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.



As a benefice we have decided to do our bit to change our habits and make a difference to the planet. Our PCCS have signed up to Eco Church : an A Rocha award sponsored by the Church of England.

Encourage your workplace/school to twin a toilet https://www.toilettwinning.org

Come and hear a talk on “Living Churchyards” on March 12th at 7pm in the Shillingstone Church Centre.

Messy Church has planned a whole year of Eco Crafts at each of their monthly services – hedgehog houses, butterfly surveys, seed bombs and much much more.


Fellowship service

Peculiar particularity – by Rev’d Lydia

As the Rector of a benefice I know that it is very difficult to get people to go to a different church from their own village church. I will admit it is one of those bizarre frustrations that is like having a small piece of grit in your shoe: it doesn’t stop you walking but it is constant background niggle. We have 5 churches in a very small geographical area, but they are churches in 5 distinct communities and somehow our religion just doesn’t seem to travel.

A rural colleague said recently “People demand a particularity about church which they […]


Fantastic singing, merry making and quite a bit of sherry….

A hugely enjoyable inaugural Sing and be Merry (with Sherry). Over 20 of us gathered in Child Okeford Church and were taken through our paces by Mike. We sang well...
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Pray Serve Grow – how is it for you?

An independent review into the ongoing success of the Diocesan vision of ‘Renewing Hope: Pray, Serve, Grow’ has been initiated by Bishop Nicholas, who has invited the former Bishop of...
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“Wigs and Mitres” – Tales of a Churchman

Come and enjoy a 2 Course Supper with Talk afterwards by Dr David McClean Saturday 23rd February 2019  Shillingstone Church Centre 7pm  Tickets £10.00 from Anne Powell 861397 Dr David...
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More Tea? Vicar…

Rev’d Lydia invites you for tea and chat this Tuesday (19th February) 3.30 - 4.40pm at the Shillingstone Church Centre. A chance to get to know people better, share concerns...
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Sunday 24th

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

Tuesday 26th

3:30 PM – More Tea Vicar, Shillingstone

Wednesday 27th

12:00 PM – Holy Communion Modern, 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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3rd Sunday before Lent – Sunday 17th February

Almighty God,
who alone can bring order
to the unruly wills and passions of sinful humanity:
give your people grace
so to love what you command
and to desire what you promise,
that, among the many changes of this world,
our hearts may surely there be fixed
where true joys are to be found;
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.


Jeremiah 17: 5 – 10; Psalm 1; 1 Corinthians 15: 12 – 20; Luke 6: 17 – 26