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

Vision Building – by Rev’d Lydia

I have recently attended quite a bit of training on how Church Schools should run to enable the best possible outcomes for everyone involved in the school (child and adult). There was a strong emphasis on “vision statements”. The cynical bit of me groaned inwardly when I heard this, but I allowed myself to overcome my prejudice and to accept the idea that vision can drive action and that therefore a vision statement is a good thing. The next tranche of work with the local schools will be looking at and testing out our current vision statements to see if […]


Open Gardens Okeford Fitzpaine

All are welcome to the Okeford Fitzpaine Open Gardens Day on Saturday 23rd June from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Huge numbers of gardens and the allotments will be open...
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Youth Club footpath clearance

The Shillingstone Youth Club spent a day on footpath clearance after having been briefed by the countryside rangers. They had a productive day and a great time! Well done to...
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Open Gardens Day

All are welcome to the Shillingstone Open Gardens Day on Sunday 17th June from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 18 gardens and allotments will be open and refreshments will be...
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Shillingstone School Spiritual Garden

Various members of Holy Rood congregation have been working very hard to create a beautiful spiritual garden at the school. Much of the materials and a huge amount of time...
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Welcome the very nearly Rev’d Karen

Karen and Chris Wilson have now moved to Okeford Fitzpaine and we are very pleased to welcome them. The local bellringers rang a peal for them which they both found...
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Children’s holiday club

Attention all parents! Are you already wondering how the 6 weeks holiday is going to pan out? Fear not! Every Thursday in August, there will be Kids Cuthburga club running...
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Friday 22nd

5:00 PM – Trailblazers, Okeford Fitzpaine

Saturday 23rd

10:30 AM – Open Gardens, Okeford Fitzpaine

Sunday 24th

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 27th

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

12:00 PM – Holy Communion Modern, 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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Third Sunday after Trinity – Sunday 17th June

Almighty God,
you have broken the tyranny of sin
and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts
whereby we call you Father:
give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,
that we and all creation may be brought
to the glorious liberty of the children of God;
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.


Ezekiel 17: 22-24; Psalm 92; 2 Corinthians 5: 6-10, 14-17; Mark 4: 26-34