St Peters News Sheet 26/11/2017


OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD – Samaritan’s Purse, Shoebox gifts Our thanks to everyone who gave so generously when Karen Levitt spoke quite passionately about this project in her capacity as official logistics Co-Ordinator. We’re pleased to say that the collection raised £202.23 which enabled us to send off a donation of £205 to this worthy cause. The shoeboxes will soon be on the way to Asia.  Robin Page Treasurer.


FREE BOOKLET ”Advent readings 2017”- is a gift for you as we enter into the season of Advent.  A time of reflection and waiting this booklet starts on the 3rd December & takes us through to Christmas Day with readings and reflections for you to meditate upon.  I hope this year you will all consider this special time and take a booklet. THEY CAN BE FOUND IN A BASKET AS YOU ENTER CHURCH WHERE THE SIDEPERSONS STAND NEAR THE SOUTH DOOR.


Please support the Thanet Winter Shelter for the homeless which begins this year on December 1st.  On Sunday, December 3rd I will collect any donations of warm items such as gloves, scarves etc. that you are able to bring. Each week I will suggest items to bring but I will take anything that you give. The only item which is not needed is toothpaste. I will take your gifts to the Salvation Army, who arrange to supply the shelter. A number of churches provide a church hall on a rota basis. The shelter provides washing facilities, a hot evening meal and breakfast and a bed for the night. Thank you, June.


STEWARDSHIP – Will all those that give regularly under the ENVELOPE SCHEME note that your new box is ready for collection for the coming year by the South Door as you come into Church. Thank you – Caren Bumpstead. Stewardship Sec.


Monday at 7  Our AGM is on Monday, 27th November, at 7 pm at 21 Fig Tree Road, Broadstairs. Do come and give your views. The Christmas Dinner is on Monday, 4th December, at the North Foreland Golf Club at 7 for 7.30 pm. Please bring the money for the dinner (£23) and your subs (£7.50) for 2018 in cash to the AGM or give it separately ASAP to Greta Collins.


Christmas Tree Festival 8th, 9th and 10th December

If your club, organisation or business has not yet booked a tree at this popular event, please contact Pauline Osborne. There are still a couple of trees available.

Thanet Community Gospel Choir are singing at a concert in the Church on Saturday 9th December. Join us for an evening of Christmas songs and carols with some audience participation in the church lit by all the tree lights. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available in the interval. Tickets £5.00 from the parish office or at the door.



Make a note of the dates!

Festive Fayre. At the time of writing the Fayre had not taken place, but nevertheless a big ‘thank you’ to the many who worked so hard over the last weeks and months to contribute their skills and donations to make it the success it is bound to be! 

Wine & Wisdom Just a few days left to book at 6.30 for 7pm (prompt) Friday 1st December with a Fish & Chips supper and a raffle. There are only a few tables left so book ASAP. Also, there are some spaces for individuals or pairs of people on the booked tables which you would be made most welcome to join. Tickets from the Parish Office @ £9 each. Did you know that the Fish & Chips comes from the Newington Fish Bar, which came top in Kent and was in the top 20 in the country this year? 

Indoor Boot Fair on 16 December from 9am-midday. Come & visit us to browse, buy or chat over coffee/tea and hot snacks.

Christmas Music & Dance Night. What are you doing on Saturday 16 December 7-11pm.? Great music, dancing and a raffle and all for just only £5. Booking now!

Indoor Boot Fairs on Saturday 27 January 9-12pm and Saturday 17 February 9-12pm-bookings are now going fast, so hurry if you want a table (£10 non-refundable)

Raffle prize donations, are still wanted for the Wine & Wisdom ASAP, please.

New Church Website. Have you ‘visited’ our new website? This is well underway now at

It’s linked to Facebook (FB), includes videos on YouTube and a full Calendar facility, detailing all events notified to the Church. Joint webmasters are Trevor Hogben and Patrick Dunn.  Please visit it on a regular basis and if you are on FB, support our Church by ‘liking’ our posts.     


On Line shopping. It has been a great disappointment that so few who shop on-line have registered with the On the line Giving systems which we have arranged especially for St Peter’s using Give as you live Register with Give as you live

or with Easy Funding Register with EasyFunding

 The combination of both companies, covers nearly all the usual websites used by the public for on-line shopping e.g. travel, major retailers and hotels. For each transaction, St Peter’s stands to gain a small % of the purchase price at NO EXTRA EXPENSE TO THE BUYER. The system is safe, caters for charities and is easy to use, but at the moment only about 10 of us participate, so we are wasting an excellent fundraising asset!

If you shop on line; please do it through these two websites!

DIARY OF EVENTS for November

Monday            27         14:30 Home Group @92 Dumpton Park Drive

                                        19:00 Monday@7 AGM @21 Fig Tree Road

Wednesday      29         14:30 Home Group @St Leu




Friday               01         18:30 Wine & Wisdom St Peter’s Main Hall

Monday            04         14:30 Home Group @92 Dumpton Park Drive

                                        19:00 Monday@7 Christmas Dinner Golf Club

Tuesday           05         19:30 St Peter’s Women’s Group

Wednesday      06         14:30 Home Group @St Leu

Friday               08         16.00 Christmas Tree Festival in St Peter’s Church

Saturday          09         10.00 Christmas Tree Festival in St Peter’s Church

                                        19:30 Thanet Community Gospel Choir Concert in

                                                   St Peter’s Church

Sunday             10         09:30 Nativity Worship Drama in St Peter’s Church

                                        11.00 Christmas Tree Festival in St Peter’s Church

                                        16:00 Advent Choral Evensong in St Peter’s Church



Website. Please take a moment to look at  

and review your areas of interest and then email Trevor Hogben with any updates.



Parish Office in Church Hall (01843) 866061

Open Monday to Friday 9am – 1pm



Halls email:


Parish and Community Halls Administrator – Simon Perry


Priest in Charge Rev’d Jan Durrans (Day off – Friday)


Direct line – 869169


Pauline Osborne (225801) email:

Trevor Hogben (835007) email:

Parish website:





A warm welcome to the


News Sheet for Sunday 26 November 2017

(Details of Worship and Services in separate white pew sheet)

Monday Home Group

We meet weekly on Mondays at 2:30 pm at the home of Elspeth & Michael Cooke (92 Dumpton Park Drive).  Currently, for about an hour we study together aspects of the Bible Readings heard in church the previous day.  Advance NoticeIn Decemberwe shall be drawing on readings, music and pictures to help us reflect quietly on some of the great themes of Advent.  We welcome anyone who’d like to join us for times of stillness in what can otherwise seem a very busy season.  If you’d like to know more, do phone us on 863293.


Wednesday Home Group

We are following the Advent Course, “So what are you waiting for?” Meeting as usual at 2.30 at St Leu, Vicarage Street. With Lots of discussion, and tea and biscuits to follow. John Cox.



  1. Information for the News Sheet for Sunday 3 December 2017 to the

             Parish Office please by 10.00 am Thursday 30 November 2017.