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.


St Nicholas' Child Okeford cowslips

If you have walked through our churchyards or visited the Shillingstone Church Centre recently, you may have been aware of some changes taking place to the grounds. Our churches are all working with plans to improve the wildlife value of these areas. This means experimenting with the mowing regime in some areas. It does not mean all mowing abandoned!

These wildlife areas improve the scope for bees, butterflies and birds, as well as wild flowers. I am hugely grateful for all those who care for our churchyards and give up their time and energy to create well cared for places for our loved to rest in peace.

Just because an area is going wild does not mean that it is not cared for – it’s cared for in a different way.

Please do use our churchyards as places to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation, as places of tranquillity and spiritual reflection as well as a place to remember lost loved ones.



Risky eating – by Rev’d Karen

I love Jesus for many reasons but one of them is his love of hospitality and teaching whilst he is around a dinner table. I have always enjoyed hosting, cooking and feeding people and I can see exactly why Jesus uses the opportunity to teach whilst people are relaxed and enjoying a good meal.

Jesus uses formal dinners, informal meals and weddings to teach about the kingdom of God and to tell his parables. He also had a sobering lesson for us about inviting into our homes those who wouldn’t usually be on our invite list.

The Bible tells us ‘The next time you put on a dinner, don’t just invite your friends and family and rich neighbours, the kind of people who will return the favour. Invite some people who never get […]


Bible Study

Our next Bible Study course starts October 17th 2 - 3pm in the Shillingstone Church Centre. We will take six weeks to work our way through Paul's first letter to...
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Coffee Morning

Saturday 5th October 10.30 - 12.00 at the Shillingstone Church Centre.  Sale of Costume Jewellery. Donations of unwanted costume jewellery would be appreciated. All welcome!
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Mighty Okes

Calling all High School aged young people! Come along to a praise service geared to you - fun, praise, and FOOD! 6 - 7pm at the Shillingstone Church Centre. Next...
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Alzheimer’s Memory Walk 12th October

Abi Rudd and Ursula Taxis will be walking 26 miles in aid of the Alzheimer's Society. They are walking together to remember those who can no longer remember us, and...
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Deanery Eucharist

Sunday 22nd September: St Mary’s Gillingham at 11am (which is not at the end of the universe! and there is lots of parking) Preacher: The Ven Penny Sayer, Archdeacon of...
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Service of Remembrance – date for your diary

Saturday 21st September at 11am at Wimborne Minster An opportunity to gather and remember those those who have been injured or lost their lives on our roads. It will be...
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Thursday 17th

2:00 PM – Bible Study, Shillingstone

Friday 18th

4:45 PM – Trailblazers, Okeford Fitzpaine

Saturday 19th

10:30 AM – Coffee Morning, Child Okeford

Sunday 20th

10:00 AM – Family Praise, Okeford Fitzpaine

10:00 AM – Trailblazers +, Okeford Fitzpaine

10:30 AM – Holy Communion Modern, Shillingstone

10:30 AM – Matins, 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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A Prayer of Invocation

Come, true light.
Come, life eternal.
Come, hidden mystery.
Come, treasure without name.
Come, rejoicing without end.
Come, light that knows no evening.
Come, raising of the fallen.
Come, resurrection of the dead.
Come, all-powerful, for unceasingly you create,
refashion and change all things by your will alone.
Come, my breath and my life.
Come, the consolation of my humble soul.
Come, my joy, my glory, my endless delight.



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 .