Services at St Oswald's

 
Sunday School

... returned -  "back to normal" in the New Year.  .

 
Latest Service Arrangements

Happily we are now able to open the church for communion services on Wednesdays at 11.00 and Sundays  at 8.00 a.m.and 10.00 a.m respectively, though on the 1st Sunday of the month there will  be a Family service  at 10.00 in place of the communion service.

Services will be socially distanced, but mask wearing is only required at the Wednesday services.

As the situation continues to change please come back and see the Vicar's letter for details by clicking here.
 

If you would like more information about services or activities, please message officeoswald2@gmail.com

 

We will also be posting on this website, services, reflections and prayers which we hope you will find helpful during this time when we are unable to gather together in church in the way we used to.
Do check back regularly to see what is new and join us in prayer and worship. 


There is currently no weekly notice sheet, but a weekly Letter from the Vicar is issued online, which can be found here or on MyChurchSuite. 

Suggested prayers for the times can be found in the "Resources" section of this website

 

Worship at St Oswald's 

Shown below are services currently available, as well as a list of those which are in abeyance at present. At St. Oswald’s in 'normal' times (which  we hope will fully return in the not too distant future) 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.
 

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, as outlined below:.  


The monthly Family Service at 10.00am on the first Sunday of each month has now resumed its usual format with singing in church and no need for advance booking. All are welcome.

 
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  • 2nd, 3rd. 4th, and 5th Sundays  - Parish 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
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Weekday Services
Short reflective  mid-week Communion services are held  at 11.00 a.m. every Wednesday. communion
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.

 

These are some of the  services that will take place again once Covid restrictions permit:

"TEEN CHURCH" This is unlikely to resume for the time being, at least not in its previous format

'Spotlight’ Communion ServicePlanned to resume after Easter 2022 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 11.15 a.m.

Sunday Evening Services
These take place from time to time, regularly on the first Sunday in the month but also on other dates, usually at 6.30 p.m. except during the winter months when it is at 4.30 pm.  (It reverts to 6.30 p.m from April onwards).  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. Details of times and type of service will appear on the website calendar.


General description of our church services
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.

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