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...

Jacinda Adern, New Zealand's impressive Prime Minister, has announced legislation to ban all military style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles, their related parts and high-capacity magazines  - anyone else really wish New Zealand was a world super-power right now?

Cyclone Idai has devastated Mozabique and adjoining countries - the city of Beira looks akin to Aleppo, with its shattered buildings and unrecognisable streets, with the added misery of flood waters.  Keep these resiliant people in your prayers and support the aid agencies that are tirelessly trying to bring relief to yet another part of the world that suffers.

New Zealand suffers deeply as hatred and bigotry express their bile as murder
- 50 people died in their places of worship, dozens injured.  No one should die because they have faith in God; no one should die because they wear clothes of a different style; no one should die because they speak a different language.  Will we be looking at white male twentysomethings with the same caution as if the cultures in this tragedy were the other way round? 

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.

Gargoyles Galore! - Margaret Scott and her grandchildren had a creative and informative visit to Canterbury Cathedral in the half term holiday.  You can find out more by clicking here.



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 March
St Margaret's8.00amCommunion BCP
East Langdon9.30amCommunion CW
St Margaret's10.00amCommunion CW
Saturday 30th March
St Margaret's11.00amMothering Sunday Children's Craft
Sunday 31st March
St Margaret's8.00amHoly Communion
East / West Langdon10.00amMothering Sunday Service at East Langdon
St Margaret's10.00amMothering Sunday Service


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St Margaret of Antioch @ St Margaret's-at-Cliffe
  St Peter @ Westcliffe
  St Augustine @ East Langdon
 
News...
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • They don't call it Mad March for nothing - there is so much going on during the month, 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...
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    Fancy going to a party?  Kent Refugee Action Network are celbrating 15 years on the 21st March - click here for more information
  • 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