Welcome to St Martin's United Reformed Church,

West Moors

2, Moorlands Road, (On the corner of Station Road)   BH22 0JW

email: stmartins@urc-eastdorset.org.uk


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St Martin's, West Moors
A warm, welcoming church
Open for Worship Sundays at 10.30am.
All are welcome to join us.


Your safety is our top priority, so as Covid 19 is still around we are continuing to maintain a reduced element of social distancing and asking people visiting the church to sanitise their hands on arrival.  It is your choice if you wish to wear a face covering (mask or shield) whilst in our building.  Thank you in advance for your understanding.


Everyone is welcome to join us here at St Martin’s on the third Saturday of the month 10am - 11am for prayers and a time of reflection.



Held in the morning of the 1 st and 3 rd Thursdays of each month.
Suitable for everyone who wants to sing popular songs from the past. It is recognised that singing
has therapeutic values for those with memory loss, dementia and some other medical conditions.

We meet at 10 am for coffee/tea and 10.30 - 12 noon to sing.


Preachers for July 2022

3rd July - Rev James Whately - Holy Communion

10th July - Mr Andrew Hirst

17th July - Mrs Maggie Larkin

24th July - Rev James Whately

31st July - Rev Nigel Legrand


Preachers for August 2022

7th August - Rev James Whately - Holy Communion

14th August - Rev John Berridge

21st August - Mrs Pauline Whately

28th August - A service of the congregation's favourite hymns


Preachers for September 2022

4th September - Rev James Whately - Holy Communion

11th September - Mrs Christine Brown

18th September - Rev Nigel Legrand

25th September - Rev Lynne Morris


Located in the centre of the village of West Moors, close to the Public Library and the shops, St Martin's extends a warm welcome to all who want  to share or experience the love and care of  Christian fellowship.

This small and comfortable church has been at the heart of West Moors for over 115 years.

Do pay us a visit, we really look forward to meeting you.


A prayer for Afghanistan 

Merciful God,

we pray for the people and communities in Afghanistan already in crisis now deveasted by earthquake.

We hold in our hearts those who are without shelter, food or water; those who have lost friends and family; individuals and communites overwhelmed by disaster.

Strengthen those bringing humanitarian relief; guide those navigating difficult political decisions; stand with those in greatest need.

May the prayers we offer, and our acts of compassion, bring a possibility of hope in this desperate moment.


This is a prayer from Christian Aid.



List of services and events

Sunday Worship is held every Sunday at 10.30am. 

Communion is celebrated on the 1st Sunday in every month.

The St Martin's Discovery Group meets various months  (See below)

Community Sing-a-long is an hour or so of singing (or just listening) for fun and fellowship.  Join in your favourite songs from yesteryear and the shows.


List of Contacts

email: stmartins@urc-eastdorset.org.uk

Church Secretary:  Mrs Pauline Whately
01202  813908
email: Paulinewhately@gmail.com

Treasurer:  Christopher Legrand 
01202 873344
email: stmartins@urc-eastdorset.org.uk

Hall/Church Lettings: Mrs Maggie Larkin
07837 691496
Safeguarding Officer: Mrs Maggie Larkin

Revd James Whately  tel. 01202 813908; 
mob.  07936902554;    

The Story of St Martin’s

St Martin’s, as it known today, was first built in 1903 and used as a Protestant Evangelical Church to serve the needs of the growing population of what had been the very small village of West Moors, which was then part of the parish of West Parley.

In 1925 it became the West Moors Congregational Church and was known by this name until the union of the Presbyterian and Congregational Churches in 1972.

The church underwent a variety of extensions and alterations over the years, the most recent of which is the provision of a new entrance facing Station Road, to make the church more visible and accessible to the West Moors and surrounding community.  With these latest changes, there will be increased use of the sanctuary of the church as a multi-functional meeting space.

In August 2019, the Reverend James Whately became our minister.

The church hall is available to rent by local community groups and for children's parties etc.


Community Sing-a-long

This popular event, open to everyone is held on the first and third Thursday of each month (except

 August) it provides an opportunity for everyone to remember and sing along with popular songs from

yesteryear as well as providing fun and friendship.   Singing or just listening is known to provide

excellent stimulation of the memory.


For more information go to 'Community Sing-a-long'