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

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Farewell, thank you, good-bye

Rev Nicky and Chris Carnall's farewell service
10.30am Sunday 22 September 2019
St Oswald's Church
A joint Songs of Praise for all 5 parishes - everyone is invited

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Little Wonders
Mondays mornings, 10.00am to 11.30am
New venue - 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 beginning on Monday 16 September 2019

Where? The Vestry at St Oswald's Church

knife, fork and spoon

Sowerby Luncheon Club
12 noon Tuesday 24 September 2019
Sowerby Parochial Hall

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

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Messy Church
11.00am to 1.00pm Saturday 28 September 2019
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.

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Pram Service
12 noon Friday 4 October 2019
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

job vacancy

Part-time Administrator

The parishes of Sowerby, Sessay, Thirkleby, Kilburn and Bagby are looking to employ an efficient and self-motivated person to assist with administration.

£9.94 per hour. 3.5 hours per week, normally on a Friday morning.

Closing date 24 September 2019.

More information and application form.

Nicky and Chris Carnall

Vicar moving

It was announced on 14 April 2019 that Nicky and Chris Carnall will be leaving the five parishes later this year. Nicky has been the parish priest of Sowerby and Sessay since September 2005, and also of Thirkleby with Kilburn and Bagby since January 2012. Chris has ministered in all the parishes as a Reader.

Nicky and Chris will be moving to Mansfield Woodhouse in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham, where Nicky will become the Vicar and Chris will continue his Reader ministry. Nicky's licensing as Vicar of Mansfield Woodhouse will at 7.00pm on Monday 7 October 2019 at St Edmund's Church, Mansfield Woodhouse, NG19 9JY and all are welcome.

Nicky and Chris's leaving service will be on Sunday 22 September 2019. It will be a Songs of Praise service at 10.30am at St Oswald's Church, Sowerby. All are welcome.

Please pray for Nicky and Chris, and for all of the parishes, as we prepare for this change.

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 the Vicar Rev Nicky Carnall

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