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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 five 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.

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Youth group

This month's Youth group will run on Thursday 25th May from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at Shillingstone Church Centre (SCC). All are welcome, aged between 10 to 14 years....
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Bible study

A reminder that there is no Bible study on Thursday 25th May due to the Pilgrimage. Future Bible study dates are: 1st June 8th June 15th June All welcome!
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Messy orienteering

Messy Church looked at Jesus' saying 'I am the way, I am the truth, I am the life'. Firstly the children made these amazing flip flops which have maps symbolising...
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Welcome to Lorna

We are very fortunate to have with us for the next few weeks an ordinand on placement from Sarum College. Lorna Johnson is in her second year of training for...
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Rogation Sunday

Rogation Sunday this year is on 21st may at 10:30 AM starting at Hammoon church. This takes the form of a walk round the village of Hammoon stopping at various...
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PILGRIMAGE 2017 – Download the booking form here

Pilgrimage

Thursday May 25th
12:00 PM – Service of Holy Communion for Ascension Day at St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Mappowder with packed lunch in the village hall
2:30 PM – Walk to Stoke Wake and back

Tuesday May 30th
9:00 AM – Walk from Sturminster Newton Mill to All Saints church, Fifehead Neville
11:15 AM – Continue walk to Ibberton/Belchalwell village hall with packed lunch
2:30 PM – Continue walk to Mappowder

Wednesday May 31st
10:00 AM – Morning Prayer at St Mary’s Church, Stalbridge followed by Walk of Witness

Thursday June 1st
6:15 PM – Evening walk from St Andrew’s, Okeford Fitzpaine to the Okeford Beacon with a service afterwards

Saturday June 3rd
2:30 PM – Walk the trailway from Sturminster Newton to Shillingstone with tea stop at Shillingstone station
4:00 PM- Children’s activities and BBQ at Shillingstone Church Centre

Sunday June 4th
10:00 AM – Covenant Renewal Service at St Mary’s Church, Sturminster Newton

UPCOMING SERVICES

Sunday 28th

9:00 AM – Holy Communion Traditional, Child Okeford

10:00 AM – Matins, Okeford Fitzpaine

10:30 AM – Family Service, Shillingstone

6:30 PM – Evensong, Manston

Wednesday 31st

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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PRAYER AND READINGS

Rogation Sunday – 21st May

God our Father,
you never cease the work you have begun
and prosper with your blessing all human labour:
make us wise and faithful stewards of your gifts
that we may serve the common good,
maintain the fabric of our world
and seek that justice where all may share
the good things you pour upon us;
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

Isaiah 55: 12-56: 1; Mark 4: 3-9

Learn about the PrayerView Liturgical Calendar

WHERE IS THE NEXT …

Modern sung service

11th June at 10:00 AM at Okeford Fitzpaine Church

Modern said service

11th June at 9:00 AM at Hammoon Church

Traditional sung service

28th May at 10:00 AM at Okeford Fitzpaine Church

Traditional said service

28th May at 9:00 AM at Child Okeford Church

Family service

28th May at 10:30 AM at Shillingstone Church

DEEPENING DISCIPLESHIP

June

1st at 2:30 PM – Bible study, Shillingstone

1st at 7:00 PM – House group, Okeford Fitzpaine

8th at 2:30 PM – Bible study, Shillingstone

8th at 7:00 PM – House group, Okeford Fitzpaine

12th at 7:30 PM – Benefice prayer group, Hammoon

15th at 2:30 PM – Bible study, Shillingstone

15th at 7:00 PM – House group, Okeford Fitzpaine

22nd at 7:00 PM – House group, Okeford Fitzpaine

29th at 7:00 PM – House group, Okeford Fitzpaine

FELLOWSHIP EVENTS

June

2nd at 12:30 PM – 1st Friday lunch, Okeford Fitzpaine

3rd at 10:30 AM – Coffee morning, Shillingstone

4th at 12:30 PM – Pentecost lunch, Shillingstone

July

1st at 10:30 AM – Coffee morning, Shillingstone

7th at 12:30 PM – 1st Friday lunch, Okeford Fitzpaine

FUNDRAISING EVENTS

June

29th at 9:00 AM – Flower festival, Child Okeford

30th at 9:00 AM – Flower festival, Child Okeford

July

1st at 9:00 AM – Flower festival, Child Okeford

1st at 12:00 PM – Church Fête, Child Okeford

8th at 9:30 AM – Okeford Fitzpaine church and community fun day, Okeford Fitzpaine

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