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 03rd

7:00 PM – Summer concert, Shillingstone

Sunday 04th

10:30 AM – Benefice Service, Okeford Fitzpaine

3:30 PM – Allsorts, Shillingstone

Wednesday 07th

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


Loving arms of God

You will need:
Card for the hands, face and body
Paper for the label
Wool for the hair
Stick on eyes
Felt tips, glue, selotape and scissors

Draw round your child’s hands on the card and cut out.
Cut out a circle of card for the head and a square of card for the body.
Stick on the eyes and/or draw the face.
Cut some lengths of wool for the hair and glue onto the head.
Glue or selotape the hands and head onto the body and colour if wished.
Stick on the label and write the words:
God forgives us and wraps his arms around us

For the story of the Lost and Found Son, read Luke 15:11 – 32

Prayer for the week


Almighty God,
whose only Son has opened for us
a new and living way into your presence:
give us pure hearts and steadfast wills
to worship you in spirit and in truth;
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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Coffee morning

Fundraising coffee morning at Shillingstone Church Centre on Saturday 3rd September 10:30am to 12:00pm. All very welcome!
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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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