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Friday, 24 January 2020

February Xtra newsletter 2020

Dear all

February is soon to be upon us. Despite it being the coldest month according to the Met Office statistics it is at least a month where Spring starts  gradually to emerge with the hope of longer, lighter evenings and better weather not far away. 

I do hope you are keeping well and here is some news about forthcoming events at All Saints Whitstable in February.

First of all I would like to mention the Alpha course which is now beginning in the first week of February not the last week of January.

There will be a choice of either Thursday evenings or Friday mornings. The venue will be the Vicarage.
There will be no meal.
However, the DVDs are excellent and the group last year really enjoyed coming on the course.

Alpha comes from a particular theological and spiritual tradition but you can come from any particular theological understanding or even from an agnostic or atheist viewpoint and still find the course worthwhile.
The format is to watch the DVD which lasts about 25 minutes and then there is a conversation about the video.

The Thursday evening session will begin on 6th February  at 7.30pm and will finish at 9.15pm. The Friday morning session will start  on 7th February and the timings will be from 10.30am till 12 noon.
There may be times when sessions have to be changed due to funerals I may have to take etc.

It is a particularly good way of preparing for confirmation which this year is in May at All Saints Whitstable with our new Bishop, Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin taking it! Now that is going to be brilliant! So if you are considering confirmation this would be an excellent course to attend.
Or if you consider yourself to be an atheist or an agnostic but you are still interested in speaking about spiritual matters it would still be very suitable. It is actually a course originally designed for those without faith as well as those with faith.

Also, if  you are simply just wanting to come and search and ask difficult questions such as "Why is there so much suffering in the world?" (A good question to ask in view of the recent news from Australia, China and the Middle East) then this is the perfect format. I certainly don't have all the answers but we can at least discuss the questions.

The course is free of charge though if you want to contribute to the cost of the manual I think it is £1.
Please email me at if you are planning on attending the course. Please let me know which course you are planning to attend. 

Here is a video I made yesterday about the course if you wish further information:

STARTING MONDAY - please contact Elena Markova for more information on
07719 983363

Sacred Space resumes for the year 2020 on Monday 27th January at 8pm at All Saints church. It concludes at 9pm
Sacred Space is an hour of reflection with occasional music and sometimes the use of incense. You can arrive late or leave early.
Here is a video from this time last year to give you an understanding of what it is like.
We do encourage people to bring a torch for their own health and safety.

Earlier the same day on Monday there is a very important event at Canterbury Cathedral

“Standing Together”

Holocaust Memorial Day

Monday 27 January

Canterbury Cathedral

To mark the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

2 pm     “Standing Together”:
A Message for Today by Simon Langton Sixth Formers about their work for HMD 2020
3 pm     Walking tour of Jewish Canterbury
4.15pm Talk on the Jewish History of Canterbury and Records relating to Jewish History  followed by an opportunity to browse the documents with experts on hand
5.30pm Choral Evensong
Led by members of the Cathedral Community, together with representatives of Jewish and Islamic faiths
6.15pm Refreshments

Please feel free to come to as many or as few of the events as you would like.

For the 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4.15 pm session please meet in the Visitor Centre ten minutes before the start of the session you are interested in next to the main gate of the Cathedral.  For the Service, please just enter the Cathedral grounds and the staff on the gate will direct you to Evensong.

Although I cannot attend this event because I am  taking Pam Anderson's funeral, he needs to let the Cathedral know how many are going so please let me know if you are planning to attend so I can let the Cathedral know.
Email me please at

All Saints Supper and Quiz
Saturday 15 February 
6.30 pm for 7.00pm start
All Welcome
BYO drinks and glasses
Tickets £8
Tables of 8 (or just come along and we’ll make up tables)
See John Johnson for tickets or ring him (262581)

Lent begins towards the end of February. There are services held in all the Team churches. Do come along!


All our regular weekly groups are advertised on out website
Please do look at these to find out more about our church

Thank you for reading this month's newsletter
Rev Simon Tillotson

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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

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