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

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Sowerby Luncheon Club
12 noon Tuesday 23 April 2019
Sowerby Parochial Hall

£4 to include main course, pudding, tea or coffee. All welcome.

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. Precise dates are yet to be worked out, but the leaving date is expected to be in July or August 2019.

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

child in pram

Pram Service
12 noon Friday 3 May 2019
Parochial Hall

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

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Little Wonders
Mondays mornings, 10.00am to 11.30am
Starts again Monday 13 May 2019
Sowerby Methodist Church Hall

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.

Christian Aid Week 2019

Christian Aid Week 2019
"All mums should live"

Sierra Leone is the world's most dangerous place to become a mum. Every day 10 women die from giving birth. In Sawula district, the community struggle with a clinic which has no electricity and only two delivery beds.

Jebbeh is heavily pregnant but as her baby grows, it's not joy that fills her heart, but fear. When Jebbeh's sister Fatmata went in to labour, there were so few ambulances that Fatmata had no choice but to walk for three hours under the baking sun, to the nearest hospital. The journey was long and with every step Fatmata struggled to keep walking. Jebbeh told us: 'My sister was crying out with hunger. She died on the side of the road. She never gave birth.'

This Christian Aid Week, together, we can make childbirth safe for mums and babies. Through our gifts and prayers, we can help give the world's poorest mums a chance to live.

5 parishes walk

Five Parishes Walk 2019
Saturday 1 June

We will start at St Cuthbert's in Sessay (8.50 am), then go on to St Mary's in Kilburn, All Saints' in Thirkleby, St Mary's in Bagby, finishing at St Oswald's in Sowerby (about 5.30 pm).

The walk is an opportunity for people from all five parishes to spend time together, to visit all five churches, to celebrate the five churches working together, and to enjoy our beautiful countryside. People can walk as few or as many of the stages as they wish.

There will be a short time of prayer in each church. If you are not a walker, why not come and join in the prayer in one or more churches?

More information on the walk including timings. See / download the route.

open gardens

Sowerby Open Gardens 2019
Sunday 23 June 2.00pm - 5.00pm

More details to follow ...
The proceeds to be shared equally between St Oswald's Church and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.


There will be a Confirmation Service with Bishop Paul at St Oswald's Church, Sowerby on Sunday 7 July 2019 at 10.30am

If you would like to attend a Confirmation Preparation course, beginning in April, please speak to Rev Nicky or Rev Pauline (adults) or Pauline Alderson (young people age 10+).

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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