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
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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...

We pride ourselves in St Margaret's Benefice for the warm welcome we extend to all - and now we might just be able to do this on a more practical level!  At St Margaret's, we've taken steps to make it a little warmer in the church, after a particularly cold February Saturday Service left it's mark on us.  It's incredibly difficult to heat a medieval, Grade 1 listed building, and the pew heaters do a reasonable job without the heat escaping into the lofty ceiling, but there were still areas suffering from frostbite, the Children's Corner in particular.  Could we truly call our building and services 'welcoming' if the conditions were so inhospitable?  We hope you will notice the difference, and maybe even be able to take your coats off! 

We are also in the process of upgrading our sound system, to cut out the annoying feedback and crackles, and provide a much higher quality of sound at our services.  All these treats and it's not even your birthday!



A partnership between the arts charity People United, Ashford Borough Council and Canterbury Diocese created The Home Project - this saw textile artist Anna Ray working with a group of women in Ashford, including recently resettled Syrian women, to explore the theme of ‘home’ through a series of art workshops.  This was featured on the BBC Inside Out series and can still be seen on BBC iPlayer for a short while if you click here.  You can also find out more about the project on the People United website.



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 mariaskobtsova@gmail.com 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.
 
Sunday 24th February
St Margaret's8.00amCommunion BCP
East Langdon9.30amCommunion CW
St Margaret's10.00amCommunion CW
Sunday 2nd March
St Margaret's11.00amSaturday Service
Sunday 3rd March
St Margaret's8.00amCommunion BCP
East Langdon9.30amFamily Service
St Margaret's10.00amMatins


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St Margaret of Antioch @ St Margaret's-at-Cliffe
  St Peter @ Westcliffe
  St Augustine @ East Langdon
 
News...
 
  • Have a look at this great article from the BBC website regarding helping people live better with dementia - click here BBC news blogs.
  • This year's One Week Without campaign to raise funds for Porchlight to help the homeless in Kent is 24th - 31st March.  For those two Sundays, there will be "coffee after church" collections should you wish to make a donation.  To find out more, click here.
  • 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...
  • Saturday Service -  St Margaret's 2nd March 11.00am, where we will be thinking about Lent.
  • Mothering Sunday Childrens' Craft Morning St Margaret's, Saturday 30th March from 11.00am.
  • NO Saturday Service in April
  • Easter Craft Morning St Margaret's, Saturday 13th April from 11.00am
  • Palm Sunday 14th April
  • Easter Sunday 21st April

Contact us...
Vicarage:
01304 852179
stmargaretsvicarage@hotmail.co.uk

General enquiries:
outreach@stmargaretsbenefice.org.uk

Diocese of Canterbury Safeguarding:

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

Diocese of Canterbury Safeguarding:
Click here to take you to the GDPR info pages of the Diocese website.

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