Welcome to our beautiful corner of England  
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We are here to reach out to, serve, connect and support everybody in the villages and hamlets surrounding St Margaret's.

We look forward to welcoming you to one of our services and events.

 

Looking out...

 

19th - 25th June 2017
Refugee Week is the UK's largest festival celebrating the contribution of refugees and promoting understanding of why people seek sanctuary
- the book of Isaiah urges us to create a "house of prayer for all nations" and as such, St Margaret's Church will be offering it's Lady chapel as a place of prayer during the weekend of the 24th and 25th June, during the Garden Safari.  Have a look at
www.refugeeweek.org.uk and our Crisis Response page for more information. 

We run out of words to express our emotions, as yet another terrible act of inhumanity is carried out -  we don't even pretend to comprehend the pain and hurt felt, but just hope that it draws people together, bound closer by the commonalities shared, determined not to let hatred taint our lives..


As a Benefice, Deanery, Diocese and, ultimately, whole church, we have to face unavoidable changes in how ministry and mission are provided
- clergy retirement, reduced numbers of people coming to ministry and a reliance on Sunday services to indicate (and finance) our churches are all coming together to create an impending situation that has to be addressed.  The Deanery has produced an initial discussion document, which you can read
here, to outline the issues, and there is an Open Deanery Synod on Wednesday 28th june, 7.30pm at St Mary's Parish Centre.  If you want to hear the issues, and perhaps contribute your thoughts, you are urged to come along.

We pray for the victims, their families and all those touched in any way by the attrocities in Manchester and London -  there is no justification for barbarity.  We pray for the strength of human spirit, and for God's spirit, to shine through, to rise up and be seen as a beacon to unite us in this dreadful aftermath.  People are strong, people are resillient, people find new ways, new reasons to bond together when others try and tear us apart.  Peace will win, fear will lose.



- we were delighted to have Rachel Van Hoven, from Porchlight, as our visiting speaker at St Margaret's yesterday (Sunday 14th May). St Margaret's makes a regular donation to this wonderful charity that works with vulnerable and homeless people and families, to enable them to turn their lives around.  Please have a look at www.porchlight.org.uk to see more about their work in our area.

The Village Fête is coming round quickly, so put Saturday 10th June in your diary! - The Scout Group (and by that we mean all the Sections, not just the Scouts themselves) are really busy preparing for a wonderful village event in the warm June sunshine.  OK, we can fantasise about the weather, but the Fête will be wonderful.  What would be even better, is if anyone who would like to run a stall would contact them on katiewidget@hotmail.com or drop a note into the letterbox on the Scout Hut.

The Disasters Emergency Committee has launched a campaign to provide urgent relief for the people of East Africa - go to the
East Africa Crisis Appeal to see how they are trying to help the 16 million people on the brink of starvation.

Had you thought about coming to church but weren't sure whether to or not? - Liz has written a terrific guide to the church services held in the Benefice, and why people decide to join the congregation.  It might just be the nudge you were looking for.

 

There are Commonwealth war graves in St Margaret's Churchyard - we now have an official plaque from CWGC to acknowledge their presence, and there are a team of dedicated people working on the 'Living Memory' CWGC project to provide histories for each of the seven souls we have buried there.  Have a look at our CWGC page as we continue to add fascinating information to this project throughout the year.

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Find out more what's been happening in the Benefice at Reaching Out...



 

 

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Next Services:

 

Sunday 25th June    
St Margaret's 8.00am Communion BCP
East Langdon 9.30am Service of the Word
St Margaret's 10.00am Communion CW
Westcliffe 4.00pm Patronal Festival Evensong
Saturday 1st July    
St Margaret's 10.30am Saturday Service
Sunday 2nd July    
St Margaret's 8.00am Communion BCP
East Langdon 9.30am Family Service
St Margaret's 10.00am Matins
For a full listing of Services, click on When we Worship...
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The
St Margaret's Benefice consists of four
historic village churches and is part of the
Dover Deanery, in the Diocese of Canterbury:

St Margaret of Antioch in St Margaret's-at-Cliffe
St Augustine   in East Langdon
St Peter   in  Westcliffe
St Mary the Virgin   in West Langdon
Find out more on Our Churches...

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 News...
  • Foodbank UPDATED LIST (as of 6th June) - click here
     
  • Refugee Week 19th - 25th June - St Margaret's Lady Chapel will be open on the 24th & 25th June, as we create a 'house of prayer for all nations'. See our Crisis Response page for more information.
     
  • St Margaret's Church ran a Chocolate Tombola stall at the Village Fête last Saturday - we raised a magnificent £160!  We will be running a smaller tombola stall during the weekend of the Garden Safari (got to keep your energy levels up, lot of gardens to look at!)
     
  • The CWGC Living History Project now has it's own page on the website!  We will be adding information on each of the graves as we progress through the year.
     
  • Dover Outreach Centre has issued their latest newsletter
     
  • Events coming up -
    - St Peter's Patronal Festival Evensong - Sunday 25th June, 4pm
    - Big Parish Picnic - Sunday 16th July, the Green-on-the-Beach, St Margaret's Bay, from 12 noon

     

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General  Benefice email:
outreach@stmargaretsbenefice.org.uk

Vicarage email:
stmargaretsvicarage@hotmail.co.uk

 
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