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

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On the Third Day - Lent course

"On the Third Day" Lent course at Orchid House, Sowerby
every Monday 2.00pm to 3.30pm 19 February to 19 March 2018

The resurrection is the Big Story that turned a little Jewish protest movement into a world-transforming religion. And yet by Easter Monday we've almost forgotten about it and are planning our summer holidays. How can we re-capture the explosive power of the resurrection that ricocheted around the world? How can we live in the glow of resurrection and be an Easter people? How can 'there and then' become 'here and now'?

Everyone welcome. The cost of a course booklet is £3.59 and you will need to bring your own cup or mug for refreshments. Tea and coffee will be provided.

The King's Speech - Lent course

"Finding a Voice": A Lent Course on the King's Speech
Wednesdays at 7.45pm, 14 February to 14 March 2018

Come and join us for this Lent course based on the film The King's Speech, the film about how King George VI overcame a stammer. We will be watching clips form the film each week, so you might want to watch the film before the first meeting.
Everyone welcome. For further information contact Rev Dianne Gamble email: telephone 01845 523680.

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Messy Church
11.00am Saturday 24 February 2018
Sowerby Parochial Hall

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.

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Pram Service
12 noon Friday 2 March 2018
St Oswald's Church

A 30 minute service 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


Take part in our 2018 Photography Competition
Subject: A Tree or Trees

Photos will be displayed at the Easter Daffodil Festival at St Oswald's Church on Easter Sunday and Monday (1 and 2 April) from 1.30pm to 5.00pm on both days. Visitors to the Festival will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite photograph. The winning entrant will receive a £20 cash prize. Don't miss the closing date: Saturday 24th March 2018. Download more information and entry form.

New Assistant Priest

The Rev Pauline Percy will be licensed as Assistant Priest (House for Duty) of the Benefices (held in plurality) of Sowerby, Sessay and Thirkleby with Kilburn and Bagby at 3.00pm on Sunday 10 June 2018 in St Oswald's Church. More information about her appointment.

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.

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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