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 four 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.


The Nativity

Sunday 16th

5:00 PM – Carol service, Shillingstone

6:30 PM – Carol service, Okeford Fitzpaine

6:30 PM – Carol service, Child Okeford

Sunday 23rd

5:00 PM – Carol service, Hammoon

6:30 PM – Carol service, Manston

Monday 24th

3:00 PM – Crib service, Shillingstone

4:30 PM – Crib service, Shillingstone

4:30 PM – Crib service, Okeford Fitzpaine

6:00 PM – Crib service, Child Okeford

11:30 PM – Midnight service, Child Okeford

Tuesday 25th

10:00 AM – Christmas Praise, Okeford Fitzpaine

10:30 AM – Holy Communion Modern, Shillingstone

Sunday 30th

9:00 AM – Holy Communion (traditional), Manston

10:30 AM – Messy Communion, Child Okeford


Fellowship service

Advent Hope – by Rev’d Lydia

Our Bible was written in times when poverty and suffering were the reality in most people’s lives. It talks of those who are materially poor, of those who are rotting (often unjustly) in prisons, and those who are physically handicapped – the blind, the lame and those afflicted with diseases like leprosy. There are still where hundreds of millions in our high-tech world for whom this is still a daily reality.

But, even for those of us who live in islands of abundance and prosperity, there are other forms of poverty: social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual) and other forms of captivity (compulsions, obsessions, […]


Advent Calendar – THANKYOU

There has been a wonderfully generous response to our alternative advent calendar appeal this year. Thank you to all of you who have donated food for the food bank. I...
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Pew News goes digital

From January 2019, Pew News will no longer be printed (except for a few copies in churches for visitors) and will only be sent out by email as a PDF....
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The world in safe hands?

Tickets are now available for a talk by Bishop Nicholas (the lead Bishop in the House of Lords on the environment) on 31st January at 3:00 PM at The Exchange...
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Okeford Benefice Posada

Posada is a Spanish word that means 'inn’ and is also the title for a Mexican Advent celebration in which two young people dressed as Mary and Joseph travelled from...
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Wednesday 12th

12:00 PM – Holy Communion Modern, Shillingstone

Sunday 16th

9:00 AM – Holy Communion Modern, Shillingstone

5:00 PM – Carol service, Shillingstone

6:30 PM – Carol service, Okeford Fitzpaine

6:30 PM – Carol service, Child Okeford

Morning and Evening Prayer

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

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2nd Sunday of Advent – Sunday 9th December

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.


Malachi 3:1 – 4; The Benedictus ; Philippians 1: 3 – 11; Luke 3: 1 – 6