About Us

What we are about

We are a Christian Church but are not a part of any particular denomination. We believe the Bible is God’s Word for us today.

“Celebrating and Sharing the Love of God”

We believe these seven words summarise what Jesus felt was the greatest commandment (Matthew 22: 37-39), and also what he shared with his followers by way of the Great Commission (Matthew 28: 18-20).

Listen to a couple of talks on Celebrating and Sharing the Love of Godaudio_headset

These messages are from Roger Frapwell, our Pastor (Both recorded on Sunday 6th January 2013)

We aim to fulfil this through an equal focus on five areas5_Pillars

audio_headsetWhere people are encouraged to BELONG in our Church family, to WORSHIP Jesus as Lord, to GROW in their faith, to SERVE using their God given gifts, and to SHARE God’s love with others.

The first Christian Church was committed to these five areas, so we believe that our focusing on these same principles will enable us – with God’s help – to become both a balanced and biblical Church.

We seek to express this through five areas, like the five points of a star if you like, and try to hold these in balance. ( Click on the titles below to expand / collapse the content )

1. BELONG

Many people are looking for somewhere to belong, and Church is a great place to find what you are looking for. We aim to be people who belong through fellowship. Sounds a religious phrase I know, but it speaks of a real depth of friendship and trust, and this is only able to be cultivated in the context of meeting with other Christians. Sundays and small groups are key for this, as are other social occasions. If you are new, or feel you are not getting to know people but would like to, do get in touch and we’ll help where we can. We recognise the value of friendship.Why not ask for a free copy of our monthly magazine ‘ Honeycomb ’…?  The most powerful way to understand this area of Church life is to personalise it because this area, as in all five areas, can also be stated as a goal for every Christian. These goals express what God wants each of us to do with our lives. Try to personalise this goal below for yourself, then offer this prayerfully to God.

God wants me to be a MEMBER of his family.
This is the purpose of fellowship. The Bible is very clear that following Jesus is not just a matter of believing. It also includes belonging. The Christian life is not a solo act. God has given us the Church as a spiritual family for our own benefit. Ephesians 2:19 (LB) says, “ … You are members of God’s very own family … and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.

For many, the first step towards ‘belonging’ is to be baptised . To find out more view the page on  Baptism .

2. WORSHIP

Christians can look at this and immediately focus on the particular songs that are used, or whether or not there is a band or an organ…! Worship, however, is of course far wider than our musical preference – and that is all it is. We try to encourage people not to make a theology out of what is, in essence, their preferred musical style. After all, worship is for God, not us…That said, music is important. For many it has been the trigger to enable people to encounter God, or to sense His presence, and that’s great. Such precious occasions should be eagerly desired by each of us, but we believe we should worship God with our whole lives – offering all that we are to Him, not just the ‘music bit’. Does my whole life seek to honour God…? Am I worshipping God through my lifestyle…?  It’s not so much about how we are in Church together on a Sunday, but how I am when I leave Church for the rest of the week that matters!

The most powerful way to understand this area of Church life is to personalise it because this area, as in all five areas, can also be stated as a goal for every Christian. These goals express what God wants each of us to do with our lives. Try to personalise this goal below for yourself, then offer this prayerfully to God.

God wants me to be a MAGNIFIER of his name.

Psalm 34:3  says, ” O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt his name together ” (NASB). We are called to worship God. There is an inborn urge to worship in every human being. If we don’t worship God, we will find a replacement – job, family, money, a sport, or even ourselves. That’s why the very first commandment says, “ You shall have no other god’s before me.

3. GROW

Of course when we say ‘grow’ we are not meaning in the physical sense! We mean in our understanding, and in our discovering what it means to be a Christian, to be a more effective follower of Jesus. This is what it means to be his disciple, and in this sense it is true that we all still have our ‘L’ plates on. There are no experts, and none of us have arrived, let alone worn the T-Shirt. A great place to grow spiritually is to join one of our many ‘ LIFE Groups ’, where we can learn from one another in smaller groups.If you have a load of other questions about the Christian faith, why not check out  www.rejesus.co.uk  – To help us to grow spiritually we also  give away a quarterly magazine   FREE  of charge.  The most powerful way to understand this area of Church life is to personalise it because this area, as in all five areas, can also be stated as a goal for every Christian. These goals express what God wants each of us to do with our lives. Try to personalise this goal below for yourself, then offer this prayerfully to God.

God wants me to be a MODEL of his character.
This is the goal of  Discipleship. God wants every Christian to grow up to become like His Son, Jesus, in character. Now there’s a challenge! In the New Testament, Paul gives us several specific areas where we are to model the character of Christ: “ … set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity ” (1 Timothy 4:12). Notice that maturity is not measured by one’s learning but by one’s  lifestyle.

