Social, Spiritual and Discussion Groups
NOTE: some are not yet meeting again .
'The Network’ is aimed at those in their 20s-40s and meets throughout the year with a mixture of social events and discussion sessions. The discussion sessions are informal and vary in their content. They are accessible to everyone and you don’t have to be in the age group of 20s-40s to attend or be a regular church goer. Past discussions have ranged from what guides our voting decisions to prayer to sustainability. We hold 6 discussion evenings a year and often try to follow up on the theme of the monthly Spotlight service (which is held on the 3rd Sunday of each month). Social events have included trips to Top Golf, pub quizzes, meals and games evenings. We also organise a couple of annual activities aimed at those with families – a picnic at the start of the new school year and a children’s Christmas Party in December.
If you are interested in being on the mailing list for the Network to get updates on future events then please contact Helen Cox on email@example.com
You can view the latest programme of Network events for 2019 by clicking here. The 2020 programme was suspended due to Corona virus.
First Friday Tea and Chat
On the first Friday of each month except August, between 1.30 and 3.30 in the afternoon you can find us in the church hall. We serve cups of tea and cream teas – you provide the chat - and we also provide a modest range of ‘table games’ such as Scrabble, Crib, Draughts, and packs of cards, for solo or joint enjoyment. Why not join us for an afternoon of tea, chat and games – or spread the word to anyone you know who would welcome the chance to meet others in friendly surroundings – you would be most welcome. For further information, contact Lynn Williamson (01923 442759) or Jim Hughes (01923 237861).
Mothers' Union (now meeting again)
St Oswald's Mothers' Union is one group of Diocesan Group Members who meet, usually on the second Thursday of each month (not the month of January) at 2.30 pm in the Church.
There are also Diocesan Individual Members who are unable, for whatever reason, to come along to our meetings.
We arrange a variety of activities, from outside speakers on a wide variety of subjects, visits out. and sometimes our members take the meeting on a subject of interest to them. At each meeting we have a cuppa with biscuits/cake and a chat.
If you are interested in coming along to the Afternoon Group please contact Janet Staerck 01923 776694 - a warm welcome and cuppa awaits.
The home group meets fortnightly during the Autumn and Summer term and joins the Lent groups in Spring. We study a wide variety of topics, relating to the Old Testament (such as the life of Elijah, a cooks tour of book of Job) and the New Testament - like the book of Revelation (chapters 1-5, 21 and 22). We also tackle some topical studies, how to read different types of Biblical texts, think about the way we understand Creation, and have shorter studies about individual characters who are less well known like Hagar, Hulda and John Mark.
Sometimes we do something practical. One Advent we collected small Christmas gifts in a reverse Advent Calendar: we put things in rather than taking them out!
We start our meetings in a relaxed way with tea, coffee and chat and finish with a reflection and prayers. Everybody is welcome to join us!
To find out more please get in touch via the Contact Us page.
Men's Breakfast (now meeting again)
On Saturday mornings at 7.45 a.m once a month (except August) we have a cooked breakfast – a popular menu is juice, cereals, and bacon butties - followed by a talk or discussion on a variety of subjects, both serious and not-so-serious. All men (young or old, churchgoers or not) are welcome.
We are now meeting in the hall again, as well as on Zoom, with an interesting range of talks and discussions.
For further information contact:
Michael Hart 01923 221201 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Phil Brading 01923 492893
(Lunches for Those On Their Own) are informal lunch meetings on the fourth Thursday of the month at 12.30, usually at the Rising Sun.
For further information contact Jeanette Thomson on 01923 232136