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.



Holy Week at St. Martin's

10th April - Mrs Maggie Larkin - Palm Sunday

15th April - Rev Margaret Tilley - Good Friday

17th April - Rev Mary Thomas - Easter Sunday

24th April - Rev Lynne Morris - Low Sunday


Preachers for May 2022

1st May - Rev James Whately - Holy Communion

8th May - Mr Andrew Hirst

15th May - Rev Margaret Evans

22nd May - Rev John Berridge

29th May - Rev James Whately


Preachers for June 2022

5th June - Rev Mary Thomas - Holy Communion

12th June - Rev James Whately

19th June - Mrs Pauline Whately

26th June - Mr Andrew Hirst


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 Ukraine  

God of all,
with alarm and concern we bring before you
the military intervention in Ukraine.

In a world you made for peace and flourishing,
we lament the use of armed force.

We mourn every casualty of this conflict,
every precious life extinguished by war.
We pray comfort for those who grieve
and those who are fearful.

Hear our longing that leaders and nations
will honour the worth of all people
by having the courage
to resolve conflict through dialogue.

May all our human failings be transformed
by your wonderful grace and goodness.

We ask this in the name of Christ,
the author of peace and sustainer of Creation.


This is a prayer from the Joint Public Issues Team of the United Reformed Church, Methodist Church and Baptist Union. The text may be shared and reproduced for non-monetised purposes.



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'