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 home

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...

Still standing, just - Notre-Dame broken, but defiant.  A reminder that most change we encounter is neither expected nor in our control, but time does not stand still.  We work with what we've been given, and have to make the best we can of it.

Ecclesiastes 3
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

Heartbreaking watching Notre Dame on fire on the news right now
- these buildings have character, personality, a presence beyond their mere stonework.  They are important as places of worship, national icons, symbols of continuity.  200 years of workmanship to create a gothic masterpiece; 2 hours to reduce it to a shell.  To see it in agony is distressing.

Let us not forget the 1.8million people affected by Cyclone Idai - it may not be top of the news headlines any more, but the devastation remains.  The Disasters Emergency Appeal is open for donations - you can call 0370 60 60 610 or send a cheque to DEC Cyclone Idai Appeal to DEC, PO Box 999, London EC3A 3AA .

Lent_postcard_2019_side_1Lent is now upon us - the year progresses so quickly, it's hard sometimes to slow down and make time for these significant markers in our church calendar. How do we 'do' Lent?  Do we give up something?  Take something on?  Make a longer lasting change?   Whatever we decide to do, or not do, it's best done in a prayerful way, trying to deepen our connection to God and discern what path He wants us to follow.  Easier said than done, as are most things worthwhile, but maybe together we can find a way
to have better conversations with God during our everyday lives.  Prayer isn't something reserved for an hour on a Sunday.  We all have an inner monologue going on in our heads (I'm sure it's not just me!) - perhaps we can redirect it towards someone who's always listening.  To help you on your journey this Lent, we have produced a postcard, with a beautiful picture created by Alexandra LeRossignol, on the front, with a selection of resources on the back to guide you through.  They are available at all the churches in the Benefice.

Looking for a meaningful way to use your time and skills? - Maria Skobtsova House and Caritas France are part of the church's response to refugee needs in Calais.  They are looking for volunteers over the age of 18, for a minimum of 1 month, to help in different operations in aid of refugees. There are many varied roles you could fulfil and if you want to find out more, please email for an information sheet and application form.
A 2% drop in rough sleepers last year hailed as an achievement - what do we call the 165% rise in numbers since 2010?  Please think about supporting charities that help the homeless and vulnerable - they are the ones working on the frontline, picking up the pieces, day after day.  Humanity is not reserved only for those with a roof over their heads, everyone deserves dignity.

Next Services...
For a full list of the current month's services, click here.
Tuesday 16th April
Westcliffe5.30pmReading of the Passion Gospel according to Mark
Wednesday 17th April
East Langdon5.30pmReading of the Passion Gospel according to Luke
Thursday 18th April
St Margaret's7.30pmCommunion CW with foot washing and stripping of the altar
Friday 19th April
St Margaret's2.00pmThe Last Hour
West Langdon5.30pmReading of the Passion Gospel according to John
Sunday 21st April
Westcliffe8.00amCommunion BCP
East Langdon10.00amEast / West Langdon combined Easter Day Communion
St Margaret's10.00amCommunion CW

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St Margaret of Antioch @ St Margaret's-at-Cliffe
  St Peter @ Westcliffe
  St Augustine @ East Langdon
  • We are delighted to be welcoming Dr Stuart Field to St Margaret's on Sunday 12th May at our Family Service.  Stuart is from Porchlight and will be talking about their invaluable work with the homeless and vulnerable in our area.
  • Do you have the skills and the time to take on a really important service for the local community? -  if so, we are looking for a new editor of the Parish News.  Eve has decided to step aside, after 4 dedicated years, so if you're interested to find out more, please call Sandy on 852265.

  • Dover Outreach Centre is a cause very close to our hearts here at St Margaret's, and you can read their latest annual reporthere and their report on the Winter Night Shelter here, to find out more about what they've been up to this last year.
  • We have a really busy community, be sure to check our What's On... page so you don't miss out.
  • If you would like to make a donation to Canterbury Welcomes Refugees, you can clickhere to find their donation web page.
  • 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.
  • Kent Dementia Action Alliance have a 24hour helpline - 0800 500 3014.  You can find more information on the Crisis Response page. 

indexThis 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.
Upcoming Events...
  • Easter Sunday 21st April
  • St Margaret's Family Service, 12th May : with guest speaker Dr Stuart Field from Porchlight

Contact us...
01304 852179

General enquiries:

Diocese of Canterbury Safeguarding:

Click here to take you to the Safeguarding pages of the Diocese website.

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