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...


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.

Do you have a few hours spare each week, that could be put to really good use, and be fun at the same time? - St Margaret's Primary School is looking for reading volunteers, particularly for the infants, to come in to school and help the youngsters improve their reading skills.  You will be well supported by the staff, so don't worry if you think you won't know what to do.  Helping the little ones master the skills essential for the rest of their education, and indeed, life, is incredibly rewarding, and the children are just a delight.  After eight years 'on the job', I can honestly say those few hours are a highlight of the week.  You can contact the school office on 852639 and they would be more than happy to give you more details.

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.


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 1st October


St Margaret's8.00amCommunion BCP
East Langdon10.00am
Harvest Festival
St Margaret's
10.00amMatins
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 7th September) - click here

  • If you could help in any way at St Margaret's Church Coffee Morning on Saturday 21st October, please let us know by email at outreach@stmargaretsbenefice.org.uk, we would really appreciate it!

  • Dover Outreach Centre has issued their latest newsletter

  • Events coming up -
    - Caritas Choir return to St Margaret's on Saturday 30th September at 7pm.

    - Children's Harvest Craft Morning - St Margaret's Church, Saturday 7th October, 10am to 12 noon.

    - St Margaret's Church Coffee Morning - Saturday 21st October, St Margaret's Village Hall, 10.30am to 12 noon


  • 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


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