Brian Barringer

Mondays at 11:00am

At The Hub

All of our members have reached retirement age but that doesn't stop us from having lively debates each week using the teaching materials provided. We would welcome new members, young or old!


Young Adults - Beth & Jamie Pritchard

Tuesday at 7:00pm

At The Hub

We are an informal Life group for Young Adults. We eat dinner together, then spend time studying the Bible, worshipping, praying and cheering each other on in our own personal journeys. 

YouTH - Jared Littlewood

Tuesday at 7:15pm

In The Church

Our Youth Life group is for Year 7 - 13's, we meet weekly to eat pudding together, study the Bible, play games, pray and generally have a great time with each other. 

Rob & Tracey Black

Tuesday at 7:30pm

Wimborne Road East, Ferndown 

We are a small, mixed sex group of couples and singles all over the age of 50, but younger people very welcome.  We have a variety of backgrounds and experience and seek to support each other pastorally and spiritually as we do life together. We  enjoy a mixture of worship, discussion and fun. 

Pursuit - Sarah Tyndall

Tuesdays at 7:30pm

Sopwith Cresent or Lynwood Drive, Merley

We are a women's Life Group and whilst our timings have been design to fit around the youth Life Group at church, there is no age restriction at all. We get together to pursue the presence of God. We place value in worshipping together, studying the bible and ministering to one another.

Barbara & Bill Jaggs

Tuesdays at 7:30pm

At each others' houses - mainly in Merley

We are a well established, loving and caring group with a wealth of life and faith experiences.  We seek to support each other and areas of Lantern priorities in practical

and prayerful ways - as well as having FUN together!

Maureen & John Dickson

Tuesday at 7:30pm

At each others' houses

we are a friendly, inclusive and supportive group, who enjoy social events and a good laugh. We meet weekly in term time, sharing life with one another, prayer, praise, we read scripture, discuss and then go and live it!

Quartus Gould

Tuesdays at 7:30pm

At each others' houses, Merley

We are a mixed group whose knowledge and understanding of the Bible is as broad as the age range (nearly!).

Howard & Ann Oldfield

Tuesdays at 7:30pm

Huntingdon Drive, Merley

We are a diverse group of around 12 people all in our maturing years! Our diversity encourages learning to listen to one another. When the opportunity in the life group programme allows we love having social activities!

Pauline & tony Rawlins

Tuesdays at 7:45pm

Sopwith Crescent, Merley

We are a group of mature Christians, aged between 50 and 80, who are very keen to move on with God. We encourage openness and honesty in a confidential setting, we gel well, are interested in each others lives and have lots of laughs.

David Stickland

Tuesdays at 8:00pm

Sopwith Cresent, Merley

We are a life group for men meeting on a Tuesday evening. There is a mixture of blokes from their 30s to 80s who aim to encourage each other to live their lives fully committed to following Jesus and making him known. We walk together through the ups and downs of life and share some food and laughs along the way.


Chris Dean

Wednesdays at 7:00pm

Sopwith Crescent, Merley

We are a small ladies Life Group, in the 50-65 age group. We meet every week and have great fellowship together.

Judi & Paul Hatchard

Wednesdays at 7:30pm

At each others' houses

We are a supportive and prayerful Life Group family. We are relaxed and always have a good laugh.

Chris & Sue Weall

Wednesdays at 7:30pm

At each others' houses, Merley

We are a group of people seeking to support each other as we ‘do life together’. This can be in practical ways but the focus is to encourage us to have our eyes upon Jesus in both the easy and more challenging times of life.  We also like to laugh together and learn about our different backgrounds. 

Andy & Nikki Luddington

Wednesdays at 7:45pm

Cockerell Close, Merley
We are fun, open, honest and secure group where people come as they are and can be themselves. We think people feel comfortable enough to make themselves vulnerable. We like to grapple with the Bible and encourage each other in our faith and in becoming more like Jesus. We like to have a laugh and the odd cake!

Jenny & Peter Owen

Wednesdays at 7:30pm

Egdon Drive, Merley

We are a friendly mixed group, encouraging and supporting each other on our Christian journeys and have lots of laughter along the way. 


Cecilie Wingate

Thursdays at 10:00am

Egdon Drive & Sopwith Cresent, Merley

We are a group of ladies who all meet together twice a term In the Hub for fellowship, prayer, coffee and a bring and share meal. 

Weekly we are divided into 2 groups, 1 group led by myself and the other led by Verity Harvey. Each week we have coffee, a time of worship, a study with open discussion and prayer.

Chris Read

Thursdays at 10:00am

At each others' houses

We are a group composed of older men (retired) most of whom belong to an evening life group already but enjoy bible study and fellowship. Because of this we don't use the church notes but tend to follow a particular book using SU type Bible studies.

John & Mandy Miller

Thursdays at 8:00pm

Various homes mainly in Wimborne and sometimes Merley 

We are a mixed group open to anyone who is looking for an informal group who love to add a bit of fun into the mix. Whilst we generally follow the life group notes, we will go off tangent to grapple with the deeper questions of how we apply our Christian faith to the modern world we live in.  

Young adults Plus - PruDence King

Thursdays at 7:00pm

Chichester Walk, Merley

We are a group of young adults from mid 20's to late 30's, who come together to study the bible, worship, pray, learn from and support each other in our personal walks with Jesus - usually over copious amounts of tea, biscuits and cake.


SALT - Bex Huntingford

Fridays at 9:45am

At The Hub

We are a group of women who meet weekly for coffee and cake, we then split into four small groups for Bible study and discussion. We have the unique blessing of a wonderful creche provided from 10-11.30am for preschool aged children!

we are recruiting

The Lantern Church, Merley | Registered Charity Number: 1137810

Chichester Walk, Merley, Wimborne, BH21 1SN

The Lantern Church is part of the Canford Magna Team Ministry here in the Diocese of Salisbury alongside:

Canford Magna Parish Church & St Barnabas Bearwood