Wimborne Minster and the Wimborne Villages - Active Christian congregations worshipping in historic buildings set at the heart of our communities.
For over 1300 years Wimborne Minster has been a living centre for pilgrimage, prayer, mission and worship. In 2015, we joined with the villages to the north of the town - Holt, Hinton Martell, Horton, Chalbury and Witchampton. As from 1st July 2020 the benefice will be known as Wimborne Minster and the Wimborne Villages. The church of St James’ Holt has been closed for worship and all the villages have come together into one parish to continue the worship and work of God, and together we extend a warm and inclusive welcome to all who come through our doors. In our buildings you will find history and some significant treasures, but more than anything, they are places where people have gathered and encountered something of God's love; places (to quote T S Eliot) "where prayer has been valid". We hope you will come and discover that truth for yourself.
Wimborne Minster and the Wimborne Villages Benefice takes its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times. Our Parish Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded [here]
If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Jane Davidson on 01202 848921 email email@example.com
Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, on 07500 664800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Minster and Village churches are opening. See the Rector's letter. Many services and other resources are available online. Click on these links for Minster and Village services. It is also possible to join the Zoom services through the telephone number 0203 481 5240. Enter the meeting number (883 2976 1518) and follow the instructions. (You will need to use # key)
Letter from the Rector
If you are missing the sound of the Minster bells, they can be heard along with the many other readings, prayers and homilies under Sermons.
for the Faculty including floor repair at the West of the Nave and for seats in that area
To see what has been cancelled or postponed, please check this list.
Church of England Daily Prayer
Friends of Wimborne Minster Events Update
2019 Green Time Line
A diary of events that have significance for our world in environmental terms.
Christian Aid Local News
The Minster is open for Sunday morning Worship:
8.00 am – Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
9.30 am - Holy Communion (Common Worship)
Numbers have to be limited at both services and measures will be in place to control the risk of Covid-19 transmission. Please: keep social distance at all times, follow the one-way systems, and follow any other instructions.
You can watch these services on YouTube, at any time: To access these services on line, open your YouTube applicationopen your YouTube application and search for Wimborne Minster Official followed by the date of the Sunday in question in the order of year, month and day – e.g 26 July 2020 = 2020 07 26.
The collect and readings for each Sunday are also available here on the website under “Publications”
The following services will continue via Zoom Video Conferencing:
11.15 am Minster Praise (2nd & 4th Sundays – see below)
8.30 am Morning Prayer (daily except Sundays)
5.00 pm Evening Prayer (daily)
9.30 am Agape Home Communion (Wednesdays)
Join a service on Zoom
If you cannot Zoom from a computer you can listen and be heard via any telephone: simply dial 0203 481 5240 – an automatic response will ask you for the current meeting ID which is 883 2976 1518#. Press # again when asked, and you will be connected! To mute yourself, press the MUTE button on your phone or press *6.
The 11.15 Minster Praise will remain on Zoom for August (11.15 on 9th and 23rd). After the In-Minster All-Age Harvest Festival, 10am,13th September, we intend the 11.15 Minster Praise to revert to In-Minster from 27th September.
The Minster is open for private prayer:
Sundays and Wednesdays from Noon until 4.00 pm.
Please note that on Sundays only St Georges Chapel will be available : social distancing measures will be in place and numbers thus be limited at any one time, so please be patient if you are asked to wait before entering.
Some of the Wimborne Village Churches are open for private prayer for up to six people in a church at a time. Horton, Chalbury and Hinton Martell are currently open from approximately 9.30am to 5.00pm (though you may find them open a little earlier or later some days). Witchampton is open Monday and Thursday. If you would like a country walk and some prayer or quiet time inside a church, then please feel welcome to come to one of the above churches
Next SundayThe Minster is open for Sunday morning Worship
8.00am – Holy Communion (BCP)
9.30am – Holy Communion (Common Worship)
Numbers will be limited at both services and measures will be in place to control the risk of coronavirus transmission. Please maintain social distance at all times and please follow any instructions given.