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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

Wandering Winds concert

On Saturday 25th March at 7:00 PM in Shillingstone Church, there will be a concert by the Wandering Winds. This will feature music both classical and pop - “Mozart to...
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Lent lunch

The first of a series of free lent lunches will be held on 1st March from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM in the Shillingstone Church Centre. There will be a...
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Youth group

This month's Youth group will run on Thursday 23rd February 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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New Christian club

A new Christian club has started at Child Okeford school called “Young Explorers”. This is for KS1 pupils and has a traditional Sunday school feel with Bible stories, singing and...
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Dorset Women’s Crisis & Information Centre appeal

Dorset Women’s Crisis & Information Centre is appealing for goods. Caroline Salt is coordinating our local response and she is happy for goods to be delivered to her (please call...
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Lent groups

Lent groups start on Wednesday 8th March at 7:30 PM at Highlands, High Street, Child Okeford and on Thursday 9th March at the Shillingstone Church Centre at 2:30 PM. This...
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Ordinand on placement

Exciting news! A student currently in her second year at Sarum College is coming to the benefice in May and June for her placement. Lorna will spend 100 hours with...
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Pilgrimage 2017

Join us from 25th May to 4th June on our Pilgrim Parishes annual Pilgrimage, this year following the theme set by the Archbishops "Thy Kingdom Come". Thy Kingdom Come is...
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UPCOMING SERVICES

Wednesday 22nd

12:00 PM – Holy Communion Modern, Shillingstone

Sunday 26th

9:00 AM – Holy Communion Traditional, Child Okeford

10:00 AM – Morning Worship, Okeford Fitzpaine

10:30 AM – Family Service, Shillingstone

3:30 PM – Evensong, Manston

Morning and Evening Prayer

Morning and Evening Prayer is said each day 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

2nd Sunday before Lent – 19th February

Almighty God,
you have created the heavens and the earth
and made us in your own image:
teach us to discern your hand in all your works
and your likeness in all your children;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things,
now and for ever.

Genesis 1:1-2:3; Psalm 136: 1-9, 23-26
Romans 8: 18-25; Matthew 6: 25-34

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WHERE IS THE NEXT …

Modern sung service

26th February at 10:00 AM at Okeford Fitzpaine Church

Modern said service

12th March at 9:00 AM at Hammoon Church

Traditional sung service

26th February at 3:30 PM at Manston Church

Traditional said service

26th February at 9:00 AM at Child Okeford Church

Family service

26th February at 10:30 AM at Shillingstone Church

DEEPENING DISCIPLESHIP

March

8th at 7:30 PM – Lent course, Child Okeford

9th at 2:30 PM – Lent course, Shillingstone

15th at 7:30 PM – Lent course, Child Okeford

16th at 2:30 PM – Lent course, Shillingstone

22nd at 7:30 PM – Lent course, Child Okeford

23rd at 2:30 PM – Lent course, Shillingstone

29th at 7:30 PM – Lent course, Child Okeford

30th at 2:30 PM – Lent course, Shillingstone

April

5th at 7:30 PM – Lent course, Child Okeford

6th at 2:30 PM – Lent course, Shillingstone

FELLOWSHIP EVENTS

March

1st at 12:00 PM – Lent lunch, Shillingstone

3rd at 12:30 PM – 1st Friday lunch, Okeford Fitzpaine

4th at 10:30 AM – Coffee morning, Shillingstone

8th at 12:00 PM – Lent lunch, Shillingstone

15th at 12:00 PM – Lent lunch, Shillingstone

18th at 10:30 AM – Coffee morning, Child Okeford

22nd at 12:00 PM – Lent lunch, Shillingstone

29th at 12:00 PM – Lent lunch, Shillingstone

FUNDRAISING EVENTS

March

18th at 5:30 PM – Cookery masterclass, Okeford Fitzpaine

25th at 7:00 PM – Wandering Winds concert, Shillingstone

June

8th at 9:00 AM – Flower festival and history exhibition, Shillingstone

9th at 9:00 AM – Flower festival and history exhibition, Shillingstone

10th at 9:00 AM – Flower festival and history exhibition, Shillingstone

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

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

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