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

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Men's Breakfast
9.30am to 11.00am Saturday 1 April 2017
Sowerby Parochial Parish Hall

Guest speaker: David Walker, Chairman of Impact, a relief organization, and former British High Commissioner to Bangladesh.

Receiving Christ

5 Parishes Lent Course
Wednesday 5 April 2017
Thirkleby Parish Hall

The 5 Parishes Lent Course this year is using the York Course "Receiving Christ". 7.45pm start with refreshments from 7.30pm. Please do come and join us. All are most welcome.

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Pram Service
12.00pm Friday 7 April 2017
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

Holy Week and Easter

Palm Sunday - 9 April 2017
8.30am Early Worship
10.30am Holy Communion

Maundy Thursday - 13 April 2017
7.00pm United Agape Supper and Service in Sowerby Parochial Hall (booking essential - contact the Vicar

Good Friday - 14 April 2017
9.30am Churches Together Walk of Witness from St Mary's Church, Thirsk, to the Market Place
10.30am Messy Church in Hall, then in Church from 11.30am to 12 noon
2.00pm An Hour at the Cross (reflective service for Good Friday)

Easter Day - Sunday 16 April 2017
8.30am Early Worship
10.30am Holy Communion
6.30pm Evening Prayer

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Annual Parochial Church Meeting
3.00pm Sunday 9 April 2017
St Oswald's Church

We will be electing churchwardens, PCC members, Deanery Synod and Churches Together representatives; hearing about the life of the church, its buildings and finances; worshipping together and celebrating our shared life. Do come and be part of it! Read the annual report.


Daffodil Festival
Easter Sunday 16 and Easter Monday 17 April 2017, 1.30pm to 5.30pm
St Oswald's Church

Refreshments, plants, cakes, jewellery, books, model railway exhibition, quilts, woodworkers, and a chance to vote for your favourite picture in the photography competition.

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Breakfast for All
9.45am Sunday 23 April 2017
St Oswald's Church

Croissants, toast, coffee, tea and juice. A good start to Sunday morning! All welcome ... and to stay for Worship for All at 10.30am.

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Sowerby Luncheon Club
12 noon Tuesday 25 April 2017
Sowerby Parochial Hall

For the senior members of Sowerby. Substantial two course cooked meal prepared by members of St Oswald's Church. £3.

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Photography competition 2017
"Any building in Yorkshire"

Take part in our 2017 Photography Competition - any building in Yorkshire - interior, exterior, ancient, modern, grand or humble.
Photos will be displayed at the Easter Daffodil Festival 2017 at St Oswald’s Church on Easter Sunday (16 April) and Easter Monday (17 April) from 1.30pm to 5.00pm on both days. Visitors to the Festival will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite photograph. The winning entrant will receive a £20 cash prize.
Closing date: Saturday 8 April 2017. Download the entry form and terms and conditions (PDF file).

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Would you like to be Confirmed?

The Bishop of Whitby, the Rt Revd Paul Ferguson, is coming to take a service of Confirmation for adults and young people in one of the five parishes on Sunday 11 June 2017 at 6.30pm.

Confirmation preparation will begin on 19 March for young people aged 10+ (fortnightly on Sunday evenings) and after Easter for adults (weekly on Tuesday evenings). Both groups will be using the all new Start course, which describes itself as "a Christian Enquirers group for ordinary people". Those who are already confirmed, or are not interested in being confirmed, are also welcome to join the group.

For more information, or to book a place on the course, please speak to:
Adults - Rev Nicky Carnall or Rev Dianne Gamble
Young people (age 10+) - Pauline Alderson

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Help young people from St Oswald's to Rebuild

Seven young people from St Oswald's are fundraising to travel to Mexico at Easter 2017 on the Rebuild programme with Urban Saints to build new homes for poor families in just over a week using hand tools - literally changing lives forever. Please help them reach their goal by donating online at or by contacting Pauline Alderson.

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.

Who is Jesus?

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