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Funday Sunday Christmas

Sunday 1st December
Fairford Community Centre

Crafts, Games, Worship, Cooked Meal

No need to book but it will help us with catering if you can let us know that you are coming. If not - do turn up on the day. Tel: Kathleen 01285 712583 or email.

Funday Sundays in 2014

Sunday 5th January
Sunday 2 February
Sunday 2 March
St Mary's Church 4.00-6.00pm

Crafts, Games, Worship, Cooked Meal

If you could help with of these events please talk to one of the LMT members about it or contact Sarah Bottomley( 712074) or Kathleen Hall ( 712583) or email

Charity Carol Service

Charity Carol Service

Sunday 8th December
St Mary's Church at 4 pm

Traditional Carols plus St Mary’s Church choir.

Retiring collection shared between Glos Arthritis Trust and Fairford’s Community Bus. Please join us.

Charity of the Month 1:
Children’s Society

Children’s Society

The Children’s Society is a leading charity committed to making childhood better for all children in UK. Action is taken to protect, rescue and support Children facing life trapped in a vicious circle of fear and harm, a circle driven by violence, neglect, poverty and discrimination which destroys childhood and wrecks community living. Children are given hope and confidence they need to face the future with optimism. None are turned away. The work of the Society depends on generous donations from the Public, supporters and volunteers.

Can you help with a donation? There is literature on the bookshelf along the south wall. For further information: write to The Children’s Society, Edward Rudolf House. 69-95 Margery Street, LONDON WC1 0JL. Tel: 020 78414400 Option 1.

A collection will be taken for the Society at the Carol Service.

Charity of the Month 2:


If anyone is homeless in Hostel accommodation Christmas can be a lonely and depressing time. For the last 41 years CRISIS OPEN CHRISTMAS has helped to alleviate that loneliness by the provision of Christmas Centres across London during the period 23rd to 30th December, that not only offer that vital companionship but meals and warmth together with a wide range of essential services that homeless people do not normally have access to. All this is provided by Volunteers from all walks of life. Beyond the traditional Christmas Dinner over 1500 guests can take advantage of over 20 services and a variety of activities to start, hopefully, to transform their lives, for many a second chance in life.

To find out more about their activities information is available on the bookshelf along the south wall. Your donations in the box will be gratefully received. Further information write to CRISIS, 68 Commercial Street LONDON E1 6LT. Tel: 0844 251 0111.

A collection for CRISIS will be taken during the Crib service.

Previous Charity Fundraising

The money from the box in church for the October charity, Healthcare for the Clergy, amounted to £23.08 to which the PCC will add a further amount.

St Mary’s Christmas Coffee Morning

Saturday 7th December
10am to 12noon
Fairford Community Centre

Christmas Coffee Morning

Come along and meet new and old friends, have a coffee, browse the Bring & Buy Stall - and maybe win something in the Raffle!

A Festival of Carols

Advent Sunday, 1st Dec 2013 at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Fairford.

Fairford and District Choral Society. Music will include Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Music for Harp and Organ, Advent Carols (audience participation essential).

Competitive quiz: Quizzical Quarols with PRIZES! (compèred by Rev Brian Atkinson)

For tickets see the website.

Christmas Day Lunch

For Fairford/Horcott residents who will be on their own.

11.30am - 3.30pm
Fairford Community Centre

Contact Amanda or Mervyn Cully to reserve your place. Ring 01285 712700. Lifts can be arranged and a donation of £5 would be appreciated to go towards the food. (Offers of help and further financial contributions would be welcome.)

Messy Space, Sat 14th December

Messy Space Christmas Party

2.00 – 4.00 p.m. Fairford Community Centre
Crafts and Coffee Bar for families

This month’s theme: Christmas Party

A project of Churches Together Around Fairford.

Jesus and Me Club, 8th December

JAM Club

10am St Mary’s Church, Fairford
Stories, craft,
fun and food
Every second Sunday

Youth Report

Reporting back on our recent weekend away for the Wed eve bible study group. First, leaders felt it went very well. Taking young people from across the patch - Poulton, Lechlade, Fairford, Eastleach, Ampney St Peter, Coln St Aldwyn and Quenington all represented - we relaxed, playing games, heard from God's Word and got to know each other better! Craig visited on Friday eve and shared from Colossians and challenged us to consider 'dressing in the character of Christ'. This was followed on Sat eve by a brief meditation time where our youth reflected on what this meant to them personally. In a picturesque setting we also rode bikes, tackled assault courses, fed chickens, swung on ropes, entertained a film crew and generally had a good time!! Being well fed, laughing and hanging out together with just enough sleep to function, it was agreed that we'd like to do it all again in the not too distant future!
Chris Saunders

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