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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Xtra update for November 2016 - by Rev Simon Tillotson

Dear all

We are experiencing beautiful autumnal weather as I write this on 22nd October. I do hope you are keeping very well indeed.

The coming weeks see a range of events at All Saints and this e-newsletter is designed to keep you up to date with events in the church.

All Saints Patronal festival is taking place on Sunday 30th October, the nearest Sunday to All Saints Day.
We will have a special service at 10am with the former Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Michael Turnbull, preaching. Bishop Michael is a long-standing friend to All Saints.

After the service we will have soft drinks and wine in the church hall to celebrate our patronal festival.

I would be so grateful if people could make a special effort to attend church on Sunday 30th October. I realise it is half term week but if you are able to be there, please do come along. Thank you. Let us celebrate the Saints together!


Please can I bring to your attention the next instalment of the Pilgrim Course which will be taking place on Tuesday evenings at the Vicarage from 7.45pm (not 7.30pm) to 9.15pm.

We will be looking at the beatitudes which are the sayings of Jesus such as "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God...Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy."

The course is free of charge with the exception of the course manual which is £6 each and can be shared between two people.

I strongly recommend this course and it would be great to see some new people coming along.
For full information please visit this website:


Tickets are selling very fast for this event already.
It will take place at the Vicarage garden on Saturday 5th November
Gates open at 6.15 pm
Refreshments, Glow Bracelets, Sideshows, Bonfire, Fireworks

Tickets: Adults £5, Child (3 – 15) £1* (*accompanied by adult in a family group)

The tickets are only available after the Sunday 10 am service or from Church Office on Tuesdays, Thursdays Fridays or Saturdays between 10 am and 11.30 am    You are strongly advised to purchase tickets early in advance to avoid disappointment as numbers are limited and there are NO TICKETS ON THE GATE.    

No sparklers or personal fireworks are allowed for insurance and safety reasons.
Also I am afraid we are not able to reserve tickets if you request this to be done by email, phone, or in person. It is first come first served! Please do not miss this very popular event!

You are warmly invited to our next Choral Evensong which will take place on Sunday 30th October at 4pm. We are also recruiting new members for our choir. Please let us know if you are interested in joining or come along to find out more on Thursdays at 7.15pm at the church (entrance door is the one nearest the hall).


This is special service where we remember loved ones who have passed away and read their names out. It is later followed by a candle lighting ceremony to conclude the service at which those who mourn are invited to come forward and light a candle in memory of that loved one.

I shall be leading and preaching at this service and it will take place on Sunday 6th November at 6.30pm at All Saints church. Please email me at if you have some names of loved ones you would like us to read out or alternatively please fill in the names on the sheets at the back of the church.


This will take place on Sunday 13th November at 10am finishing with the two minutes silence outside the church (whatever the weather so come prepared).

Also on Armistice Day on Friday 11th November there will be a short service starting at 10.50pm at the same War Memorial (outside the West porch of the church).

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Holyballoo starts on Thursday 17th November 2016 on Thursdays from 3.15pm to about 4.45pm. It is fine to arrive later than this or leave early.
It is an All-Age informal act of worship in the church hall similar in style to Celebrate when it ran on Sunday mornings.
We are urgently recruiting adults to help with the logistics though we now have two helpers who have come forward to assist Denise Blaskett and I with this project. We would welcome more helpers please and it would be a weekly or fortnightly commitment as any less frequent than that would make it difficult to build up relationships with the families that will be attending.

Also, if you are a parent who is planning on bringing your child along, please note you should accompany your child throughout the whole event. It would be helpful to let me know if you are planning to attend by emailing me at Thank you.

It should be a lot of fun. "Church on Thursdays" for families that find coming to church on Sunday mornings impossible for all sorts of reasons. It will be light-hearted, informal with lots of action songs and jumping around and activities. It will be free of charge though donations for refreshments will be welcomed.

We will start with refreshments from 3.15pm and then the worship will begin at 3.45pm. The worship and talk and activity will conclude by 4.20pm and the last twenty five minutes will again have refreshments. This is a good opportunity for parents, children and staff simply to chat and get to know one another as in our increasingly rushed society we are often far too busy to do this.

Can I ask the whole church community to pray for HolyBalloo and also to consider mentioning it to your children or grandchildren if they live locally. Let us make HolyBalloo a holy and fun project which helps the social and spiritual lives of adults and children, visitor and helper alike. Thank you.


Christmas Fair. Saturday 26th November. 10am- 1.30 pm.
           All Saints church hall. Come and join the fun.
           Books,crafts, cakes, raffle,Tombola,
           And lots more. Why not visit Santa in his grotto?


These three mid week clubs continue to thrive.

Cameo is a popular tea and coffee social event on Monday afternoons from 2pm to 3.30pm in the church hall, apart from Bank Holidays. Tea, coffee, cake, chat and also the opportunity to play board games. A theatre trip is also taking place this month.

Singing for Fun and Health takes place on the third Wednesday of each month from 2.30pm to 4pm at the church hall. It involves a lot of singing and also socialising. Come along to find out more.

The Film Club takes place on Thursdays from 11.15am to 2pm. The full programme for film club can be found here
The cost is now only £5 from now to the end of 2016


Congratulations to Denise Blaskett who was licensed as a Lay Reader for All Saints at Canterbury Cathedral in September. We look forward very much to Denise's continuing ministry amongst us in the coming years at All Saints.


