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

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We have reduced our activities 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.

Children and Young People at St Oswald's

Messy Church

Messy Church is 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.

Little Wonders Baby and Toddler Group

Little Wonders meets in St Oswald's Church, Front Street, Sowerby. Please come in through the door nearest the smaller churchyard gate. If you have a pushchair or pram you can enter the churchyard at the bigger gate, near the war memorial, where there are no steps and follow the path round to the entrance.

Little Wonders is a group for babies, toddlers and their parents / grandparents / carers. New families are always welcome. We aim to provide a relaxed environment where adults have the opportunity to get to know each other and catch up with friends while the children play. We provide a variety of toys and activities. Towards the end of the session there is a drink and snack time before we finish with songs and nursery rhymes.

Little Wonders is run by volunteers from St Oswald's Church, Sowerby Methodist Church and the Salvation Army Thirsk on Monday mornings during school term time from 10.00am to 11.30am. There is a charge of £1.50 per family, per session.

For more information email

Pram Service

A 30 minute service in St Oswald's Church 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. Normally 12 noon on the 1st Friday in the month, except during school holidays.

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Kids' Club

1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays in the month during the 10.30am service.

For more information contact Pauline Alderson.

St Oswald's Youth

For young people aged 11 to 18. We share fellowship with friends through fun and Christian learning with art, crafts, drama, dance, games, making, baking and creating. Groups meet on different Sunday evenings for different year groups in the Parochial Hall.

For more information contact Pauline Alderson.

Confirmation classes

If you would like to be prepared for Confirmation, please contact Rev Pauline Percy (adults) or Pauline Alderson (young people).


Groups of young people from St Oswald's have traveled to Mexico 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.

The 2017 team with others from the UK and a Mexican family in front of a newly built house
The 2017 team with others from the UK and a Mexican family in front of a newly built house

The 2017 team from St Oswald's
The 2017 team from St Oswald's

All the UK teams at ReBuild in April 2017
All the UK teams at ReBuild in April 2017

Video of the 2015 team talking about their experiences in Mexico

The group and the family outside the finished home
The 2014 team from St Oswald's and the family outside the finished home

The finished home
Completed! The home built in 2014 by the team from St Oswald's

Children and Young People's Development Worker

Pauline Alderson coordinates and develops St Oswald's work with children and young people. Contact Pauline.

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