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.


St Oswald's Church - responding to the pandemic

We are holding services in church and some on-line (on Zoom). For the latest information about these please see our calendar and our 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 23 May 2021 (PDF file)

Children's sheet 23 May 2021 (PDF file)


David and Emma Biggs

Rev David Biggs appointed as Priest-In-Charge

The Bishop of Whitby wishes to inform you of the appointment of the Reverend David Biggs as Priest-in-Charge of the Benefice of Sessay, Sowerby and Thirkleby with Kilburn and Bagby.

Mr Biggs was ordained priest in the Diocese of York in 2019. He presently serves as Assistant Curate at St Mary's, Thirsk in the Mowbray Deanery in the Diocese of York.

Prior to ordination, David studied computer games programming at university but felt God leading him on to something new, which to his surprise turned out to be ministry in the Church of England. David grew up in a Christian home; realising at the age of eight that Jesus could be his friend he went on to get stuck in with the Christian Union as a student, telling people the good news of Jesus. "I am now looking forward to proclaiming the gospel and equipping and releasing people to do the same and to serve the Church in the ways that God is calling them."

Throughout the last year, David has used his technology skills to not only enable online worship and fellowship building but also to navigate projects enabling this to take place. At the same time, he has recognised those who do not have the same digital access.

Married to Emma, David trained for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. Much of their recreation time is spent walking on the moors or cycling. David also has a passion for video games and enjoys switching off by playing games with friends.

The Licensing and Installation of the Rev David Biggs will take place on Saturday 31 July 2021 at St Oswald's Church, Sowerby, beginning at 3.00pm. Further information nearer the time.


Holiday Club 2021

This year's Holiday Club starts on Wednesday 4 August. Our theme will be 'Superheroes' and we will be looking at characters from the bible who we think were superheroes in their day. For more information contact Pauline Alderson.


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 a 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 www.hopeforall.org.uk. 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.


Annual Report

St Oswald's Annual Report 2020


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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