St Oswald's Church, Sowerby, Thirsk, North Yorkshire

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Chilli Rebuild

Chilli night
Fundraising for Mexico Rebuild Project 2021
6.30pm to 8.00pm Friday 24 January 2020
Sowerby Parochial Hall

Several members of the youth group are hoping to go to Mexico on the Rebuild Project in summer 2021. Although this seems a long way off we are starting our fundraising now to allow us enough time to raise the funds needed. Our first event is a Chilli night - serving chilli with rice or wraps. Tickets cost £5 adults, £3.50 for 11-16 year olds and £2.50 for under 11s. Booking in advance is necessary - please contact Pauline Alderson.

knife, fork and spoon

Sowerby Luncheon Club
12 noon Tuesday 28 January 2020
Sowerby Parochial Hall

£4. Main course, pudding, tea or coffee. All welcome.

unusual kindness

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020
All are welcome at any or all of these services!

The materials for the 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been prepared by the Christian churches in Malta and Gozo (Christians Together in Malta)

Saturday 18 January
Continental breakfast followed by silent meeting for Worship - 9.30am - Friends Meeting House

Sunday 19 January
Joint service - 6.30pm - All Saints RC Church, Thirsk

Monday 20 January
Service of prayer and reflection - 11.00am followed by soup lunch - St Mary's Parish Church, Thirsk

Tuesday 21 January
Joint service - 10.00am - Holy Rood House

Wednesday 22 January
Joint service of Holy Communion - 9.30am - St Oswald's Parish Church, Sowerby

Thursday 23 January
Prayer Breakfast - 9.30am - Sutton Village Hall

Friday 24 January
Joint prayers - 9.30am - Sowerby Methodist Church

Friday 24 January
Evening Celebration - 7.30pm - Hollybush Christian Fellowship

Saturday 25 January
Joint service - 6.30pm - Family Life Church

Puzzling questions

Puzzling questions
Tuesdays 28 January to 3 March 2020
7.30pm to 9.00pm

A six-week course exploring life's deeper issues, its aim is to provide a space in which people can take the time to explore some of life's profound questions, discover the spiritual issues that really concern them, and connect with others who are on a similar journey. We will be looking at questions like:
Who am I?
What is God like?
How can I be happy?
Why is there so much suffering?

The format is a relaxed, informal evening with a chance to meet others over coffee and puddings! There is a short DVD with discussion starters and then a chance to talk together about the evening's topic. All welcome! For more info call Simon on 07763 004563

messy church logo

Messy Church
11.00am to 1.00pm Saturday 1 February 2020
Sowerby Parochial Hall

A place for adults and children of all ages to learn together and to discover God’s love. Crafts for all ages, construction and play area for young children, story and song time for all ages. There is no need to book a place, just turn up. For more information contact Pauline Alderson.

child in pram

Pram Service
12 noon Friday 7 February 2020
St Oswald's Church

A 30 minute service especially for pre-school children and their carers. Songs, stories, prayers and activities. Followed by a children's lunch plus tea and coffee for carers. For more information email


Get snapping!
Take part in our 2020 Photograph Competition
Subject: Birds

Photos will be displayed at the Easter Daffodil Festival at St Oswald's Church on Easter Sunday and Monday (12 and 13 April) from 1.30pm to 5.00pm. Visitors to the Festival will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite photographs. The winning entrant will receive a £25 cash prize. Closing date Saturday 4 April. Download the entry forms and terms and conditions.

children playing

Little Wonders
Mondays mornings, 10.00am to 11.30am
St Oswald's Church

Little Wonders Baby and Toddler Group is for babies, toddlers and their parents, grandparents and carers. Monday mornings during school term time from 10.00am to 11.30am.

Holy Bible

Looking Forward to Sundays ...

Everyone is invited to join Rev Pauline and others from the Children and Youth team at St Oswald's Church to read and reflect on the readings for the coming Sunday. No preparation is needed. Hearing the Bible read, and reading it for others, helps our understanding and the words will speak to each person in a different way. All are encouraged to discuss and to ask questions yet if people simply wish to listen then that is also OK. You will certainly be much better prepared to engage with the Readings and Sermon when Sunday comes along!

When? Monday afternoons at 1.30pm

Where? The Vestry at St Oswald's Church

Welcome to our website

St Oswald's is a beautiful and historic Church of England Parish Church in the village of Sowerby, just outside Thirsk. It is attended by people of all ages who live in the village and surrounding area, and by many visitors to this scenic part of North Yorkshire. St Oswald's has a thriving ministry to children and young people, a variety of music styles, opportunities for learning about the Christian faith in small groups or simply being quiet and reflective together.

We enjoy close links with our sister churches - St Mary's at Bagby, St Mary's at Kilburn, St Cuthbert's at Sessay and All Saints at Thirkleby - as well as Sowerby Methodist Church and the Thirsk Team Ministry. We are also members of the local Churches Together Group. This website tells you a lot more about the ministry of St Oswald's Church.

If there is any further information you would like, please do not hesitate to contact either of the Churchwardens, David Tucker and Simon Birkbeck.

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