News Sheet for 9th December 2018


A warm welcome to the


News Sheet for Sunday 9th December 2018

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


DIARY OF EVENTS for December

Monday            10        14:30 Home Group @92 Dumpton Park Drive

Wednesday      12        14:30 Home Group @St Leu

Friday               14        16.00 Christmas Tree Festival in St Peter’s Church

Saturday          15        10.00 Christmas Tree Festival in St Peter’s Church

                                       19:00 Thanet Community Gospel Choir Christmas Concert in St Peter’s Church

Sunday             16        11.00 Christmas Tree Festival in St Peter’s Church

                                       16:00 Nine Lessons and Carols in St Peter’s Church

Monday            17        14:30 Home Group @92 Dumpton Park Drive

Tuesday            18        19:30 St Peter’s Women’s Group

Wednesday      19        14:30 Home Group @St Leu

Sunday             23        08.00 Holy Communion (BCP) in St Peter’s Church

                                       09.30 Parish Communion in St Peter’s Church

Monday           24        16.00 Christingle & Nativity Service in St Peter’s  Church  

                                       23.30 Midnight Eucharist in St Peter’s Church

Tuesday           25        08.00 Holy Communion (BCP) in St Peter’s Church

                                       09.30 Family Eucharist in St Peter’s Church


Christmas cards are now on sale on Sundays after the 8 o’clock and 9.30 services and in the Hall foyer. Orders for a larger number of cards can be made by contacting Jan Gee on 01843 862067. All proceeds are for much needed church funds. Thank you for your continued support in providing card fronts and cellophane bags

Churches together Carol singing: Please join us for carol singing at Tesco, Westwood Cross on Thursday 13th December, from 4:30 – 5:30pm. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to sing together with all churches in Broadstairs and St Peter’s. We will be collecting for the Thanet Winter Shelter.

Christmas Tree Festival 14th to 16th December

Your help is needed to welcome visitors to the church when it is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and if you are able to spare an hour (or even two)   please sign up on the lists by the South Door. Volunteers also required to set it all up on Thursday 13th December from 8.00 am and to be in the church while people decorate their trees during the day.  Any enquiries please contact Pauline Osborne Tel: 225801.

Christmas Tree Festival/ Thanet Community Gospel Choir Christmas Concert Saturday 15th December at 7.00 pm

Tickets are now available in the parish office or at the door on the day – £5 – for this popular event. Come and join this award-winning choir in singing some of the Christmas songs and carols while the lights on the trees twinkle all around. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available during the interval.

The Thanet Winter Shelter. I was able to take a great number of wonderful items over the last two weeks including Colouring / Puzzle books, duvets, duvet covers, pillow cases, single sheets, scarves, socks, gloves, hats, toiletries and clothing. Thank you all very much. Please continue to give any of these or cleaning materials.  The Shelter is off to a good start. June. ()

Samaritan’s Purse/ Operation Christmas Child Thank you to those who have contributed to the Operation Christmas Child Campaign.  This is an international event enabling children to hear the good news of Jesus Christ as well as receiving a special gift from a friend. 33 Shoe Boxes from you together with many others are on a special journey to Eastern Europe. Thank you, Mary Wood.

Monday @ 7: We had an enjoyable evening at the Golf Club last Monday, remembering, of course, our Chairman, Charles Watson.  Our next event is on Saturday 12th January, at 21 Fig Tree Road, for our New Year Party.  Please be thinking what you can bring to eat, either sweet or savoury, and let me know please.  Contact Marion Brown, Tel 604524, email  Thank you.

The Social Committee invites you to a Twelfth Night Party on Saturday 5th January 2019, to be held in the Main Hall, 6 for 6.30pm. There will be mulled wine on arrival. The menu will be fresh salmon and vegetables with a choice of desserts (please note any dietary requirements on the sheet in the office). Please feel free to bring your own alcohol. There will be entertainment after the meal. Tickets are now available from the Parish Office price £8. Everyone is welcome.

Fundraising Committee Report for Sunday 9th December 2018

2019 Fund Raising Events

Our first event for the New Year will be another Boot Fair on Saturday 26th January 2019. We are also planning a ‘Tea and Beetle Drive’ for 7th February (although this is still provisional), another Boot Fair on 23rd March and, in the following months, there will be Quiz Nights, a Barn Dance, a Fashion Show and, hopefully, some really first class music events. Just watch out for this item in future news sheets to find out what, when and where these events will take place.

2018 was a very good year for fundraising and it’s my fervent hope and prayer that we can do as well next year. However, everything depends on the support that we get, both from within the Church community itself and outside it so; anything you can do to help will be more than welcome.

When you shop on line -don’t forget to use this facility. In the last few months we have raised over £200!

When buying Christmas presents e.g. Books, travel, hotels, food, presents, household items etc. etc.  This is at no cost to you, but a % of the cost of your purchase could be benefiting St Peter’s Church. Some are already doing this, which is great. To ensure you cover approx. 90% of all retailers, please register with the following two (very reputable!) websites:


  • and when asked, the charity you want to support is: St Peter-in-Thanet Church Broadstairs.


  • and when asked, the charity you want to support is: The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Peter-in-Thanet.

Once you have registered (a very simple job), please then don’t forget to open the sites first before you make any purchase and the site will then automatically donate to St Peter’s -easy!   

We now have over 20 in the Church who are registered already, so let’s see if we can at least double this number (and our income from it) soon! 

Monday Home Group 2:30pm at 92 Dumpton Park Drive, Broadstairs CT10 1RL

We continue looking at some of the great themes of the Advent season.  We warmly welcome anyone who’d like to join us for such times of stillness in what can otherwise seem a very busy season.
   10th December   Mary (Mother of God)
   17th December   Emmanuel (God with us – Indeed, “Come, Lord Jesus!”)

We meet at 92 Dumpton Park Drive CT10 1RL, the home of Michael & Elspeth Cooke; each session will start at 2:30 pm and end at around 4 pm with tea and biscuits.   

If you’d like to know more, please do phone us on 863293. Michael & Elspeth Cooke.

Wednesday Home Group

We are following our Advent course ‘A Journey through Luke’ – 2.30pm at St Leu. For more details, or if you haven’t yet got a copy of the book please give me a ring. John Cox – 07989 057737.

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

Hopeville Avenue, St Peter’s CT10 2TR

Open Monday to Friday 9 am – 1pm


Halls email:

Parish and Community Halls Administrator – Simon Perry

Please Note that the Parish Office will be closed at 1pm every afternoon. If you need to see Simon outside of office hours please ring him to arrange an appointment.

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

 Email: Direct line – 869169


             Pauline Osborne (225801) email:

           Sylvia Mills (865874) email:

Parish website:                                                                                                                   

We are always SO grateful for the cash donations given each week at services.

If you are a tax payer it would be an even greater benefit if you could put your donation in a completed yellow Gift Aid envelope so that we can recover the extra 25p on every pound given!