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
  • 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.
  • There's been some fantastic progress in the plans for St Margaret's Community Dementia Café - want to know more? Click here.
  • For more news, go to our News... page.  I know, it's seamless!

Looking Out...

Australia - it's difficult to even find appropriate words : catastrophic, devastating, heartbreaking.  It all feels very inadequate.  Pray and hope.  Maybe these are the best.

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A New Year dawns, well, rather dully, to be honest - but it's a fresh page in the calendar.  Do we try and make individual resolutions we're pretty sure we're not going to keep for very long, or do we adjust the framework within which we attempt to make those resolutions?  There's no point striving to do something that just will not stick - you can't paint a dirty wall and expect to be happy with the results.  You need to clean the wall first, give it a scrub, fill in the cracks, make it smooth and ready to accept that change of colour.  Even if all your time and effort is spent preparing and you never get that final coat of colour on, it's not time wasted, it's making constant small improvements, honing your skills, making a difference.

Love your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind; Love your neighbour as yourself - this is the only manifesto that can be truly believed, that can honestly be enacted, that will always, always make a difference.

Small boats continue to cross the Channel with a pitiful cargo - shipped over the Channel like yet another disposable commodity, just a means for organised crime to make money. No one, no one, leaves everything they have behind, hands over all their life savings to someone they know has no interest in whether they reach their destination dead or alive, just on a whim. People are desperate. People Traffickers trade in misery and the consequences of events beyond our horizon. It's a global issue fuelled by war, poverty, climate change, descrimination and social division. Don't just treat the symptoms, treat the disease.

There are now more foodbanks than MacDonald's in the UK - is it OK to be both horrified at the need and heartened by the generosity?

When the weather is awful, if you're homeless the wet is worse than the coldyou get wet, your few possessions get wet, your sleeping bag gets wet.  You get cold, you can't get dry and warm.  You get ill.  You die.  That's the reality of living on the streets.  Over 44 years old (42 if you're female)?  You're living on borrowed time, already past the mean age at death of a homeless person in the UK.   If you see someone on the streets please report them to the authorities by using Stree Link small logoPNG to connect them to people who can offer help.  Have a dig around your cupboards - is there a waterproof coat hanging there you haven't worn in a while?  Do you really need more than one?  How many umbrellas do you have?  You can only hold one at once.  Put things to better use than just taking up cupboard space.  Give someone a roll of strong bin liners to put their things in.  Make a donation to one of the local charities that do wonderful work with the vulnerable.  There is always something you can do to make a difference to someone else.

1.6million food parcels issued by Trussell Trust Food Banks in 2018 - that's up from 41,000 in 2010.  I'll just let that sink in. 

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