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The Bible in Flowers

A Celebration of the 400th Anniversary
of the King James Bible
26th to 29th August 2011
St Mary’s Church, Fairford

Floral arrangements will be based on scenes from the King James Bible.

Entrance free with programme but donations gratefully received for the upkeep of St. Mary’s Church.

Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 10am to 5.00pm
Sunday 11.30 am to 5pm
Monday 10am to 5pm

Morning coffee, lunches and teas with homemade cakes etc. will be served all day in the Community Centre and there will be a Grand Raffle.

Charity of the Month: May
Bishop of Tewkesbury Bangalore Appeal

Following on from previous reports, the new Centre for Girls (set up by the Bishop and his supporters in Bangalore) continues to flourish and is most grateful for our support as a diocese. In an email the Bishop says his project last October/November had gone through a difficult time with Karnatake State deciding they didn’t approve of the Hostel’s Christian ethos; they were subjected to several rapidly successive visitations but seem to have come through that. The work they are doing is tremendous, both in saving young girls from a desperate plight living on the streets and almost inevitably sucked into a life of prostitution and also there is significant spiritual work going on amongst the girls. At the end of his previous visit, he was asked to pray for the girls and the Warden and her helper. Two of the older teenage girls prayed for the Bishop and his ministry, one in English and one in Tamil, which he found a very moving experience. There are some photographs of the girls in the church porch.

If you can help with this appeal, please put your donation in the box by the south door and don’t forget to use a gift aid envelope if you pay tax. For further information, write to The Rt Rev’d John Went, Bishop of Tewkesbury, Bishop House, Church Road, Staverton, Cheltenham Glos. GL51 0TW marking your envelope ‘The Bishops Bangalore Appeal’. Alternatively, you can call on 01242 680188 or email Thank you for your support.

Previous Charity Fundraising

Monies collected from the April charity, The Jerusalem and Middle East Church Association (JECA), amounted to £28.05, to which the PCC will add further amounts.

Annual Barn Service

Sunday 26th June - Swyre Barton Farm, Coln St. Aldwyn
3.00pm Games/farm walk
5.00pm Picnic tea – please bring your own picnic and picnic chair
6.00pm Barn service, led by Rev. James Taylor, speaker Rev. Craig Bishop.

Further details: Rev. James Taylor 01285 641715.

Mothers Union

We shall be having our Afternoon Tea on Wednesday 22nd June, which will be held in the Barker Room (and Courtyard, weather permitting).

We shall start at 2.30 p.m. for this meeting. There will be a Bring and Buy Stall and Raffle. New Members Welcome.

Café Church

Sunday 5th June and Sunday 3rd July 4.00 to 5.30 pm in the United Church, Milton Street.

Please join us and meet friends, do crafts, listen to a story, play games, informal worship, share food.

Open to all - ages 0 to 100+!

For more information contact Joanne Roberts on 07881 903045, email

Organised by Churches Together Around Fairford with support from an Extended Services Grant from Gloucestershire County Council.

Parish retreat 2nd to 4th September 2011

Our parish retreat is taking place at Nympsfield again this year, a delightful Cotswold village between Tetbury and Stroud. We have been returning here for several years, as the accommodation and facilities are so good, and it is very near to us. We leave Fairford between 4:00-5:00 on the Friday and return after lunch on Sunday. We all have our own rooms; and the cost of all this with excellent home cooking is £96.

This will be a time of quiet reflection and consideration about our devotional lives in our busy timetables. If you would like to join us, please let Joanne Roberts know as soon as possible.

Update on the South Cotswolds Team Ministry

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