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.


As a benefice we have received our bronze Eco-Church award from A-Rocha. This represents a team effort across our churches and it is has been very heartening to see how different churches have taken different leads and then encouraged others to follow. A lot of work goes on the background and we are begininng to see changes in our churchyards with re-wilding schemes and wildlife friendly habitats appearing: often the most “wild” areas take the most management.

Please keep recycling your crisp packets and biscuit wrappers at the Church Centre, and at Child Okeford Church you can now recycle toothpaste tubes. Eco-brick making is becoming a thing too – and it has the added benefit of being quite a good upper body workout – who knew!


Fellowship service

Wobble Church

I recently attended a Bridge Builders training course which was aimed at equipping church leaders to deal with church conflict. While the course itself was excellent, I also very much enjoyed the discussions and conversations outside the formal sessions. People had come from all over the country, from different denominations and […]


Synods galore

The General Synod of the Church of England has just met - I have a copy of the update from one of our Diocesan reps which I can email to...
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Deanery Songs of Praise – save the date

Together with the RSCM our Deanery will celebrate a Songs of Praise for VE Day on Sunday 10th May at Shaftesbury Abbey at 3pm (at St Peter’s if wet). Massed...
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Looking forward to Lent

There are 2 Lent courses running in the benefice both starting on February 27th. Come and join us at the Shillingstone Church Centre on Thursdays from 2-3pm to view, discuss...
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Youth Club

Thursday 27 February at the Shillingstone Church Centre. 7 pm till 8.30 pm. All are welcome, aged between 10 to 14 years. This month – Pancake Party! An opportunity to...
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Wednesday 26th

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

2:00 PM – Enquirers' Group, Shillingstone

Thursday 27th

7:00 PM – Youth Group, Shillingstone

Friday 28th

4:45 PM – Trailblazers, Okeford Fitzpaine

Sunday 1st

9:00 AM – Holy Communion Modern, Shillingstone

10:00 AM – Morning Worship, Okeford Fitzpaine

10:30 AM – Holy Communion Modern, Child Okeford

6:00 PM – Mighty Okes, 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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Sunday next before Lent

Almighty Father,
whose Son was revealed in majesty
before he suffered death upon the cross:
give us grace to perceive his glory,
that we may be strengthened to suffer with him
and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  


Exodus 24: 12 – end; Psalm 2; 2 Peter 1: 16 – end; Matthew 17: 1 – 9



The Okeford Benefice takes its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people and adults who may be at risk very seriously and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times.

Our Benefice Safeguarding Policy can be viewed here.

If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Benefice Safeguarding Officer Sue Chandler on 01258 861432 or 07554 425971 or by email .

Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Heather Bland on 07500 664800 or by email .