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 Open for friendship and prayer every Saturday from 11am - 12 noon    A warm, welcoming church

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 and in 2013 underwent alterations and installed a new entrance to make it more open and accessible to the people of West Moors and the surrounding area.

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


The diary for July 2018



Sunday  1st July at 10.30am. Sunday worship and Holy Communion led by Revd Margaret Tilley


Thursday  5th July at 10.30am.  ‘Community Sing-a-long’


Sunday 8th July at 10.30am   Sunday worship led by Mrs Maggie Larkin


Saturday 14th July THERE IS NO COFFEEE MORNING THIS MONTH.  It clashes with West Moors Multi Activity Day (MAD) on Friar’s Field, but please come and support the St Martin’s Gospel Choir performance at MAD at 12 noon.


Sunday   15th July at 10.30am   Sunday worship led by Revd Lynne Morris


Thursday   19th July at 10.30am.  ‘Community Sing-a-long’


Sunday   22nd July at 10.30am   Sunday worship led by Revd John Berridge


 Sunday   29th July at 10.30am   Sunday worship led by St Martin’s Worship Group





List of services and events

Sunday Worship is held every Sunday at 10.30am. 

The church is open  every Saturday from 11am until Noon for quiet contemplation, prayer or a chat with a church member or elder

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

Little Munchkins (0 - 3yrs old) meet every Thursday in term time.

A coffee morning is held, usually on the second Saturday of each month (excepting January), between 10am and 12 noon

The St Martin's Discovery Group meets monthly (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 Muriel Moore
01202 872045
email: murielmoore12@yahoo.co.uk

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

Hall/Church Lettings: Mrs Maggie Larkin
07837 691296
email: j_mlarkin@hotmail.com

Elders:  Frank Partridge
   Mrs Jean Partridge
    Geoff Greatwood
  Mrs Mary Cole
    Mrs Muriel Moore
      Christopher Legrand
      Mrs Maggie Larkin

Although St Martin's does not have a Stipendiary Minister at present, we are very fortunate  to enjoy the help and services of the Reverend Margaret Tilley who has been associated with the church for over 20 years.  Her telephone number is 01202 824959

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.

The church provides pastoral support at one of the local nursing homes and maintains links with the community at Sturts Farm.

The church celebrated it's 110th anniversary in May 2013 with a Flower Festival, a visit from the URC Wessex Synod Moderator, the Reverend Clare Downing and two musical concerts.

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


St Martin's Discovery Group
If local, national or world history and geography and culture interest you, then you are cordially invited to this Discovery Group where we engage knowledgeable speakers to give illustrated lectures and presentations.

Meetings are planned usually in the afternoon and occasionally in the evening most months to cater for those who prefer one or the other.  The afternoon meetings are usually on a Monday at 2.30pm.    Over 50 people attended the first talk of 2014 entitled 'Exploring the South Island of New Zealand'

The group was established at the end of 2013 and the first presentation was 'Around the World in Music and Pictures' to whet the appetite for future talks, which have included 'Exploring New Zealand',  Vietnam and the Far East, and Ethiopia. 

For more information go to 'St Martin's Discovery Group' 
Community Sing-a-long

This popular event, held on the first and third Thursday of each month (except August) provides an opportunity for everyne to remember and sing along with popular songs from yesteryearas well as providing fun and friendship.   Singing or just listening is known to provide excellent stimulation ofr the memory

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

                                                                                                      Food Collections for Dorset families with children in poverty                                                                                                             

In Dorset 18,536 children have been identified as being in child poverty (Source: Campaign to end Child Poverty)  where, as in other parts of the UK, some children go to school hungry because they don't get a proper breakfast and one in four parents has missed a meal in the past year in order to feed their children. (Source: Save the Children)

St Martin's organises food collections to support Dorset families with children in child poverty.  The food collected is passed to the managed distribution centres operated by the Trussell Trust and Salvation Army who ensure that the food goes to those who genuinely need it.


We take this opportunity express our thanks to everyone who have supported our collections when hundreds of kilos of provisions have been delivered to the local charities. Your support is greatly appreciated. 



Pop in and see us, you will always find a warm welcome at St Martin's.