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.


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At our Diocesan Synod recently a motion was passed that recognised that there is a climate emergency. Everyone in the Diocese is asked to engage with the fifth of the marks of mission of the church which is to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

Climate change, species loss, pollution, the problem of plastic in our ocean, deforestation, soil erosion – the issues are many and complex. As individual humans we can feel quite helpless in the face of such global issues. One of the things we can all do is offer prayers for our damaged creation, damaged wildlife and damaged people.

Prayer in this way becomes an act of justice. By bringing people and situations to mind in prayer before God we ensure that no  one becomes “forgotten”, that no situation is out of sight and out of mind and that the weak, poor, and voiceless are given a voice. Prayer is a powerful force. It changes things externally and it also changes us internally. When we voice things in prayer we know that there has to be a response – a response from God certainly, but also a response from us. Prayer should not leave us un-changed and in this climate emergency we cannot afford not to be changed.


Fellowship service

Slow proving – by Rev’d Lydia

Simon and I have made all our bread for over 20 years now. We started off using a machine, but then moved to hand kneading after a few years (we got fed up of the hole in the bottom of the loaf from the machine paddle). There is something very satisfying about kneading a lump of dough and then setting it aside to prove. The best bread is achieved by letting the dough rise once and then knocking it back and letting it rise again. The power […]


Deanery Talk – by Br Sam

Monday January 20th at 2pm at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton. Br Sam – a very popular speaker will be giving our annual lecture this January. His title is: “Fragile people...
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Quiz Night

Saturday 1st February 2020 at 7pm at the Child Okeford Village Hall Teams of 6 (not 8 as in The Hill) Tickets (£10 per head) available from Cross Stores. Licensed...
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Bible Study

Bible study continues on January 23rd at 2pm in the Shillingstone Church Centre. We will be continuing our exploration of the extraordinary life of Elijah – one of the great...
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Thursday 23rd

2:00 PM – Bible study, Shillingstone

Friday 24th

4:45 PM – Trailblazers, Okeford Fitzpaine

Sunday 26th

9:00 AM – Holy Communion Traditional, Child Okeford

10:00 AM – Holy Communion Modern, Okeford Fitzpaine

10:30 AM – Family Service, Shillingstone

6:30 PM – Evensong, Manston

Wednesday 29th

9:00 AM – Messy Church toddler group, Child Okeford

1:00 PM – Enquirers' Group, 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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2nd Sunday of Epiphany

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 Corinthians 1: 1 – 9; John 1: 29 – 42



The Okeford Benefice takes its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people and adults who may be at risk very seriously and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times.

Our Benefice Safeguarding Policy can be viewed here.

If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Benefice Safeguarding Officer Sue Chandler on 01258 861432 or 07554 425971 or by email .

Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Heather Bland on 07500 664800 or by email .