Regretfully, St Oswald's is closed for services and group meetings until further notice. Enquiries about baptisms, weddings and funerals should be made by phone or email to the Parish Office 01691 652861 or email@example.com
SEE OUR CORONAVIRUS PAGE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND HELP.
Good morning... it's Thursday and the sun is shining in Oswestry. Today is the beginning of the three most important days in the Christian calendar... Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. It's called the Triduum. Social distancing will deprive us of the communal dimensions of our services in this year of the pandemic but it's never been so important to gather together for worship, or at least pause for prayer and reflection, as best we can wherever we are. So this is what we are doing at St. Oswald's...
Today: A morning reflection from rev'd John Chesworth. Maundy Thursday 'tableau' & compline (from 7pm).
Good Friday: Morning reflection from rev'd Keith Musson.
Stations of the Cross (from noon) though you can time it to end at 3 if you wish).
Easter Day: Easter Day Communion from 10:30am.
Hopefully you can join us and we will journey together.
Services can be found on our new SERVICES page.
The Parish Magazine can be downloaded from the Weekly News page. Subscribers have had theirs delivered. However, if you know someone else who would like one delivered, please phone the office, 01691 652861, and leave a message with their name, phone number and address.
A MESSAGE FROM HARVEY:-
‘Keep calm and carry on’… To some, this familiar phrase feels trite and overused,
a sticking plaster for our many and various ailments. For others it seems to sum
up old-fashioned British resolve and stiff upper lip.
Whilst we have faced challenges in the past, Coronavirus somehow feels different
in that we have access to so much information. On the one hand this is helpful, we
can keep up to date on what is happening around us and further afield, however
with much of the advice seeming to contradict itself, it is easy to become confused
and afraid. The answer to this fear is to remember we are loved by God who walks
alongside us; remember the story of the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35).
So, in the face of this new unseen enemy what are we to do? We should try as
best we can to keep our physical, emotional, mental, spiritual health as good as
possible. We should follow NHS advice about good hygiene, we should self-isolate
when asked to – it protects both ourselves and others, we should remain hopeful.
As Christians, our ultimate hope is found in Jesus through whom God shared the
pains and fears of our lives, facing and overcoming death.
That is the hope we share, hope shown in the love and faithfulness of a God who,
whilst people might have forgotten Him, has not forgotten them; hope expressed in
countless of acts of love shown by people across the country. Hope expressed in
acts of love, such as those shown in the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-
37) which reminds us of the need to care for the other and ensure we do not forget
those we cannot see.
These acts of hope can be shown by being attentive to our physical neighbours
and to those who are vulnerable. We can shop for one another, collect a
prescription, offer a lift, keep in touch by phone or email. We have started a
telephone support network at St. Oswald’s, if you would like to be on the list
please contact June Williams (652544) or Frances in the office (652861) or
firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can offer some time to do shopping for
someone, please let Frances know.
Finally, there is one thing everyone can do, pray; for yourself, for your family,
friends and neighbours; for doctors and nurses; for those who are working in the
community, and for the leaders of the nations. Why not say the Lord’s prayer when
you wash your hands. Either version takes more than 20 seconds.
We can be confident and hopeful, that everything possible is being done to find a
cure for Coronavirus. In the meantime, we have to rise to the challenges we face
individually as best we can and help each other do the same.
May the love of Christ surround us all, may He hear our prayer, calm our fears and
give us His peace. Amen
A warm welcome to the web-site of St. Oswald’s, the Town Centre Church of Oswestry, which has been a place of worship for almost 1000 years. As a living Christian community we seek to be open, friendly and accessible. The church is open daily for visitors throughout the year. We hope to offer an environment which enables all to come closer to God through prayer and worship, reflection and action. Worship, both contemporary and traditional is supported by choral music of high quality and thoughtful preaching. St. Oswald’s works closely in friendship with other local churches and organisations in the wider community as we seek to share God’s love for all
Rev. Harvey Gibbons