Please click on this picture to find out more information. We now have 12 pilgrims. It promises to be a very exciting and spiritually uplifting trip. Alternatively visit this website

A Reflective day in preparation for Advent led by Terry Rees
Saturday 12 November 10.00 am – 4.00 pm The Franciscan Study Centre
Giles Lane, Canterbury (a turning on the left off the Blean Road after the mini roundabout before the University turning).  
Please bring a packed lunch.  Drinks provided. Suggested donation £10.00 Lifts can be arranged. For further information or to book a place please see Anne Rees (01227 275261)


If you would like to fill a shoebox for either a family or an elderly person abroad, please take a leaflet from the table at the back of church for further details.  Shoeboxes will need to be brought to church and given to Jo Springthorpe by Sunday 30 October at the latest, so that they can be taken in time to the Area Collector.   Thank you very much!


Saturday 12 November Seasalter Christian Centre 7 for 7.30 pm
£7.00 per person (includes a fish and chip supper). To book your table please contact Rev Keith McNicol (264592) or email


We have received a recent generous donation for this appeal which takes our total to about £1500 but we will probably need to raise a great deal more than that in order to resurface our car parks and churchyard paths. We are still in the process of getting quotes for this project and I should be able to give you more details next month.

Although we have not formally received quotes yet, we anticipate that if we do the job professionally we could be looking at upwards of £60,000. That has been the size of one quote so far received.

We have received some much cheaper quotes but these do not include digging up the foundations of the paths and car park, removing tree roots, and putting in a substance which counteracts the slippage caused by the clay soil.

We have tried in the past to patch up the paths cheaply and the work has lasted a matter of 3 years before the paths have started deteriorating. Now is the time to really do a professional job on both these and the car parks. We have a duty to safeguard them for future generations, even though work will inevitably be needed again in future years.

We know we can fundraise and attract grants because we have been successful with both the Shirley Hall and the Church Organ.

There are two matters as well as the quotes which we need to mention to you now.

1) Do you feel able to give to this project? It may be early days, but donations at this point will help give energy and confidence to the project. If you are able to make a special one-off donation, please make cheques payable to All Saints Whitstable DCC and send to Malcolm Waller, Church Treasurer, Church Office, All Saints Church, Church Street, CT5 1PG.
It is extremely important you enclose a note saying you want your gift to go the Car Parks and Churchyards appeal or we will not know you are intending your gift to go there. Alternatively, if you wish to give an online donation, there are details on the church website or at this link, but again you need to contact us to let us know you are intending your gift to go to this appeal.

2) Our second great need at this time are people who are willing to come on this committee. Do you have time to attend meetings and help with fundraising events such as quiz nights and other such things? Please let me know if you do by emailing me at or calling me on 01227 272308. We will probably meet about once a month, at least in the initial stages, and less often once the process is up and running.



From our curate Rev Fabian Wuyts

An exciting new initiative from the Churches Together in Whitstable called “The Haven Project” is on the move.  This joint venture will be seeking to provide light refreshments, laundry and shower facilities.  If you are passionate about helping the homeless we would like to meet with you.  To that effect, we will be holding an information session on the 9th of November 2016 from 2-4pm at St John’s Methodist church.  Kate Grant will be talking about a similar initiative called the GAP Project currently running in Broadstairs.  It is our hope that following the session, we will be able to build a small team of volunteers willing to commit on Wednesdays from 2-4pm on a weekly or fortnightly basis.  For more information, please contact Roy Hollands ( or Rev’d Helen Letley (


Fabian Wuyts
Whitstable Ministry Team
St Andrew’s Vicarage, 38a Saddelton road
Whitstable CT5 4JH
01227 652130

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Notice of Open Synod from the Diocesan Secretary
Diocesan House,
Lady Wootton's Green,
Kent CT1 1NQ
Tel: 01227 459401
Rooted in prayer; courageously led; diverse in age: a diocesan strategy for renewal
Notice of Diocesan Open Synod
Saturday 12th November 2016
The Archbishop’s School, St Stephen’s Hill, Canterbury CT2 7AP
   9.30 am - 2.30 pm
The church across the country faces serious challenges and exciting opportunities at the moment.  As a Diocese we are working on a clear and bold strategy to meet these challenges as we seek:
·                   To grow the church numerically and spiritually
·                   To re-imagine ministry
·                   To build partnerships that enrich communities
We will share this strategy at the Diocesan Synod on 12th November and invite you to join us to shape it further.
Places are limited so please secure yours by booking here. Please bring a packed lunch.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Julian Hills
Diocesan Secretary


Good Morning,

Just some dates that some of you may be interested in.
1) Befriender training day. Some of you have expressed an interest in becoming a befriender/support worker with the clients we have, if that is you I would like to recommend attending this training day to hear what is involved in becoming a support worker.
It is being held in Maidstone on Thursday 10th November 10am-12.30pm.
Wendy Parkinson from CAP headquarters will be running this day and having heard her speaking before I would thoroughly recommend coming to hear her speak on the work CAP do and how you can be part of this.
If you would like to come please let me know as soon as possible. If you need  transport please let me know and I will try to arrange this for you, maybe  others who are coming would indicate if you are willing to drive and if you have seats for others- thank you.

2) We are running another CAP Money course in November, if you or anyone you know would benefit from this course please book on.
It is being held at Harbour Street Church on Wednesday's 16th/23rd/30th 10am-12md.
This course deals with how to budget, spend and save and those that have attended previous courses have found it to be very useful.
Again please let me know and I can book you a place.

3) Late notice, I know, but if anyone is free this evening for an hour between 7.30pm and 8.30pm, our monthly share and prayer meeting is being held at Harbour Street Church. You would be most welcome.

I will follow with a client update in the next day or two, thank you for your continuedprayers and support.


Joyce Mitchell
Centre Manager - Whitstable
Christians Against Poverty

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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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