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

Star gazing – by Rev’d Karen

Martin Luther,who was a German professor of theology, composer and priest wrote, “God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.” Have you ever sat or lay down outside at night to gaze at the stars? I am a keen but very amateur star gazer. I love going out at night and watching the planets and the stars, I use a star gazing app on my phone and the lack of street lights here give the most amazing, uninterrupted view of the stunning night sky. It still amazes me that there […]


Sylvia Stokes honoured

Sylvia Stokes has been nominated by Bishop Nicholas to receive the Queen's Maundy Money next year at St George's Chapel Windsor. Sylvia will join 92 other ladies and 93 gentlemen...
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Christmas Coffee Morning

You are all welcome to a coffee morning on Saturday 1st December 10.30am - 12.00pm in the Shillingstone Church Centre. Festive refreshments, cake stall and a Christmas raffle all on...
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Fruit of the Spirit = Self Control

Is this what self-control is - just saying "Stop"? When we consider our footprint on the world and realise that rather than being a light impression of a bare foot...
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Rector’s Challenge

As we begin to look forward to Advent when we shall be following the star, I thought I'd set you a challenge. In which benefice church would you find this...
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Forum School Remembrance

The Forum School make have come late to the party, but our commemorations of Remembrance Day today were no less special. In fact to be with a group of young...
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Christmas Lunch

Christmas Lunch on Friday 7th December in the Village Hall from 12:30. Roast Turkey or Nut Roast Stuffing & sausages, Roast potatoes, Seasonal vegetables Glass of wine. Christmas pudding / Apple pie. Coffee...
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Friday 23rd

4:45 PM – Trailblazers, Okeford Fitzpaine

Sunday 25th

9:00 AM – Holy Communion Traditional, Child Okeford

10:00 AM – Patronal service, Okeford Fitzpaine

10:30 AM – Family Service, Shillingstone

6:30 PM – Evensong, Manston

Wednesday 28th

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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2nd Sunday before Advent – Sunday 18th November

Almighty Father,
whose will is to restore all things
in your beloved Son, the King of all:
govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,
and bring the families of the nations,
divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,
to be subject to his just and gentle rule;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Self Control: Proverbs 29: 11 – 18; Psalm 17; 2 Peter 1: 5 – 8; Luke 6: 27 – 36