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. Click here for more information.


Virtual Daffodil Festival Easter 2021

Visit Facebook and Twitter to see the daffodil pictures added on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.

St Oswald's Church - responding to the pandemic

We are holding services in church and some on-line (Zoom). For the latest information about these please see our calendar and our regular Worship & News Sheet (latest issue below). If you would like to receive our Worship & News Sheet direct by email please contact Simon Birkbeck.

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. 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.

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 11 April 2021 (PDF file)

Children's sheet 11 April 2021 (PDF file)

Annual Meeting

Annual Parochial Church Meeting
Sunday 25 April 2021 after the 10.30am service in St Oswald's Church

To elect churchwardens, Deanery Synod representatives and members of the Parochial Church Council and to consider the annual report and accounts. If it is not possible to hold the Annual Meeting in church, arrangements will be made for it to take place online.

Children of Light

Children of Light - Art Competition

Open to all children aged 5-16 years
1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes
All winning entries will be put forward into the Diocese of York competition.
The theme is 'Being a light in difficult times'
All entries to be no bigger than A4
Closing date Friday 11 June 2021
Download further information (PDF file)

Give a little ...

St Oswald's finances have been severely stretched over the past year 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.

Prayer for the day - each day the Church of England publishes audio and text of the Prayer for the Day

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 website that may provide fresh hope 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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