest. Many visitors come to see the historic village of Milton Abbas and the nearby Abbey.
The Churches in the Benefice of the Winterborne Valley and Milton Abbas believe the safety of all people, especially of children, young people and vulnerable adults is very important. We have adopted the national Church of England’s robust procedures and guidelines. You can find out more about the national policies and procedures at churchofengland.org/safeguarding. If you have any safeguarding concerns or issues on a safeguarding matter then you can find useful contact information at salisbury.anglican.org/parishes/safeguarding.
If you are Concerned about the Safety of a Child, Young Adult or Vulnerable Person:
Our Parish Safeguarding Representative is Angela D’Silva. She can be contacted on 01258 880118. You can read our Safeguarding Policy by clicking here.
If your concern relates to the Parish Safeguarding Representative or Rector, please contact Heather Bland, the Diocese of Salisbury Safeguarding Advisor on 07500 664800.
In an emergency dial 999.