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 23rd

9:00 AM – Holy Communion Traditional, Child Okeford

10:00 AM – Morning Worship, Okeford Fitzpaine

10:30 AM – Family Service, Shillingstone

3:30 PM – Evensong, Manston

Wednesday 26th

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


All God’s creatures

To make the elephants you will need:
– a cardboard roll from a roll of kitchen paper
– grey card
– felt tip pens
– glue
– scissors

Cut the kitchen roll tube in half.

Cut two pieces of grey card to the same height as the tubes and long enough to wrap round each tube. Stick the card to each tube to make the elephant’s body.

Cut out four legs from the card and draw on feet and wrinkles. Stick two on each tube.

Cut out two heads with trunks and draw an elephant’s face onto each one. Stick the heads on the tubes.

Bible verse: for the story of creation, read Genesis chapter 1.

Prayer for the week


Blessed Lord,
who caused all holy Scriptures
to be written for our learning:
help us so to hear them,
to read, mark, learn
and inwardly digest them
that, through patience,
and the comfort of your holy word,
we may embrace and for ever hold fast
the hope of everlasting life,
which you have given us
in our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

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Benefice harvest supper

We enjoyed a fantastic harvest celebration together at the Church Centre. The table groaned with food and most of it got eaten! Sammy and Charles Upton provided wonderful entertainment and...
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Lytchgate update

The stone work is now complete and it is now ready for the carpenters and roofers to carry on the work.
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Bridge opening

There was a wonderful coming together of the two communities of Shillingstone and Child Okeford last Friday as the re-built Haywards Bridge was opened. Both parish crosses were processed to...
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New fifth Sunday services

Following the wonderful Messy Harvest held at Child Okeford church, a Messy Communion Service at 10.30 AM on October 30th will be held also in Child Okeford church. The Rector...
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Bible study

Bible study starts on October 20th at 2:30 PM in the Shillingstone church centre. This will be a four week course looking at the infancy narritives in the Gospels of...
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Quiz nights!

There are two opportunities coming soon to get quizzing across the Benefice in aid of church funds: Okeford Fitzpaine - Quiz and curry night on Friday 28th October at 7:00...
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Rector’s holiday

Lydia will be on holiday for the half term week, from Monday 24th until Sunday 30th October.
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New Lay Pastoral Assistants

Two members of our Benefice, Mrs. Ruth Allen and Mrs. Abi Rudd have very nearly finished their training to become LPAs. Their commissioning service is on 1st November at 7:30...
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