Young people

First steps in the Christian journey

We offer a wide range of children’s activities across our parishes and willing volunteers are always very welcome!


Messy church

Messy Church meets every Wednesday in term time at the Child Okeford Community Centre 9 – 11.30am. We have lots of toys, provide several imaginative and Bible based craft activities and have a short time of informal worship. We provide a snack meal for the children and lots of coffee for the grown-ups.

Contact Liz Anderson on 07765861792.


Messy church on Sunday

Messy Church on Sunday is a fun and friendly service aimed at those new to church and families with young children. The service starts with craft activities for the children and coffee for the grown-ups followed by an informal service packed with lively music and worship. This is rounded off with a “bring and share” lunch for all to enjoy together in fellowship.

Messy Church on Sunday is the perfect introduction to the Christian faith and we aim to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible.

Contact Lauren Radburn on 01258 860697.


Young explorers

This is a lunchtime club for children in KS1 at Child Okeford School. We enjoy half an hour of games, Bible stories, songs and fun.

Contact Rev’d Lydia on 01258 863774.



This is a club for children aged 5 – 9 and runs every Friday in term time at Okeford Fitzpaine School from 4:45 PM – 7:00 PM. A hot meal is served and then there are games, quizzes, craft and a Bible story. There is a £1 per session fee.

Contact Sue Le Riche on 01258 861830.



This club runs once a month during during term time on a Wednesday in Shillingstone Church Centre.

Children aged 7 – 11 are welcome and have a fun time doing activities, crafts and games linked to Bible stories and themes. The club is a great opportunity for children to develop friendships, explore the Bible and learn more about Jesus.

Contact Ian Carr on 01258 861513 or Val Horder on 01258 861500.


Youth group

This club is for young people aged 11 – 15 (though older yr 6s are welcome in the summer term) and runs every last Thursday of the month 7 – 8.30pm at the Shillingstone Church Centre. There are active and table games each session plus one fun organised skill activity. The club provides a safe Christian space for teenagers to relax in and engage socially with peers /adults. There is a tuck shop!

Contact Judith Crompton on 01258 861409.



The Benefice has three VA Church of England primary schools, a school for profoundly autistic children and an independent prep school for girls. There are close links between the churches and all the schools.



The Okeford Benefice takes safeguarding very seriously. Each church has a safeguarding policy which is reviewed annually at the annual meeting and has a nominated safeguarding officer – Mrs Sue Chandler (01258 861432).

  • Each PCC accepts the House of Bishops’ Policy on Child Protection and the Protection of Vulnerable Adults.
  • Each PCC accepts the Diocese of Salisbury Safeguarding and Good Practice Guidelines.
  • Each PCC seeks to provide a safe, caring and consistent environment so that our children, young people and vulnerable adults may grow and learn in a happy and loving Christian atmosphere.
  • Each PCC notes its current areas of work with children and young people and also vulnerable adults.
  • Each PCC ensures all those involved in work with children, young people and vulnerable adults complete a Disclosure & Barring Service application.
  • Each PCC ensures that everyone involved is made aware of the relevant policies and is given a job description, also that any work is adequately covered by insurance.