There has been a thriving Anglican community in Al Ain since  1987, at which time the  chaplains of St. Andrew’s Church  in  Abu  Dhabi  started visiting  Al  Ain  twice  a  month  to  conduct  services  of  Holy Communion  on  Monday  evenings  at  St.  Mary’s  Roman  Catholic  Church.


St. Thomas’ Church Al Ain  finally  assumed  its  own  identity, as a sister church to St Andrew's Abu Dhabi, in 2011.  Since  that time St. Thomas’ Anglican Church has continued to flourish and grow, and now embraces a diverse congregation  from  varied  ecumenical  backgrounds  and  church  traditions,  as  well as a thriving and popular children’s ministry.

St Thomas' has been generously granted land by the ruling family of the UAE to build its own church, and the Building Committee and Church Councils of both St Thomas' and St Andrew's are working hard on the building project. St Thomas hopes to be able to occupy its new permanent premises early in 2021. In the meantime St Thomas continues to meet in its temporary location.

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and the Northern Emirates prior to her ordination. Since completing her curacy she has continued to serve as Associate Priest and is part of the ministry team at St Andrew's in Abu Dhabi but spends most of the week serving the church and community in Al Ain, travelling back to Dubai when possible to spend time with her husband. Those UAE roads are very familiar to her.


Revd. Charlie was ordained as a deacon in September 2017 and began serving her curacy in the Chaplaincy of Abu Dhabi, with specific responsibility for the congregation at St Thomas, Al Ain. In September 2018 she was ordained to the priesthood and now serves as Associate Chaplain.

She is married to Gareth and they have three daughters, Chloe (21), Heather (19) and Megan (17). Charlie studied Aeronautical Engineering at university and is a chartered engineer, spending many years working in that field before finally responding to the call to ministry. She trained as a Lay Reader in the Diocese of Lichfield, before moving to Dubai in 2011 and served as a Lay Minister in the Chaplaincy of Dubai with Sharjah 

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