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.



Held in the morning of the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month (except August)
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.



Held on the last Wednesday of each month from 10.30 am to 12 noon



 ‘I had the perfect dream’

Saturday 24th February – 2.30pm

Tickets £8.00 from Brewer & Brewer


Raising money for Macmillan Caring Locally & St. Martin’s URC



You will be most welcome to join us for worship on any of the following dates.

Doors open from 10am, worship begins at 10.30am which will

be followed by refreshments at about 11.30am.


Preachers for Sundays



Sunday 7th January - Rev James Whately - Communion Service

Sunday 14th January - Mrs Pauline Whately

Sunday 21st January - Mr Andrew Hirst

Sunday 28th January - Mrs Maggie Larkin



Sunday 4th February - Rev James Whately - Communion Service

Sunday 11th February - Mrs Pauline Whately

Sunday 18th February - Mr Andrew Hirst

Sunday 25th February - Mrs Maggie Larkin



Sunday 3rd March - Rev James Whately - Communion Service

Sunday 10th March - Mrs Pauline Whately - Mothering Sunday

Sunday 17th March -Mrs Maggie Larkin

Sunday 24th March - Mr Andrew Hirst



Good Friday 29th March - A time of reflection with words and music

Easter Sunday 31st March - Rev James Whately - Communion Service





We are 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 from Christian Aid...


O God of all justice and peace


We cry out to you in the midst of the pain and trauma of violence

 and fear which prevails in the Holy Land.


Be with those who need you in these days of suffering;

we pray for people of all faiths -

Jews, Muslims and Christians and for all people of the land.


While we pray to you, O Lord,

for an end to violence and the establishment of peace,

we also call for you to bring justice and equity to the peoples.


Guide us into your kingdom where all people are treated

with dignity and honour as your children for to all of us

you are our Heavenly Father.

In Jesus' name we pray.









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'