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Friday, 22 November 2019

December - Advent and Christmas Xtra Newsletter 2019

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Dear all

So it is very nearly a month till Christmas. I don't know about you but I am doing my best to avoid Christmas carols and Christmas pop songs as if you start with them too early by the time Christmas arrives they have lost some of their magic. Don't get me wrong - I am a great lover of Christmas, but in mid to late November it shouldn't be "beginning to feel a lot like Christmas"!

This coming month is going to be a busy one.


Tomorrow, Saturday 23rd November,  we have our Open Afternoon with the highest number of clubs and societies represented to date. I do hope you are coming along!

Here are the details:

It promises to be a great afternoon!


Moving on to other things - please may I draw your attention to our current advertisement for a Cleaner/Caretaker who will work alongside our Bookings Manager Bruce Douglas in looking after our Church hall - a hall which is so well used these days.

The full job description and application forms can be found by clicking HERE

If you cannot access the details then email me at and I will send them by email to you. Or if you do not have a printer at home I can post them to you.


Our Christmas Fair is Saturday 30th November from 10am to 1.30pm at the Church Hall.

Father Christmas will be present as usual.

We need gifts for Tombola and raffle and also lots of cakes  for the cake stall and refreshments.  We do not need books as we have a large store and need to clear them to make space.  We do need people to help on the stalls if you feel able it is a nice sociable event.

There are boxes at the back of the church for your gifts.

Call Carol Sims on 01227 263616 if you can help please or speak to her after the 10am service.


It is very important that the church is not detached from the world. As such churches often provide venues for hustings for General Elections and this year is no exception.

Rev Rachel Webbley, the Team Rector of the Whitstable Team Ministry, and I are organising a hustings at St Peter's church from 7pm (doors open) to about 9pm involving all four of the parliamentary candidates for the Canterbury, Whitstable and surrounding villages seat.

Here is the poster of the event - please note no prebooking is possible:


Are as follows

Sunday 1st December 6.30pm Advent Carol Service
(Advent Carols are different from Christmas carols but just as beautiful)

Saturday 14th December 4pm Christingle Service (back to its afternoon time following feedback last year)

Sunday 15th December 6.30pm Traditional Carol Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

Wednesday 18th December 7pm Carol Singing under the Yew Tree (or in the church if weather is poor)

Christmas Eve

Crib Services 3pm and 4.30pm

11.15pm Midnight Communion

Christmas Day

8am and 10am Holy Communion

Thursday 21st November 2019
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day

We lit a purple candle at All Saints during our 10am Thursday healing service. St Alphege Church in the High Street and the Playhouse Theatre were lit by a purple light later in the day.
The purple light is a way of remembering all those who suffer or have died from Pancreatic cancer and to pray for a cure to be found for the future. 
We stand with all victims of cancer of course but I am grateful to Mary Calthrop, mother of Chris Calthrop who very sadly died of pancreatic cancer recently, for bringing this to my attention. Please mark 21st November in your diary next year and put a purple light or candle in your front windows to raise awareness.


The Whitstable Committee is looking for someone willing to take on the very light task of chairing a group that does the following:
•           enables collections at Christian Aid week in May
•           gets people to arrange money raising events for Christian Aid - especially quizzes.
•           generally keeps an open eye on Christian Aid fund raising locally
Please speak to Simon if you think this could be you!


We had a poignant Remembrance Sunday service with over 250 people present. Here are some photos of the peace trees and prayers that the young people and adults wrote:


Richard Llewellin

AttachmentsSat, 9 Nov, 14:30 (13 days ago)

to rllewellin
Dear Friend,

I am writing to invite you to the Amos Trust Bethlehem Carol Service at St Paul’s Church, Church St (St Paul's), Canterbury CT1 1NH at 19:00 on Tuesday 3rd December.  Please note that this year it is at St Paul's Church, not St Peter's Methodist Church.

We will be joined by Amos Trust's partner Sami Awad
 from our Holy Land Trust in 
Bethlehem as well as Amos Trust founder and 
singer/songwriter Garth Hewitt.
Sami is a leading Palestinian peace activist, who will be explaining why non-violence is at the heart of the Christmas message, and of his family in Gaza. All proceeds will go to Amos Trust’s 2019 Christmas Appeal for our partners in Gaza and the home and peace-building work of Holy Land Trust.
Refreshments of baklava, mince pies, mulled wine and fruit juice will be served after the service.
For more information and to book click here, but this is, obviously, a free event and you can just turn up.  However, it is helpful to have an idea of numbers where possible. Please do invite others.
Attached is a poster advertising the event.  I would be grateful if you would print out a copy or copies, and advertise the service in your local church and corner shop, etc so that it is widely known about.  Thank you.

Also attached are directions of where to find the church in Canterbury.  There is no parking directly outside the church, but Love Lane and Quenin Gate Car Parks are within walking distance.

[You may be one of those who last year asked to be removed from this mailing list.  I have tried to act on your request, but if you have received this email in error, I apologise.]

I do hope you can come !

Richard Llewellin

Every best wish when Christmas arrives

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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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