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Christian Aid Week 2019
"All mums should live"
Sierra Leone is the world's most dangerous place to become a mum. Every day 10 women die from giving birth. In Sawula district, the community struggle with a clinic which has no electricity and only two delivery beds.
Jebbeh is heavily pregnant but as her baby grows, it's not joy that fills her heart, but fear. When Jebbeh's sister Fatmata went in to labour, there were so few ambulances that Fatmata had no choice but to walk for three hours under the baking sun, to the nearest hospital. The journey was long and with every step Fatmata struggled to keep walking. Jebbeh told us: 'My sister was crying out with hunger. She died on the side of the road. She never gave birth.'
This Christian Aid Week, together, we can make childbirth safe for mums and babies. Through our gifts and prayers, we can help give the world's poorest mums a chance to live.
Five Parishes Walk 2019
Saturday 1 June
We will start at St Cuthbert's in Sessay (8.50 am), then go on to St Mary's in Kilburn, All Saints' in Thirkleby, St Mary's in Bagby, finishing at St Oswald's in Sowerby (about 5.30 pm).
The walk is an opportunity for people from all five parishes to spend time together, to visit all five churches, to celebrate the five churches working together, and to enjoy our beautiful countryside. People can walk as few or as many of the stages as they wish.
There will be a short time of prayer in each church. If you are not a walker, why not come and join in the prayer in one or more churches?
More information on the walk including timings. See / download the route.
Sowerby Open Gardens 2019
Sunday 23 June 2.00pm - 5.30pm
Tickets can be purchased on the day from Sowerby Parochial Hall (YO7 2BD) - £5 per ticket, children under 16 free.
Refreshments, plant stall and book stall 2.00pm to 5.00pm.
Proceeds to be shared between St Oswald's Church, Sowerby (registered charity no. 1135485) and Yorkshire Air Ambulance (registered charity no. 1084305).
It was announced on 14 April 2019 that Nicky and Chris Carnall will be leaving the five parishes later this year. Nicky has been the parish priest of Sowerby and Sessay since September 2005, and also of Thirkleby with Kilburn and Bagby since January 2012. Chris has ministered in all the parishes as a Reader.
Nicky and Chris will be moving to Mansfield Woodhouse in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham, where Nicky will become the Vicar and Chris will continue his Reader ministry. Nicky's licensing as Vicar of Mansfield Woodhouse will at 7.00pm on Monday 7 October 2019 at St Edmund's Church, Old Manor Road,Mansfield Woodhouse, Mansfield NG19 9JY and all are welcome. Nicky and Chris's leaving service is likely to be on Sunday 22 September 2019 - more details nearer the time.
Please pray for Nicky and Chris, and for all of the parishes, as we prepare for this change.
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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