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

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We have suspended our services and other meetings, and the church building is closed, until further notice because of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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.


Pentecost Service May 2020

Normally on Pentecost Sunday we hold a joint service with our friends at Sowerby Methodist Church with one half of the service at St Oswald's and the other half at Sowerby Methodist and a procession along Front Street in between. This year, although we can't worship in our church buildings, we are still celebrating Pentecost with a joint online service. Members from both congregations are taking part and Rev Denise Williamson is preaching.


St Oswald's Church - responding to the pandemic

Following advice from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York all church services and meetings are suspended, and the church building and parochial hall closed, because of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. This is to reduce the risk of spreading the infection at gatherings of people.

But St Oswald's is still here as a church to serve our congregation and our community at large. We will do all we can to stay in touch with you and support you.

We are producing a regular news sheet. 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. We are also regularly updating our Facebook page.

St Oswald's Church News Sheet 31 May 2020

Children's sheet 31 May 2020

Family sheet 31 May 2020

Live your faith (for adults) 31 May 2020

A treasure hunt around Sowerby (for children and adults)


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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