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Church Organ Recital
Saturday, 17th September 6pm

An Evening Reception with Organ recital by James Henderson is being held to celebrate the restoration of the church organ.

Church Organ Update

The Good news is that the organ is back together again and apart from some minor adjustments is now in working order.  We are greatly indebted to Ross Daly and Keith Jones for their skill and expertise. It is only when an organ is stripped down that you realise the extraordinarily complicated workings that go on behind the keyboard. Jean and her musicians have coped admirably with temporary arrangements and we are very grateful.

A very large thank-you to everyone who has donated or supported all the Fund raising for this project. The response and kindness of the people of Fairford has been most touching.
Alison Godsal. Co-ordinator of the Organ Appeal

Gloucester Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride Sat 10th September

 Ride and Stride

This is an annual event and its purpose is to raise money, through sponsorship, for the Trust and also for the participants' home churches.

Participants walk or ride (on bicycle or horseback) visiting as many local churches as they wish and seek generous sponsorship from friends, colleagues and fellow parishioners. At the moment Geoff Hawkes, Alison Godsal and I plan to take part in the event but it would be really good if others among you took up the challenge.

You may walk or ride as far as is comfortable for you. Some of the churches along the way will have people there to welcome you, sign your sheet to confirm your visit and provide refreshment.

Last year four of us raised £1,025, half of which came back to St. Mary's.  G.H.C.T. also kindly donated £2,500 to our organ restoration appeal so it would be good if we were able to raise a generous sum for them through the "Ride and Stride" event this year.

If you would like to take part or sponsor us please contact me :- 0128571221  -  Email
  Phil Trickett

Charity of the Month:
Farms For City Children

Farms For City Children

This is an education charity, founded in Devon in 1976 by children’s writer Michael Morpurgo and his wife Clare.  Talking of early days of the Charity, Michael once said:
"Every week the children came we had one very clear aim in our heads – to make it as intense an experience as possible, to make it a week that would build their self confidence and self worth as they worked out on the farm, a week full of fun too, the most memorable week of their young lives.”

Now, forty years on, there are three farms and every year around 3,000 children from towns and cities all over the UK come to have the most memorable week of their young lives with us.  We offer urban children from all over the country a unique opportunity to live and work together on a real farm in the heart of the countryside.  An intense “learning through doing” experience of a different life for children who may not know where their food comes from and have limited opportunities to explore the outside world.  Groups of up to 39 children aged 8-11 come to the farms with their teachers for a week-long stay, throughout the year, in all seasons and all weathers. They work in teams alongside our real farmers, getting involved in everything necessary to keep the farm going.  The farms are located in Devon, Gloucestershire and Pembrokeshire – full details are available in the leaflets which will be available in the church from 1 September.

In 2015 this was a new charity to St Mary’s - which we were  sure our rural community would want to support – every year they need to raise half a million pounds to support the 3,000 children booked to stay, and a further half a million to look after their farms and three historic properties. The congregation at St Mary’s is always very generous with their support of our Charity of the Month and I am sure this one will be near to the hearts of many of you. In September 2015 a total of £393.54 was sent from St Mary's to Farms for City Children - made up of donations from individuals plus money from  the Chrissie Rose memorial stand and £150 from PCC Funds. Thank you for your gifts in 2015 - I hope we can equal that amount - or even increase it - for 2016. 

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St Mary's Flower Festival

St Mary's Flower Festival

16th to 19th September
Open from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm on Friday, Saturday and Monday
Open on Sunday 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm
The theme of the Festival is ‘Painters’.

There will also be a Café in the Community Centre serving light refreshments during the Festival opening hours on Saturday and Sunday.

Money raised from the Festival goes towards the upkeep of St. Marys.

Pet Service

There will be a Pet service at 10am on Sunday 25th September.

In the words of our vicar, 'Let’s bring our pets to church this September secure in the knowledge that God’s love is for all his creation.'

Messy Church

Messy Church

We meet on the second Sunday
of every month.

There will be a Messy Church on:
Sunday 11 September

In St Mary's Church. 4pm-6pm

Crafts, Games, Celebration, Cooked Meal

The theme is ‘Past, Present and Future’. We will be celebrating grandparents so please bring yours along!

We have been asked to do a display for the Flower Festival the following week so we will be making that too. We are basing our entry on a painting by LS Lowry so need to make lots of pipe cleaner figures.

After the games and activities there will be a Celebration and then a cooked meal in the Community Centre finishing about 6pm as usual.

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.


Jesus and Me Club

JAM Club

4th September
10am St Mary’s Church, Fairford
Stories, craft, fun and food
JAM club is on the FIRST Sunday of the month.

Making Space (Messy Space)
Sat 17th September

Making Space

2.00 – 4.00 p.m. Fairford Community Centre
Family Crafts and Coffee Shop

This month's theme: Earth

Adults and Children
£2 per child (max. £5 per family)
Concessions available

A project of Churches Together Around Fairford.
Enabling families to enjoy being families.

Fairford Primary School Y6 Leaving Service

The year six leavers service, held in St Marys church at the end of each summer term, took place this year on the 21st July 2016. The service is to celebrate the time the children have spent at Fairford C of E school and say their farewells to the school.

As the church began to fill for the service there was great excitement and chatting amongst the children. A very warm welcome was extended to everybody by Mrs Fellows (Head Teacher) and presentations took place with songs and prayers lead by teachers and children.

Each leaving student was presented with a leavers’ book. Mrs Fellows spoke sincerely to the children saying farewell to leavers, highlighting the importance to strive to learn through life, to keep asking questions and to keep safe.

The school service emphasised the strong foundation of the schools Christian values, such as thankfulness and respect. This was such a great service with joy, laughter and tissues!

Thank you to everyone at school for such an inspiring service. I hope you had a restful and refreshing summer holiday and are looking forward to the new school year, wherever that may take you.
love and peace, Ruth Beckett.

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