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

Liturgical deacon – by Abi Rudd

When I volunteered to be the new liturgical deacon in Child Okeford, sharing the year with Sue Clayton, I have to admit I wasn’t exactly sure what one did or when one did it. For those of you in the know I'm sure this revelation is shocking but as most of my Church of England education is founded in Messy Church maybe it's not too much of a surprise. When I met our Rector one afternoon two weeks before the Communion service I was nervous and still pretty clueless. My eyes were swiftly opened to what was expected of [...]


March 2018 Lui update

There is a new update on the situation in Lui where food shortage and safety are getting worse. Click here to view the update.
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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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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

Monday 26th

8:00 PM – Compline, Shillingstone

Tuesday 27th

8:00 PM – Compline, Shillingstone

Wednesday 28th

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

12:00 PM – Holy Communion Modern, Shillingstone

8:00 PM – Compline, Shillingstone

Thursday 29th

7:00 PM – Youth group, Shillingstone

7:30 PM – Maundy Thursday, Child Okeford

Friday 30th

10:30 AM – Good Friday children’s service, Shillingstone

2:00 PM – Good Friday reflection, Hammoon

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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Palm Sunday- Sunday 25th March

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow
the example of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
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 – Principal service

Isaiah 50:4-9A; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14-15

Readings – Evensong

Zechariah 9:9-12; 1 Corinthians 2:1-12; Psalm 61