The monthly e-newsletter from the Team Vicar of All Saints Whitstable, Rev Simon Tillotson
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Saturday, 26 January 2019

February 2019 Xtra

 Dear all,

This month has flown by, yet at the same time I hear many say it seems years since Christmas! Time can be a strange thing! What is clear, January and February are not the most cheerful times of the year, so it is important that we keep ourselves spiritually alive and thriving at All Saints we hope to play a part in making that possible.

It is true to say that there are not quite as many events as usual in February, but I want to bring your attention to two main events.

Firstly, at our Family Communion on 10th February at 10am we are having the baptism of a baby of a couple who married at our church a few years ago.

As part of the service, I would like to invite those of you who have their baptism candles stored away at home to return to church with their candles and at the end of the service we will light all the candles as a reminder of our baptism. This marks the cumulation of our renewal of baptism vows which took place last month.

If you do not have a baptism candle, or indeed like me never had a baptism candle given to them at their baptism, there is an opportunity to order one by 

a) writing your name on the list at the back of church (church is open on Saturday morning from 10am to 11.30am if you are unable to come to a Sunday or Thursday service)

b) leaving £3 cash per candle in an envelope in the church office (letterbox to right of main church hall door). The envelope must be addressed to Barbara Tinson and must obviously include your name. We will give you your candles on arrival at church on the Sunday 10th, or put them aside for you for when you are next in church if you are unable to come on the 10th. 

I am sorry I am not doing email or phone orders for baptism candles - the above way is the only way you can order them. Thank you for your understanding. Remembering our baptism is an important thing to do spiritually as it reminds us of God's love for us and his offer of forgiveness and new life in Christ.

Please do order your candle by the end of Sunday 3rd February at the latest.


The next event I would like to bring your attention to is the Quiz Night. The poster contains all the information. Again, please come to the church office to buy your tickets - like we did with the fireworks. We know this system works well and we are sorry we are not doing internet or email orders or phone orders.

It is important to note that tables will have a maximum of eight chairs per table, so you are welcome to organise a table of eight people, but we have not put this on the poster as we deliberately don't want to exclude those who are coming on their own or just as a couple. If you do order a ticket on your own or as a couple etc you will be placed on a table that has vacancies. 

Here are the full details of the Quiz night

Partnership with churches in Germany. 

For many years we have had a partnership with churches in Teltow, near Berlin, and also the Black Forest area of Germany. 

We have been invited once again and we are looking for new people to join the partnership as well as our existing circle.

 Rev Keith McNicol will be co-ordinating the group out in Germany but I have agreed to manage the bookings and explain to newcomers what is involved before you leave. 

The dates are Wednesday 29th May to Sunday 2nd June inclusive of travel. The only costs are the airfare as all accommodation and meals are provided by our hosts. 

Do let me (Simon) know if you are interested in coming. We plan to book our flights in early March by which time the EU discussions will hopefully have come to a point of clarity about whether visas will be required and availability of flights etc. My email address is 

Have you checked out our church website yet? There are sermons from various people including Canon Susanne Carlsson, Daryl Booth from Sarx, Denise Blaskett, Rev Keith McNicol, Canon David Springthorpe, Canon Christopher Smith, Rev Tony Crowe, Chris Lovelock, Dr Martin Garsed and myself. Many more besides! I have updated quite a few from recent months so do check out the website. OUR CHILDREN'S GROUPS HAVE BEEN GOING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH IN RECENT WEEKS....Do contact Elena or Victoria for more information


Children and Family Minister

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

The UNITY UPDATE for the Whitstable Team is as follows for February

We now have the dates for Sacred Space for 2019

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 2019 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

 An  Inclusive Church event at St Stephen’s Canterbury Saturday 16th February 2019  Midday to 5 pm
God welcomes us all, whatever our strengths and weaknesses, our abilities and  limitations and uses them to advance the Kingdom. Churches are not always so good at this, often unwittingly making people feel excluded.  In this study afternoon  the experts in this field –  people  who have various  limitations – will share with us their experiences of being included and excluded in church. In this light we will discuss what we can do practically to make our churches more welcoming to all and how we can all benefit from  the gifts people with disabilities have to offer.    The day will  start by sharing a light lunch and end by sharing the Eucharist.  

No charge but please book a place by emailing for catering purposes

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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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