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.


Pentecost service

Pentecost – a time for unity – by Rev’d Lydia

Perhaps it’s me northern roots, but Pentecost or Whit Sunday has always been a very important day in my life. This came from a mixture of listening to the stories of the old people in the congregation when I was a little girl when they would tell me of always […]


Okeford rocks!

Never let it be said that rural church communities are struggling. Today at Hammoon we had a packed church and we seriously raised the roof with our singing and praise.We...
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Living well with dementia in Dorset

Most of us are either directly or indirectly in contact with someone living with dementia or Alzheimer's disease. There is a useful webpage http://www.dorsetccg.nhs.uk/aboutus/dementia-directory.htm that contains a link to NHS...
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Ordination 1st July

Karen Wilson's ordination as Deacon draws ever closer and tickets are now available for a place on the coach to Salisbury Cathedral. Tickets are £6 per seat. Please contact Anne...
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Pentecost lunch

Everyone is invited to our annual Pentecost benefice lunch on May 20th at 12:30 PM in the Shillingstone Church Centre. Please bring a plate of something savoury, a plate of...
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Rector away

I am away from the Benefice from Tuesday 8th - 27th of May on two training courses and then two weeks of jury service. I will be attempting to cover...
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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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Pilgrim praise service

Please make sure that the 27th May is ringed in your diary. All the 18 parishes of the Southern Blackmore Vale will be gathering in The Exchange in Sturminster Newton...
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Pilgrimage 2018 – Starts May 20th!

This year, the annual pilgrimage is from May 20th - 27th and the theme is 'Companions on the Road'. The programme  includes walks, prayer stops, short church services and shared...
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Wednesday 23rd

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

12:00 PM – Pilgrimage, Shillingstone

Thursday 24th

10:00 AM – Pilgrimage, Hammoon

Friday 25th

5:00 PM – Trailblazers, Okeford Fitzpaine

6:15 PM – Pilgrimage, Okeford Fitzpaine

Saturday 26th

2:30 PM – Pilgrimage, Hinton St. Mary

Sunday 27th

10:00 AM – Pilgrims praise, Sturminster Newton

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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Pentecost – Sunday 20th May

God, who as at this time
taught the hearts of your faithful people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant us by the same Spirit
to have a right judgement in all things
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Acts 2: 1-21; John 20:19-23