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St. Margaret’s is the main Civic Church for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. In May each year the newly elected Mayor and Councillors usually attend a Civic Service. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant and local M.P. also attend.
The Sermon is generally preached by the Mayor’s Chaplain (who may be a visitor).
On Remembrance Sunday the Rector leads a service with the Royal British Legion at the War Memorial in Barking Park before the “Civic Service” in Church with The Mayor, other Dignitaries and uniformed organisations. At the Job Drain VC Memorial Statue opposite the Abbey Green a service is held on the 11th November at 11.00a.m.
With the Local Authority making a significant contribution to the building of the Church Centre and the work on the Curfew Tower it is important that the Rector takes the lead in maintaining a close working relationship with the Council.