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About us

A family of god sharing his heart to reach the lost,

grow the found and transform our Communities.


The Lantern is a lively evangelical charismatic Anglican church in Merley, a housing estate north of Poole and south of Wimborne Minster. The Lantern is a place where you can explore faith, grow in your Christian faith and feel part of a caring family, sharing God's heart to bring life and hope to its community. Christians are people who have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We believe that we are all 'lost' in the world until we are 'found' by Jesus and that once we've discovered what life can be like with Jesus, we want to let others in on the joy of that! We seek to be authentic with each other, learn how to live life better from the teachings of the Bible and lead humble but courageous, prayerful and generous lives as we try (often failing!) to put our faith into practice in every area of our daily lives. 

We encourage everyone at the Lantern to:

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attend church 

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Join a lifegroup 

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give financially to God's work


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 Our Values - What Makes


We want every person to know they are welcome here, and can belong, just as they are.

Encountering God

We eagerly desire to meet with God through His Word and His Spirit when we gather together.

Having a Fun-Loving Attitude

Not taking ourselves too seriously... (but taking God very seriously!)

What I Love about The lantern...


"Really friendly welcome and excellent teaching. I'm so pleased to have found this church."


"A fantastic Church, great services, open, genuine, community based. A full age range attend, highly recommended."


"Brilliant community church. We aren't religious but go for all their events and they always give 110% into everything, love it. Their website has all their events on"

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