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.


Harvest festival

Sunday 24th

10:00 AM – Harvest Festival, Okeford Fitzpaine

6:30 PM – Harvest festival, Manston

Sunday 8th

10:30 AM – Messy Harvest Festival, Child Okeford

Sunday 15th

11:00 AM – Harvest Festival, Shillingstone

6:30 PM – Harvest Festival, Hammoon


Fellowship service

A moral dilemma – By Chris Whitfeld

I will be shouted at, accused of bigotry, sexism, discrimination and all the rest… I will be harangued mightily by those of different sexual orientations… But I have a problem that seems to bother other people less and less, according to national statistics. It is a problem that is treated with some scorn by the media and is essentially brushed under the carpet, or at least aside by most of us. My problem is with same-sex partnerships having an earnest […]

Pew view is a weekly article by a member of the Benefice to inspire, challenge and encourage our discipleship. Please contact the Rector if you wish to submit an article.


What a wonderful day

A great day in the life of our Benefice. The History and Flower Festival at Shillingstone has brought many people through our doors. The displays of flowers and historical memorabilia...
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Dispelling a rumour

The Rector has been working very hard with the Parish Church Council (PCC) of Manston to ensure the long-term sustainability of Manston Church. Dishearteningly rumours have been going around that...
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Songs of Praise

Do come along to a Songs of Praise called 'Just as I am' on Sunday 1st October at the Shillingstone Church Centre from 3:30PM. We will be singing lots of...
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Latest Lui update

September's news from the link Diocese of Lui is now available to read by clicking here.
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Youth group

The next meeting of the Shillingstone Youth Group is on Thursday 28th September at the Shillingstone Church Centre from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. All are welcome aged between 10 to...
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History and flower festival

Come to Shillingstone Church and Church Centre for a beautiful flower display and fascinating exhibition on the history of Shillingstone. There will be previously unseen film footage, photographic displays and...
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New service for Okeford Fitzpaine

From 17th September, Okeford Fitzpaine is returning to weekly Sunday services with the introduction of a new family friendly Praise and Worship service. The service starts at 10:00 AM and...
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Wednesday 20th

12:00 PM – Holy Communion Modern, Shillingstone

Sunday 24th

9:00 AM – Holy Communion Traditional, Child Okeford

10:00 AM – Harvest Festival, Okeford Fitzpaine

10:30 AM – Family Service, Shillingstone

6:30 PM – Harvest festival, 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 14 – Sunday 17th September

Almighty God,
whose only Son has opened for us
a new and living way into your presence:
give us pure hearts and steadfast wills
to worship you in spirit and in truth;
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.

Readings – Matins

Genesis 50:15-21; Psalm 103:1-13; Matthew 18:21-35

Readings – Holy Cross

Numbers 21:4-9; Philippians 2:6-11; John 3:13-17

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Deepening fellowship

Thursday 21st September

2:30 PM – Bible study – Shillingstone Church Centre