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
  • Lots of fun at the Toddler Group Fun day!
  • What a wonderful send-off the Benefice gave Diane on Sunday - have a look at our Gallery page to see pictures from the day.
  • For more news, go to our News... page.  I know, it's seamless!

Looking Out...

Awful situation in Syria right now - civilians once again caught in the middle of some huge twisted game of chess where one of the players has tipped the board over and left the rest to it.  The only people who lose this game are the innocent. Generations know nothing other than war and destruction.  It's shameful and abhorrent that millions of people no longer have a country they can live in.

So much going on in the world right now - it's hard to even begin to get your thoughts together about it all.  I suppose it can be summarised as "actions have consequences".  We cannot avoid the knowledge that how we live our lives has an impact on the state of the planet - we cannot continue to be The Very Hungry Caterpillar, because we won't turn into a butterfly when we've devoured our planet.  How we take care of the most vulnerable in society reflects how much we value each other as human beings - if we expect to be listened to, to be cared about and for, we must do the same for others.  Does it actually matter what language we speak?  What clothes we dress in?  How we worship our God?  With millions of people displaced through environmental catastrophe and conflict (and you can be sure the two will meld together in the very near future) it becomes increasingly obvious that the world belongs to us all.  We are all responsible for the care of our environment and everything that calls it home.  

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.