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

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We have changed some of our activities because of coronavirus (COVID-19). But St Oswald's is still here as a church to serve our congregation and our community at large. For more information please click here.


St Oswald's Church - responding to the pandemic

We are holding some services in church on Sundays and Wednesday mornings, and some on Zoom. These are quite low-key as we can't do many of the usual things! For details please see our calendar of services, events and activities.

Face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from Covid-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.

Our church building is open for private prayer on Mondays and Thursdays from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Please use the hand sanitisers on the way in, remember social distancing and do not go into church if you or a member of your household has any of the symptoms of Covid-19.

If you don’t feel ready to join us yet, please do continue to follow us on our Facebook page.

We are producing a regular worship and news sheet, including prayers, readings and links to hymns. If you would like to receive it direct by email please contact Simon Birkbeck.

You can also contact either of the Churchwardens, David Tucker and Simon Birkbeck, or our Children and Young People's Development Worker Pauline Alderson.

St Oswald's Church Worship & News Sheet 1 November 2020

Children's sheet 1 November 2020

Live your faith (for adults) 1 November 2020


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Remembered on Sowerby War Memorials - Joseph Addison - Arthur Andrew - Robert Annakin - Henry Appleton - Robert Crudas Appleton - John Richard Atkinson - Fred Ayre - Thomas Edward Banks - Herbert Bell - Frederick Bendelow - Sidney Clement Carr Bramley - William Edward Bramley - Arthur Briggs - Thomas William Brown - Alexander Buchannan - William Thomas Bulmer - Pybus Cartwright - Percival Suffell Clarke - Arthur Close - Thomas Henry Coope - Errol Crisp - Charles Dale - Harry Dale - Cyril Danby - Edward George Daynes - Frank Bousfield Dent - George William Dickinson - George Amos Dixon - Robert Eric Dixon - Frederick George Freeman - Wesley Shaw Garbutt - William Aubrey Gilling - Tom Grainger - Harry Greenwood - John Hardy - John William Hardy - Arthur Hesp - Herbert Hodgson - Harry (Henry) Holmes - George Henry Horner - Fred Hutton - Harry Kendrew - Edmund Lascelles - John Henry Lofthouse - Harold Marwood - John Henry North - Herbert Paul - Herbert Pollington - Jack Ashley Renton - Albert Rogers - William Thomas Seavers - Waldo Skipsey - Albert Spence - Ernest Spence - William Thomas Thornton - Thomas Todd - Thomas William Trenholme - John Chinnery Walker - William Ward - Harry Wardman - John Western Warner - Cornelius Herbert Watson - George Watson - Wilfrid Percy Watson - Thomas Webster - Thomas White - John William Willey - Samuel Wood - Sydney Herbert Henry Wright - John Norman Payne Arkle - Cyril Taylor Atkinson - Arthur Brown - Alec (Alick) Reginald Camburn - John Robert Francis Conder - Edward Handshaw - Joseph Gunson Handshaw - John Herbert Hemingway - George Hepple - Reginald Albert Hudson - Wilfred (William) Huson - Clyde Ibbetson - Brian Holroyd Watts Jackson - Robert Edwin Metcalf - Mark Middleton - Harry Norminton - James Wesley Rooke - John Francis Slater - Joseph Hepton Walker


annual meeting

Annual Parochial Church Meeting
Sunday 22 November 2020
after the 10.30am morning service in church


We would particularly like to encourage people to think about joining the PCC (Parochial Church Council). This is the way we manage the church. It would be really great to have some fresh people on the PCC, especially in these times of change. At the moment the PCC meets via Zoom. Please do talk to either of the Churchwardens, David Tucker and Simon Birkbeck to find out more.


Give a little ...

St Oswald's finances have been severely stretched over the past few Covid-19 months with a total lack of Hall income and very little fee and collection income from baptisms, weddings and funerals and the normal offertory plate. Somehow, we have to make up this lost income. Thankfully, many have responded to our earlier appeal but we are now inviting those that wish to make occasional and welcome offerings to St Oswald's. We would be very grateful for any support you feel able to give us. Thank you.


Hope for all ...

For those who struggle without faith or who are searching for meaning in life, or those who are really struggling with faith, there is a new website that may provide fresh hope www.hopeforall.org.uk. This aims to help those who find it difficult to believe to explore the Christian faith. It is a place where you can go yourself or point your friends and family when they want to try praying, reading the Bible or exploring some of life's big questions.


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 Parishes. 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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