Parish of St Thomas of Canterbury Fairford, with St Mary's Cricklade

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Forthcoming events at St Thomas Fairford and St Mary's Cricklade

February 2018

  • Churches Together Around Fairford, Reading of Gospels during Lent, Friday 23rd Feb – 16th March, St Thomas’, Fairford is hosting The Reading of The Gospels this year through Lent,
    We would like to extend an invitation for Readers of St Mark’s Gospel. Please be in touch with Peggy Vagasky, (details in the bulletin).
    This year the gospels are in the Bible sequence:
    Week 1 Matthew, February 23rd, St Mary’s
    Week 2 Mark, March 2nd, St Thomas’
    Week 3 Luke, March 9th, United Church
    Week 4 John, March 16th, United Church
    All to start at 12.30pm. Crafts will be held in the parish room where the gospels will be relayed during lunch breaks.
    We will need readers on 9th March and soup makers for February 23rd and March 23rd. There will be a list at the back of St Thomas’ next weekend.

   All of the Cricklade Lent talks are held at St Sampson's Church and commence at 7:45pm so please arrive at 7:30pm.

  • Cricklade Lent Talks: Marie-Elsa Bragg Friday 16th February, Marie-Elsa Bragg is a writer, lecturer, ordained Anglican Priest and Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey. Her novel, Towards Mellbreak, is about four generations of a quiet hill farming family on the North Western fells of Cumbria. She has contributed articles ind interviews for papers such as the Telegraph and the Church Times.
  • Cricklade Lent Talks: Shane Taylor, Thursday 22nd February, A reformed Middlesbrough man once classified as one of the most dangerous prisoners in Britain has told how finding a God has changed his life. At one point, Shane Taylor was housed on the same wing of Wakefield maximum security prison as the notorious Charles Branson. Though he has now changed his ways, Shane is brutally honest about the lifestyle that led him to be marked as “dangerous” by the Home Office.
  • Cricklade Lent Talks: Paul Kerensa, Tuesday 27th February, Writer for BBC1’s Miranda and Not Going Out, among countless others, Paul Kerensa’s, the in-demand comic who plays comedy in clubs and cathedrals. He’s one of the few to have appeared both at London’s Comedy Store and on Radio 2’s Pause for Thought

March 2018

  • Cricklade Lent Talks: Andy Haynes, Thursday 1st March, Andy “Preacher” Haynes is known as the Racing Preacher. He races motorbike sidecars, as the passenger, on race tracks across the UK and also on the Roadsif the Isle of Man. He’s finished 3rd in a national club championship, is a regular podium finisher with numerous wins under his belt and is planning to compete at the Isle of Man TT races in 2018.
  • Women’s World Day of Prayer, Friday 2nd March, will be celebrated at the United Church, Milton Street, Fairford.
  • Cricklade Lent Talks: Brian Gault and wife Mary, Monday 5th March, Brian was born with no arms, he is one of the 456 UK survivors of The Thalidomide disaster, he shares his story with us and how his faith helps.
  • Reconciliation Liturgy, Thurs 8th March at 7pm, Immaculate Conception, Stroud.
  • Stroud Deanery Choir, Thursday 8th March, We shall be taking part in the Lenten Service of Reconciliation at Stroud on Thursday 8 March in the evening. Any new members welcome – there is no regular commitment. Come and sing when you can! Further details, rehearsals etc. from Monica Frewer: contact details in the bulletin.
  • Cricklade Lent Talks: Steve Murray, Thursday 15th March, Steve Murray is a professional Mime artist who trained in Los Angeles in 1977. His presentations are designed to inspire, encourage and challenge the heart for those who have faith and for those who are seeking. Many people have called an evening with Steve as a roller coaster of emotions, packed with laughter and tears.
  • Seven Last Words, Wednesday 21st March, Tony Frewer and his quartet will be performing the Seven Last Words at St.Thomas' Cricklade. There will be refreshments to follow.
    The string quartets by Haydn are interspersed with selected readings by Cardinal Basil Hume and provide an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of Easter. The performance lasts a little over an hour.
    Parishioners who would like to read should contact Tony Frewer - details in the Bulletin.