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.


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Thursday 08th

2:30 PM – Carol Service, Shillingstone

Sunday 11th

9:00 AM – Holy Communion Modern, Hammoon

10:00 AM – Holy Communion Modern, Okeford Fitzpaine

10:30 AM – Messy Church, Child Okeford

3:30 PM – Evensong, Shillingstone

6:30 PM – Carol Service, Child Okeford

Wednesday 14th

12:00 PM – Holy Communion Modern, Shillingstone

6:00 PM – School Carol Service, Okeford Fitzpaine

6:30 PM – School Carol Service, Child Okeford

Morning and Evening Prayer

Morning and Evening Prayer is said each day around the Benefice at 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM. Please see the calendar for day and location.

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Modern sung service

11th December at 10:00 AM at Okeford Fitzpaine Church

Modern said service

11th December at 9:00 AM at Hammoon Church

Traditional sung service

11th December at 3:30 PM at Shillingstone Church

Traditional said service

22nd January at 9:00 AM at Child Okeford Church

Family service

11th December at 10:30 AM at Child Okeford Church

Fun activity


Christmas stable

You will need:
– a box (we used a washing up tab box), brown acrylic paint and shredded paper
– black card, glitter and a lollipop stick
– an egg box, a strip of cloth and some hay
– glue

Paint the box brown. Spread glue on the roof, stick on the shredded paper and sprinkle on some glitter.

Cut a star out of the black card and then stick it onto the lollipop stick. Put some glue on the star and then scatter glitter over it. Stick the lollipop stick to the back of the box.

Fill the stable with hay. Cut out one cup of an egg box and put the strip of cloth in it. Put the cup into the stable.

Bible verse: for the story of Jesus’ birth, read Luke chapter 2 verses 1-7.

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O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power
and come among us,
and with great might succour us;
that whereas, through our sins and wickedness
we are grievously hindered
in running the race that is set before us,
your bountiful grace and mercy
may speedily help and deliver us;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honour and glory, now and for ever.

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Rector’s holiday

The Rector will be away on holiday from Boxing Day to New Year's Eve inclusive. There will be no mid-week services, the first service will be on Sunday 1st of...
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Advent reflections

Through Advent, the Rector has been writing a reflection on the old Testament reading set for the particular Sunday. If you miss picking up a copy in church, please contact...
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Evening prayer at Manston

Given its isolated position and the fact that the Rector is sometimes on her own, Evening Prayer will only be said on Mondays between the beginning of April and the...
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Benefice PCC revised date and time

The date of the Benefice PCC has been changed to Tuesday 10th January at 7:30 PM. This allows for more people to attend. There will be a meal and a...
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