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Friday, 15 June 2018

Xtra update for July 2018

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Dear all

I do hope you are very well and are enjoying the summer now that it has truly arrived! 

July is a very busy month but just before it begins there is a huge event in the life of All Saints - Our annual Church Summer Fete (formerly called the Garden Party). Please click on this poster to see full details of the fete.

Before I list events, please can I bring to your attention that the Boot Fair is taking place at Church Street playing fields this coming weekend, 23rd and 24th June . If you are coming to church this weekend, please would you leave the church car parks to those who find walking long distances difficult, and park in a neighbouring street if at all possible. We have operated this system for many years. It does not apply to those who attend the 8am service. There are a number of streets within easy walking distance of the church including those that are on the other side of the Crab and Winkle path via the churchyard.

               CHURCH SUMMER FETE


If you are able to help set up or clear away that would be a great help. Setting up happens on the Friday evening from 8pm and also on the Saturday morning. A big thank you to Rebecca Parker-Binks and Kevin Parker who are the new Chairs of the Social Committee and are doing a great job. You can contact as follows if you can help or have things that can be sold for church profit at the Fete. 

Please note we do not allow private stalls at the Fete. All profits go to Church funds after expenses. 


07709 509 594 or email

New Children and Families Minister - Elena Markova

Elena has completed her first month with us and during this time she has been preparing for various new groups she is planning on running within the life of the church as well as getting to know parents and children and leaders at Holyballoo and Sunday Club and elsewhere.

Also she has been working on our publicity and outreach. These following pictures were designed by Elena and tell you about our church youth work. 
Click on them and they should come up bigger on your 

 ADVENTURERS is our Sunday School club, which welcomes children of all ages. We learn about God’s Love and explore God’s Kingdom through child friendly Bible stories, art, craft, singing and tones of imagination and creativity. Children come into church with their families for 10am start.  

HOLYBALLOO is our afterschool club that we run every Thursday 3.15 to 4.15 pm, during term time. We make craft, play games, have snacks and learn about God and His people through child-friendly Bible film stories. Parents stay in and enjoy a good catch up and a hot drink.

At All Saints Church, we also have a JUNIOR CHOIR  meeting for rehearsals every Thursday afternoon (term time) 5.20 - 6 pm. Our choir mistress selects a variety of well-loved upbeat songs to Christian lyrics, which the children enjoy to sing and perform. If you love singing, come and join in the fun!

Starting this September is our new Parent & Toddler (Age 0-4) Nursery Rhyme Play Group TINY SINGERS  . We will be meeting every Wednesday from 9.30 am to 11.00 am during term time. We will sing, play and enjoy delicious refreshments together - healthy fruit snacks for all toddlers and a relaxing hot beverage/biscuit and a friendly chat for their grownups. We will share parenting tips and support one another on our journeying together through parenthood. Our first session will be on 5th Sep 2018. All welcome!

Please note, while all clubs and groups support an Anglican Christian Ethos, we are equally an all-inclusive domain, in which we welcome and minister to all – Christians, people of other faiths as well as people of no particular religious affiliation.

For all clubs/groups enquiries please use the following details:

Children, Youth & Families Ministry


Children and Family Worker

Church Street, Whitstable CT5 1PG
(01227) 275 947

If you are on Facebook this is the best way of finding out about our events and contacting Elena

However,  if you wish to contact our Junior Choir leader direct, Victoria Hall, her email address is 

We are also looking for volunteers to help with Tiny Singers which begins in September. Please contact Elena at the above email address - - if you can help. A DBS check will be required. 

Our annual Pet Blessing service takes place on Sunday 8th July at 10am at the Vicarage garden. Please do bring a chair and a pet if you have one. There will also be two short services of Holy Communion that morning one at 8am and one at 11.15am at the church.
Please do come and celebrate the beauty of our creation. The service will take place in the Church Hall if it is wet. 


