The monthly e-newsletter from the Team Vicar of All Saints Whitstable, Rev Simon Tillotson
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Mothering Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Xtra 2017

Dear all,

I do hope you are very well and enjoying the sunshine of early Spring!

Here below are some of the various events taking place in the coming weeks at All Saints. Please can you click on each picture to see it full screen. Please keep scrolling down as I have more things to tell you in due course.

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Further news:


I am still hoping that there are more potential candidates out there for Confirmation. This will take place on Saturday 20th May at 6pm at St Bartholomew's Church, Herne Bay. Please email me at if you are interested in being confirmed. We confirm adults and children who are in year 6 or above.

More details of Confirmation can be found by clicking here

All Saints Annual District Church Meeting

This, and the Vestry meeting to elect our churchwardens, will take place after church on Sunday 2nd April at 11.15am in the church hall. It would be great if you could make this a priority. There will be an optional Bring and Share lunch afterwards.
To read our annual reports for 2016 please click here.
We are still in need of two more people to come forward for our Church Council (a three year term) and one more person to come forward for our Deanery Synod (a three year term, but you are also a member of the Team PCC and Church Council DCC). Please let myself or a churchwarden know if you would like to serve on our committees.

Visit of Bishop Trevor

On Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at 7.30pm at All Saints Bishop Trevor is coming to address us and members of churches from across the Deanery. It would be great if a good representation from All Saints could be present at this event. Please talk to the churchwardens if you can help with refreshments afterwards. Thank you.


There will be a special Family Service on 9th April with a drama of the Palm Sunday story. Please start off in the Church Hall at 9.55am if you would like to join the procession to church.


It is still not to late the Philosophy and Faith course meeting at the Vicarage. Details can be found here

DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal

There will be a retiring collection for this appeal at the end of the 10am services on 2nd, 9th and 16th April (Easter Sunday).


This photograph was taken by Andrew Hastings at our Easter Sunday Sunrise Service in 2015. Please come to the 2017 one which will take place on Easter Sunday morning at 5.45am below the Marine Hotel. Please bring transport with you so that you can get back to the church for the end of the service and the hot cross buns and coffee which are served in the church.


7.30pm is the date and time of a Special Churches Together in Whitstable Prayer Pilgrimage Meeting at the Seasalter Christian Centre. Please come along and be involved. Ends at 8.45pm.

Please let us know if you are interested in joining the Junior Choir which meets on Thursdays from 5.20pm to 6pm in the Church Hall. Call Victoria for more information on 07780 827107.


In St Alphege Church on SATURDAY 1st APRIL
from 9.30 to 11.00 am

An ancient healing experience for many.
An opportunity to slow down and reflect on your NOW.
A sacred window as we approach Easter.
Facilitated by Dr Martin Garsed


A reminder that Holyballoo continues on Thursdays at All Saints church hall, Church Street, CT5 1PG till its Easter break which starts at the beginning of the school holidays. It is from 3.15pm to 4.15pm.Suitable for parents/guardians to bring their young children to, it includes tea and coffee, craft work for the children and a game and usually a very gentle Christian teaching message led by the Vicar, Rev Simon Tillotson. Contact the Vicar for more information


A letter from Anne Rees

                                                  All Saints  Parish Weekend March 2018

The MLT are exploring the possibility of a church  weekend away in March 2018..
It would be a time of fun, relaxation, fellowship and spiritual nourishment.  We anticipate having some organised sessions but there will be ample free time too.

We explored a number of venues and have decided Judd’s Folly Hotel would suit us very well.  It is only half an hours drive away and is well situated in 3 acres of rolling countryside, surrounded by country walks and a mile from the bird and nature sanctuary at Oare.  It is a  venue used by other church groups.  The hotel has 28 bedrooms -  a mixture of double, twin,family and single rooms all ensuite.(6 are on the 1st floor and the remainder on the ground floor.  There are two lounges and a small seated area which could be used for children’s activities, a pleasant bar and a large meeting room and garden room.
  The weekend is full board with full English and Continental breakfast, a buffet lunch on the Saturday,  3 course evening meals (with choices) Friday and Saturday and a champagne roast Sunday lunch.The food is sourced locally and cooked to order.  Tea and coffee  are available at no extra cost all day.    We anticipate arriving on Friday  in time for the evening meal together and leave Sunday afternoon.

The programme hasn't been arranged yet but will include short talks and prayers after our evening meals, a session after breakfast on Saturday with an outside speaker and  a Communion service on Sunday. (Whilst it is hoped everyone will participate of course, everything is optional).

The cost will be £159.00 per person sharing a room  for the whole weekend ( there is a supplement for single occupancy)
Children under 12 £69.00 sharing a room with 2 parents
Children under 3 £20.00 sharing a room with 2 parents

Lifts can be arranged for those without transport.

The purpose of this initial information is to help us gauge the level of interest.  If we have sufficient people interested we will then go ahead and book a weekend in March 2018.  We need to act quickly to ensure a booking.  If you are interested (no firm commitment at this stage) we would ask you to complete the slip below and return it to Simon ASAP.

To download the return form please click here


3rd Whitstable (All Saints) Scout Group will be holding a Jumble Sale in All Saints Church Hall, Church Street, Whitstable , CT5 1PG on Saturday 22nd April. Doors open at 2pm and the admission fee is 20p each. Jumble may be brought to the hall between 9am and 11am on the morning of the sale.

From one of our sister churches in the Team...Click on picture to see text in full screen size

Do you or does someone you know work in a supportive role?
 Are you required to offer emotional support to
others, discuss sensitive issues or have difficult conversations?

We are all aware that undue stress is being put on staff, who may feel they are not trained or qualified to tackle many of the emotional or mental health problems that come up in their working lives (and at home). 
 Relate can help you, your staff, your colleagues or your service users to develop useful counselling skills, interview management techniques and enable positive change. 
Our next 3 day Counselling Skills for Non Counsellors course is to be held over 3 Wednesdays – 26th April, 3rd & 10th May 2017
at Trinity Resource Centre, St Mary's Avenue, Margate CT9 3TN. 
 The cost is £225 pp.
Successful completion of this very popular course can also provide access on to further training. Early booking is advisable as numbers are limited and places are filled on a first come, first served basis.  A leaflet with booking form and questionnaire is attached.  Please return the booking form, pre-course questionnaire with payment at your earliest convenience to secure your place.
For further details, please contact:
Lynne Murphy at Relate Kent on 01302 347749 or email

Location of Church - Click on picture!

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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