St Oswald's Church, Sowerby, North Yorkshire

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Mexican Night
Friday 28 November 2014
7.00pm to 8.30pm
Sowerby Parochial Hall

The youth group are organising a Mexican Night in the Parochial Hall and serving chilli with rice or wraps. Tickets must be purchased in advance from Pauline Alderson. Cost 5 for adults & 2.50 for children, all monies will go towards ReBuild Project 2015 when 7 boys from youth group will be travelling to Mexico to take part in building a house for a family who live in poverty.

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Pram Service
12.30pm Friday 5 December2014

A 30 minute service in the 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. For more information email

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Join our all age Christmas Choir

Come and join us, whatever your age or singing ability, for our all age Christmas Choir. We will be performing as part of the Christingle service on Sunday 14 December 2014 at 4.00pm. Rehearsals every Friday evening at 6.00pm at St Oswald's Church until the Christingle.

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Advent Course 2014
Four Wednesday evenings
12 and 19 November, 3 and 10 December
7.45pm to 9.15pm
St Oswald's Church

A discussion group for the season of Advent as we look forward to Christmas. We will be following the York Course: "Jesus: the voice that makes us turn" written by Bishop David Wilbourne. All very welcome.

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Messy Church
3.00pm Sunday 14 December 2014
Sowerby Parochial Hall

Starting in Sowerby Parochial Hall at 3.00pm with crafts, activities and making a Christingle. We will then all go across to St Oswald's Church at 4.00pm for the Christingle service. Messy Church is a place for adults and children of all ages to learn together. There is no need to book a place, just turn up on the day! If you would like to know more contact Pauline Alderson.


4.00pm Sunday 14 December 2014
St Oswald's Church

Christingle is a service for children and adults of all ages. The highlight is the lighting of the Christingle candles. The orange represents the world. The red ribbon indicates the love and blood of Christ. The dried fruits and sweets are symbols of God’s creations and for many people, they also represent the four seasons. The lit candle symbolises Jesus, the light of the world, who brings hope to people living in darkness.


Christmas services and activities 2014

Sunday 14 December
3.00pm - Messy Church in Parochial Hall

4.00pm - Christingle Service at St Oswald’s Church

Tuesday 16 December
7.00pm - Carol singing round Sowerby Christmas tree (outside St Oswald's Church)

Saturday 20 December
11.00am - Carol singing for Christian Aid in Thirsk Market Place

Sunday 21 December
6.30pm - Service of Lessons and Carols at St Oswald’s Church

Christmas Eve - Wednesday 24 December
4.00pm - Crib Service at St Oswald’s Church (joint with Sowerby Methodist Church)

11.00pm - ‘Midnight’ Communion at St Oswald’s Church (joint with Sowerby Methodist Church, using the Methodist Worship Book)

Christmas Day - Thursday 25 December
10.00am - Joint Christmas Worship at Sowerby Methodist Church

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

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