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...


Black Friday - the day you can buy anything for a price, but the best things in life aren't things at all...

St Margaret's really came together this last weekend (9th/10th December) we saw the annual switching on of the Village Christmas tree lights, with a fantastic community gathering amply catered for by the Village Shop, and perfect timing of Father Christmas switching on the lights!  Thanks go to Brenda and our new PCSO Jackie for controlling the traffic and keeping everyone safe.  Sunday was the grand production of our Nativity, accompanied by a wonderful Christingle service.  Have a look at the photos here.

Dover Deanery held their Synod to discuss the "In Good Shape" document on the 17th October - to read a summary of the outcome, click here.  On another note, but related theme, November's edition of Dover Strait is sadly the last one.  The Deanery Mission & Ministry team have decided that it is no longer an appropriate means of communication.  At a time when there is much upheaval within the Deanery, and no other Deanery-wide and Deanery-specific source of information, it is difficult to see how removing Dover Strait can aid the open discussion and dissemination of news and information, linking the varied and numerous churches in the Deanery.  Perhaps a more imaginative rethinking of how such a publication can work, with input from those that actually read it, would be an alternative path to explore?

We pray for the people of the Middle East - for those caught up in the aftermath of the earthquake in the Iranian borderlands; for the people of Egypt suffering violence for for practicing their religion; for the desperate people of Yemen, starving and terrified whilst their rich neighbours drop bombs not help; the displaced; the homeless; those in refugee camps; those trying by whatever means to create a better future for themselves and their families.
 

Dover Outreach Centre does amazing work with the homeless and vulnerable in our area - but they are in desperate need of more volunteers to enable them to run the Winter Night Shelters that they did last year.  Click here to see how you can make a difference.

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:

 

Wednesday 13th December    
St Margaret's 11.30am Service of Prayer for Healing and Wholeness
Sunday17th December    
St Margaret's 8.00am Communion BCP
West Langdon   NO SERVICE
St Margaret's 10.00am Communion CW
East Langdon 4.00pm Carol Service
St Margaret's 6.30pm Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
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 16th November) - click here
     
  • Delghted to announce the safe arrival of baby Rafat (9lb 1oz!) to the first of the Syrian families we support, a little brother to Hanifa, Ramazan and Ali.  Heartfelt thanks to everyone who provides very practical and loving support to both of the families.
     
  • * * * URGENT APPEAL * * * 
    Dover Outreach Centre needs volunteers to run their Winter Night Shelters - click
    here for more information
     
  • Dover Outreach Centre has issued their Annual Report, for you to find out what's been happening at this amazing venture.
     
  • The CWGC Living History Project page now has all the records of our Cmmonwealth war dead commemorated in St Margaret's churchyard.  It also has details of "The Unremembered" project, and very soon it will have a map of the churchyard to make identifying the gravestones that little bit easier!
     
  • The Diocese of Canterbury has launched its Advent Justice Appeal - Click on the link to find more information.
     
  • Events coming up -
    - Grand Switch-On of the St Margaret's Christmas Lights: Saturday 9th December, from 4pm
    - Dressing St Margaret's Christmas Tree: after the Christingle & Nativity service on 10th December.

     
  • ADVANCED NOTICE: Sunday 14th January: We are delighted to welcome Vee Bentley from Dover Outreach Centre to talk at our Family Service at St Margaret's

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General  Benefice email:
outreach@stmargaretsbenefice.org.uk

Vicarage email:
stmargaretsvicarage@hotmail.co.uk

 
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