Worship at St Oswald's 

At St. Oswald’s you will find a range of service formats, ranging from traditional to contemporary, formal to informal and from the active to the contemplative. Music ranges from well-known hymns, accompanied by organ and robed choir, to modern worship songs accompanied by the church music group. We hope that amongst these different services you will find a style of worship you find accessible and helpful. In the main, our worship follows the order provided in the Church of England Common Worship book, although the Family Services and regular"Spotlight" services are at least in part devised by ourselves.

For details of the next few weeks' services and events see our Pew sheet - click here
Click on picture for Sussex  carol

Click for Joy to the World .......

....... and  for Cherry Tree carol ......

 and  Tomorrow shall be my Dancing Day
Why not check out the St Albans Christmas video by clicking this link ?
... and lower down the page you will find details of all Christmas services at St. Oswald's
Sunday Morning Services
8 a.m Holy Communion every Sunday – this is a simple, quiet and reflective service, in modern language and includes a brief sermon  
10 am. Main Sunday Service. The content and style of this service varies through the month.  
Our recent  Family Service
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  • 1st Sunday – All Age Family Service. Informal, suitable for children, with our music group. Usually ends about 10.40a.m
  • 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays  - Holy Communion. This service is in modern language but with a more traditional style, accompanied by the choir and organ. It finishes around 11.15 a.m
  The theme of our next Spotlight service
  • 3rd Sunday –‘Spotlight’ Communion Service – in this service we spotlight a Christian perspective on a topical issue. The service is more flexible and contemporary in style and is accompanied by our music group. It finishes around 10.45 a.m. Click on image for larger version
Spotlight Dec 2018
Sunday Evening Services

These take place from time to time, usually at 6.30 p.m. They include Choral Evensong (a traditional Book of Common Prayer service accompanied by the choir), less formal Songs of Praise and a variety of other services.

Weekday Services

Starting on December 20th, short reflective  mid-week Communion services will be held  at 11.30 a.m. every first and third Thursdays of the month

Weddings, Funerals and Christenings

If you need more information on weddings, christenings or funerals, please click here.

Feast Days

For services on major Feast Days, please take a look at our 'What's on' calendar.
Below are our main Christmas services

Sunday 16 Dec. at 6.30 p.m. - Carol srvice

Friday  23 Dec. at 2.15 p.m. - Informal Carol service

Christmas Eve at 4.00 p.m. - Crib service and Presentation of the Nativity
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Crib service jpg

Christmas Eve at 11.00 p.m. - Carols by Candlelight
Followed at 11.30 p.m. by Midnight Mass

Christmas Day at 10.00 a.m - All Age Celebration of Christmas with Holy Communion

Sunday 6 Jan. at 10.00 a.m. - All Age Family service for the Epiphany.

In the main we follow the Church of England Common Worship orders of service (with robed clergy and choir) , although the Family services and regular Contemporary services are at least in part devised by ourselves and presented in informal dress. 
Children are of course welcome, and in the church hall we provide a crèche for babies & toddlers, and Sunday School for 31/2 year olds upwards. After communion, they are welcomed into the congregation and join them for the rest of the service.
Members of the congregation are closely involved in many aspects of all services, whether (amongst other roles) singing in the choir, reading lessons, or devising and leading the less formal services.