With the arrival of March comes, in time, daffodils, sunshine, slightly warmer weather, and brighter days. I do hope you have a wonderful month after the wet and gloomy months of January and February.
If any adults or children would like to be Confirmed at a special Confirmation service on Saturday 2nd May at 6pm please could they let me know as soon as possible. Children must be Secondary School age by September this year. We have three adults so far who are definitely preparing for confirmation and two adults who are considering it. It would be lovely to have some children being confirmed too. If you have not been in church much regularly please do not worry - I realise how busy life can be. I am more concerned that we meet your spiritual needs and if this might help then please let me know. The "classes" (really mutual conversations) for adults are on Sundays at 4pm to 5pm.
I am busy getting ready for a HYMNATHON which will take place on Saturday 28th March from 2pm to 4pm in All Saints church. The idea is to try and sing 30 hymns or songs during those two hours, though there will be cold drinks available if you need a break at any point. Then we will have afternoon tea together in the hall at 4pm
Do you like singing? If so would you like to do this as a sponsored event to raise money for our organ refurbishment? If so please let me know and I will email you the sponsorship form. Even easier, you can download it from our website advertising the Organ appeal. The website is http://allsaintswhitstablechurchorganappeal.blogspot.co.uk/
I will also make sure there are lots of hard copy sponsorship forms in the church on Sunday if you prefer to get one that way.
Please do approach friends and family and ask them to sponsor you either for the whole two hours or "per hymn/song" if you prefer.
Also if you have a favourite hymn or song you would like sung, please do email it to me or put a note through the Vicarage door. THANK YOU!
Even if you think you might only be able to raise a few pounds it would still be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Another new venture this month is a project Pat Holland has been working incredibly hard at.
Here are the details
SING FOR LIFE
A new church community project Singing for Fun and Health based on the Sing for your Life project www.singforyourlife.org.uk will begin in the church hall on Wednesday 18th March from 2.30-4.00pm and then the following third Wednesday of each month. It will be run by volunteers. This is an opportunity to sing some of the old favourites; songs from the musicals etc. have a cuppa and a chat. There is no charge but donations towards refreshments will be welcome. Why not come and join us? Contact Pat Holland 01227 772402
DENISE BLASKETT _ READER IN TRAINING
Denise is a member of All Saints and is training to be a Reader, which means "Lay Preacher" though the role involves more than preaching. It is a role with a special spiritual role within the church community. Denise will be preaching her first sermon this Sunday 1st March at our 10am service and we wish her all the very best and pray for her.
Our Family Communion service will take place as usual on Sunday 8th March at 10am. Do come along!
MOTHERING SUNDAY SERVICE
This child friendly service takes place at 10am on Sunday 15th March. It will be suitable for all the family. Children will be given flowers during the service to in turn give to their mothers. The brownies will be singing another song following their brilliant performances last autumn and Advent-tide.
YOUR HELP NEEDED
Please see the visual display in the church advertising all the various posts needing to be filled at the moment.
I am particularly keen for helpers to come forward for Saturday 7th March at 10am in the church when we are compiling our Easter newsletters round the homes into bundles for the various streets. It would be great to have a good turn out of people so please can you consider coming. "Many hands make light work". We also need new people to come forward to help with the delivery round the homes. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can assist with this.
CHURCH COUNCIL SECRETARY
One of the most urgent jobs we have to fill is Secretary to the Church Council. The council meets about six times a year and you also are secretary at the Annual District Church Meeting. Please speak to myself or Linda Young if you are interested in this post. It really is a very interesting job. Church Councils are places you really get to see the life of the church in detail.
ANNUAL DISTRICT CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING
This will take place on Sunday 22nd March at 4pm in the Church Hall. You can view the reports from the various committees and groups here https://app.box.com/s/li5txfafh4s5s563sypm5nxah9ka6max
though a hard copy with the accounts should be available in church from 8th March. We are only producing 100 copies this year so please can you share a copy with a friend if possible.
is on Monday 23rd March - 8pm to 9pm. Please bring a torch. At All Saints Whitstable. Quiet, peace, Taize music, silence.
Looking ahead to
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER
I understand Archbishop Justin Welby will be giving some addresses at the Cathedral on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Holy Week in the evening. Please check the Diocesan Website for more information.
Here at All Saints
Maundy Thursday 2nd April - Agape supper and prayer at the cross 7.30pm – please call 01227 275947 to let us know you are coming or you can email me at email@example.com
There will also be a list at the back of church from about two weeks beforehand for you to sign up so we know how many to cater for. NB This is going to be a ceremonial meal - ie very light - so a good idea if you eat something before you come. We finish the service with a meditation as the altars are stripped of their candles and frontals. It is always a most special evening.
Good Friday 3rd April - Churches Together Walk of Witness, leaves Tankerton Evangelical Church, Northwood Road, at 10am
Good Friday 3rd April - Three hours at the cross - 12 noon to 3pm (come and go during this period at the top of each hour) led by Rev Simon Tillotson and Denise Blaskett
Easter Sunday 5th April - 6.10am Tankerton Beach Sunrise Service - meet on promenade beneath Marine Hotel- service finishes in church at 7am followed by hot cross buns and coffee
Easter Sunday 5th April - 8am and 10am Holy Communion services in church including Easter Egg hunt for children at 10am
Normal service times Sundays 8am Holy Communion and 10am Sung Holy Communion with Adventurers and Xplore for children – Family Communion on 2nd Sunday at 10am
Also please note we have a healing service each Thursday at 10am
Thanks for reading this! I do appreciate it. Rev Simon Tillotson