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Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Xtra August 2018

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Dear all

I do hope you are very well and are managing to cope in this stifling heat! 

Here is our newsletter for August. 

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, 28th and 29th July  . 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.

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. Please do come to this event, though there is some doubt that I shall actually be able to get to the water's edge as it is extremely low tide at that time!

Denise Blaskett our Reader in training is now officially our Reader having completed her training and we will be specially celebrating this fact with a commissioning prayer at our 10am service on Sunday August 5th. Please do come to the service if you can. We will also be praying for those pastoral assistants who have recently been trained to take out the Sacrament to people's homes. 

(in hall if wet!)
11.30 am – 1.00 pm
As well as bringing your own garden chair, picnic and drink together with glasses/plates/cutlery come prepared to share with someone who may not have brought a picnic with them.
(There will the usual BCP service in church at 8.00 am that day but not a 10 am service.)

Over the summer there are two events being planned by Elena Markova our children and families minister. They are as follows:

 These following pictures were designed by Elena and tell you about our church youth work. 

 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. 


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
NB Simon needs to know by the end of August so do let him know by then if you are interested. Numbers are extremely low at the present moment. 

On 12th July Rev Rachel Webbley was licensed as Team Rector for the Whitstable Team Ministry. Congratulations to Rachel and please pray for her as she starts this new role, though she will continue as Lead Minister for St Alphege Whitstable at the same time.

Here is a photo from the licensing

Our new curate also arrived in July. See the Unity Update on the All Saints Website or see below for details. Also news of the new Team Vicar for St Alphege Seasalter

Our Team Holiday clubs are soon to launch - all the information is here

Please note that I understand that sufficient school uniform has now been received for this summer so please do not hand in more uniform this year - thank you so all those who have donated. It is greatly appreciated. 

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:


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.
Rev Simon Tillotson will be leading it in August - the date being August 15th, and will try and lead a few songs of the Frank Sinatra ilk.


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.



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.

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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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