Welcome to our beautiful corner of England  
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We are here to reach out to, serve, connect and support everybody in the villages and hamlets surrounding St Margaret's.

We look forward to welcoming you to one of our services and events.



Looking out...


Thank you very much to all who supported St Margaret's Church Coffee Morning - we despite the weather, we enjoyed a very sociable morning.  Click here for more about this event.

We pray for our benefice pilgrims as they visit the Holy Land 17th - 26th October -

Lord Jesus Christ,
You were a pilgrim in this Holy Land. Now you lead and guide us on our pilgrimage. As we follow in your steps, we ask the grace to keep our eyes on you. Open our hearts that we may find you not only in ancient stones, but in your people and in each other.  Give us a spirit of prayer lest we return full of facts but not of grace and love. Lord, teach us to pray in the very land where you taught your disciples so that we may say:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us,
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Amen.


We move through the Harvest season, and express our thankfulness for the abundance our soils and seas afford us - we are extremely fortunate to live in the part of the world where we do.  We can open the fridge or cupboard, or pop to the shop to get what we need (want?).  If we are ill we can just turn up for medical attention.  We can walk the streets without the fear of snipers or barrel bombs.  While we live comfortable lives, many around the world are in desperate situations, not just brought about by natural disasters.  Yemen is suffering a devastating humanitarian catastrophe, caused by man not nature, and 19 milion people are in need of urgent assistance.  The Disasters Emergency Committee have the Yemen Crisis Appeal which needs support and publicity so that this tragedy can come to an end.  So whilst we should never be embarrassed to be thankful for what we have, perhaps we can look to share our fortune with those that really need it.

As a Benefice, Deanery, Diocese and, ultimately, whole church, we have to face unavoidable changes in how ministry and mission are provided - clergy retirement, reduced numbers of people coming to ministry and a reliance on Sunday services to indicate (and finance) our churches are all coming together to create an impending situation that has to be addressed. The Deanery has produced an initial discussion document, which you can read
here, to outline the issues.  The Open Deanery Synod on Wednesday 28th June was extremely well attended and fulldetails of the discussions have been circulated out to all parishes for further deliberation as to the possible ways forward.  These will then be discussed at the Deanery Synod on the 17th October.


Had you thought about coming to church but weren't sure whether to or not? - Liz has written a terrific guide to the church services held in the Benefice, and why people decide to join the congregation.  It might just be the nudge you were looking for.


There are Commonwealth war graves in St Margaret's Churchyard - we now have an official plaque from CWGC to acknowledge their presence, and there are a team of dedicated people working on the 'Living Memory' CWGC project to provide histories for each of the seven souls we have buried there.  Have a look at our CWGC page as we continue to add fascinating information to this project throughout the year.

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Find out more what's been happening in the Benefice at Reaching Out...





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Next Services:


Sunday 29th October

St Margaret's8.00amCommunion BCP
West Langdon 10.00am4 Churches' Service Harvest Festival
Songs of Praiase
For a full listing of Services, click on When we Worship...
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The St Margaret's Benefice

consists of four historic village churches and is part of the Dover Deanery, in the Diocese of Canterbury:

St Margaret of Antioch in St Margaret's-at-Cliffe
St Augustine   in East Langdon
St Peter   in  Westcliffe
St Mary the Virgin   in West Langdon
Find out more on Our Churches...

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 News...
  • Foodbank UPDATED LIST (as of 2nd October) - click here

  • The CWGC Living History Project page now has all the records of our Cmmonwealth war dead commemorated in St Margaret's churchyard.  It also has details of "The Unremembered" project, and very soon it will have a map of the churchyard to make identifying the gravestones that little bit easier!

  • Thank you, everyone, we have now passed 13,000 hits on this website!  That is amazing for a little rural benefice.  I do hope you enjoy what you read, and please, feel free to email any comments or suggestions you may have - laurels are not to be rested on!

  • St Margaret's Church Coffee Morning on Saturday 21st October, raise a very respectable 220 for church funds.  Many thanks to all those who supported it, in whatever capacity.

  • Dover Outreach Centre has issued their latest newsletter

  • Events coming up -
    - "Perfumes in the Bible" - Friday 17th November at 12.30pm, East Langdon VIllage Hall.  Come along for a lovely lunch and fascinating talk.  See What's On... for more details

  • The Diocese of Canterbury has produced a useful resource on Exploring Prayer - Click on the link to find more information and details of sessions held around the Diocese.

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General  Benefice email:
outreach@stmargaretsbenefice.org.uk

Vicarage email:
stmargaretsvicarage@hotmail.co.uk


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