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

Poppies – by Andrew Vickers

The clever thing about poppies is that they have evolved an efficient survival strategy. The seeds of the poppy (those tiny black things which are sprinkled on posh bread) are able to lie dormant in the soil for years. If the plant is turned by the plough, or trampled by animals, the seeds can remain in the soil for decades, until such time as the soil is disturbed and the seeds are brought to the surface where they get the […]


Understanding Islam evening

An open lecture by the Rev'd Canon Alan Amos OBE, followed by time for questions and comment. The talk is at 7:30 PM on the 24th November in the Fontmell...
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Youth group

The next meeting of the Shillingstone Youth Group is on Thursday 26th November at the Shillingstone Church Centre from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. All are welcome aged between 10 to...
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Curate on placement

We look forward to welcoming the Rev'd Kevin Rogers from Poole on placement with us for two weeks from November 19th. Kevin is in his final year of his curacy...
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Tickets for Rowan Williams now available

Dr. Rowan Williams who was the Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 - 2012 will be coming to spend an afternoon with us on January 15th 2018 from 3:00 PM - 5:00...
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Sponsor a little person’s chair

We are revamping the children's area in Holy Rood church and we are starting with new tables and chairs. If you would like to sponsor a chair it is £14....
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Sunday 19th

9:00 AM – Matins, Child Okeford

10:00 AM – Family Praise, Okeford Fitzpaine

10:30 AM – Holy Communion Modern, Shillingstone

Wednesday 22nd

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 19th November

Heavenly Father,
whose blessed Son was revealed
to destroy the works of the devil
and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life:
grant that we, having this hope,
may purify ourselves even as he is pure;
that when he shall appear in power and great glory
we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom;
where he is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Zephaniah 1:7,12-18; Psalm 90; 1Thess 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30


Deepening fellowship

Thursday 23rd November

2:30 PM – Pre-Advent course – Shillingstone Church Centre

Thursday 30th November

2:30 PM – Pre-Advent course – Shillingstone Church Centre

Friday 1st December

12:30 PM – First Friday Lunch – Okeford Fitzpaine Village Hall

Saturday 2nd December

10:30 AM – Coffee morning – Shillingstone Church Centre