Afghanistan - the very word conjours up pictures of fear and distress on the faces of men, women and children. If you want to help, a good port of call is redcross.org.uk, where they have set up an emergency appeal.
Wonderful service at Canterbury Cathedral - we were there for the swearing in of new Churchwardens for the year, and it was really rather moving to see so many people coming together to affirm their service to God and their parishes - there's nothing quite like the sound of a full congregation singing in such a magnificent building. St Margaret's Churchwardens for this year are Barbara Wells, who continues her service, and Vivienne Verren, newly enrolled. You can see our mug shots in the church porch and here.
Animals have been such a comfort this past year and a half - our companion animals have helped so many people get through the loneliness of lockdown and provided a focal point, a sense of purpose, to sometimes seemingly endless days. At St Margaret's we celebrated the joy that animals bring into our lives and just how important this vast portion of God's creation are to us. Have a look at the pictures from the day here.
Youngsters from around the Benefice have been making amazing artwork on the theme of dragons - have a look at our Gallery page to see what they've achieved.
2.5million emergency food parcels given out by Trussell Trust food banks from April 2020 to March 2021 - that's up from 1.9 million the previous year. 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.
Trussell Trust are the largest foodbank organisation, they are by no
means the only ones. Food poverty is real and should not be happening.
In all of 2010 the number was 41,000.
I'll just let that sink in. You can read more on www.trusselltrust.org.
Saw this... ...thought it was kind of lovely.