Part of the Dover Deanery, in the Diocese of Canterbury, Kent.
The smallest church in our Benefice, St Mary the Virgin at West Langdon, hosted our October 5th Sunday service, when all our churches come together to worship. It was delightful to see it full, hear tales of our church saints and to fill it with music and song. As a Festival Church, there are six services held at West Langdon during the year. The next service will be Christmas Day at 9.30am.
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.
Last Sunday at St Margaret's, we were delighted to mark the 10th anniversary of Dr Emma Ainsley joining us as Director of Music. We are extremely fortunate to have our long-standing choir enhancing our worship each week, and over these last 10 years they have been taken to new heights under Emma's capable tutorage, guidance and friendship. The choir sang a specially written song to celebrate the event and Emma was presentd with two beautiful fragrant roses to mark the occasion. We hope to celebrate many more milestones with Emma and the choir.
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.
Tuesday afternoon was just perfect for Langdon Primary School's Choir Concert at St Margaret's Church. Warm sunshine, doors wide open, the sound of joyful singing confidently drifting out to our Churchyard Green Team as they gardened away. It was delightful to host 21 young people under the guidance of Emma Newton as they sang and played through an adventurous selection of songs, filling the church with music. They even did an encore! We very much look forward to inviting them over again in the not-to-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: