St Oswald's Church, Sowerby, North Yorkshire

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


Get snapping! Take part in our Easter Daffodil Festival 2015 Photography Competition!

Theme: Mowbray Magic – Sowerby, Thirsk and Surrounding Areas.

Photos will be displayed at this year’s Easter Daffodil Festival at St Oswald’s Church, Sowerby on Easter Sunday (5 April) and Easter Monday (6 April), from 1.30pm to 5.00pm on both days.

Visitors to the Festival will vote for their three favourite photographs in each category: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter.

12 photographs will go into our 2016 calendar to be sold to raise funds for St Oswald’s Church.

Winners will receive one free calendar.

Don’t miss the closing date for entries: 28 March 2015.

Download entry forms and terms and conditions.

Messy Church

Messy Church - Good Friday special
Friday 3 April 2015 - start 10.30am
Sowerby Parochial Hall

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.

sunrise, open tomb and empty cross

Easter services 2015

Friday 3 April - Good Friday

9.30am Churches Together - Thirsk District Good Friday Act of Witness - start at St Mary's Church, Thirsk

10:30am Messy Church in Parochial Hall (celebration at the end takes place in church)

2:00pm An Hour at the Cross - hymns, readings and prayers

Sunday 5 April - Easter Day

8:30am - Early Worship

10:30am - All Age Easter Communion

6:30pm - Joint Evening Worship at Sowerby Methodist Church

daffodils in sunshine

Daffodil Festival
Easter Sunday and Easter Monday
5 and 6 April 2015
1.30pm - 5.00pm both days

Photography Competition. Plants. Cakes. Jewellery. Quilts. Woodworkers. Refreshments.

Please come to support and enjoy!

croissants and coffee

Breakfast for All
9.45am Sunday 19 April 2015

Croissants, toast, coffee, tea and juice. A good start to Sunday morning! All welcome ... and to stay for Worship for All at 10.30am.

annual meeting

Annual Parochial Church Meeting
3.00pm Sunday 19 April 2015

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting reviews the accounts and report for the previous year, appoints the Churchwardens and new members of the Parochial Church Council, and is given an overview of the opportunities and challenges for the forthcoming year.

ballot box

Churches Together - Thirsk District invites you to meet and ask questions of our local candidates standing for Parliament

7.00pm Thursday 23 April 2015
St Oswald’s Church, Sowerby

All welcome

walking person

Five Parishes Walk
Bank Holiday Monday 4 May 2015

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. You can walk as many or as few of the four stages as you want. Download more information.


Can you help with our work with children and young people?

The average cost of this valued and important work is 1,000 per month. Since 2011 the CandY work has been funded thanks to a generous legacy. We now need help to ensure funding for the future ... please download this leaflet for more information.

For the dates, times and venues of all our services, events and activities - please see our calendar.

red poppy

Sowerby War Memorials - information about the men of Sowerby who died in Iwo World Wars

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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The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of
St Oswald Sowerby. Registered charity number 1135485.