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.


Fellowship service

Real Charisma – by Rev’d Lydia

With the death of Billy Graham this week I have been reflecting on the nature of charisma, as there is no denying Graham had this in spades. I never went to a crusade but remember hearing people talk of their experiences and the impact of them which, for many, lasted way beyond that one occasion. I have listened to other speakers who I would consider to be charismatic. One very memorable event was listening to Desmond Tutu while I was at theological college. Theological students can be some of the most cynical people on the planet (strange I know [...]


Co-op tea party

The newly opening Co-op in Shillingstone is hosting a tea party on Thursday March 15th at 3.30pm in the Church Centre. All Welcome!
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Lent course update

It is always a challange to a Rector when a group gathers for the first session of a new Lent course, groan when they see the title 'Anglicanism and 20th...
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The St Cuthburga Group finishes Jonah

You may be wondering why this is a newsworthy event, but for all those in the St Cuthburga group, their families and friends, this marks the end of a chapter...
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Lent lunches

Lent lunches are happening again this year in and around Shillingstone due to the generosity of many hostesses. Lent lunches support various charities and are also a great way to...
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Pilgrimage 2018

This year, the annual pilgrimage is from May 20th - 27th and the theme is 'Companions on the Road'. The programme will include walks, prayer stops, short church services and...
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Sunday 25th

9:00 AM – Holy Communion Traditional, Child Okeford

10:00 AM – Holy Communion Modern, Okeford Fitzpaine

10:30 AM – Family Service, Shillingstone

6:30 PM – Evensong, Manston

Wednesday 28th

9:00 AM – Messy Church toddler group, Child Okeford

Friday 2nd

12:30 PM – First Friday Lunch, Okeford Fitzpaine

5:00 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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Lent 2 – Sunday 25th February

Almighty God,
you show to those who are in error the light of your truth,
that they may return to the way of righteousness:
grant to all those who are admitted
into the fellowship of Christ’s religion,
that they may reject those things
that are contrary to their profession,
and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same;
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Genesis 17:1-7; Psalm 22:22-30; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38