In 2019 I shall be leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Full details are found at this website. Do email me at if you are interested. 
The website with full details of the trip including itinerary and costs is

REV RACHEL WEBBLEY will be licensed as Team Rector at a service at St Alphege Whitstable on THURSDAY 12 JULY at 7.30 pm. Please pray for Rachel as she begins this important ministry amongst us. All welcome.


Congratulations to Rev Fabian Wuyts on his appointment as Vicar of St James, Taunton. Please pray for the family as they move to Somerset this summer holidays.

THE BLESSING OF THE WATERS service takes place on Thursday 26th July at 6.45pm at Reeves Beach (between the Horsebridge Centre and the Harbour). It is organised by the Association of the Men of Kent and Kentish Men. Speaker this year is Geoff Court, Pioneer Minister at St Peter's, Whitstable.

PCC Secretary required

 Following the appointment of Karen McKane as St John's Churchwarden we are now looking for a volunteer to take over the role of PCC Secretary.

This requires minute taking at usually just five evening meetings per year plus associated admin tasks. Please speak to Rev Rachel Webbley if you are interested.

For more information about the role contact Karen (264683 - email:

Jo Springthorpe is collecting old/unused analogue and digital hearing aids to send to a charity called Sound Seekers.  This charity reconditions them and then sends them to clinics and hospitals in Malawi, Zambia, The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Cameroon to give the gift of hearing to those who would otherwise struggle with hearing loss. Hearing aids can be given to Jo (Tel 219853).


This takes place on the third Wednesday of each month at 2.30pm to 4pm at All Saints Church hall. This is great fun - a chance to singalong to a mixture of all sorts of songs in a relaxed setting in the hall with tea, coffee and cake.


A group that meets every Monday in the Church hall from 2pm to 3.30pm, apart from Bank Holidays. Cameo stands for Come And Meet Each Other. It is a friendly group where you can come and chat and make new friends.


The Film club meets on Thursdays from 11.15am to about 1.30pm nearly every week. It runs a mixture of films. Membership is £10 till the end of 2018 but we also ask for a contribution of £1 per person per week towards refreshments and heating costs.
The programme for the film club can be found by clicking HERE Send me an email for any of these groups and I will forward it to the group organiser.
Alternatively please feel welcome to call me on 01227 272308

Please consider coming to a mid week Communion service where we pray for people and are strengthened for our spiritual journey.
Thursdays at 10am every week at All Saints Church.

To support local families cope with the cost of school uniform, various churches in Whitstable are starting a Community Wardrobe project this summer:  It’s a bit like a Foodbank, but with school uniform instead!

How can you help?
  • Would you be happy to wash, mend and / or iron the school uniform that is donated? Do get in touch.
  • Do you have any uniform that you can donate?  Look out for one of the ‘Community wardrobe’ bins that will soon be available in our churches.
  • Please spread the word and also pray for this project. 
More information will soon be available, and to find out more here’s a link to one nearby:



3rd Whitstable (All Saints) Scout Group will be holding a Jumble Sale in All Saints Church Hall, Church StreetWhitstable , CT5 1PG on Saturday 15th 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.

Many thanks,

Paul Maley.

3rd Whitstable Scouts Fundraising.
Our remaining Jumble Sales are on 20th October and 17th November.Doors open 2pm, admission 20p and jumble can be left between 9am and 11am on the day.


ALL SAINTS NURSERY SCHOOL are also having a Garden Party the week after the Church Fete. Please come and support them. Click on poster to see in large size

                  REFUGEE WEEK

As part of Refugee Week Celebrations, our local support group WCS will have a screening of Sue Clayton's award winning film on the 24th June at 5-30 at St Alphege Church in the High Street. It's an opportunity to watch an amazing film which is being used as evidence by Sue Clayton and a team of human rights lawyers against the Home Office in their bid to prove their failure to fulfil their promise and commitment to the children in Calais. Put the date in your diary folks and come and get your tickets and be a part of the solution!

Here is a really excellent short trailer which could possibly be shown in the notices?

As well as the film, earlier in the afternoon from 2:30 there will lots of fun family activities including face painting, cake stalls, authentic Syrian food and kids/adults can watch Paddington 2 in the church.

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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