The monthly e-newsletter from the Team Vicar of All Saints Whitstable, Rev Simon Tillotson
Visit our website for more info -

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Xtra for November 2017

Dear all

The November Xtra seems especially busy but this is typical of this time of the year. I do hope you enjoy reading about all the events. We have a number of important services coming up and I would appreciate your prayers for them. Thank you

Rev Simon Tillotson

PS I realise there are quite a few events coming up in December but to avoid saturating people with information I shall leave these till the December Xtra


Please note that the All Saints Patronal Festival will take place at 10am at All Saints on Sunday 29th October, followed by a soft drink or glass of wine in the church hall afterwards.This is the Sunday closest to All Saints Day which is 1st November. These days we normally celebrate All Saints on the Sunday closest to All Saints itself. It would be great if you can come to this special celebration of the life of All Saints as I preach on the subject of the Saints and as we have a party afterwards!

If you possibly can, please come to our services on Sunday 5th November at 8am and 10am to hear about our financial situation and the challenges which the coming year have in store for us.

Also please remember to come to 
our Remembrance Sunday service on 12th November at 10am

Holyballoo is going from strength to strength. 17 children and 10 adults attended one session recently. This poster gives the dates for the period from now till Christmas though please note that 16th November is now not possible.


Saturday 4th November
Gates open 6.15pm
All Saints Vicarage Garden
Tickets on sale on Sundays in the hall and other Sundays too (this is usually from about 11.15am). They are also available every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 11.30am from the Church office.
The Church office entrance is round the back of the Church hall
Ticket price
Adults £5.   Child £1 (3-15 years)
NO TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE GATE so please buy your tickets in advance.
Hot Dogs and drinks will be on sale.
It has been great to see how this event has grown over the years. There is a strong team of helpers but I am sure they would always appreciate an extra pair of hands so if you would like to help please contact me, Simon, and I will pass on your details. My email is


Christmas Fair. Saturday 25th 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?

Our new Archdeacon of Canterbury The Ven Jo Kelly-Moore visited us and preached at All Saints on 15th October. You can hear her sermon on the All Saints website -

This interesting series continues.  On 22nd October, Dr Martin Garsed will be preaching about his favourite passage. He will be discussing the content of the sermon and any issues that come out of them with the congregation in the Thorpe Room after the service. 
Rev Tony Crowe will then be preaching on his favourite passage on 19th November and will be also discussing his sermon in the Thorpe Room after the service. Many of the previous sermons can be found on our website

Also known as Service of Remembrance for the Dearly Departed

Our Annual Service for the Dearly Departed takes place at All Saints on Sunday 5th November at 6.30pm. This is the time we remember those who have passed away, either in the last year or in previous years. There is an opportunity to light a candle in memory of your loved one or loved ones as well. The service lasts about 45 minutes usually.
 A list is available at the back of church for you to put names of the departed in  but if it is more convenient please can you email me the name of the people you want remembered now to Thank you. It is helpful to know how many in your group will be attending the service so we have enough orders of service, if that is possible. 


In September I led a pilgrimage to Holy Island and Iona. You can now find out about the pilgrimage and hear talks delivered by David Cole on Holy Island by clicking on this link


Your prayers please!

New Team Rector for Whitstable Team Ministry and Lead Minister for St Alphege Seasalter
Please pray for the process leading to this important appointment for the Team. Interviews for this post are due to take place in early December.
If you are interested in seeing the profile for the post and learning more about the Whitstable Team as a result ( it is a very educational document and well worth reading as a way of understanding more about the Team Churches of Whitstable) please click below and then click on Profile when you are on the page



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.

Please do not contact the Hotel to book - Instead please contact me, Simon, for more information on or 01227 272308

This weekend is for people who are regular churchgoers at All Saints and their partners/spouses.

Compline takes place usually on the Second Sunday of each month and November is no exception


Interested in filling a shoebox for a needy family or elderly person this Christmas?

Link To Hope is a Christian, Sussex based charity which, among its different projects, takes Christmas shoeboxes to the needy in Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria and Ukraine.  It's a wonderful, fun and easy way to support those who are not as lucky as we are, and an outward expression of the true meaning of Christmas.

If you would like to do this, please take an explanatory leaflet from the back of church.  I will need to take the filled boxes to Bromley on Tuesday 7 November, so would need them to be given to me by Sunday 5 November please.  Thank you!

Jo Springthorpe

All Saints is looking for a HEALTH AND SAFETY CO-ORDINATOR to help implement the various policies that have come into place in the life of the national church in recent years and ensure our church buildings and grounds are safe places and that our procedures and practices are correctly followed. It is a voluntary role but very rewarding and interesting. Full training will be given. Not too onerous or time consuming. Please speak to the Vicar or Churchwardens for more information.

Sacred Space is on Tuesday 14th November from 8pm to 9pm - do put the date in your diary!



Many of you will be aware of the upcoming Diocesan Day of Prayer, which is planned for 17/18 November. The Day of Prayer is an exceptional chance for all of us as a diocesan family, both in East Kent and the Channel Islands, to join together in prayer for the renewal of our communities. You are a key partner in this initiative and I would be grateful if you could encourage your community to engage as fully as possible in this special 24 hours of prayer. Everything you need to know is online here - and more resources will become available over the coming weeks (look out for details in the weekly Briefing email).

There are many ways to engage in the Day of Prayer, including a central event in Faversham on Saturday 18th November. If you’d like to come to that event please book Here.  Please note: The next scheduled Synod meeting will take place on Saturday 10 March 2018.

I hope that is helpful and please don't hesitate to contact Holly Adams ( - or another member of the team at Diocesan House - if you have any questions about the Day of Prayer. 

Kind regards


The next meeting is on Tuesday 7th November, 7:30pm at the Whitstable Umbrella Centre. (Lower entrance)

We are privileged to have Judith Large as our guest speaker on the subject ‘Rethinking Security: Human Rights in an Illiberal World’

Judith is a Senior Research Fellow at the Conflict Analysis Research Centre, University of Kent, and has worked internationally with civic and community groups, NGO’s, national governments and UN agencies. She brings nearly three decades practical experience in war and transition settings; particularly work for improved linkages between community/local and national levels for violence reduction and just outcomes after armed conflict. Her book Pushback: Sri Lanka’s Dance with Global Governance (Zed Books, 2016) is the product of engagement in Sri Lanka, which raises questions on the current climate of both international security and human rights.

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


If you do not receive a monthly reminder about this e-letter yet why not email the Vicar at and he will add your email address to the database. Then you will receive an email once a month, with the occasional one mid month, to keep you informed of things going on in the life of the church and the wider community.

All Saints Church Monthly Newsletter

All Saints Church Monthly Newsletter

Location of church

Location of church
Click on map for further details