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 three 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).
  • Wednesdays weekly from 1.00 PM – 2.00 PM (starting January 8th) at the Shillingstone Church Centre. This group is led by Abi Rudd (07792 727299) and Sarah Baines (07497 020690) and is for those starting out on the Christian journey.


Bible study

In 2020 there are two Bible Studies running on Thursdays 2.00 – 3.00pm in the Shillingstone Church Centre.

  • The Story of Elijah (1 Kings)
    January 9th, 16th, 23rd 29th, February 6th
  • Revelation
    June 25th, July 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd


lent group

Each year in the benefice we hold a five week Lent Course where we commit to studying a theme in more depth than normal. This year: A life in art – Jesus in Holy Week.

Thursdays at 2pm in the Shillingstone Church Centre with Rev’d Lydia.


Short courses

Short courses are run throughout the year.

  • A history of the Bible
    April 30th, May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
  • What is Christian hope?
    September 3rd, 10th 17th
  • Sacred Music
    October 22nd, 29th, November 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

Thursdays at 2pm in the Shillingstone Church Centre.