Part of the Dover Deanery, in the Diocese of Canterbury, Kent.
St Margaret's Church was delighted to host a morning of coffee, cakes and chat with Stuart Walker (Street Pastors) and Noel Beamish (Dover Outreach Centre) this morning (24th Feb). Not only was it a gloriously sunny morning for once, it was the first time we have had Dover Street Pastors come and talk about their work, and a number of years since Noel has been to visit. We were able to use our brand new pew tables to make sitting with your coffee and tremendous cake a much more convivial and practical experince - we are extremely grateful to Nick Pinkham for the time and effort he has put into making these for us, and intend them to very much be part of the furniture for years to come. Stuart and Noel spoke eloquently and passionately about the work their respective organisations do for the community of Dover, all with the central purpose in mind of serving God and going wherever his will takes them.
We're now well into our Harvest Season at our four churches, with Harvest Festivals and our local schools and nursery coming in to our buildings to give thanks for the season. Our churches are beautifully decorated by our dedicated volunteers in lovely Autumnal colours.
Churchyard Green Gang
We had a fantastic day last Monday, with 20 volunteers reporting for duty at St Margaret's Churchyard – we are very appreciative of their time and efforts. They rediscovered monuments and tidied unattended graves; found inscriptions in Welsh, a resident from Vienna and gave our wonderful trees a therapeutic prune. Fuelled througout the day with tea, coffee, flapjacks, sausage rolls and scones with jam and cream - no wonder they stayed working for so long! We are enormously grateful to Lorna and Martin Hunt for leading the work and we very much hope to have another day in the not too distant future.
St Margaret's Church was the SECOND largest contributor to Dover Food Bank in their entire collection area, with
1.75 tonnes of food donated!
Only Tesco donated more – we beat all the other supermarkets! So an enormous THANK YOU to everyone who drops a tin or two in the box – you make a real difference.
Walk Church rambled around the at St Margaret's countryside on Sunday 25th June, returning to church for well-earned tea and cakes afterwards. It was a delightfully sociable afternoon, meeting Rev Alex Bienfait from Ashford Town Team Ministry and the other walkers from far and wide, and hopefully will be the first of many (more info at www.walkchurch.org.uk). Or maybe it's set the seed of inspiration for us to develop something for the Benefice...
What a joyous, delightful service we had at St Margaret's for Easter Day - so good to see nearly 90 of you present as we enjoyed the Good News and fabulous music to celebrate the day. The church looked magnificent in its Easter colours decorated with white lillies and spring flowers. Also looking delightful was St Peter's at Westcliffe, as you can see below: