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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 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.

CLIMATE EMERGENCY

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At our Diocesan Synod recently a motion was passed that recognised that there is a climate emergency. Everyone in the Diocese is asked to engage with the fifth of the marks of mission of the church which is to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

Climate change, species loss, pollution, the problem of plastic in our ocean, deforestation, soil erosion – the issues are many and complex. As individual humans we can feel quite helpless in the face of such global issues. One of the things we can all do is offer prayers for our damaged creation, damaged wildlife and damaged people.

Prayer in this way becomes an act of justice. By bringing people and situations to mind in prayer before God we ensure that no  one becomes “forgotten”, that no situation is out of sight and out of mind and that the weak, poor, and voiceless are given a voice. Prayer is a powerful force. It changes things externally and it also changes us internally. When we voice things in prayer we know that there has to be a response – a response from God certainly, but also a response from us. Prayer should not leave us un-changed and in this climate emergency we cannot afford not to be changed.

PULPIT VIEW – THE RECTOR’S BLOG

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Awaiting Completion – by Rev’d Lydia

When our oldest son was born, he cried almost continually for the first 7 weeks of his life. He struggled to feed and no amount of cuddles and rocking seemed to help. I remember feeling pretty suicidal when I told the Health Visitor about this and her reply was (in a shocked tone) “What – you can’t even comfort your own baby?”. We now know of course that our son had severe autism triggered by a lactose […]

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Blue Christmas

Saturday December 21st at 6pm at Shillingstone Church. The Christmas season can remind us of loved ones or relationships we have lost. The sights and smells of the weeks approaching...
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GRAND CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING

SATURDAY 7th DECEMBER 10.30am – 12.00pm Please do come and join us at our festive coffee morning at the Shillingstone Church Centre. Enjoy a glass of prosecco or soft drink...
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Patronal Communion at Child Okeford

December 8th at 10.30am. All Welcome for the Patronal Festival for the Feast Day of St Nicholas. Traditionally we bring gifts to church. This year we are once again supporting...
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Reverse Advent Calendar

In December, just as last year, our churches will be full of boxes to be filled with food items for the Blandford Food Bank. If you donate Christmas items they...
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Posada

Once again we are inviting families (young and old) if they would like to host Mary and Jospeh for a night in the run up to Christmas. If you would...
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SERVICES/EVENTS IN THE NEXT 7 DAYS

Friday 13th

4:45 PM – Trailblazers, Okeford Fitzpaine

Sunday 15th

10:00 AM – Trailblazers +, Okeford Fitzpaine

10:30 AM – Holy Communion Modern, Shillingstone

5:00 PM – Carol service, Manston

6:30 PM – Carol service, Okeford Fitzpaine

6:30 PM – Carol service, Child Okeford

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 FOR THE WEEK

Advent 2/ St Nicholas’ Day

O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power
and come among us,
and with great might succour us;
that whereas, through our sins and wickedness
we are grievously hindered
in running the race that is set before us,
your bountiful grace and mercy
may speedily help and deliver us;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honour and glory, now and for ever.

Readings

Advent 2 – Isaiah 11: 1 – 10; Psalm 72: 1 – 7; Romans 15: 4 – 13 Matthew 3: 1 – 12 St Nicholas’s Day – 1 Sam 16: 1, 13 -16; Acts 20: 28 – 35; John 10: 11 – 16

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SAFEGUARDING

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 .