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New Curate for St Mary's

new curate, the Rev’d Helen Caine

We have pleasure in welcoming our new curate, the Rev’d Helen Caine. Her first service will be the Family Service on the 26th of June, and we’ll be having a bring and share party immediately afterwards in the Community Centre at which we’ll all have a chance to start getting to know her.

Curates are essentially apprentice vicars. Having undertaken a formal course of learning, they then work in a particular parish, taking services, being trained in everything a vicar needs to know and do.

Getting to know your new Curate
(In Helen's own words):
I was born in Peterborough in 1971 and lived in Rutland for 4 years then moved first to Cirencester for a couple of years before moving to Siddington in 1977.

I joined the choir at St. Peter's Church Siddington when I was 9 years old, and was married to my husband Stuart there in 1993. Later our three boys Jacob (19) Sam (18) and Daniel (15) were baptised there. Sam and Daniel still live at home, while Jacob is at university in Lincoln.

I greatly enjoy needlework and knitting (although time to do it in is rapidly disappearing!) and reading, (mostly sci-fi and fantasy) my musical tastes are eclectic (honestly, Abba through to ZZ Top! the only thing I don’t enjoy is jazz!) I also have enjoyed making mosaics. I enjoy singing and am on an eternal quest to lose weight but love my food.

I went to school in Cirencester (Watermoor Primary and Deer Park Secondary schools) I choose to stay at home after that and did my degree through the Open University (in History and Literature).

I trained with the West of England Ministerial Training Course (WEMTC) from 2008-2010 and was licensed as a Reader in Gloucester Cathedral on September 25th 2010, I have enjoyed my lay ministry in the Churn Side benefice. But in answering my call to ordained ministry I returned to WEMTC for further training and am now due to be ordained deacon on the 19th June 2016.

I now live in the Stratton area of Cirencester and work part time at Cirencester Hospital in admin. I will be continuing to work part time after my ordination and am greatly looking forward to the opportunity to serve my curacy in Fairford.

Concert in St Mary's, 11th June

Bootleg Floyd Concert

Saturday 11th June Doors open 7.30pm
Tickets £8 in advance £10 on the door
From the Parish Office or

40% of the proceeds are going to St. Mary's, as well as all proceeds from the bar.

Messy Festival 5th June

Churches Together Messy Festival will be held from 4pm to 5:30pm in the Marquee. There will be an hour of crafts, games and activities on the theme of ‘The Olympics’ for children of all ages (and their grownups!), followed by a SERVICE at 5pm with stories and singing – everyone welcome from 1 to 101! Service sponsored by The Ernest Cook Trust in FCC marquee.

Jesus and Me Club

JAM Club

5th June
10am St Mary’s Church, Fairford
Stories, craft, fun and food
JAM club is on the FIRST Sunday of the month.

The Healing and Prayer Ministry

We are planning a retreat to a Marist convent in Nympsfield, 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 Friday 28th October and return after lunch on Sunday 30th October. We all have our own rooms; and the cost of all this with excellent home cooking is £100 for the weekend. This year we will be led by one of the sisters.

If you are interested or would like to know more, please contact 01285 711386.

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