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.


Harvest festival

Sunday 8th October

10:30 AM – Messy Harvest Festival, Child Okeford

Sunday 15th October

11:00 AM – Harvest Festival, Shillingstone

6:30 PM – Harvest Festival, Hammoon


Fellowship service

Morning has broken – by Sue Le Riche

“Morning has broken, like the first morning; blackbird has spoken like the first bird. Praise for the singing, praise every morning; praise for them springing fresh from the Word.”

These were the words that sprang to mind whilst I was walking on the top of Okeford Hill at sun rise on a beautiful autumnal morning.

There was no sound other than the sheep bleating in the fields, the birds singing and flitting around in the trees. The dew on the grass was […]

Pew view is a weekly article by a member of the Benefice to inspire, challenge and encourage our discipleship. Please contact the Rector if you wish to submit an article.


Prayer day – date for your diary

You are warmly invited to a day exploring different forms of prayer. The day is led by the Rev'd Liz Palin and takes place on Saturday 28th October from 10:30...
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Dispelling a rumour

The Rector has been working very hard with the Parish Church Council (PCC) of Manston to ensure the long-term sustainability of Manston Church. Dishearteningly rumours have been going around that...
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Songs of Praise

Do come along to a Songs of Praise called 'Just as I am' on Sunday 1st October at the Shillingstone Church Centre from 3:30PM. We will be singing lots of...
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Youth group

The next meeting of the Shillingstone Youth Group is on Thursday 28th September at the Shillingstone Church Centre from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. All are welcome aged between 10 to...
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Wednesday 27th

12:00 PM – Holy Communion Modern, Shillingstone

Sunday 1st

10:30 AM – Benefice service, Hammoon

3:30 PM – Just as I am, Shillingstone

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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Trinity 15 – Sunday 24th September

God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit
upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:
grant that your people may be fervent
in the fellowship of the gospel
that, always abiding in you,
they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;
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.

Readings – Communion

Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16

Readings – Harvest

Deut 26:1-11; Psalm 100; Philippians 4:4-9; John 6:25-35

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Deepening fellowship

Thursday 5th October

2:30 PM – Bible study – Shillingstone Church Centre

7:00 PM – House group – Okeford Fitzpaine House Group

Friday 6th October

12:30 PM – First Friday Lunch – Okeford Fitzpaine Village Hall

Saturday 7th October

10:30 AM – Coffee morning – Shillingstone Church Centre

Monday 9th October

7:30 PM – Benefice prayer group – The Manor House