4. SERVE

This isn’t just the business of Andrew Murray (the Tennis player). In fact, in Church, you could say it is a whole new ball game!  The Church is the largest voluntary organisation in the world. When we look at what “the Church should do… ” (and this could be at either a local or wider level) we need to realise that nothing will happen unless ‘we’ seek to serve. Jesus gave us an example we should follow (John 13) and we understand that this highlights the priority of serving others. At Dorchester Community Church there is somewhere for everyone to be involved in something – whether that be playing an instrument, making banners, helping kids, or something more behind the scenes like folding the welcome sheets, visiting those who can’t get out, creating posters, cleaning the toilets, giving hospitality, or writing articles for the local press…Of course, if you are new to us we would not expect this. Take your time. Make some friends, and see if you feel at home with us… but if you want to help with the washing up no-one will stop you!  The most powerful way to understand this area of Church life is to personalise it because this area, as in all five areas, can also be stated as a goal for every Christian. These goals express what God wants each of us to do with our lives. Try to personalise this goal below for yourself, then offer this prayerfully to God.

God wants me to be a MINISTER of his grace.
There is a responsibility for every Christian to  serve . God expects us to use the gifts, talents, and opportunities He gives us to benefit others, but it is ‘how’ we serve that matters. Is this willingly or grudgingly…? 1 Peter 4:10 says, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. ” God intends for every believer to have a ministry. Church is for participators, not spectators. Have you discovered your gifts…? If you would like to discuss this further, chat to one of the Leaders.

For a list of the sorts of opportunities available, download the opportunities to serve form below, then have a chat to one one of the Leadership Team. Thank you.

5. SHARE

We teach our children that sharing is good, don’t we, but when it comes to sharing our faith we tend to feel embarrassed or want to hide! Yet as Christians we are God’s witnesses (Acts 1: 8). This does not mean that we should ‘Bible bash’ or pester people every hour of the day, but we do feel we should be pro-active in praying for people and looking for opportunities to share our faith. After all, nothing matters more than people responding to God’s love… “Jesus is a person. Evangelism is bringing someone face to face with this person” (Michael Green).   There are a variety of ways we seek to share God’s love here as a Church – through opening the Church up for coffee, hosting teas for senior citizens, holding ladies nights, men’;s curry nights, a kids holiday club, and putting on ‘Alpha’ courses where people can explore the Christian faith in an informal way. Good News should be shared.

The most powerful way to understand this area of Church life is to personalise it because this area, as in all five areas, can also be stated as a goal for every Christian. These goals express what God wants each of us to do with our lives. Try to personalise this goal below for yourself, then offer this prayerfully to God.

God wants me to be a MESSENGER of his love.
This is the Church’s purpose of evangelism or, as we often say, of outreach. Once we become a Christian, we become messengers of the Good News to others in the Community. It’s part of the job description for every believer. 2 Corinthians 5:19-20 says, ” For God was in Christ, restoring the world to himself, no longer counting men’s sins against them but blotting them out. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. We are Christ’s ambassadors. God is using us to speak to you: we beg you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, receive the love he offers you – be reconciled to God. ” (LB)

We each have a mission on Earth and part of it includes sharing with others what we have in Jesus – both in word and in deed. Paul said, ” Life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about God’s mighty kindness and love. ” (Acts 20:24 LB)

While fulfilling these five areas of Church life are a responsibility of every Christian, they also provide spiritual, emotional, and relational benefits for us personally. The Church provides people with things they cannot find anywhere else in the world:

Worship   helps me focus on God;

Belonging   helps me face life’s problems;

Serving   helps me find my talents;

Growing   helps me fortify my faith; and

Sharing   helps me fulfill my mission.

No wonder Jesus said he came to give us “life in all its fullness “(John 10: 10)

These five features were key to both the health and growth of the very first Church nearly 2,000 years ago. It was a natural result of what God was doing among them, and this is the kind of Church we want to be and to become.

God still changes lives today. Come along at 10:00am on a Sunday morning and you’ll find out more of what it’s all about!

Or, why not ask for a free copy of our bi-monthly magazine ‘ Honeycomb ’…?

If you have a load of other questions about the Christian faith, why not check out http://www.rejesus.co.uk

Our Vision is to be a Church

  1. Where everyone feels accepted. (BELONG)
  2. Where prayer underpins everything we do and is reflected in our lifestyle. (WORSHIP)
  3. Where everyone is encouraged to be actively involved and be part of a team. (SERVE)
  4. Where everyone is encouraged to be attached to a small group. (GROW)
  5. Where we engage with the community in order to reach people in a relevant, creative and excellent way. (SHARE)

“I have a Dream…”

Pastor Roger Frapwell

Pastor Roger Frapwell

“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people…” (Acts 2: 46)

On 11th April 2010, Roger read the above verse and then shared the following… Read more … show

Our Goals for 2016goals

  • To continue what we are doing now
  • To re-establish the Building Project Group
  • To re-establish and develop DFiD
  • To run a course on ‘How to share our faith’
  • To run another ‘Furthering The Journey’ course
  • To run an 8 week course on the book of Revelation
  • To initiate common interest groups, ie walking, trips out, Sportswatch, Scrabble etc
  • To adopt new policies, ie Equal Opportunities
  • To develop an outreach for women
  • To seek the growth of Café@6
  • To seek to increase staffing hours
  • To seek to increase the size of our Leadership Team
  • To produce a community profile analysis of Poundbury
  • To plan how best to maximise opportunities relating to the opening of the new building

 

 


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