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...

47 - that's the average life expectancy of someone who is homeless in the UK (figures: NHS).  Shocking, isn't it?  Want to do something to make a difference to someone in need?  Then joins us as we spend one night sleeping out to raise money for Porchlight, Catching Lives and Dover Outreach Centre - three charities that work with the homeless and vulnerable in our local community.  Click here for more information.
You can sponsor us either online by clicking the button below, or via sponsorship forms available in the church and church porch.

Visit our charity page on BT MyDonate then click on the  Donate now  button.

Benefice Get-Together - the Channel Room at St Margaret's Village Hall was full to bursting on Monday 5th Feb, as people from the four churches of our Benefice, along with those from Bewsborough Parish, continued with our discussions regarding Deanery reorganisation.  The now not-so-unfamiliar faces shared conversations regarding our hopes, fears, concerns and wishes for the future shape of ministry in our areas.  Helped along by some delicious food and drink, new friendships were forged as we openly and honestly shared our thoughts.  These solidified into salient points which will be taken to the upcoming meetings and discussions with the Deanery. 

The numbers of people rough-sleeping in England rises by 15% from last year - that doesn't include figures from the rest of the United Kingdom (bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-42817123).  That doesn't include all thoses sofa-surfing, in bed & breakfasts, hostels and other emergency temporary housing.  Surely this is a catastrophy, in 2018, in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet the story doesn't even make the 'Top 10 Most Read' on the BBC website. 

Had a wonderfully uplifting and inspiring Family Service at St Margaret's this morning (14th Jan) - We were delighted to welcome Vee Bentley and Noel Beamish from Dover Outreach Centre to come and talk about the work they have been doing over the past 18 months or so.  If ever anyone needs a motivational boost to keep going and try to make a difference, it was certainly felt this morning.  Find out more about the work they do on their website (link above) and on our Crisis Response page.


Next Services...
For a full list of the current month's services, click here.
 
Sunday 18th February    
St Margaret's 8.00am Communion BCP
West Langdon 9.30am Communion BCP
St Margaret's 10.00am Communion CW
Sunday 25th February    
St Margaret's 8.00am Communion BCP
East Langdon 9.30am Communion CW
St Margaret's 10.00am Communion CW




 
  St Margaret of Antioch @ St Margaret's-at-Cliffe
  St Peter @ Westcliffe
  St Augustine @ East Langdon
  St Mary @ West Langdon
 
News...
  • LiveLent_header_RGB#LiveLent 2018 is the upcoming Lent reflection from the Church of England, looking at the Gospel of John
  • St Margaret's Benefice has to date donated 3.1 tonnes of goods to Dover Food Bank - an astonishing, but sadly needed, act of generosity.  To read the 'thank you' letter from the Food Bank, please click here..
    Dover Food Bank 'most wanted' list (updated 16th February 2018)
  • There will be a Deanery confirmation on the 18th June at Capel-le-Ferne - if anyone is interested, please contact the vicar.
 
Upcoming Events...
  • Ash Wednesday Service 15th February, 7.30pm St Margaret's
  • Porchlight's 'One Week Without' event: Sunday 4th March to Sunday 11th March

Contact us...
Vicarage:
01304 852173
stmargaretsvicarage@hotmail.co.uk

General enquiries:
outreach@stmargaretsbenefice.org.uk