The Benefice of St Margaret's with Westcliffe, and East & West Langdon

Part of the Dover Deanery, in the Diocese of Canterbury, Kent.

Welcome to our little corner of England!

  • We are here to serve, connect and support everybody in the villages and hamlets surrounding
    St Margaret's.

  • We strive to be a welcoming and friendly Benefice and look forward to meeting you on your faith journey.

News in brief...

  •  Check Dover Food Bank logopng  for their 'most wanted' page
  • For more news, go to our News... page.  I know, it's seamless!

Looking Out...

Watching the programmes on the Lunar Landing - lost for words, moved to tears, humbled by our insignificance.  It was the one true time when we all came together as human beings - not as separate countries, nationalities, races, and tribes.  Human beings, all living on a tiny jewel floating in infinity.  "Go back home", we hear from across the Atlantic - news flash: we are already home.  We just need to start taking better care of it and of each other. 
Our good friends at Dover_Outreach_Centre logopng made us very welcome to their Commissioning & Thanksgiving Service - next week sees the culmination of their move to new premises, Victory House, 168-172 Snargate Street, Dover, and supporters from across the Deanery packed out their Day Centre hall.  With joyful worship, thanks, reflection and hope for the future, the vital work of DOC was celebrated.   They will be able to serve more people, more effectively in their new premises, which I suppose is both a blessing and heartbreaking that there is even the need to do this work in a wealthy country in the 21st century.  May we continue to support them in any way we can.

Delighted to host the culmination of World Refugee Day, 20th June 2019, at St Margaret's - all part of Screen Shot 06-25-19 at 1058 PMPNG, a cross-Channel human rights initiative.  We might be in a little corner of England, but let us not be a corner of 'Little Englanders'.  Find out more here.

Saw this...   Screen Shot 05-26-19 at 0842 PMPNG ...thought it was kind of lovely.

1.6 million - that's the number of food packs issued by food banks run by the Trussell Trust, the UK's biggest food bank network, last year. In ONE year. That's a 19% increase on the previous year. Add in the smaller charities and trusts and it rises even further. But don't worry, austerity is officially over, so it can't possibly be that that's causing the problems.

Came across a video by the RSA on rural poverty issues - it's based on case studies in the Peak District but is equally relevant to our little corner of the land:
God's Lone Country from the RSA

A 2% drop in rough sleepers last year hailed as an achievement - what do we call the 165% rise in numbers since 2010? Please think about supporting charities that help the homeless and vulnerable - they are the ones working on the frontline, picking up the pieces, day after day. Humanity is not reserved only for those with a roof over their heads, everyone deserves dignity.