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Sunday, 6 May 2018

May Xtra edition

Dear all

Welcome to our May Xtra! As usual there is a lot of news to communicate with you !



Many congratulations to Rev Rachel Webbley who has been appointed as the Team Rector for the Whitstable Team parish.

Rachel will continue in her role at St Alphege Whitstable at the same time. I will continue as Team Vicar of All Saints and St Peter's and Rev David Vannerley will continue as Team Vicar of St John's Swalecliffe.  A vacancy for a Team Vicar currently exists at St Alphege, Seasalter, which will be advertised in due course.

Being "Team Rector" means you are the lead minister of the Team. 

Will you please pray for Rachel as she steps into this role, a role that had been previously filled by Canon Steve Coneys before he moved to a new role for the Diocese last September. I am sure we have a lot to look forward to under her leadership.

Teams are good and the last 34 years in Whitstable has shown how successfully a Team Ministry can work together. I am sure the future will be just as bright as we continue to do this.

I was also hoping to announce the new Children and Families minister for All Saints through Xtra but I am afraid this has been delayed for paperwork reasons. I am hoping that I will be in a position to do so for the June edition.


This coming Sunday 13th May is our Family Communion service at 10am. I will be giving the All-Age talk at this service. It would be great to see you there if you can make it!


This is a nine day prayer event where different prayer services take place on different days. I do hope you will consider attending some of the events

The Ascension to Pentecost
All services at All Saints unless otherwise stated

Thursday May 10th – 7.30pm
Team Eucharist at St John The Baptist, Swalecliffe.
Choirs from other churches welcome – practise at 6.45pm at St John’s

Friday May 11th
9am Morning Prayer for the Novena

Saturday May 12th
9am Morning Prayer for the Novena

Sunday May 13th
Church services as normal in the morning for the Sunday after Ascension Day
9pm Compline for the Novena

Monday May 14th
8pm Sacred Space for the Novena – an additional one for the Novena. The set one for the month takes place on Tuesday May 29th

Tuesday May 15th
10am Eucharist at St Peter’s Whitstable
6pm Prayer on The Street, Tankerton beach – lasts no more than 20 minutes.

Wednesday May 16th
12 noon Prayer Walking
Assemble at All Saints church – each person will be given a route to walk and to pray for the people living in the homes in the area they are walking. We return to the church at 1.30pm for a closing act of prayer

Thursday May 17th
5pm Evening Prayer for the Novena

Friday May 18th
9am Morning Prayer for the Novena

Saturday May 19th
2pm to 3pm
Church is open for time of silent prayer – come and go during the hour

Sunday May 20th
Church services at 8am and 10am to celebrate Pentecost



13 – 20 MAY 2018

Soon it will be Christian Aid Week and, we still need 8 more collectors to cover the roads allocated to All Saints’ Church.

If you have an evening free, during Christian Aid week, to do this very worthwhile collection, it would be much appreciated – please contact us.   Most of our neighbours are very friendly and many will contribute to this worthy cause to help some of the poorest people develop their land in order to produce the basic essentials of life!  Many thanks to our regular collectors who have volunteered once again.

There is a united service at St John’s Methodist church to launch Christian Aid on Sunday 13 May at 6.00 pm
Email Simon at and he will pass on your offer to the organisers


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

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.


Holyballoo is the name of our after school club for parents/guardians and children of any age. It takes place in the church hall. We have recently purchased some new games for the children and we have some exciting craft. There is usually a short Christian video and short message as part of the afternoon. The parents and guardians enjoy catching up with each other over a cup of tea or coffee.
Sorry - no unaccompanied children.

There is no charge for Holyballoo. It takes place on Thursdays in term time from 3.15pm to 4.15pm at All Saints church hall.
Just come along. 


The dates for Sacred Space have now been organised. Please click on the poster to see if in large format on your computer screen.

To support local families cope with the cost of school uniform, various churches in Whitstable are starting a Community Wardrobe project this summer:  It’s a bit like a Foodbank, but with school uniform instead!

How can you help?
  • Would you be happy to wash, mend and / or iron the school uniform that is donated? Do get in touch.
  • Do you have any uniform that you can donate?  Look out for one of the ‘Community wardrobe’ bins that will soon be available in our churches.
  • Please spread the word and also pray for this project. 
More information will soon be available, and to find out more here’s a link to one nearby:

Message from Jo Springthorpe

I am collecting old/unused analogue and digital hearing aids to send to a charity called Sound Seekers. This charity reconditions hearing aids and sends them to clinics and hospitals in Malawi, Zambia, The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Cameroon to give the gift of hearing to those who would otherwise struggle with hearing loss. Hearing aids can be given to Jo Springthorpe 01227 219853.  Thanks. 



3rd Whitstable (All Saints) Scout Group will be holding a Jumble Sale in All Saints Church Hall, Church StreetWhitstable , CT5 1PG on Saturday 14th April. 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 16th June, 15th September, 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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