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


We welcome Reverend James Whately as our Minister


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.



Diary for October includes


Tuesday 1st October   

“Tuesday at 2pm – Bible Fellowship” led by Mrs Maggie Larkin

St Martin’s Gospel Community Choir at 7.15pm


Thursday 3rd October at 10.30am Community Sing-a-long


Sunday  6th October at 10.30am. Harvest festival

Sunday worship, Harvest and Holy Communion led by Revd James Whately


Monday 7th October at 2.30pm St Martin’s ‘Discovery Group’

Speaker: Henry Schachter who is a Holocaust Survivor.

He is going to tell us his gripping story ”Hidden Child” Entry £3.00.


Tuesday 8th October   

“Tuesday at 2pm – Bible Fellowship” led by Mrs Maggie Larkin

St Martin’s Gospel Community Choir at 7.15pm


Saturday 12th October from 10.00am till Noon. 

Our monthly coffee morning. 

Delicious cakes, time to meet established friends and make new ones.


Sunday  13th October at 10.30am.

Sunday worship led by Mr Andrew Hirst


Tuesday 15th October   

“‘Tuesday at 2pm – Bible Fellowship” led by Mrs Maggie Larkin

St Martin’s Gospel Community Choir at 7.15pm


Thursday 17th Octoberh at 10.30am  Community Sing-a-long


Sunday 20th October at 10.30am  

Sunday worship led by Revd Margaret Tilley


Tuesday 22nd October   

“Tuesday at 2pm – Bible Fellowship” led by Mrs Maggie Larkin

St Martin’s Gospel Community Choir at 7.15pm


 Sunday  27th October at 10.30am 

Sunday worship led by Revd Mary Thomas



Tuesday 29th  October   

“Tuesday at 2pm – Bible Fellowship” led by Mrs Maggie Larkin

St Martin’s Gospel Community Choir at 7.15pm


Sunday  3rd November at 10.30am.

Sunday worship and Holy Communion led by Revd James Whately



                   Early notice. November 10th at 3.00pm “Songs of Praise and Joy”





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.

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 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 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

Revd James Whately became the Minister of
St Martin's on August 24th.
Whilst James gets to know the needs of  St Martin's,  its members, congregation and local community,  please contact the Church Secretary on 01202 872045 in the first instance.

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'

                                                                                                      Wednesday Bible Fellowship                                                                                                           

Wednesday Bible Fellowship’   - Every Wedneday (Check time)

A warm invitation is extended everyone to come to our informal Bible Fellowship.    For more information speak to Maggie Larkin 


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