Revd David Baldwin, Team Rector

Welcome to Beaminster Area Team Ministry Website

The Beaminster Area team Ministry covers fifty square miles of West Dorset and shares borders with Devon in the Diocese of Exeter and Somerset in the Diocese of Bath and Wells. The Beaminster Team is made up of 14 individual parishes plus the chapel in the grounds of Mapperton House, the home of the Earl of Sandwich. We are part of the Lyme Bay Deanery in the Diocese of Salisbury, England. The Area team is made up of myself, the Team Rector, the Team Vicar, 4 Partner Priest's, 4 Licensed Lay Ministers and our Team Administrator. We are wonderfully supported by our Lay Pastoral Assistants and Lay officers.

Our worship shows a wonderful variety of styles ranging from services from the Book of Common Prayer to child centred worship led by lay members of our churches. Music is a very important part of our worship and we have a team of Organists who play across the churches and there are choirs at 6 of our churches they will form a team choir for team services and for weddings and for special services they are augmented with members from the many choirs in the area.

I hope that you will enjoy your visit to our site which contains information about each Church including their history, local contacts, times of our worship, events taking place across the team, articles from the team and our monthly Team News. You will also find information on Baptism, Confirmation and Christian Marriage as well as ways of exploring the Christian faith.

We would be delighted to welcome you at one of our churches or maybe all if you can stay the pace!
If you would like to contact us please do so through the Contact us page.

David Baldwin, Team Rector of the Beaminster Area Team Ministry

Latest News

From The Hub: Rector stunned to silence!
On Wednesday 2nd March I opened a letter from the Diocese, from Bishop Nicholas and Dean June Osborne. It asked me to accept a nomination to become a non-residentiary Canon in the College of Canons of the Cathedral.
My first thought was that it was early for April 1st!

Why should I be given this privilege when I have the best job in the world serving the God whom I love and who loves me in rural ministry. But this is not reward for me but for all those who have supported me through my Christian journey my family, church families from Smethwick, Penn, Cuddesdon & Watlington, Uttoxeter, North Shropshire and Dorset, who have encouraged me to be bold; a fool for Christ.

When Jo joined us four years ago I told her that she was here to earn me canonisation- many a word spoken in jest, but she cannot leave because she has done her job! I will be licensed during Choral Evensong at the cathedral on Tuesday 3rd May at 5.30pm and it would be lovely if you could join me on the day.
David