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

July Xtra 2017

Dear all

In the last few weeks the country has experienced   a series of national tragedies, such as the bombing in Manchester, the attack on London Bridge and Borough market, the Grenfell Tower fire, and the attack on a mosque in Finsbury Park.

For all of us, this has been a deeply worrying time for our nation.

Added to that we have political instability in the wake of the General Election which may lead to increasing financial stability - though I sincerely hope not.

For times like these, the importance of faith comes even more to the front of our minds than usual. May you know God's peace and love and joy despite these trials our country is undergoing. May you also be able to draw strength from some of the events listed below that demonstrate the life of All Saints in action, serving the community with God's love.

Best wishes
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Please do come to our Church Fete (now no longer called All Saints Garden Party) this Saturday from 2pm to 4pm at the Vicarage garden.
It promises to be a special occasion. Please pray for good weather after the problems we had last year with heavy rain. Hope to see you there!
If you can offer help at the fete please contact John Johnson on 01227 262581. Thank you.

You might want to be aware that the Boot Fairs are on these dates - Sunday 25th June, Sunday 30th July, Sunday 27th August, Sunday 24th September. If you are able to walk it would be appreciated if you would consider parking in one of the residential streets on these mornings to allow members of the congregation who find walking difficult space to park in the main church car parks.

NB the parking for the Fete will not be affected as the Boot Fairs normally finish by midday at the latest

PRAYER PILGRIMAGE - this coming Monday 26th June from 7.30pm to 9pm at All Saints church
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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.

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.

Please put these dates in your diary now. We will be issuing formal booking forms in due course.


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


Please come to our annual Pet Blessing service on Sunday 9th July  at the Vicarage garden, to the left of All Saints church and hall as you look at it from the road. Starts at 10am. This will be followed by a Said Holy Communion service lasting about 30 minutes at 11.15am


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


Our Pilgrim course recommences in July. The two modules will run till December.
For full details please click on this link

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.

Celebration of Canon Derek Russell's 60th anniversary as a priest. On Thursday 15th June and Sunday 18th June we celebrated Canon Derek Russell's 60th anniversary since becoming a priest in the Church of England. This photo was taken at the Sunday service at which Derek preached. To save it to your computer right click with your mouse and save.

This is a special service that takes place each year at Reeves Beach which is between the Harbour and the Horsebridge Centre.
It starts at 6.45pm and lasts about 30 minutes. Hymns, readings and a short address, this year by Fr David Vannerley from St John's Swalecliffe. The service will be led as usual by Rev Simon Tillotson.
Please put the date in your diary now. You will not regret attending. There is always plenty of atmosphere to this event.


One Step Further Anxiety and Panic Support Group.

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

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
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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

The Holy Trinity by Andrei Rublev

The Holy Trinity by Andrei Rublev


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