While you can gain some deeper understanding of the Christian faith from Sunday worship, by far and away the best way is to meet with other Christians during the week. There are lots of opportunities to meet in a group across the benefice, each having a different “feel” so there is something for everyone.


House group

There are two house groups in the Benefice at the moment:

  • Thursdays in term time from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM at Okeford Fitzpaine. The group is hosted by Lesley and Keri Davies and led by Sue le Riche (01258 861830).
  • Thursdays weekly from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Shillingstone Rectory. The group is hosted and led by the Rector (01258 863774).


Prayer group

The benefice prayer group meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. The evenings are hosted and lead by Rev’d Karen Wilson at The Stables, Okeford Fitzpaine (01258 861051). The group is committed to praying for the environment, events and people across the benefice and beyond, and the prayers are kept confidential within the group.


Bible study

In 2019 there are four Bible Studies running on Thursdays 2.00 – 3.00pm in the Shillingstone Church Centre.

  • The Sermon on the mount
    June 13th, 20th, 27th
  • The Story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel)
    July 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
  • Romans part 3
    September 5th, 12th, 19th
  • 1 Timothy
    October 17th, 24th and November 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th


Short courses

Short courses are run throughout the year – next course:

“Hatch, Match, Dispatch” – the Occasional Offices of the Church of England

Thursdays at 2pm in the Shillingstone Church Centre. May 9, 16, 23.


lent group

Each year in the benefice we hold a four or five week Lent Course where we commit to studying either a book of the Bible or a theme in more depth than normal. This year: Holiness.

Thursdays at 2pm in the Church Centre with Rev’d Lydia, or 7pm at The Stables, Okeford Fitzpaine with Rev’d Karen.


Away days

The Deanery (the wider group of local parishes) holds an annual away day for the people of the churches. These are great opportunities to spend time with other Christians in prayer, reflection and learning about the Christian faith and are run by experienced Christians.