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.


In Trailblazers recently I used the image of a broken mug badly glued back together to make the point to the children that as broken people we are not able by ourselves to make ourselves whole. Jesus is the only one who can do that by being broken utterly for us on the cross. This is at the heart of the choice we make as Christians –  whether we allow Jesus to mend us and make us whole accepting that we are powerless to do this ourselves.

Through the year we have become closer as a benefice – we have got to know each other better, become more comfortable worshipping in different churches and seen the strength that comes from building each other up through the gift of our presence. May we build on this through Holy Week as we tell the story again of Jesus death and resurrection and unite ourselves in that story in a way that overcomes every difference and all brokenness, and makes us whole people.


Fellowship service

Distinctiveness – by Rev’d Lydia

When I talk with people about my family’s journey of discovery of autism I find that people often have a family member themselves who has either a diagnosis of autism or shows the unmistakable signs.

Autism is a spectrum disorder – in other words there is a really broad range of symptoms and characteristics. It can be incredibly debilitating and life limiting, or it can be really quite mild. People with autism tend to be less able at understanding or reading […]


Holiday Club Last Supper

Eat your heart out Leonardo - the Okeford Benefice children created their own tableau depicting the Last Supper at holiday club today. Fantastic input from all the children. We also...
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Blackmore Deanery Event

Holy Communion and More….Being the body of Christ in the Blackmore Vale. May 1st 2019 7pm refreshments, 7.30pm start Shillingstone Church Centre DT11 0SW Led by Rev’d Canon Tom Clammer...
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Shillingstone Youth Club Bike Challenge!

On Saturday 6 April, some of the young people from the Youth Club joined Dilys Gartside for a 15-mile round trip, using cycle paths from Shillingstone to Blandford via Durweston...
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Holiday Club

**BOOKING FORMS NOW AVAILABLE** Monday 15th - Thursday 18th April 10.30am - 12.30pm Shillingstone Church Centre For children aged 3 - 12 For more information please contact  Rev’d Lydia -...
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Services for Holy Week and Easter

Please take a look at the calendar to see all the services for Holy Week and Easter. Those who receive the Pew News by email will also have received the...
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Friday 19th

10:30 AM – Family Service, Shillingstone

2:00 PM – Good Friday Reflection, Okeford Fitzpaine

Saturday 20th

10:30 AM – Coffee Morning, Child Okeford

5:00 PM – Easter Fire, Shillingstone

Sunday 21st

9:00 AM – Easter Day service, Hammoon

10:00 AM – Easter Day service, Okeford Fitzpaine

10:30 AM – Easter Day service, Child Okeford

11:15 AM – Easter Day service, Shillingstone

Wednesday 24th

12:00 PM – Holy Communion Modern, Shillingstone

Thursday 25th

7:00 PM – Youth Group, 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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Palm Sunday – Sunday 14th April

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
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.


Liturgy of the palms: Luke 19: 28 – 40.
Liturgy of the passion: Isaiah 50: 4 – 9a; Philippians 2: 5 – 11; Luke 22:14 – end of 23.
Evensong: Isaiah 5: 1 – 7, Psalm 69; Luke 20: 9 – 19