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


Saturday 01st

10:30 AM – Coffee morning, Shillingstone

Sunday 02nd

10:30 AM – Benefice Service, Hammoon

3:30 PM – Allsorts, Shillingstone

Wednesday 05th

9:00 AM – Messy Church toddler group, Child Okeford

12:00 PM – Holy Communion Modern, Shillingstone

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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Fun activity


Jesus’ sheep

You will need:
– a paper plate
– a paper doily
– white card
– black and white felt
– stick on eyes

Cut out two strips from the white card and black felt. Stick the black felt onto the white card to make the legs.
Stick the legs to the bottom of the plate and then stick the doily to the plate.
Cut out the sheep’s head (don’t forget the ears!) from the black felt and a smile from the white felt.
Stick the smile to the face along with the eyes and stick to the doily.

You can make a whole flock if you like!

Bible verse: psalm 100:3, ‘We are his people and the sheep of his pasture’.

Prayer for the week


O God, forasmuch as without you
we are not able to please you;
mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit
may in all things direct and rule our hearts;
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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Manston and Child Okeford merger

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Confirmation class date change

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Harvest Festivals

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Lytchgate to close

From October 3rd the lytchgate will be closed for the repairs, opening date as yet unknown. Sorry for the inconvenience this will cause.
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