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.


Fellowship service

Know yourself to know God – by Rev’d Lydia

Sitting by the bedside of a dying parishioner this week, listening to the quiet shallow breathing mingled with the birdsong from outside was a gift and a privilege. Nothing was expected of me but my presence, love, and prayers and it was a blessed hour which was a balm to my soul as much as I hope it was a comfort to the one I was with.

In the back of my mind were the words of Scripture we heard a couple of weeks ago – words of the great commandment to love God and to love your […]


Holiday Club starts soon!

Okeford Benefice Holiday Club. Every Thursday in August - 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd with a pilgrimage on the 29th. 10.30 - 12.30pm at the Shillingstone Church Centre. Games, ctaft, Bible...
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A Summer’s Evening Walk with Supper

Friday 26th July; 6pm. Meet at St Andrew’s and enjoy an hour’s walk along footpaths to gain an appetite. (Dogs welcome on a lead.) Finish at Cookwell for an outdoor...
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Eco-Brick making

In preparation for our summer holiday club, please could you start making eco-bricks. Take an empty 1.5litre drinks bottle and stuff into it clean un-recyclable plastics. You will need a...
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SYC – Maps and Wraps

Thursday 25 July – Youth Club at Shillingstone Church Centre. 7 pm till 8.30 pm. All are welcome, aged between 10 to 14 years. This month – MAPS & WRAPS! ...
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Thursday 25th

7:00 PM – Youth Group, Shillingstone

Sunday 28th

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

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 5 – Sunday 21st July

Almighty and everlasting God,
by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church
is governed and sanctified:
hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people,
that in their vocation and ministry
they may serve you in holiness and truth
to the glory of your name;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Genesis 18: 1 – 10a; Psalm 15; Colossians 1: 15 – 28; Luke 10: 38 – end



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 .