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 December 2018


The Elders and congregation of St Martin's are delighted that Revd James Whately has accepted the call to become the Minister of St Martins.


The Elders, Members and Congregation of St Martin’s extend their very best wishes to you all for a peaceful and joyous Christmas along with the hope that the love generated by remembering the birth of Jesus will radiate around the world and help towards future just and lasting peace


Sunday   2nd December at 10.30am. Sunday worship and Holy Communion led by Revd Margaret Tilley


Monday and Tuesday 3rd/4th December  Set up for West Moors Christmas Tree Festival


Wednesday 5th December from 10am to Saturday 8th December at 6pm

West Moors Christmas Tree Festival at St Martin’s


Thursday  6th December at 10.30am.  ‘Christmas Community Sing-a-long’ with the St Martin’s Gospel Choir


Friday 7th December at 6pm  ‘Carols at the Petwyn’ followed by carols and songs at St Martin’s by the St Martin’s Gospel Choir ;


Sunday 9th December at 10.30am. Sunday worship led by Mr Eddie Martin


Sunday 9th December (pm only) and Monday 10th December Removal of Christmas trees


Thursday 13th December at 7.30pm   Carols at Horton Heath Methodist Church with St Martin’s Gospel Choir


Sunday 16th December at 10.30am   Sunday worship led by Revd Margaret Tilley


Wednesday 19th December at 6.30pm   Carols by Candlelight, followed by coffee and mince pies in the hall


Thursday   20th December at 10.30am.  ‘Community Sing-a-long’


Sunday 23rd  December at 10.30am   Sunday worship led by Revd Margaret Tilley


Sunday   30th December at 10.30am   Sunday worship led by the 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

   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'

                                                                                                      Tuesday at 2 - Bible Fellowship                                                                                                           

‘Tuesday at 2 - Bible Fellowship’   - Every Tuesday at 2pm

A warm invitation is extended everyone to come to our informal Bible Fellowship looking, this session, at what Jesus said, and entitled ‘Hard Sayings’.  For more information speak to Maggie Larkin 


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