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Report from the Youth trip to Romania

Thanks to all the generous people that donated to fund raising—this summer I have spent possibly the best week of my life with some amazing people and kids!

We travelled to Heathrow in the early hours of July 30th, flew to Budapest, Hungary and met up with members Scripture Union Romania. We travelled into Romania and helped with a church club for 4 days, with some home visits in the evenings.

Everyone worked so hard and made an incredible team! I feel so lucky to have met all of you and learnt so many new things from each and every person!

Meeting all of the children and their families was an honour and seeing the impact that the camp had on each of them was touching. I loved spending time with them, helping with crafts, playing games, and most importantly teaching them about Jesus.

It brought me such joy to see God work through all of the team and through the Christians in the village. I’ve made friends for life! I loved all the team so much!

Parish News Magazine - Volunteers needed

Parish News Magazine  - Volunteers needed

We still need a volunteer/volunteers to help with the magazine in the coming months.

  • Printing the magazine is approximately 2 hours per month
  • Stapling and distribution is another job, approximately 2-3 hours each month
  • To edit the magazine takes approximately10 hours per month. You will need knowledge of , and access to, Microsoft publisher software
  • Holiday cover or rota for 3-6 months each year would be ideal. Training can be given

Please contact Rev’d Caroline Symcox (01285 712467).

Charity of the Month:
Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI)

Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution is a welfare charity which changes the lives of farming people for the better. They offer financial support to farming people in hardship of all ages, and treat every application for support on its own merits, working with compassion and discretion.

To qualify for long-term financial support, applicants must normally be 65 or over and have worked in farming for at least 10 years. Dependants can also qualify for assistance. The trustees retain the discretion to help people at all times.

The trust provides short-term and long-term support to people and many become ‘full beneficiaries’ of the charity, receiving ongoing regular payments. Every case is different and the help offered is wide ranging.

For more information visit the Website.

Puddings Evening

>Puddings Evening

Churches Together Around Fairford will be holding their annual Harvest Event on Friday 5th October at 7.30pm in the Palmer Hall.

Do come and join us - and bring a bottle, if you wish to do so. Tickets are £7.50 per person and may be purchased from the Parish Office or on the door on the night.

Offers of puddings and/or help on the night would be gratefully received. (Contact 713431 or 712174)

Messy Church

Messy Church

We meet on the second Sunday
of every month EXCEPT AUGUST.

Sunday 9th September
In St Mary's Church. 4pm-6pm
Crafts, Games, Celebration, Cooked Meal

The theme this month is 'Safe and Sound' and is based on the story of the lost sheep. The activities and games are based on a sheep theme and will include edible shepherds and painted pebble sheep.

This will be followed by the Celebration and then a cooked meal in the Community Centre finishing about 6 pm as usual.

Please let us know of any dietary requirements for the meal, otherwise just turn up on the day. For further details contact: Sarah 01285712074 or Email

Retreat 8th-10th March 2019

Our retreat is taking place at Nympsfield again next 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 £100 for the weekend.

Our retreat leader this year will be Angela Milton. This year it will be a silent retreat and there will be opportunities to be quiet and reflective.

If you would like to join us, please let me know. Joanne Holden, email .

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