Rev Simon Tillotson writes...
A very Happy New Year to you! I do hope you had a wonderful Christmas and all the very best for you and your family for 2017
I am issuing a further Xtra for the New Year as a lot of new things have come in.
Firstly, there is a Family Service this Sunday, 8th January, with a speaker, Rachel Van Hoven, from the charity "Porchlight" speaking. The service begins at 10am and I do hope you will come along.
Holyballoo is currently taking a break but starts again on Thursday 19th January. Please click on this picture for details of Holyballoo!
Starting this coming week, I will be running a course on Celtic Christianity.
Full details can be found at this link. Please note because of the take up, the course may be in church in which case I will put a note on the Vicarage door on Tuesday evening and try and email those coming beforehand. Here are the details.
DEANERY EVENING ON THE THEME OF RENEWAL
We have an important Deanery Event coming up. The details are on this poster below- please click on the picture for full details.
We would like to encourage as many people as possible to attend this event. Please can you put it in your diary and come along if you possibly can!
I would particularly like to encourage members of the DCC and MLT and all those with an active ministry of some sort be it on a Sunday or with one of our midweek groups. However, even if you are not involved in one of our groups, please come along - your presence would be most welcome!
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is shortly to begin. Here is a poster to find out about what is happening. If you click on the picture the text should come up full size on your screen. It is a great way to join in fellowship with Christians from other churches in the town.
The speakers will be as follows:
I will issue the dates for Sacred Space next month but the Sacred Space date for January is MONDAY 23rd January from 8pm to 9pm
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN JOINING OUR CHURCH CHOIR?
Whitstable's female equivalent to Gareth Malone is calling all people old and young to join the choir at All Saints Church, Whitstable!
Victoria Hall, a postgraduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of Southampton, has taken the post of Choirmistress at All Saints, Whitstable and is now on a mission to recruit so many new people that the church run out of choir robes!
Victoria is a professional musician and teaches Singing, Piano, Recorder and Flute both privately and in schools across Kent and in London. She said "The choir and the church family at All Saints are wonderful. We only have a few members in the choir currently and really would like to grow in numbers. I'm inspired by my Grandfather, Roy Rogers who's led choirs and played the organ across the county for over 70 years. He had 30 in his first choir and a waiting list! I'm sure we can do the same!"
The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings 7.15-8.45 at All Saints Church and sing in the services every Sunday morning and once a month at Evensong, as well as weddings. It doesn't matter if you have never sung in a choir before or if you don't read music. We also understand that now and again people can't make rehearsals and services; we just ask you to make whatever you.
Victoria is also relaunching the All Saints Junior Choir in the New Year. Beginning on Thursday 19th January, the Junior Choir will rehearse weekly in the Church Hall from 5.20 - 6pm. This is open to boys and girls from the age of 7 - 16. The Junior Choir will sing once a month at the family services; 10am on the second Sunday of each month. Again there is no requirement to read music or have had previous singing experience.
If you'd like to try the Choir, do go along to the Church on a Thursday. We look forward to meeting you!
Please contact Victoria on 07780 827107 or email her at email@example.com
All Saints Clubs
CAMEO (Come And Meet Each Other) continues on Mondays from 2pm to 3.30pm (apart from Bank Holidays). It involves drinking tea and coffee, eating cakes, and chat, as well as board games. Please consider coming along and meeting new people
SINGING FOR FUN AND HEALTH
Takes place on the third Wednesday in each month from 2.30pm to 4pm. Lots of singing and refreshments half way through. Make new friends.
ALL SAINTS FILM CLUB
Thursdays from 11.15am. £10 a year as of January. No charge for remaining films of this year other than £1 refreshment charge.
NOTICES FROM OTHER CHURCHES, INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS
Give the gift of reading to a child in your community…
Beanstalk, a national literacy charity, is searching for members of the community in the Whitstable and Herne Bay area to volunteer as Reading Helpers in local primary schools in a bid to raise literacy levels and to inspire confidence in struggling and reluctant readers.
Beanstalk reading helpers have a direct impact on changing the life of a child by spending just three hours a week, giving them the skills, confidence and imagination they need to succeed in life.
Beanstalk volunteer reading helpers spend 30 minutes 1-to-1 with each child twice a week and try to bring the joy into reading, by reading fun books together, chatting and playing games. Each volunteer will support 3 children, twice a week (3 hours total). Very importantly, Beanstalk sessions are meant to be very different from normal school and are relaxed, informal and fun.
No experience or qualifications connected to working with children are required to become a reading helper. Beanstalk provides training and ongoing support. Beanstalk just needs volunteers to have a passion for working with children to give them the best possible chance of improving their confidence and literacy.
Beanstalk takes safeguarding very seriously and conducts enhanced DBS-checks and a thorough interview process.
To apply visit www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk or call our Maidstone office on 01622 662 026. Alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org.