Unlike the last lockdown public worship is able to continue, and so each week in either Shillingstone, Child Okeford or Okeford Fitzpaine there is a service of Holy Communion as well as online worship on Zoom. The Church remains committed to caring for people and even if that cannot be done physically in person, it can be done in many other ways. Talking, listening, connecting digitally and praying – these are vital links that bind us together in love.

Zoom Morning Prayer is said from Tuesday to Friday and please send any individual prayer requests to Rev’d Lydia.

Each village community in the benefice has set up a support group or network to help the ore vulnerable and those self-isolating:

  • For Child Okeford please contact Karen Knapton on 01258 863817. For a home delivery from Cross Stores please call 01258 860279.
  • For Okeford Fitzpaine please call Sue Finklaire on 01258 861357. For a home delivery from Okeford Village Stores please call 01258 722179.
  • For Shillingstone, Hammoon and Manston please call Rev Lydia on 01258 863774.

If you would like to receive the Pew News (the weekly Church bulletin) and audio sermons, please send Rev Lydia your email address (). Do keep an eye on this website which has lot of resources for the whole family.

After so many weeks and months of restrictions and anxiety, it is hard to stay resilient and motivated even though we know the vaccine is coming and the crisis will pass. We enter this latest phase of lockdown that bit more tired, that bit more worn down, and with less “in the tank” than before. The winter weather and shorter days makes it harder too. As ever we need courage and kindness, both for ourselves and for those around us.

A prayer for encouragement

We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs
For as long as it takes
wherever you call us.