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Thursday, 16 May 2019

May and June 2019

Dear all

I do apologise I am so late with the May newsletter. Various other things have got in my way.
As a result this mailing will be about May and June events at All Saints Whitstable.

First of all I would like to remind everyone that it is Christian Aid week. Please do pray for all those who are out collecting this week. It is not always that easy to do this in today's culture and the collectors deserve our full respect. Please give generously to Christian Aid when they come to your door or give via the Christian Aid website if you do not have someone coming to your door.

The next thing to let you know about is my Christianity and Buddhism course.
Here is the article I wrote for Prayer Pointers a couple of weeks ago reproduced, in case you have not read it.

This Spring and Summer I will be running a course on selected Monday evenings here in the church  looking at the subject of comparative religion with a special examination of Buddhism, which in many respects is as much a philosophy as it is a religion. Comparative religion is a way of looking at different faiths and understanding them and also understanding our own faith better as a result of it.

Rudyard Kipling once said “What do they know of England who only England knows?”. In other words, in order to understand your own culture and faith, it is helpful to look at other faiths and then you can see your own faith with new eyes.

I am not one who believes all religions and philosophies are all the same.  At the same time, I do want to understand our world better and I do believe understanding other faiths and philosophies helps and does not hinder our understanding of our own faith. With Buddhism, it also really helps our interaction with our own Western culture which is arguably becoming more influenced now by Eastern thought than it is by Christianity.

The dates in question will be

20th May, 3rd June, 1st, 8th and 15th of July, and 12th and 19th August. Timings will be from 7.30pm to 9.15pm in the church.

We will be using the book The Spirit of Buddhism – A Christian perspective on Buddhist Thought, by David Burnett, as our guide, which it is helpful to buy as part of the course. Sorry the Mondays are not consecutive but I have various other events and breaks as well during the summer months.

Do let me know if you would like to come. The course is free of charge. I will also record the talks so people can follow the material online but being present is always the best.

You can email me at if you would like to attend the course and attendance at all the sessions is not in any way necessary - just come to what you can. Do note that the course is in the church so it may be an idea to bring a cushion with you and your own drink as catering in the church is not easy.

The course is free of charge.


The next thing I would like to mention is the Novena which is nine days of prayer between Ascensiontide and Pentecost. This is an important time of waiting on God and you are welcome to attend any of the prayer events happening during the Novena.

Here is the programme for the Novena:

         ALL SAINTS NOVENA             

Nine days of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost

All events at All Saints unless otherwise stipulated

Do please try and come to some of these events!

Ascension Day – Thursday 30th May  7.30pm Ascension Day Holy Communion service for the Whitstable Team at Seasalter Christian Centre – led by Rev Paulette Stubbings, preacher Rev Rachel Webbley

Please note - refreshments will be served from 7pm

Friday 31st May                5pm Celtic Evening Prayer

Saturday 1st June         1.50pm for 2pm Prayer walking round parish. Meet at 1.50pm in church. Walk and pray for 90 minutes round various streets. Return to church for 3.30pm for final time of prayer. We leave the church at 2pm so please aim to arrive by 1.50pm.

Sunday 2nd June       Normal morning services.
6.30pm Benediction with Solemn Evensong at St Peter’s, Sydenham Street
8pm Compline
Monday 3rd June     8am Morning Prayer
5pm Team Evening Prayer at St John’s Swalecliffe

Tuesday 4th June     10am Holy Communion at St Peter’s, Sydenham Street
8pm Sacred Space – one hour of prayer and reflection and meditation

Wednesday 5th June  7pm Compline

Thursday 6th June      10am Holy Communion with Healing prayer
5pm Common worship Evening Prayer

Friday 7th June             10am Prayer on the Street at Tankerton, meet at The Street, the promontory
leading out into the sea not far from Whitstable Castle.  Lasts 20 minutes.
5pm Celtic Evening Prayer

Saturday 8th June        Pilgrimage Walk to Canterbury Cathedral with other churches in the Whitstable
Assemble at All Saints car park at 11.45am for 12 noon departure. Bring drink and packed lunch. Event concludes with service in Cathedral at 4.30pm
which should conclude by 5.30pm. Please make your own way back to Whitstable by public transport. Open to anyone but please let Simon know you are planning to come.

Sunday 9th June  Pentecost Sunday

8am service as normal.

10am Family Service for Pentecost

8pm Compline

As a result of this programme, I have decided to move the Pet Service to our Family Service in August - it will take place at 10am on Sunday August 11th in the Vicarage garden and will be followed at 11.15am by the annual Picnic Eucharist on the same morning. Please note that the June Unity Update you will receive is incorrect as it states June 9th as being the date for the Pet Service.

You will notice that in the programme is included a pilgrimage walk to Canterbury. This is something that all the Church of England churches in Whitstable are involved in but if you are not a member of the Church of England and are not a churchgoer you are still welcome to join us.

