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

Forward planning – by Rev’d Lydia

As I prepare for the longest holiday of my life – three weeks away at the end of September – I’m doing a lot of planning to ensure that parish life is as little disrupted as possible. (Rev Karen doesn’t know what’s hit her!)

I’ve also sat this week with a family where the deceased had written out their entire funeral wishes, even down to the music before and after.

In both these cases great comfort is gained from the planning. I know I can go away and leave things ticking over, the family can know that the funeral […]


Mighty Okes!

MIGHTY OKES - YOUTH PRAISE SERVICE For High School aged young people Sundays 6pm - 7pm Shillingstone Church Centre Food, fun, faith, praise! Dates for your diary: Sept 1st, Sept...
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Coffee Morning

Sat 7th September 10.30 - 12.00 in Church Centre. CAKE AND PIE/TART SALE- Please donate cakes, pies, etc. home-made or bought for us to sell. Then buy something nice and...
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Walking for Health family nature walk

Wednesday 21st August. FREE! Please arrive at the Church centre car park by 10.15.a.m. for a 10.30am start NO NEED TO BOOK AND EVERYONE IS WELCOME. Contact Jill Burton 01258...
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Pilgrimage and BBQ

To round off our children’s holiday club why not join us on pilgrimage to Stourpaine on Thursday 29th August setting off at 2.30pm. We aim to be back at the...
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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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Okeford Benefice Quiet Day

17th August 2019 at the Shillingstone Church Centre 10am - 3pm based around The Dream of the Rood, a beautiful Anglo Saxon poem. Please book with Rev’d Karen if you would...
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Sunday 18th

10:00 AM – Family Praise, Okeford Fitzpaine

10:00 AM – Trailblazers Plus, Okeford Fitzpaine

10:30 AM – Holy Communion Modern, Shillingstone

10:30 AM – Matins, Child Okeford

Thursday 22nd

10:30 AM – Holiday Club, 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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Trinity 9 – Sunday 18th August

Almighty God,
who sent your Holy Spirit
to be the life and light of your Church:
open our hearts to the riches of your grace,
that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit
in love and joy and peace;
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 23: 23 – 29; Psalm 82; Hebrews 11: 29 – 12: 2; Luke 12: 49 – 56



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 .