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

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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 in March for young people aged 10+ (probably fortnightly on Sunday evenings) and in April for adults (probably 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". It is possible to use the course as a refresher if you are already confirmed, or to attend the course before deciding whether or not to be confirmed.

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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Sowerby Luncheon Club
12 noon Tuesday 28 February 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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Pram Service
12.00pm Friday 3 March 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


Men's Breakfast
9.30am to 11.00am Saturday 4 March 2017
Thirkleby Parish Hall

Food, fun, fellowship and encouragement. Bring a friend.

Car Wash

Car Wash
10.00am to 12 noon Saturday 4 March 2017
Sandhutton Village Hall

The youth group are washing cars. Only £5 per car, with bacon butties and refreshments available while you wait. All proceeds to the Mexican Rebuild Project.

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Café church run by St Oswald's youth group for people of all ages
6.30pm Sunday 5 March 2017
Sowerby Parochial Hall

All welcome. Bring a friend.

Receiving Christ

5 Parish Lent Course
9, 15, 22, 29 March and 5 April 2017
Thirkleby Parish Hall

The 5 Parish Lent Course this year will be held at Thirkleby Parish Hall starting at 7.45pm on Thursday 9 March. We will using the York Course "Receiving Christ". The remaining 4 sessions will be on the following Wednesdays (15, 22, 29 March, 5 April). Refreshments will be served from 7.30pm. Please do come and join us. All are most welcome.

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Messy Church
11.00am Saturday 11 March 2017
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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Breakfast for All
9.45am Sunday 26 March 2017 - Mothering Sunday
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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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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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.

Holy Week and Easter

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

Good Friday - 14 April 2017
10.30am Messy Church in Hall then Church
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


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

Stalls, refreshments, a model railway layout, a quiz and a chance to vote for your favourite picture in the photography competition.

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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