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.


In Trailblazers recently I used the image of a broken mug badly glued back together to make the point to the children that as broken people we are not able by ourselves to make ourselves whole. Jesus is the only one who can do that by being broken utterly for us on the cross. This is at the heart of the choice we make as Christians –  whether we allow Jesus to mend us and make us whole accepting that we are powerless to do this ourselves.

Through the year we have become closer as a benefice – we have got to know each other better, become more comfortable worshipping in different churches and seen the strength that comes from building each other up through the gift of our presence. May we build on this through Holy Week as we tell the story again of Jesus death and resurrection and unite ourselves in that story in a way that overcomes every difference and all brokenness, and makes us whole people.


Fellowship service

After Notre Dame – by Rev’d Lydia

After the fire at Notre Dame, the people of France – an aggressively secular country wedded to the concept of laïcité – surprised themselves by turning out by the thousand to sing, pray and mourn the destruction caused by the fire. There has been criticism of those who have given generous donations, with people asking why such money is being given to a building and not to people in need. This has uneasy echoes of Judas’ question about the, to […]


Shillingstone Youth Club

Thursday 25 April – Youth Club at Shillingstone Church Centre. 7 pm till 8.30 pm. All are welcome, aged between 10 to 14 years. This month – After Easter Party....
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Holiday Club Last Supper

Eat your heart out Leonardo - the Okeford Benefice children created their own tableau depicting the Last Supper at holiday club today. Fantastic input from all the children. We also...
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Blackmore Deanery Event

Holy Communion and More….Being the body of Christ in the Blackmore Vale. May 1st 2019 7pm refreshments, 7.30pm start Shillingstone Church Centre DT11 0SW Led by Rev’d Canon Tom Clammer...
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Saturday 20th

10:30 AM – Coffee Morning, Child Okeford

5:00 PM – Easter Fire, Shillingstone

Sunday 21st

9:00 AM – Easter Day service, Hammoon

10:00 AM – Easter Day service, Okeford Fitzpaine

10:30 AM – Easter Day service, Child Okeford

11:15 AM – Easter Day service, Shillingstone

Wednesday 24th

12:00 PM – Holy Communion Modern, Shillingstone

Thursday 25th

7:00 PM – Youth Group, Shillingstone

Friday 26th

4:45 PM – Trailblazers, Okeford Fitzpaine

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 Sunday – Sunday 21st April

Lord of all life and power,
who through the mighty resurrection of your Son
overcame the old order of sin and death
to make all things new in him:
grant that we, being dead to sin
and alive to you in Jesus Christ,
may reign with him in glory;
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
be praise and honour, glory and might,
now and in all eternity.


Isaiah 65: 17-end; Acts 10: 34-43; Luke 24: 1-12