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 five 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.


Fellowship service

Pew View – Sue Chandler

I have been lucky enough to be a member of Holy Rood since 1991 when we first moved to the village and have over the years had a number of roles and tend to feel fully involved with the life of the church in Shillingstone, but this last year – because of my own circumstances – has felt different.  For the first time I have felt “separated” in different ways from the life of the church.  This feels odd to […]

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.


5th Sunday services

As ever in the Okeford Benefice, the 5th Sunday sees a chance to experience different forms of worship. At 10:30 AM there is a Messy Communion at Child Okeford church....
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Shaftesbury Church Retreat

You are warmly invited to join the churches of Shaftesbury for their retreat which is on 'Praying and praising with the Psalms'. The retreat will be led by Canon Jane...
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Matins change of time

With immediate effect Matins services at Child Okeford will be at 9:00 AM rather than 10:30 AM. This is to ensure the rota runs smoothly. This is a permanent change.
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Youth group

This month's Youth group will run on Thursday 27th July from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at Shillingstone Church Centre (SCC). All are welcome, aged between 10 to 14 years....
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The St. Cuthburga Awards

A new initiative, the St. Cuthburga Awards, has been launched by the Rector to give people the opportunity to explore the Christian faith and discipleship in a formal but relaxed...
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The Rector will be away …

Lydia will be away from: Tuesday 18th July returning on Friday 21st July (leave following an operation) Monday 24th July returning on Sunday 30th July (holiday) Tuesday 7th August returning...
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Sunday 23rd

9:00 AM – Holy Communion Traditional, Child Okeford

10:00 AM – Matins, 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 6 – 23rd July

Merciful God,
you have prepared for those who love you
such good things as pass our understanding:
pour into our hearts such love toward you
that we, loving you in all things and above all things,
may obtain your promises,
which exceed all that we can desire;
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.


Psalm 86:11-17; Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43; Isaiah 44:6-8

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Deepening fellowship

Saturday 2nd September

10:30 AM – Coffee morning – Shillingstone Church Centre

7:00 PM – Music and fizz for a summer evening – Shillingstone Church

Monday 11th September

7:30 PM – Benefice prayer group – The Manor House

Thursday 14th September

9:00 AM – Flower festival and history exhibition – Shillingstone Church

2:30 PM – Bible study – Shillingstone Church Centre

Friday 15th September

9:00 AM – Flower festival and history exhibition – Shillingstone Church

Saturday 16th September

9:00 AM – Flower festival and history exhibition – Shillingstone Church