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

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Advent courses

We are holding two 4 week courses this year, both on Mondays. All are very welcome to attend either (or both) courses.

The afternoon course is in the Quiet Room at Orchid House (2.00pm to 3.30pm) led by Bob Jones, beginning on 20 November 2017 "So what are you waiting for?"

The evening course is at St Oswald's Church (7.30pm to 9.00pm), beginning 27 November 2017 and will look at "How do we grow as a Church and as Christians".

knife, fork and spoon

Sowerby Luncheon Club
12 noon Tuesday 28 November 2017
Sowerby Parochial Hall

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

child in pram

Pram Service
12.00pm Friday 1 December 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


5 Parishes Men's Breakfast
9.30am Saturday 2 December 2017

Sowerby Parochial Hall

advent star

Five Parishes Advent Carol Service
7.00 pm Saturday 2 December 2017
All Saints Church, Thirkleby

Stay and enjoy wine and 'nibbles' after the service.


Christmas services and events

Sunday 10 December 2017
3.00pm Messy Church in Sowerby Parochial Hall (come and make your own Christingle)
4.00pm Christingle Service in St Oswald's Church

Tuesday 12 December 2017
2.00pm Carol Service for senior citizens in Sowerby Parochial Hall

Sunday 17 December 2017
10.30am Holy Communion and Carols in St Oswald's Church
6.30pm Service of Lessons and Carols in St Oswald's Church

Tuesday 19 December 2017
7.00pm Carols around Sowerby Christmas Tree (organised by Sowerby Parish Council)

Saturday 23 December 2017
11.00am Carol Singing for Christian Aid in Thirsk Market Place

Sunday 24 December 2017 - Christmas Eve
4.00pm Crib Service in St Oswald's Church
11.00pm 'Midnight' Communion in St Oswald's Church

Monday 25 December 2017 - Christmas Day
10.30am Joint All Age Worship for Christmas Day in Sowerby Methodist Church

Sunday 31 December 2017 - New Year's Eve
10.30am United Holy Communion Service in St Mary's Church, Bagby

big sing!


Would you like to come along and learn some new hymns/songs and communion settings with Nicky and Graham? We are putting on three Wednesday evenings, for all church members as well as for the choir, to have a go at some new and nearly new music. It should be a fun and enjoyable time, suitable for all ages! The next dates are 13 December 2017 and 17 January 2018 - all at 7.00pm in St Oswald's Church. All welcome!!

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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