MEMBERS of St Mary’s Church in Dorchester will be stepping out to spread the word of God this week.

This is the third year that the church will be going out into the wider community as part of its mission week.

Last year the church visited Victoria Park where it was well received and this year marks its second outing to the area.

The five days of prayer and outreach will focus on delivering the church’s welcome pack and telling people that they are there for them in the name of Jesus.

The welcome pack includes information about the church, which is part of the Dorchester and Winterbournes Team Ministry, and how the worshipping community can be alongside them.

The Team Rector, Revd Thomas Woodhouse said: “We want to let people know we are there for them. To help celebrate significant life events through christenings and weddings, to give support when people need help after a death or illness, and to offer ways of getting involved in church life.”

The church needs people to help on the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 5.30pm and 7.30pm, as well as to commit to pray on those five days.

Sign-up forms will be available from the church and everyone is encouraged to join in.

Church members will also be inviting the people they meet to the annual community lunch which will be taking place on Sunday, August 11.

Revd Woodhouse said: “We are called to be Christ’s body in Dorchester and our forthcoming mission is to go where God sends us and to share the good news; to walk in the way of Christ. With this as our inspiration, we look forward to our third community lunch on Sunday, August 11 from 12pm to 2pm and plans are well advanced. Last year we held the whole event in the church, and it proved a huge success so we shall do the same this August, with the exception of the bouncy castle which stays outside.”