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Saturday, 25 August 2018

Xtra newsletter for September 2018

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Dear all

I do hope you are very well and have had a wonderful summer so far! Bearing in mind that September can often be quite a warm month too. Here is our All Saints Newsletter for September.

Before I list events, please can I bring to your attention that the Boot Fair is taking place at Church Street playing fields on Sunday 26th August  . 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.

I appreciate this Xtra newsletter was only launched late on Saturday afternoon so if you saw this after the event please do not worry if you parked in the church car park. 

One of the main events at All Saints in September is our Open Afternoon. Here are the details:

I am particularly pleased that the event will have both secular and church groups as I have always felt that churches that distance themselves from secular groups are making a huge mistake. Indeed the secular religious divide is one of the main reasons for the decline in church attendance throughout our country in recent years. So please come along, embracing both the secular and the spiritual, to this special day.

I would appreciate offers of help setting up this day and representing the church on the Church Services table. Can you let me know if you can help. Thank you. 


In September our Family Service will be on Sunday September 9th at 10am. The service will be led by Canon Chris Morgan-Jones and our speaker will be Elena Markova, our Children and Family minister. 

However, there is a group for children every Sunday of the month, as usual, called Adventurers....

 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 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

RIDE AND STRIDE - our representative is David Sims on 01227 263616. Please contact him if you would like to raise money for All Saints and Friends of Kent Churches by cycling or walking on September 8th.

Two events below that I wish to highlight now which are very important. I hope you all appreciate our 6 foot Tommy in the church by the First World War memorial, near the North entrance to the church. 



If you are interested in this course visit the following website and then let me know if you are interested.

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

It is still not too late to enrol in the Holiday Club next week at St Peter's church

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 Street, Whitstable , 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.

will be held on SATURDAY 6th October 2018 at 6.30 pm

                Dear  Julia and members of the Churches together in Whitstable

I am pleased to be able to invite you and your members to attend our annual service. We would be pleased if two representatives will take part in the Procession of the Peace Makers, with an appropriate banner.

We hope to welcome even more young people to our service this year, especially as the youth branch YUNA70 and the University of Kent MUN (Model UN) will be well represented, following their conference Future Wars and How to Prevent Them, earlier in the day.

Please respond to this email with an indication of whether or not you or your colleagues wish to participate in the procession, which will involve being at the Cathedral from 5.30 pm. There will be an opportunity for those in the procession and our UNA members and supporters to register for the afternoon seminar at Kent University, once the new term commences - further details will follow.

The service will again include a choral and artistic contribution focussed on the ever increasing need for working toward achieving World Peace. A local representative from the Peace Maker's procession has been invited to speak within the service.

Please also extend this invitation to attend the service to your members, their families and friends.

Many thanks
Michael Vince, Branch Secretary

on behalf of UNA Canterbury, the London and the South East Region and UNA-UK


Michael J Vince 
Branch Secretary UNA Canterbury 
Tel 01227 362562 

"The United Nations Association - UK (UNA-UK) campaigns for a strong, credible and effective United Nations. UNA-UK is supported by a UK-wide membership network of volunteer-run branches and regions. The activities of these branches and regions are organised independently of UNA-UK and the views expressed by individual members do not necessarily reflect the official policy positions of UNA-UK."


And best wishes for September

Rev Simon Tillotson   01227 275947 and

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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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