Weekly News

Weekly News 16th and 23rd April 2017 pdf


New pictures of the Easter Flowers in the 'Photos' section


SUNDAY, 7th MAY 2017 12.30 P.M.


Tickets: Adult £10 (Child £5)

Numbers Limited, Tickets available from any Social Committee Member

N.B. the house to house collection begins with the CTOD service on Sunday 14th May, 6.30 at Our Lady and St Oswald's RC Church.  No service at St Oswald’s that evening


You are warmly invited to OSWALD’S TREE 2017

Living in the Present, Looking to the Future

SATURDAY, 13th MAY 9.30 am - 2.30 pm

in the Parish Centre

Please bring your own lunch - drinks provided



Messy Church at St Oswald’s

Craft, Worship & Food

Next Meeting - Sunday, May 21

4-6 pm. in the Parish Centre

                          Community of St Oswald

 An initiative to help nurture our spiritual growth, foster                 Christian discipleship and to pray for our town and its people.

PRAYER BREAKFAST Saturday 27 May 2017 8:00 am in the Parish Centre

Please join us for 45 minutes of reflection and prayer, followed by fellowship over a light breakfast (juice, cereal, toast, tea or coffee – no charge) for those who are able to stay.

Oswestry and Borders Foodbank A.G.M. - Wednesday 7th June 2017 @ 7.30 p.m. Albert Road Church Oswestry

(Please note the A.G.M. this year will be in the evening.)


SATURDAY, 10th JUNE    2 P.M. - 4 P.M.


Please contact Chris Lewis if you would like to help or organise a stall

Our Farewell to Simon & Mary will be on Saturday, 17th June at The Marches School 

from 12.30pm to 3.30pm    

Further details later    

Any enquiries to June Williams telephone 01691652544

MICHELLE’S LAST SUNDAY will be Sunday June 4 th and her Induction as Team Vicar in Tring will be 7.30 p.m. Wednesday July 5 th .

St. Oswald’s Choir ADOPT A CHORISTER SCHEME 2017

Once again our choristers will be attending the Royal School of Church Music summer school at Kingswood School, Bath, this year from 21st – 27th August.

The intensive training that they receive from some of the top choir trainers in the country adds immeasurably to the high standard of singing in St. Oswald’s week by week.

The cost per chorister is £375 to include full board, music and tuition. Please help us maintain our choral excellence by adopting a Chorister and helping towards the cost of the course. Donations of any size will be gratefully appreciated. If you are interested in Adopting a Chorister there are leaflets at the back of the church or you can contact:

Mike Donkin, Hendre House, Llanfechain, Powys   Tel: 01691 649933 e-mail: mvdonkin@aol.com


This year, so that we can accommodate all four schools that want to come, we will be holding our Open Door days on two consecutive Tuesdays – June 13th and June 20th. This is a change from the dates given out previously. Our theme is ‘Celebrating the Christian Journey’ and we have a good range of activities planned, from making bunting to finding out about the bells, or decorating cakes to producing a collage, as well as making prayer bracelets or learning about the colours and symbols of the church. This year we are excited that Hannah Moore, from the Schools Christian Worker Project, will be joining us to help with the worship and also to run a drama workshop.

As always, the event needs many volunteers to make it a success. If you would like to be involved there are opportunities to help with craftwork, with serving refreshments or with stewarding on the door. There will be sign-up sheets at the back of church showing the roles and various time-
slots for both days. Do please fill in your name for anything you would be able to help with, or have a word with me if you want to know more. You can call me on (01691) 778024.

Elaine Leek


Our Archbishops have invited everyone around the world to be especially concerned with praying for God’s Kingdom during the week between Ascension and Pentecost.

There will be other things going on at that time but St Oswald’s will be marking it with a Day of Prayer on Wednesday 31st May. The church will be open from 8am until 8pm on that day. We are concerned to pray for and with Oswestry on that day so there will be publicity in and around the church and town. In this way we hope that Oswestry will know that we are praying for its concerns and needs but we also hope that some will welcome an invitation to bring their hopes and needs into church. There will be prayer stations set up to help everyone pray as they wish.

There will be people around the church ready to make friends and strangers feel welcome – could you be one of them? We will be asking but it would be even better to have some volunteers. Please think about whether you could give an hour or more to be in church on that day. If you could, then please contact a member of the Mission and Ministry Team as soon as you can.

 PREPARING FOR A WEEK  OF PRAYER   Prayer Booklets are available at the back of the church:- ‘ Try Praying - your kingdom come’ Please use the prayer as preparation for this special week at the end of May.

Click  Inventory for news of this project. Maybe you can help with information about the church and its furnishings. Speak to Ann Boulton, or Annie or Frances in the choir. 

Connect for Life is a day support service for older people, people with memory difficulties or dementia which meets on Wednesdays at Gatacre Pavilion Oswestry. Our lunches are cooked at Woodside School and we are looking for a volunteer with a car who could collect the food at midday, help us serve the food and wash up (a weekly commitment of one and a half hours). If you can help please contact Alison Humphreys or Carolyn Lewis: Mob 07582 207972 or e mail connectforlife@hotmail.com

 volunteers needed!

The FoodBank is short of volunteers.  We need people who could meet and greet our clients, listen to them in a non- judgemental way, signpost them on to other agencies and process paperwork so that the client can get their food from us.  We of course give training and support.

ADMISSION TO HOLY COMMUNION AT 7 YEARS - The PCC has agreed a policy and preparation for this at their recent meeting. Parents wishing to consider this for their children should contact Simon in the first place. Tel. 653467

Schools Christian Worker Project 

 Hannah Moore  has a  blog site. Click http://hannahscwp.wixsite.com/scwp to read it

Click the link below to read SCWP's latest newsletter:


RIDE AND STRIDE GET TOGETHER - As one of the top fundraisers last year we will be presented with a certificate at The Trinity Centre Meole Brace 6 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday May 3 rd . If you would like to go please contact Sue Tansley tel 01691652498.

Click the link for more about this year's Ride and Stride and the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust

Skills Development Day

Saturday 6th May 2017 at Hope Church, Laburnum Drive. 9.45am - 4.30pm

Skills Development days help to make your church more accessible and enable you to support people with learning disabilities to participate fully in worship, prayer and bible study.  


Visit our page at :-

 St Oswalds Parish Church, Oswestry. There are other pages similar to this already up, so to make it easier, the real one has a picture of Simon preaching and not just a map.
Please send news or opinions to 

Rob Clarke



choir poster

Introducing Hannah Moore

Knit for Peace