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Special November Services

All Saints, Sunday 2nd 10am

The Festival when we remember and give thanks for all those who over the course of 2000 years have fought the good fight, have finished the race, have kept the faith and now are in the nearer preserve of God. Heaven is their reward.

The Remembering Service, at 3pm on the 2nd

Remembrance Poppy A contemporary adaptation of the traditional All Souls service. Families and friends of all those who have died in this parish during the last year have been invited to attend. It is a quiet, simple service in which the names of those who have died are read out. Candles may be lit as a symbolic act of remembering our loved ones and there will be time of quiet for reflection and prayer. If you would like any other names included, please let The Rev'd Denise Hyde know.

The Sunday Remembrance Service at 10.55am on the 9th

This will start with the Act of Remembrance - the solemn occasion during which we remember those who have died in times of war and pray for the peace of the world. As in previous years the service will include the Royal British Legion and representatives from the Armed Forces and local uniformed organisations.

Joint Charities Carol Service Sunday Dec 7th 4pm

Joint Charities Carol Service

You can get into the Christmas spirit at the Charity Carol Service at St Mary’s Church organised by the Gloucestershire Arthritis Trust. They have battled to raise £2.4m to buy much-needed medical equipment for local hospitals throughout Gloucestershire since 1983.

This is a great chance to sing your favourite traditional carols, accompanied by Fairford’s own church choir and yet be home in time for tea. A retiring collection will be shared between Gloucestershire Arthritis Trust and Fairford’s Community Bus scheme.

Everyone is welcome.

Charity of the Month:
Combat Stress

Combat Stress

It seems very appropriate that the charity chosen for November should be Combat Stress, as this month we will be remembering those lives lost in the two Great Wars and in the present conflicts. It seems every month we learn more and more about traumatised service and ex-service personnel returning from tours of duty. These are very often the forgotten casualties of war.

Combat Stress is the leading UK charity specialising in their mental health care. Few of us know how we would react to the constant threat of being killed or wounded, or the sight of a close friend being killed in front of us. None of us are likely ever to be called upon to witness at first hand a massacre, perhaps of innocent men, women and children, and be powerless to stop the violence. Many members of our Armed Services have been through this hell. Large numbers relive the nightmare for the rest of their lives. Many are unable to hold down a job, some even to hold a conversation and relationships also suffer, due to the devastating effect on their lives.

Since 1919 Combat Stress has provided a unique lifeline to Veterans suffering psychological trauma in their service careers. The treatment for Post Traumatic Stress and related conditions offers hope in a world that too often fails to understand. Their short stay in Centres in Ayrshire, Shropshire and Surrey help Veterans rebuild their lives. The annual cost of running Combat Stress is growing with increasing numbers seeking treatment. Their income relies heavily on the public responding to appeals.

If you can help with prayers and a donation Combat Stress would be so grateful. There is literature, on the shelf along the south wall and Gift Aid envelopes opposite for use if you pay tax. For more information write to Combat Stress, Tyrwhitt House, Oaklawn Road LEATHERHEAD, Surrey KT22 0BX.
Tel: 01372 841600.

Previous Charity Fundraising

Previous months collection totals are now available. For the August charity, People for You, the amount in the box in church was £36.76 to which the PCC has added further amounts. Also the money collected from the box for the September charity, RABI, amounted to £82.13; again, further PCC money will be added.

4 November 7pm Institution of
the Rev’d Caroline Symcox,
New Team Vicar for Fairford

Rev’d Caroline Symcox

Caroline studied theology at Keble College, Oxford. In July 2011 she was ordained deacon by the Bishop of Dorchester at Christchurch Cathedral, and moved to Amersham in Buckinghamshire where she served her title as curate, serving the communities of St. Mary’s Amersham and All Saints’ Coleshill in Oxford Diocese.

Christmas Stockings

It is that time of year, nights are drawing in, children are back at school and Christmas is beginning to appear in the shops. It is also the time of year when we remember those children who are less fortunate than ourselves. Christmas stockings are again available for you to fill for Social Services in Swindon. Christmas Stocking

Margery Youngs arranged and organised this for many years and it is in memory of her that we continue to bring a smile to many children on Christmas Day. Bags with a name and age of the child on are now available for you to fill in Fairford Church. Please could you return them by the end of November to the blue box at the back of the Church in the south aisle. Thank you.

For further details please contact:
Wendy Graham 01285 711765.

Funday Sundays

We meet on the second Sunday
of every month.

There will be a Funday Sunday on:
Sunday 9 November

St Mary's Church 4pm-6pm

Crafts, Games, Celebration, 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 - just turn up on the day.

If you could help with of these events please talk to one of the LMT members about it or contact Kathleen (01285 712583) or email

NEW FROM SEPTEMBER: Older children welcome to join us for our meal, then take part in crafts and games aimed approximately at nine years to early teens.

Jesus and Me Club

JAM Club

10am St Mary’s Church, Fairford
Stories, craft,
fun and food
From September JAM club will be the FIRST Sunday in the month:
2nd November
December 7th

Messy Space, Sat 15th November

Messy Space

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

This month’s theme: Preparations
This month's special craft: Making Cards

Adults and Children (recommended 4 years upwards)
£2 per child (max. £5 per family)
Concessions available

A project of Churches Together Around Fairford.

Contact Maureen Partington 01285 712480.

Youth Service Dates

2nd November and 30th November.

Venue will be Lechlade Baptist Church (unless stated) starting at 7.15pm. See poster in porch for details.

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