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

Our values? – by Rev’d Lydia

At our last Lent group meeting we discussed what attracts people to church. One suggestion was that we needed to be very clear about what our values are. How about these for a starter for ten – what do you think? We value all individuals, young and old, male and female, regardless of wealth, ability, or standing in society. We value communities in which individuals care for one another. We value the kind of love that puts other people’s needs before our own. We value justice for all people and long for a world where there is greater fairness and [...]


Easter coffee morning

Join us for an Easter coffee morning in the Shillingstone Church Centre on Saturday 31st March from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM. There will be a raffle and bric-a-brac stalls...
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Youth group is back!

Youth group returns on Thursday March 29th! This month - Chocolate Fiesta - an evening of cooking, craft, a fun quiz and games all linked to the theme of Easter...
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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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Wednesday 21st

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

12:00 PM – Holy Communion Modern, Shillingstone

Friday 23rd

5:00 PM – Trailblazers, Okeford Fitzpaine

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

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 5 – Sunday 18th March

Most merciful God,
who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ
delivered and saved the world:
grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross
we may triumph in the power of his victory;
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 – Lent 4

Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33