Prayer and study

For fellowship and discipleship

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 once a month from 7:30 PM – 9:00 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 Monday of the month from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. The evenings are hosted and lead by Steve and Georgina Vestbirk at The Manor House, Hammoon (01258 860910). The group is committed to praying for events and people across the benefice and beyond, and the prayers are kept confidential within the group.


Bible study

In 2018 there are two Bible Studies running on Thursdays 2.30 – 3.30pm in the Shillingstone Church Centre.

  • Romans

    September 13th, 20th, October 4th, 11th

    This is Paul’s deep and difficult letter to the Christians in Rome where he begins to tease out his understanding of Jesus’ work.

  • Jonah

    November 8th, 15th, 22nd

    This Old Testament book is about so much more than a man being swallowed and spat out by a whale!


Short courses

In 2018 there are two short courses running on Thursdays from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM in the Shillingstone Church Centre.

  • Understanding prayer

    January 11th, 18th, 25th, February 1st

    Christians are asked to pray but even long-term Christians can sometimes be unsure about how to do prayer. This course is for everyone – new or old to faith to learn and explore more about the wonderful and varied world of prayer.

  • What are the Creeds?

    June 21st, 28th, July 5th, 12th

    Christians recite various statements of belief each week. What do they mean? Who wrote them? Why do they still matter?


lent group

Following on from our Anglicanism course and from Dr. Rowan Williams’ talk, our Lent course will look in more depth at some of the issues raised. There will be four sessions:

  • Session 1 – February 22nd – 20th century modernity “old certainties die”
  • Session 2 – March 1st – 21st century post modernity “it’s simply up to you”
  • Session 3 – March 8th – inevitable decline or signs of hope
  • Session 4 – March 15th – strategies for the future

Sessions will run on Thursdays 2:30 – 3:30 PM in the Shillingstone Church Centre. All welcome.


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.