Here are the full details:


Full details of the programme will emerge over the coming days but here is a special note from Rebecca Parker-Binks who organises the event with Kevin Parkin and the Social Committee

All Saints’ Summer Fete on 22 June needs us all to create this unique yet traditional fair. If you have dipped and helped before and fancy helping again, we need you! If you have years and years of experience, we still need you! If you’ve never been involved, we want to include you and your friends. It’s a fun and truly Whitstable day in the beautiful Vicarage garden. Please email or chat to the Social Committee about sharing your talents with our wider community.

This last weekend (11th and 12th May) has been an extraordinary one at All Saints with WhitLit and the All Saints Flower Festival all taking place on our campus. 
It was extraordinary to have so many famous people speaking in the Vicarage garden including Lord Owen, formerly known as David Owen, co-founder of the SDP, Terry Waite, former envoy to the Archbishop of Canterbury , James Runcie, writer of the Grantchester novels, Luke Jennings, writer of the Killing Eve novels, and Jessica Fellowes, writer of the Mitford Murder novels - to name just a few of the many other internationally known authors and speakers.
It was a privilege WhitLit chose us to host by far the majority of the events and I want to pay special tribute to Victoria Falconer, her husband Mark, and the WhitLit committee who worked so hard to make it work so well. Also I would like to thanks all the All Saints people who helped with refreshments.
Meanwhile, in the church, the flower displays were spectactular. You can still see them if you come into the church this Saturday from 10am to 11.30am.

Here are some photos of the weekend:

                                                                               Lord Owen

                                                                               Terry Waite



Children and Family Minister

However,  if you wish to contact our Junior Choir leader direct, Victoria Hall, her email address is  

The dates for Sacred Space for 2019

This takes place on the third Wednesday of each month at 2.30pm to 4pm at All Saints Church hall. This is great fun - a chance to singalong to a mixture of all sorts of songs in a relaxed setting in the hall with tea, coffee and cake.


A group that meets every Monday in the Church hall from 2pm to 3.30pm, apart from Bank Holidays. Cameo stands for Come And Meet Each Other. It is a friendly group where you can come and chat and make new friends.


The Film club meets on Thursdays from 11.15am to about 1.30pm nearly every week. It runs a mixture of films. Membership is £10 till the end of 2019 but we also ask for a contribution of £1 per person per week towards refreshments and heating costs.

The programme for the film club can be found by clicking HERE Send me an email for any of these groups and I will forward it to the group organiser.
Alternatively please feel welcome to call me on 01227 272308


Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of my Church Fellowship, I would like to invite you to share in our 150th Anniversary celebrations on Saturday 1st June. We are also having a special thanksgiving service at 10.45 am on Sunday 2nd June but I guess most of you will have commitments at your own church on that day.
As regards the Saturday especially, please see the attached publicity which could be printed off for your folk or for display on notice boards. If you wish copies of the fliers & poster I would be very happy indeed to provide these. Our church will be open during the Saturday from 10am to 12noon & from 2 to 4pm & we would love to welcome you & folk from your congregation to drop in. We will also be having an informal ceilidh in the evening, from 7 to 9.30pm,  to which you & they are again most warmly invited.
Your presence & participation would be such an encouragement to us at this really happy time when we are celebrating God’s faithfulness.
Warm regards,

Dear all,

Following the success of last years community Wardrobe where we estimate that 150 families were helped and around 1000 items of uniform were distributed we have decided to continue this project this year. Planning is already well underway and we are now at the point of collating a team of people for washing and ironing the donated uniform. I would be most grateful if you could run the following notice in your church notice sheets for a couple of weeks so we can gather a team for washing and ironing. Some of you may wish to change the contact name at the end of the notice to make it more applicable to your church.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jane Myhill
Children and Families Minister
St Alphege Seasalter

Following the success of last year’s Community Wardrobe we are going to repeat the project this year to again support local families cope with the cost of school uniform. It’s a bit like a Foodbank, but with school uniform instead!

How can you help?
  • Would you be happy to wash, mend and / or iron the school uniform that is donated? Do get in touch.
  • Do you have any uniform that you can donate?  Look out for one of the ‘Community wardrobe’ bins that will soon be available in our churches.
  • Please spread the word and also pray for this project. 
If you are able to help, especially with the washing, mending and ironing please let Becky or Jane know at Seasalter Christian Centre ( or 01227 276923)

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All Saints Whitstable

All Saints Whitstable is a Church of England church in the Church Street area of Whitstable, between the railway station and the Thanet Way.
It has been in existence since at least the 12th century.
It is one of six churches that make up the Whitstable Team Ministry.
Church service times are 8am Holy Communion (BCP) and 10am Sung Communion on Sundays, with a Sunday Club for children.
A Family Communion takes place at 10am on the Second Sunday of each month where the children stay in church.
For more information on other services and general information please visit our main website which is or email the Vicar Rev Simon Tillotson at

The Holy Trinity by Andrei Rublev

The Holy Trinity by Andrei Rublev


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