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...


The Iraqi government declares Mosul liberated - so the city can be returned to it's people, or what's left of it's population.  The strongest have already fled for their lives, those that are left are the oldest, the youngest, the most vulnerable, the most traumatised, the orphaned, the forgotten.  How are these desperate people supposed to rebuild a shattered city, when they themselves are shattered?

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 with representatives from across the deanery, and we hope to be able to bring you an update on the conclusions form the meeting in due course.

Bliss - that was what sitting up at the cricket pitch yesterday (Thursday) evening watching the youngsters play a firendly match in the still, Summer heat felt like.  We must make sure we treasure each such small moment that comes along, as they are truly precious.

People have gone through, and are still enduring, some testing times, through deliberate acts and tragedies of unimaginable proportions We pray for the strength of human spirit, and for God's spirit, to shine through, to rise up and be seen as a beacon to unite us in this dreadful aftermath.  People are strong, people are resillient, people find new ways, new reasons to bond together when others try and tear us apart.  Peace will win, fear will lose.



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:


Wednesday 9th August


St Margaret's10.45am
11.30am

Communion BCP
Service of Prayer for Healing and Wholeness
Sunday 13th August


Westcliffe
8.00amCommunion BCP
East Langdon9.30amService of the Word
St Margaret's10.00amFamily Service
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 8th August) - click here

  • Dover Outreach Centre has issued their latest newsletter

  • Events coming up -
    - History Society Annual Exhibition - Monday 28th August,St Margaret's Village Hall
    - Gardener's Late Summer Show - Saturday 2nd September from 2pm (exhibits to be in place by 10am), St Margaret's Village Hall
    - Art Exhibition & Sale - St Peter's Church, Westcliffe, 2nd & 3rd September 10am-4pm
    - Songs of Praise - Sunday 3rd September, 4pm, St Margaret's Church

  • 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.

  • The CWGC Living History Project now has it's own page on the website! We will be adding information on each of the graves as we progress through the year.

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General  Benefice email:
outreach@stmargaretsbenefice.org.uk

Vicarage email:
stmargaretsvicarage@hotmail.co.uk


For more information and to sign up to our mailing list, go to Contact Us...