Part of the Dover Deanery, in the Diocese of Canterbury, Kent.
St Margaret's Benefice is currently in a period of Interregnum.
"Interregnum? I thought that was when Charles I was removed from his head?"Well, yes, it was, but it is also the term used in the Church of England for when a parish no longer has a licenced priest. Our wonderful Reverend Diane retired at the end of September, and so we are embarking on the process of finding a new incumbent. In the mean time, we are extremely lucky to have a number of retired clergy (ie are no longer licenced to a particular parish) living in the village and surrounding area, who will be taking services that require an ordained minister. Take a look on our Clergy page to see who they are.
We are OPEN FOR SUNDAY SERVICES! - After what seems like forever, we have been given permission to hold services again. We will begin with a
Sunday Communion at 10am at St Margaret's.
It will be a little different - to accommodate the necessary reduced capacity to allow for social distancing (surely the phrase of the year now), you will need to telephone Sandy on 852265 to book a place, so please don't just turn up on Sunday, you may not get a space. Anyone who misses out will be given priority for the following week. Please follow the instructions on arriving at church and any given by the Stewards - they are for everyone's safety. Sadly, we will not be able to hear your lovely singing voices for a while but Emma will provide much missed music. We have to limit things that can be handled, so unfortunately the Children's Corner will be out of bounds - our young families are still more than welcome if you think you can manage the social distancing guidelines. The offertory will be at the end of the service and you're going to have to resist the urge to give everyone a hug during the Peace, which is honestly one of the hardest things to adhere to, as we are all in need of a cuddle. Things will look different, will be carried out in a different way, but we are a resillient, robust lot and it will just be lovely to see you all together again.
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