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
Sunday Morning Services
8am Holy Communion every Sunday - This is a simple, quiet and reflective service, in modern language and includes a brief sermon
10am Main Sunday Service: The content and style of this service varies through the month - see below.
1st Sunday - All Age Family Service. Informal, suitable for children, with our music group. Usually ends at about 10:40am
Below are details of our last Family Service
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 at around 11:15am.
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 at around 11:15
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.
There is a service of Morning Prayer at 9.05 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
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.
Weddings, Funerals And Christenings
If you need more information on weddings, Christenings or funerals, please click here.
For services on major Feast Days, please take a look at our 'What's on' calendar.