St Oswald's Church, Sowerby, North Yorkshire

Photograph of the Church Family welcoming you to St Oswald's Parish Church, Sowerby

On the way to Mexico... to ReBuild

seven young people at Thirsk railway station

Seven young people from St Oswald's Youth Group set off from Thirsk railway station to Mexico early on 10 April 2014, to help build a house for a family. Part of Urban Saints' ReBuild project, this trip will see the young people build a new home for a poor family in Mexico, right from the foundations upwards, using only hand tools, in only eleven days. They will then hand over the keys and literally change one family's lives forever. To fulfill this project Urban Saints has teamed up with partners, Amor Ministries, in San Diego, California. Amor Ministries has been working since 1980 to bring homes for some of the 800,000 Mexican families who lack a basic, secure place to live. For more information on the project, visit Please pray for the young people and the people they'll be meeting in Mexico.

Messy Church

Messy Church
Friday 18 April 2014 (Good Friday)
10.30am to 12.00 noon

Refreshments on arrival instead of lunch
Messy Church is a place for adults and children of all ages to learn together. An opportunity 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 on the day! If you would like to know more contact Pauline Alderson.

Cross and Cave

Holy Week and Easter services 2014

Sunday 13 April - Palm Sunday
08:30 Holy Communion (traditional)
10:30 Holy Communion with Kids' Club
18:30 Joint Service at Sowerby Methodist

Monday 14 April
7.00pm Churches Together Service at St Mary's Church, Thirsk

Tuesday 15 April
7.00pm Stations of the Cross - Churches Together Service at All Saints' Roman Catholic Church, Thirsk

Wednesday 16 April
7.00pm 'The big Issue' Churches Together presentation at St James Green Methodist Church, Thirsk

Thursday 17 April - Maundy Thursday

7.00pm Agapé supper and service, recalling Christ's Last Supper with his disciples, in Sowerby Parochial Hall (booking essential - phone 01845 522814)

Friday 18 April - Good Friday

9.30am Churches Together Procession of Witness, recalling Christ's final journey to the Cross, starting at Sowerby War Memorial and lasting about two hours - join or leave at any stage
10.30am Messy Church - Easter activities and worship for all the family at Sowerby Parochial Church Hall
2.00pm An Hour at the Cross - reflection and music at St Oswald's Church, Sowerby
7.00pm Stainer's Crucifixion performed by the Mowbray Singers at Sowerby Methodist Church

Saturday 19 April - Holy Saturday
7.00pm Service of Light at Sowerby Methodist Church

Sunday 20 April - Easter Day
8.30am Early Worship at St Oswald's Church, Sowerby
10.30am Holy Communion, contemporary service for all ages, at St Oswald's Church, Sowerby
3.00pm Churches Together Easter Celebration in Thirsk Market Place
6.30pm United Service of Evening Prayer for Easter St Oswald's Church, Sowerby

annual general meeting

Annual Parochial Church Meetings
3.00pm Sunday 27 April 2014 in Church

We will be electing (or re-electing) two churchwardens, five members of the Parochial Church Council, three members of Deanery Synod (who will also serve on the Parochial Church Council) and two people to represent St Oswald's on Churches Together: Thirsk & District. Annual report and accounts for 2013.

may festival

May Festival 2014
Sunday 4 and Monday 5 May
1.30pm to 5.00pm both days

Children's treasure hunt. Stalls. Plants. Books. Jewellery. Art exhibition. Refreshments. All welcome!

Palestinian woman lighting candles in church

The Stones Cry Out: The story of the Palestinian Christians
Wednesday 14 May 2014
7.30pm in St Oswald's Church

A film by Yasmine Perni. Christianity was born in Palestine two thousand years ago. From there it spread throughout the Middle East and to the rest of the world. Yet many are unaware that Christians still live in the land. For more than 60 years Palestinians, Christians and Muslims have suffered displacement, expulsion, wars, occupation and oppression. This film gives voices to the Palestinian Christians.Free admission, donations towards costs welcomed.

Christian Aid Week 2014

Christian Aid Week 2014:
give people a future without fear

War tears lives apart. You can help put them back together.
For a growing number of people across the world, the horror of war is part of daily life.
The good news is that individuals, communities and churches can make a real difference this Christian Aid Week. Donate now.

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 Revd Nicky Carnall. Who is Jesus?
Two thousand years after he walked the earth, Jesus of Nazareth remains one of the most talked-about and influential people who has ever lived. offers an opportunity to explore his life, character, teachings and followers.

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