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 Autumn last year, 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're trying our best to help occupy our youngsters - see what they've been up to here.
  • The Harvest Treasure Hunt activity pack is now available in the box in the church porch in lieu of our October Saturday Service 
  • The Saturday Service "Boots on the Ground" Remembrance project is taking shape, with industrial amounts of poppies being made behind closed doors - all will be revealed in a couple of weeks!
  • for more news, go to our News... page.  I know, it's seamless!
  • I am aware that there may be pages on the website that have lost their pictures - this is due to a 'helpful' surprise update of the website software that changes how pictures are added to a page.  It hasn't affected all pages so I am going through and adding back the missing photos, but please bear with me as I have to find out which ones they were first before I can add them back.

Looking Out...

Dover Food Bank were extremely grateful for our harvest donations - as they always are, but at this time, as more and more families find themselves pushed to the edge, they are even more important.  Please have a think when you are next shopping and maybe add an extra tin or two to the trolley.  The collection box is in St Margaret's church porch ready and waiting to be filled with your generocity and love.

from Monday 14th September, a maximum of 6 people can meet indoors or outdoors (excepting education, youth groups, work, weddings and funerals).  Church services are unaffected by this change.  It's a little unnerving, and it is uncertain how long this new restriction will last.  Hand, Face, Space is the order of the day (week, month, year...?) so try and be vigilant in your interactions with others.  We have one constant, one ever present 'still, small voice of calm' that carries us through all times.  So when you're pushing the shopping trolley of life and it's full and heavy, and the wheels all want to go in different directions, just ask the Big Chap walking next to you to push it for a while while you decide what it is on the list that you really need.  He's always there to carry the load, you only have to ask.

Moria -
a tragedy happened on Lesbos, when the largest refugee camp in Greece burnt to the ground.  13,000 refugees are left without shelter, without anything.  How much pain can such desperate people take?

A reminder - if you want to attend a service at St Margaret's, please call Sandy on 852265 to reserve your place as numbers have to be limited.  No pre-booking is required at St Augustine's and they can safely accommodate 20-25 people.

If you are in need of something uplifting this morning, click here.

Coronavirus regulations and guidlines are changing  -
that doesn't mean it's gone away.  Make yourself aware of what applies to you and how your actions can inadvertantly affect others.  It's going to be a long haul.  And for goodness sake, take your rubbish home with you.

The world's worst humanitarian crisis is happening the Yemen - war, famine, aid supplies stopped because of Covid-19 border closures, a healthcare system collapsed with the added pressure of coronavirus.  UNICEF and other international aid organisations are striving to intervene in this catastrophe.  If you've saved a few pounds a week from not being able to get that coffee, maybe you could find a charity that would really appreciate it right now?

28,000 people - Councils report nearly 5 times as many rough sleepers in 2018 than the official government figures, as a Freedom of Information request from the councils discovered.  The government pledge to "fight the scourge of homelessness".  How about we fight the scourge of the causes of homelessness, and maybe that would make a difference?  Sweeping people off the streets doesn't solve the problem, it takes it from under our noses - the BBC have a pertinent report on their website right now, you can find it if you click here.

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.