Welcome to the Okeford Benefice

Commit your way to the Lord and put your trust in him, and he will bring it to pass. Psalm 37: 5

The Okeford Benefice is a group of five parishes of various shapes and sizes committed to deepening faith and discipleship in Jesus Christ. We have a vision for our local communities to be places where Christian love and service is clear and apparent.

Services and events


Sunday 28th

9:00 AM – Holy Communion Modern, Manston

10:30 AM – Holy Communion Modern, Shillingstone

10:30 AM – Matins, Child Okeford

Wednesday 31st

12:00 PM – Holy Communion Modern, Shillingstone

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Pentecost crown


Pentecost crown

You will need:
Red card for the headband
White card
Felt tips or paint
Glue, selotape and scissors

Cut a narrow strip of red card to fit your child’s head.
Cut out several flame shaped cards.
Colour or paint in bright colours.
Stick onto the headband.
Selotape the headband to fit.

For the story of Pentecost read Acts 2:1 – 13

Prayer for the week


O God, you declare your almighty power
most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,
that we, running the way of your commandments,
may receive your gracious promises,
and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

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Rector’s holiday

The Rector will be away on holiday in August from the 9th to the 23rd returning to work on the 24th. Please address any enquiries or urgent matters to the...
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Change to Benefice services

The September Benefice service will now be held at Okeford Fitzpaine at 10:30am and the October Benefice service will now be held at Hammoon at 10:30am.
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Summer concert

Come and enjoy an evening of music to fund raise for Holy Rood church.
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New service pattern

From September a new pattern of services will be introduced across the Benefice. This is in preparation for Sue Le Riche's retirement in February. There are also some new initiatives...
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Manston Church

The Church Councils of Manston and Child Okeford churches have agreed to work towards becoming one parish. This means that Manston will no longer have to find officers and will...
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Child Okeford Gift Day

Many thanks to all those who supported the Gift Day either by baking cakes, coming along to eat them and offering donations for the work of the church. Just over...
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Shillingstone lytch gate update

After the lytch gate was badly damaged when it was reversed into by an oil tanker, work has been going on to try and get it mended. First the structure...
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New school banner

The children of Okeford Fitzpaine Primary School have been very busy over the last two terms designing, planning, cutting and sewing a new school banner. It was paraded to school...
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Messy Church summer BBQ

Messy Church in Child Okeford celebrated summer with a Messy Baptism at their service where we thought about all the signs of summer and fresh creation. Following the service, we...
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Latest Lui news

March 2016 During visits to Lui I got to know Rev’d Sosthen Amin Lati, a health promotion worker and self-supporting priest, trained at Nairobi’s Church Army College.   At the end...
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St Nicholas' Child Okeford
St Paul's Hammoon
St Nicholas' Manston
St Andrew's Okeford Fitzpaine
Holy Rood Shillingstone
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