Church Services:

We offer services to suit everyone:

  • Holy Communion Services from the Book of Common Prayer

  • Sung Parish Eucharist

  • Family Communion

  • Morning Worship

  • Traditional Sung Mattins

  • Traditional Sung Evensong

  • Songs of Praise

  • Family Services with lots of child involvement

  • Children's Activities and Youth Services

  • Healing Services

  • Cafe Church

  • Services in different venues

Our churches are very friendly and welcoming, so please come along and join in!




Benefice of West Purbeck

Church Services


Church Services in February 2020

Sunday 16th February-Second Sunday Before Lent
8am Holy Communion Wool
9.15am Parish Communion Affpuddle
11am Parish Communion Bere Regis
5pm Supper Church at D’Urberville  Centre Wool
6pm Evensong at Turberville Court Bere Regis
Wednesday 19th February
10am Holy Communion (Coffee and Cake) 
at D’Urberville Centre Wool
2.30pm Holy Communion at Turbervile 
Court Bere Regis
Sunday 23rd February- Sunday Next before Lent
8am Holy Communion Wool
9.15am Parish Communion Affpuddle
10am Parish Communion Wool
11am Family Service Bere Regis
6pm Healing Eucharist Wool
Wednesday 26th February - Ash Wednesday - Services with the imposition of ashes
10am Holy Communion at D’Urberville Centre Wool
3.30pm Youth Communion at D’Urberville Centre, Wool
7pm Holy Communion Bere Regis
Saturday 29th February
8.30am Benefice breakfast and prayer Affpuddle

Service Pattern

If you look at the service rota you may notice that there are some slight time changes.  
We have reverted to 9:15am and 11am as the main service times so that on most Sunday’s Rev Sandra can be in both Affpuddle and Bere Regis churches
Here are some explanations about the different communion services.  Communion and Eucharist mean the service includes the opportunity to receive bread and wine, the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
Holy Communion – most likely to be at 8am
This is the most traditional form of service, using The Book of Common Prayer (BCP), sometimes known as 1662.  This communion service is loved for the beauty of its language and is usually quite quiet and reflective.  It lasts about half an hour and does not usually have hymns.
Parish Communion
This service does have hymns and other musical settings and the wording can be traditional (thee, thou, thy, thine) or contemporary (you, your).  It usually lasts about an hour and is followed by refreshments.
Family Communion
This is usually a shorter version of the Parish Communion, it may not have so many readings and the hymns or songs may be more modern, it is family friendly and lasts about 45 minutes with refreshments afterwards, it may include a Baptism.
Benefice Eucharist
Benefice in the title usually means there is only one service that day at one chosen parish church – this is usually on a fifth Sunday.  It will have all the usual elements of Parish Communion, using contemporary language and will be about an hour, with refreshments afterwards.
Coming together to worship God can be so special and we are lucky in this benefice to be able to do that in different ways through the variety of services, times, and locations.  They’ll be more on the services that don’t include communion next time, but in the meantime take your pick and find something that suits you, or maybe try something new.
Following on from the last issue, here’s a look at other services offered that don’t include communion.
Family Service/Worship 
This service is much shorter than all the others – 35-40 minutes, the children are involved as much as possible.  The language is contemporary (you, your), the hymns or songs may be more modern.  It is very family friendly with refreshments afterwards.  At Bere Regis it usually includes some of the children showing their skills with puppets.  See Junior Church piece elsewhere in the magazine.
Evening Worship
Again, hymns and readings in contemporary language, usually just under an hour.  There may be a sermon, talk or reflection.
This is the most traditional form of evening service, using The Book of Common Prayer (BCP).  It includes sung responses, Psalms, The Magnificat, The Nunc Dimittis, readings and hymns.  This is usually led with a choir, it is loved for the beauty of its language and music.
Taizé Worship
Taizé is a small village in Burgundy, France, where, in 1949, Brother Roger established a monastery.  In the 1960’s young people used to camp around the monastery and join the monks for prayer.  The monks developed a new and very simple style of service which could easily be picked up by people of all ages and languages.  These easy chants combine repetition and meditation which leads to a more quiet and reflective worship.  
Hope you find something there that interests you, if not what are we missing?