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Thursday, 27 September 2018

October Xtra 2018

Rev Simon Tillotson writes.....

Dear all

Yet again a very busy month is ahead of us! I do hope to see you at some of these events.

We start with the Open Afternoon which takes place on Saturday 29th September. This advert, which is also in the Whitstable Gazette today, contains most information necessary to understanding the day. Please click on it if the text is too small for your screen and it should come up in larger size.

In addition to this, Mothers Union, Tiny Kickers, Slimming World and a Beading Group are having tables.

I am short of helpers to stand in the church hall porch and direct people over to the groups in the church. If you can help for 30 minutes between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday please let me know by emailing me at

After this event, we have a really good day coming up on Saturday 6th October at the Church Hall.

Here is the poster for this event:

David Cole writes
"On this day you will be introduced to what is commonly termed 'Celtic Christianity', we will look at its history and some significant figures from within it. We will discover their teachings and theology; we will dispel modern myths and we will be inspired to new ways of living out the Gospel message in our own lives today.
Come and discover something new from an ancient expression of the Christian faith.
"...the LORD said: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls..."
Jeremiah 6v16"

David Cole led our pilgrimage last year on Holy Island and is an excellent speaker. You do not need to book to come on this day, but I can warmly recommend this as a day. Please remember to bring a packed lunch!

David Cole


Sunday 7th October is Animal Welfare Sunday and so we have a special speaker called Daryl Booth from the Christian Animal charity Sarx speaking at both our 8am and 10am services.

Sarx's website can be found here

Daryl writes about his visit to All Saints:

"Animals and animal issues are hot topic in today's society! Subsequently, a growing number of Christians, including many church leaders and particularly young people, are realising importance of showing care and compassion to all God's creatures.

Sarx works to empower these Christians to champion the cause of animals through church talks, events, campaigns, resources and much more. 

Sarx founder Daryl Booth will help join the dots between faith and animals by reflecting on his own experiences of animals as well as exploring biblical insights and how previous generations of Christians cared for animals."
Daryl Booth


Our next significant event in the life of All Saints church is our Harvest weekend.

On Saturday 13th October we have our Barn Dance and Harvest Supper. This is always very popular. A traditional Barn Dance with an interval where varieties of Shepherd's Pie (vegetarian and non vegetarian) are on offer.

Saturday 13th October 2018 
In the All Saints Whitstable church hall 6.30pm start
Tickets: Adults £6 adults Children £3   
Purchase in advance only from  Rebecca Parker-Binks
07709 509594.
Also tickets are available at the church office, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 11am
Please remember to bring your own drinks and glasses (and any nibbles if you so wish)

On Sunday 14th October we have our Family Communion for Harvest at 10am, though there will also be a Harvest theme to our 8am service.

I am looking forward to speaking at this service. 

Please do remember to bring tins and packets of food for the homeless charity Catching Lives. These may also be brought to the 10am Healing service three days before on Thursday 11th October and also to our 8am Book of Common Prayer Communion service on 14th October.


Did you see our own Whitstable RNLI on the BBC this week?

If you did not it is available on Iplayer. You wont have to wait long to see the Whitstable branch including some familiar faces to those of us at All Saints (Dave Parry being one) at this link:

I thought it was a superb programme and brought home to me the risks that our RNLI team face on a daily basis. They fully need all our support.


As a Church Council we felt it would be good if we let all those who attend All Saints know  about our legacy policy. Here it is (in italics with my comments afterwards):

Here at All Saints Whitstable, we welcome all gifts in wills, however large or small, and we promise to use your gifts to make a difference to our Church.
Our All Saints District Church Council Legacy Policy is to use gifts to help fund significant projects at All Saints, whether buildings, equipment or staff.
Since needs change over the years, we encourage you to leave a gift in your will for the general purposes of All Saints Church rather than for a restricted purpose. We will discuss possible uses of your gift with your executors when the time comes, bearing in mind your known areas of interest (eg music, buildings, children and youth, overseas mission or aid) and the Church’s priorities at the time.
The DCC may, on occasion, consider donations to other charitable organisations,  unless you specifically state otherwise. This will not exceed 10% of the total of any individual gift or legacy.
You can be confident that your gift will be used to make a real difference to our future mission and ministry.
We acknowledge gifts in whatever way the donor and their executors feel to be most appropriate. Equally, we can make sure that gifts remain anonymous if the donor prefers.

We are very grateful to all those who generously give legacies to the church.
If you wish any more information please talk to our treasurer Malcolm Waller on 01227 791540. We will acknowledge legacies publicly unless stated otherwise. We are hoping to do this in the coming months when some expected legacies arrive.

All Saints is hosting the ANNUAL SERVICE FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY on Sunday 14 October at 4.30 pm. Members of all 12 Whitstable churches will be joining us and the new Methodist minister, Rev Emmanuel Aggey-Ogoe, will be preaching on Hope in the Lord.

It would be great if you are able to be there to show our unity in Christ

Here is a reminder of our youth groups and children's groups 

Tiny Singers has now moved to a 9.15am start since this poster was designed.


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 


Here is our Unity Update for October

This is the team magazine for the five Church of England churches in Whitstable


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


3rd Whitstable (All Saints) Scout Group will be holding a Jumble Sale in All Saints Church Hall, Church Street, Whitstable , CT5 1PG on Saturday 20th October .  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 Sale is on  17th November. Doors open 2pm, admission 20p and jumble can be left between 9am and 11am on the day.

Commemorate the Centenary of the End of the ‘War to End All Wars’

Saturday 6 October

6.30 pm
Canterbury Cathedral

It will be attended by the Sheriff, Cllr Stockley, and Rosie Duffield MP who will speak.

The Canterbury Singers conducted by Adrian Bawtree (soloist, Victoria Rowcroft); solo violin playing the theme from Schindler’s List and soprano, Angeline Kanagasooriam.

Natalie Saramasinghe, Executive Director of United Nations Association-UK, will deliver a keynote address: An appeal to the younger generation to recognise the danger and work with the UNA to vitalise the UN.

Thank you for your time and hope to see you at the Open Afternoon this weekend

With best wishes
Rev Simon Tillotson

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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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