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.


Please join our annual pilgrimage to walk locally, talk and share food with fellow pilgrims.

Tuesday 4 June – St Mary Stalbridge 10.30 am Walk to ‘The Old Rectory’, Stock Gaylard 2.15 pm Walk to St Peter, Stourton Caundle 3.30 pm evening prayer

Thursday 6 June – Morning prayer, St Mary & St James, Hazelbury Bryan 11 am Walk to ‘The Ibberton’. Lunch (own expense)

Friday 7 June – 6.15 pm Walk from St Andrew, Okeford Fitzpaine to the Beacon 7 pm Open Air Evening Service at the Beacon.

Saturday 8 June – 10.30 am A walk between two Holy Places, from the Friary of St Francis, Hilfield to St Augustine’s Well, Cerne Abbas. Event is open to all but is primarily aimed at 8-16 yr olds.Booking essential.

Sunday 9 June – Pentecost 10.15 am Celebration of the 18 parishes in ‘Pilgrims’ Praise’ Sturminster Newton HighSchool with The Archdeacon of Sherborne.


Peter’s restoration

This statue of Peter and Jesus at Mensa Christi contains within it the whole story of Peter’s restoration.

Peter kneels and lifts his hand towards Jesus’ heart, almost pleading – “You know that I love you Lord”. Jesus takes that love, and both blesses Peter and also takes the gaze that Peter fixes on him and looks outward to the world. They do not touch with these outstretched hands but are linked by the crook. Peter is asked if he loves Jesus. He replies that he does, and then is told to feed Jesus’ sheep. This is a task that is shared with Christ. It comes from Christ to Peter as a great commission to him. Just as Mary could not cling to Jesus so Peter cannot touch Jesus […]


Rev’d Karen’s Ordination

Rev’d Karen is being ordained Priest at Salisbury Cathedral on June 29th at 4.30pm. You are all welcome to attend If you would like to contribute towards a gift for...
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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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Recycling scheme launched!

We are now a Terracycle Recycling Collection Point for: Crisp Packets – any brand.  Please shake out any crisp fragments and stack your packets.  Note: not popcorn bags, crisp tubes,...
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Coffee Morning

Coffee morning and plant sale – Saturday 1st June at Shillingstone Church Centre - 1030 – midday. All welcome.
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Shillingstone Youth Club

Thursday 30 May – Youth Club at Shillingstone Church Centre. 7 pm till 8.30 pm. All are welcome, aged between 10 to 14 years. This month – Open Mic Night....
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Sunday 26th

9:00 AM – Holy Communion Traditional, Child Okeford

10:00 AM – Rogation, Okeford Fitzpaine

6:30 PM – Evensong, Manston

Thursday 30th

7:00 PM – Youth 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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Easter 6/Rogation – Sunday 26th May

God our redeemer,
you have delivered us from the power of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:
grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life,
so by his continual presence in us
he may raise us to eternal joy;
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.


Acts 16: 9 – 15; Psalm 67; John 14: 23 – 29