The benefice of St Margarets churches.-The Churches of St Margaret's Benefice
As we step into the New Year, and we start to see the first signs of Spring, so the calendar begins to fill up with exciting events in and around the Benefice.
The change in start time for the Saturday Services to 11am seems to be working well, easing the pressure of 'clock-watching' on our lovely families.
March will be a busy month, with six key things happening at St Margaret's alone. First, we will have the Saturday Service on the 3rd March, followed by Mothering Sunday Craft Morning the next Saturday (10th). Mothering Sunday is, of course, the following day on the 11th March.
On the 23rd we have St Margaret's Big Night Out, where we will be sleeping out down in the Bay for one night (7pm to 9am) to raise money for Porchlight, Catching Lives and Dover Outreach Centre – three charities that do so much to help the homeless and vulnerable in our local area. This event is open to all adults who are up for the challenge, and if you want more information just email firstname.lastname@example.org for registration details, keep an eye on the Parish News and posters going up around the villages. We really would like as many people as possible to take part as this opens up the widest network of possible sponsors – and I'd like some company!
The following day, Saturday 24th, is our Children’s Easter Craft Morning in St Margaret's Church, with a slightly later start time than normal of 11am, to give me time to get home from the sleep-out first! Always a lovely family event, so please do come along. We will be making palms in readiness for Palm Sunday the following day, and we are delighted that Arthur and Smithy, the Shetland ponies, will be leading our Palm Sunday procession into church again!
Phew! That should keep us busy for March, and perhaps allows us to pause for breath during Holy Week as we contemplate the build-up to Easter Sunday the following week.
So to summarise:-
Saturday 3rd March – Saturday Service, St Margaret's Church 11am
Saturday 10th March – Mothering Sunday Craft Morning, St Margaret's Church, 10am to 12noon
Sunday 11th March – Mothering Sunday Services
Friday 23rd March – St Margaret's Big Night Out, St Margaret's Bay 7pm to 9am
Saturday 24th March – Easter Craft Morning, St Margaret's Church, from 11am
Sunday 25th March – Palm Sunday
That should keep us going for a while!
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Looking for a practical present for someone? Want something that will contribute to the benefice? Then look no further than our new St Margaret of Antioch tea towels and cloth bags. At just £2.00 for the bags, £2.50 for the tea towels, special rate of £4.00 for one of each, they are sure to delight and perhaps be a lovely reminder to those no longer living in the area. They are available after most 10.00am services at St Margaret's, or call Sandy on 852265.