The monthly e-newsletter from the Team Vicar of All Saints Whitstable, Rev Simon Tillotson
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Friday, 19 May 2017

June Xtra 2017

Dear all

It was quite a long time ago that I issued the June Xtra so I have updated it with some new events and wording. I hope you find it interesting.

May I assure you of my prayers for our country on this General Election day and express the hope that you are praying too. We have seen a lot to worry us recently with terrorist attacks being the most notable example. Politically there are strong feelings concerning all sorts of areas of our society. Whoever wins, please pray for a more secure and happy country that becomes increasingly at ease with itself and is able to work for the benefit of all.

If you need to meet with me to talk and pray at any point, don't hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes

Can you help this Saturday - 10th June? Brush off the stress from following the General Election campaign and come along and help. We will be clearing away some of the weeds in the churchyard and attending to some of the memorials. Please bring a good set of garden gloves and any spare garden tools you have handy and come to the churchyard from about 9.30am onwards.

for this month will be this Sunday - Sunday 11th June at 10am
Hope to see you there!
If you are able to come to the service we will be talking about the Holy Trinity. The Holy Trinity is understanding of God as "Three in one and one in Three" - a mutually indwelling, self-giving, loving, reality.
We as a society need to reflect the attributes and character of the Holy Trinity.
As part of the service I will be inviting those present to discuss the question

"How can we at All Saints better reflect the character of the Holy Trinity, and how can each of us reflect the character of the Holy Trinity in our own lives too?"

That's a big topic so you may want to start thinking about it now!

SACRED SPACE THIS TUESDAY - click on poster for full details


On Sunday 18th June at 8pm we have Compline at All Saints - a service lasting about 25 minutes full of spirituality and calm. This month it will be led by Rev Keith McNicol.
Thereafter it will be on the SECOND Sunday of each month at 8pm so please make a note in your diary.


We are so blessed to have Canon Derek Russell and Mrs Liz Russell as members of our congregation.
This month marks 60 years since Derek became a priest in the Church of England - an amazing achievement. To celebrate this, Derek will be presiding and preaching at our Thursday 10am Eucharist on 15th June and preaching at our Sunday Sung Holy Communion service on Sunday 18th June at 10am. This will be followed by a drinks reception in the hall to which all are invited.
Our thanks and praise to God on this wonderful occasion.


Please click on poster for full details in large screen format
We are hosting this event on behalf of Churches Together in Whitstable. If you would like to help me lead some of the 90 minutes I would be grateful. There will be quite a lot of people attending who are used to the more extempore informal type of prayer so please come aware that this is likely to appear quite a lot during the 90 minutes. I will try and make it as creative a 90 minutes as I can and would appreciate your input too. Please come and represent All Saints at this event.

Please do not miss this special event - full details above. If you can offer help at the fete please contact John Johnson on 01227 262581. Thank you.

23 - 25 March 2018
Judds Folly Hotel, Syndale Park, Near Faversham
The date for our Parish Weekend has been booked so please put this date in your diaries.
This is an opportunity for the WHOLE CHURCH FAMILY to enjoy a time away together. Children very welcome.
The venue has been chosen so travelling time is minimal, lifts can be arranged.
An outline of the programme will be available for you when the time comes to take firm bookings.


All Saints Whitstable Church Family BBQ
For members of the All Saints church family and their friends
The date will be as follows
7pm onwards on  Friday 7th July

This is now being financed by the church as a social and outreach project so all we would ask for is your presence and a garden chair. If you want to make a salad (but not a pudding) please let us know. All meat and baps and veggie options will be provided and we do not want donations, but we do ask you to bring your own drink and a garden chair. Please let Simon know if you can come at as we will need to know almost exact numbers. If it is raining the event will be cancelled and a message will be put on the main page of the All Saints Whitstable church website.

We would appreciate it if you could bring a garden chair with you too.
If the weather is wet the BBQ will be cancelled. I will email those who have replied by lunch time on the day of the BBQ with a decision if it is one of those days where it might rain or might be ok
Best wishes
Simon and Cathy


The second part of the Philosophy and Faith has started .
It is perfectly acceptable to come to the second part of the course having missed the first course. Do let me know if you are interested.
Full details here


Please note that our Annual Pet Blessing Service will take place in July this year as more people are in Whitstable then. It will take place on Sunday 9th July at 10am and there will be a Holy Communion service in the church afterwards at 11.15am lasting just 30 minutes.

Please visit our website for full details of these regular groups.

The Church Council have given approval for certain parts of our archives - mainly parish magazines and public records - to be put online. This is a huge undertaking but work has begun. Please visit this link to explore what has been done so far.
There are some exceptional things on this website - well worth a visit.


3rd Whitstable (All Saints) Scout Group will be holding a Jumble Sale in All Saints Church Hall, Church Street, Whitstable , CT5 1PG on Saturday 17th June. 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.

One Step Further Anxiety and Panic Support Group.

Our Facebook page is steadily growing, now having over 220 members.

Our next meeting will be held on Friday 9th June at St Andrews Church Hall, Grimshill Rd, Whitstable from 7:15 til 8:45. We will be having open discussions on anxiety issues plus a visit from a Holistic Massage Therapist.

Wanted - property to rent for Christian songwriter.  Small house, bungalow or annexe.  I can provide excellent references.  Please contact Lucy on 07399 192482.

Did you know that Unity Update and the Diocesan E Newsletter are both available via the Church website? If you do not visit these links regularly you are missing out.

An exciting pilgrimage project
Click here for details

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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Location of church

Location of church
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