The Churches of St Margaret's Benefice-Welcome!-The Churches of St Margaret's Benefice

The Churches of St Margaret's Benefice-Welcome!-The Churches of St Margaret's Benefice

Welcome to our little corner of England!

We are here to reach out 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.

Looking out...

What a world of turmoil we live in - Afghanistan is holding elections, but ten candidates have already been killed; thousands of migrants are heading into Mexico from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Venezuela, fleeing crushing poverty and violence; climate change requiring immediate and far reaching action; journalists risk, and lose, their lives to make people and states accountable for their actions; people continue to be trafficked and sold into unimaginable exploitation; Brexit (where does one even begin?)... It seems like everywhere we look, particularly when we look out at the 'big picture' there are awful, insurmountable problems.
So maybe we bring our focus a little closer.  It's easy to feel like you can do nothing when the problem is so great.  So find a smaller problem.  There are plenty, and they all add up to contributing to the bigger ones.  Find something that you can get involved in, that you can make a difference about.  "I'm just one person, what difference will I make?" You may be just one person, but if we all have a go, that one person turns into over 6 billion people, and I'm sure that that will make a difference.

Along with many from our Benefice who had visited Israel last year, our Churchwarden Norman attended the talk by Hamed Qwawasmeh, from Hebron, at St Paul's Canterbury last Thursday evening.  Here are his thoughts:
"Hamed is part of the Hebron International Resources Network who aim to help and fill the gap which the major charities cannot do, (often due to their mandate restriction) working mainly with smaller isolated communities in Palestine.  I don't believe any of us were surprised to learn that the tensions between the Israeli army and those communities is still fragile, but to hear first-hand the issues faced by these people in the 21st century is still shocking.  We were told how a community sought to have electricity supplied by solar panels.  The construction took place and the panels installed, only for the Israeli army to arrive and seize all of the panels, only returning them some months later when ordered to do so by the court.  A similar fate happened when a school was erected, with the Israeli army dismantling it the night before it was due to open.  I believe that we had hoped and prayed following our trip that matters would improve.  It seems we have a lot more praying to do..."

Stewardship - it's a word we think we understand the definition of, but it is actually more complex than it first appears.  "It's just looking after something, isn't it?"  Well, yes it is, but what does that encompass?  There is the concept of ownership - just whose is it, that we are looking after?  Owners have rights, stewards have responsibilities.  There is accountability - who are we being stewards for?  It is the careful and responsible management of something entrusted into one's care.  It is the foundation of what our church PCC's (Parochial Church councils) do, to strive to sustain and build our church communities.  We are approaching a period of change, reflection and renewal, and how we can best utilise and grow our resources, both personnel and financial, is going to be much discussed.  Please consider ways that you may be able to enhance your support of our local churches, as we can all take on the role of steward in some form or other.  

Kent Refugee Action Network, based in Canterbury, supports young refugees and asylum seekers - we were delighted that Fawzia Nabi Worsley, one of their Youth Support & Outreach Workers, came to talk to us last Sunday (9th September).  Telling us all about the work of KRAN, who they serve and how, was enlightening, and demonstrated just how important non-governmentl organisations are in providing essential services to people in desperate need.  Compassion and common sense combine to provide young vulnerable people with the life-skills and support they need to make new lives for themselves.  Find out more about the work they do by clicking here. 
Samphire are a National Lottery funded charity that support ex-detainees - they are currently looking for volunteers to help in their Ex-Detainee Project conducting telephone surveys with their service users.  For more information, click here.

Next Services...
For a full list of the current month's services, click here.
Sunday 21st October  
St Margaret's8.00amCommunion BCP
West Langdon9.30amHarvest Thanksgiving Service
St Margaret's10.00amCommunion CW
Sunday 28th October  
St Margaret's8.00amCommunion BCP
East Langdon9.30amCommunion CW
St Margaret's10.00amCommunion CW

visits to this website

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  St Peter @ Westcliffe
  St Augustine @ East Langdon
  St Mary @ West Langdon
  • The latest edition of Dover Christian Chronicle is out now - you can read it here.
  • If you would like to make a donation to Canterbury Welcomes Refugees, you can clickhere to find their donation web page.
  • Dover Outreach Centreare looking  for a Winter Night Shelter Co-Ordinator and a Winter Night Shelter Assisstant to work alongside.  These are temporary contracts starting on 1st November for 5 months.  For more information email  They are currently in the process of having a new website developed, so please bare with them!
  • If you want to find out more about becoming a volunteer for Migrant Help, go to our Crisis Response page to find out more.
  • Find out about how to help sponsor a refugee family by clicking here.
  • Looking for a good source of information and support for a teenage girl in you family?  Then I would highly recommend you go to - a great resource created by Charlotte Ford and Sam Stanley of this parish, full of honest advice and information.  It wouldn't hurt if a few boys read it as well...
  • Kent Dementia Action Alliance have a 24hour helpline - 0800 500 3014.  You can find more information on the Crisis Response page.

  • This is a fantastic website and phone app to enable easy reporting of a rough-sleeper to services that can help - click here
    for more information.

  • Dover Food Bank'most wanted' list (updated 15th October 2018)
Upcoming Events...
  •  5th Dover (St Margaret's) Scout Group are celebrating their 50th birthday on Sunday 7th October, and you are all warmly invited to the Scout Hut from 2pm to join us as we eat cake!

Contact us...
01304 852179

General enquiries:

Diocese of Canterbury Safeguarding:

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Benefice Disclosure Officer:
Jannine Hyde tel: 853565
Benefice Safeguarding Co-ordinator:
Barbara Broughton tel:853840