The monthly e-newsletter from the Team Vicar of All Saints Whitstable, Rev Simon Tillotson
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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

September 2017 Xtra newsletter

Dear all

Rev Simon Tillotson writes...

Here we are at the end of August! One can feel a deep sense of gratitude for the summer but also that  beginning of school term rush as people prepare to get back into normal life again in the next week or so.
Our prayers are with all who are preparing for the new school year.

We normally like to give cards out to children who are moving schools, either to Infant, Junior or Secondary school for the first time. Please let me know if you think your child would like one by emailing me at or, if possible, Christine Daldorph direct as she makes the cards. Christine's email is

September is also a significant month for the Whitstable Team Ministry as we say thank you and farewell to Canon Steve Coneys, our Team Rector, and his wife Rev Vicky Coneys, and pray for their future ministry . We also pray for the congregation at Seasalter and for the person who will be brought forward to serve as Team Rector for Seasalter and the Whitstable Team in the coming months to serve for the years ahead. At our July Church Council meeting, the Archdeacon of Canterbury came to share with us that the next vicar of Seasalter will also be the Team Rector for the whole parish.

Away from our own parish, I am sure you will join with me in praying for the victims of the flooding in Texas, the situation regarding North Korea, the victims of recent terrorist attacks in Spain and Finland, and so many other global problems our world faces.

Here are some of the events happening at All Saints in the coming weeks - (please note I cannot mention all the events so please see our church weekly notices available on our church website for other notices.)


This takes place on Tuesday evenings from 8pm to 9pm at the church. The next Sacred Space is this coming Tuesday 5th September. Please click on this picture for full details and remaining dates for the year.


Our Family service in September is our normal Family Communion service.
Rev Keith McNicol will be leading our Family Communion service on Sunday 10th September at 10am. He will also be leading Compline at 8pm that same day. Do come along to Compline if you have not been to it yet - it is well worth it!


This series is continuing throughout September. This coming Sunday, 3rd September, I shall be preaching about my favourite Bible passage (actually I have a few, so found the choice difficult). For a full list of speakers and bible passages please visit here for the programme, and don't forget you can listen to the sermons online on the website afterwards if you missed the service or want to reflect on the message again.

My Favourite Bible Passage Programme - click here!


Our Harvest Family Service will not be till October 8th, but our Barn Dance and Harvest Supper is in September at our Church hall.
It will take place on Saturday 30th September from 6.30pm to 10pm.
Tickets are now on sale from John Johnson on 01227 262581 or from any other member of the Social Committee.

Adults entry £6. Children from 5 to 15 years old tickets £3. Under 5 years old - free.
Supper is included but please bring your own drink and glasses.


Canterbury Cathedral Boys Choir will be performing a 70 minute concert at All Saints on Saturday 7th October at 7pm.

We are expecting tickets to sell fast for this event even though we realise this event is some weeks away. They can be bought online but we are also holding back 100 tickets for church members and their friends who do not have access to online booking.

If you buy them online they will be more expensive due to ticket marketing costs

Alternatively please send a cheque for £10 per adult or £7 per under 16, payable to All Saints Whitstable DCC with your name and address and postcode and telephone number
Canterbury Cathedral Concert
All Saints Church Office
Church Street
Whitstable CT5 1PG
Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope.
Tickets bought via the church office will be sent to you . Once our 100 tickets allocation is up I am afraid you will have to order them online.


Unity Update is available each month via the church website. For the latest edition please click please


All Saints Film Club resumes in September - please click here for details


This popular sing-a-long takes place on the third Wednesday of each month at All Saints church hall. That means it will take place on Wednesday 20th September. It starts at 2.30pm and finishes at 4pm. Please contact Pat Holland on 01227 772402 for more information.

Come And Meet Each Other
A weekly time for chat and coffee and tea and cake. At the All Saints Church hall from 2pm to 3.30pm every Monday except when there is a bank holiday.

This is an after school club which parents and guardians also attend. Children do craft and play games and everyone has refreshments. There is usually a Christian message given by the Vicar. Unfortunately Holyballoo cannot be on each week in September but it will take place on the following days and times at the Church hall
Thursday 7th and Thursady 28th September
3.15pm to 4.15pm at All Saints Church hall
Free of charge though donations welcome
Email Simon at or call him on 01227 272308 for more information.


A series of three workshops looking at "Working with Difference", to be held at St Peter's Church Whitstable on the afternoons of Saturday 7th, 14th and 21st October 2017 from 3.30pm to 5pm

The sculpture above is of two adults
after a disagreement sitting with their backs to each other.  Yet, as can be seen, the inner child within each of them simply wants to

This is a course designed to help participants to become more aware of their own diversity along with their attitudes towards differences more generally. This, in turn, will help participants to become stronger and more confident in their ability to acknowledge and engage with people and issues who/ that are different. This will lead participants on to become more able to tolerate, embrace and celebrate differences that develop in their pastoral and caring work.

Trainer and facilitator: R-A "Kitty" Morgan-Jones, PhD: mother, vicar's wife, counsellor and social worker working with individuals, couples and families.

Please consider coming on this course and through that help us to learn more about the psychology of celebrating differences.

Kitty writes:

"In this course, I would like us to look at what it is specifically about ‘differences’ that makes many people find them difficult.  And also what helps us move on to overcome these difficulties so that we can build more constructive relationships. One way is by making use of a special acronym called,’ the graces.’ (eg.,gender, race, ability, culture, ethnicity, spirituality).

Even then, however, inner fears may make us fall short of doing what we have been trained to do or that which we believe to be appropriate.  In this course, we will investigate this mysterious feature of ‘difference.’ 
We will also explore "differences" by drawing from a fresh look at the work of C G Jung. He created a typology of human personality and suggested that different aspects of persons are more or less to the fore. Some of these concepts are very familiar and others less so, but all of us live out or engage with these differences every day of our lives within our relationships. In this workshop, I wish to explore in deeper detail how these personality differences impact on us within our families and in our pastoral work with families."

Working with Difference will take place at St Peter's Church, Sydenham Street, Whitstable, CT5 1HN on

Saturday the 7th, 14th and 21st October 2017 from 3.30pm to 5pm.

It is free of charge though a donation to St Peter's church would be welcome at the end of the course.

Please contact Kitty to find out more or to let her know that you would like a booking form at or by telephone on (01227) 271172     Thank you so much.

FROM WHITSTABLE SCEPTICS - A group that meets to discuss political and spiritual issues. Important that church goers attend events like these so that we gain a wider perspective

The next Sceptics meeting is on Tuesday 5th September. 7:30pm at the Whitstable Umbrella Centre. Lower entrance.

Whitstable Sceptics are pleased to announce that Huw Kyffin, the chair of the Canterbury Amnesty Group will be our guest speaker. His topic will be: ‘Should the UK scrap the Human Rights Act?’ If you’d like to read up about the Act before the meeting please follow this link: It should be a fascinating discussion. Many thanks to Lara for organising this meeting.
Email Graham Simpson to be put on their mailing list at


3rd Whitstable (All Saints) Scout Group will be holding a Jumble Sale in All Saints Church Hall, Church StreetWhitstable , CT5 1PG on Saturday 16th September. 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.

A reminder that the final boot sale of the year will take place on Church Street on 23rd and 24th September. If you can kindly leave the car parks for the less able bodied and park slightly further away from the church on Sunday 24th September that would be appreciated as parking is very limited on that Sunday. Thank you.

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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