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...

 

Advent begins, and we should ask ourselves "what are we waiting for?" - of course the direct answer is "Christmas", but does knowing the answer (and the duration of the wait) make it any easier?  We know the story, and the ultimate ending/beginning of the rest of time, and we know the joy of celebrating the arrival of the Saviour, so why make us wait each year?  When something good comes along in a rush, it can pass too soon and it's significance not recognised.  Doesn't a cake taste better when you have made it yourself, put it in the oven and had to wait for it to be cooked, rather than opening a packet?  Making us go through Advent, making us properly mark time until Christmas should be our time of anticipation and development of a hunger to experience the significance of the events of the Nativity.  It gives time to really consider the situation Mary and Joseph found themselves in, the joy of Elizabeth and the birth of John, the mystery and wonder as the Nativity story unfolds.  So let us use Advent wisely to think about what it is we are truely waiting for.

We pray for Aleppo - for it's scattered population all around the world, and those trapped in the rubble of a once great civilisation.  For the White Helmets who never give up.  The few doctors doing their best to ease unimaginable pain and suffering.  We pray for world leaders - perhaps they have done enough waiting and should act to get desperately needed aid in to the city as soon as possible.  I fear that Aleppo will be our generation's Guernica and we shall have to answer for our inaction.

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

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Next Services:

 

Sunday 11th December    
Westcliffe 8.00am Communion BCP
East Langdon 9.30am Communion BCP
St Margaret's 10.00am Christingle inc Nativity
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 - click here
     
  • Carols & Craft - a delightful morning of crafts and conversation!  Read more about it here
  • A thoroughly engaging and thought-provoking evening with Kent Refugee Projects Officer Domenica Pecoraro on Wednesday 30th November.  Find out more here
  • Events coming up -
    -  Christingle & Nativity rehearsal 3.30pm Wednesday 7th December at St Margaret's.
    - Festival of 9 Lessons & Carols: Sunday 18th December at St Margaret's 6.30pm

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General  Benefice email:
outreach@stmargaretsbenefice.org.uk

Vicarage email:
stmargaretsvicarage@hotmail.co.uk

 
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