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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.

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Confirmation at Salisbury Cathedral

Two candidates from our Benefice -  Sally and Cindy, went to Salisbury Cathedral on Saturday for their service of Confirmation. With family and friends present and 31 other candidates it...
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January Youth Club – Design Time!

Youth Club meets at the Shillingstone Church Centre on Thursday 26th of January, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Anyone aged between 10 to 14 years is welcome. All the usual...
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Church Cleaning

It's not normally this bad... The verger and the treasurer, in safety gear, tooled up ready to deal with Holy Rood mice in the vestry cupboards!
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Taize service

On 29th January at 6:30 PM at Shillingstone church, there will be a Taize style service. This service is made up of chants from the community at Taize in France,...
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First Friday lunch

After a wonderful community Christmas lunch, Okeford Fitzpaine church with help from the Village Community Group are restarting the First Friday Lunches. This is a two course lunch with tea/coffee...
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An evening with Penrose Halson

Shillingstone church is hosting a fundraising evening on Friday 17th February at 7:30 PM in the Shillingstone Church Centre. This is a talk by Penrose Halson on her book 'Marriages...
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Quiz and casserole night

Ward off the winter blues and get your quizzing hats on with a quiz and casserole night at Child Okeford village hall on Saturday 4th February at 7:30 PM. Teams...
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Coffee morning

There will be a coffee morning at St Nicholas' Church Child Okeford on the 21st of January at 10:30 AM. All proceeds towards the work of the church.
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Education Sunday

Please put the 22nd of January in your diary as the three primary schools in our Benefice gather at Shillingstone Church at 10:30 AM for the annual Education Sunday service....
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Bible study restarting

Bible Study restarts on the 19th of January at 2:30 PM at Shillingstone Church Centre. This 4 week course will study The Passion Narrative in John.
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UPCOMING SERVICES

Sunday 22nd

9:00 AM – Holy Communion Traditional, Child Okeford

10:00 AM – Matins, Okeford Fitzpaine

10:30 AM – Family Service, Shillingstone

3:30 PM – Evensong, Manston

Wednesday 25th

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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PRAYER AND READINGS

Second Sunday of Epiphany – 15th January

Almighty God,
in Christ you make all things new:
transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace,
and in the renewal of our lives
make known your heavenly glory;
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.

Isaiah 49: 1 – 7; Psalm 40: 1 – 11
1 Corinthians 1: 1 – 9; John 1: 29 – 42

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WHERE IS THE NEXT …

Modern sung service

5th February at 10:30 PM at Child Okeford Church

Modern said service

12th February at 9:00 AM at Hammoon Church

Traditional sung service

22nd January at 10:00 AM at Okeford Fitzpaine Church

Traditional said service

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

Family service

22nd January at 10:30 AM at Shillingstone Church

Deepening discipleship

DEEPENING DISCIPLESHIP

January

26th at 2:30 PM – Bible study, Shillingstone

26th at 7:00 PM – House group, Okeford Fitzpaine

February

2nd at 2:30 PM – Bible study, Shillingstone

2nd at 7:00 PM – House group, Okeford Fitzpaine

9th at 2:30 PM – Bible study, Shillingstone

9th at 7:00 PM – House group, Okeford Fitzpaine

16th at 7:00 PM – House group, Okeford Fitzpaine

Deepening fellowship

FELLOWSHIP EVENTS

January

21st at 10:30 AM – Coffee morning, Child Okeford

February

3rd at 12:30 PM – 1st Friday lunch, Okeford Fitzpaine

4th at 10:30 AM – Coffee morning, Shillingstone

18th at 10:30 AM – Coffee morning, Child Okeford

March

1st at 12:00 PM – Lent lunch, Shillingstone

3rd at 12:30 PM – 1st Friday lunch, Okeford Fitzpaine

4th at 10:30 AM – Coffee morning, Shillingstone

8th at 12:00 PM – Lent lunch, Shillingstone

15th at 12:00 PM – Lent lunch, Shillingstone

18th at 10:30 AM – Coffee morning, Child Okeford

22nd at 12:00 PM – Lent lunch, Shillingstone

29th at 12:00 PM – Lent lunch, Shillingstone

Fundraising

FUNDRAISING EVENTS

February

4th at 7:00 PM – Quiz and casserole night, Child Okeford

17th at 7:00 PM – An evening with Penrose Halson, Shillingstone

March

25th at 7:00 PM – Wandering Winds concert, Shillingstone

June

8th at 9:00 AM – Flower festival and history exhibition, Shillingstone

9th at 9:00 AM – Flower festival and history exhibition, Shillingstone

10th at 9:00 AM – Flower festival and history exhibition, Shillingstone

29th at 9:00 AM – Flower festival, Child Okeford

30th at 9:00 AM – Flower festival, Child Okeford

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