Weekly News

Weekly News 21st May 2017 pdf


As you know, the Schools Christian Worker Project has had the great privilege of working on your behalf in over 20 local schools for the past 17 years.We celebrate our 18th  AGM this Monday, 22nd May, 7.30 at Holy Trinity Church.

  • There is much to give thanks for so the workers will bring us insights about what actually happens in lessons, assemblies, clubs etc. and how students and staff respond.
  • There are also new Board members to meet and vote for.Please join us

How should Christians respond to the General Election? Click the link to read the Archbishop's Election Letter 

Hustings:- questions to the candidates: Monday 5th June, 7.30, Marches School Hall.

All four political parties fielding candidates in North Shropshire will be represented.  Questions for the candidates may be left in advance at: Oswestry Christian Book Shop (Lower Brook Street) or St Oswald’s Parish Church or by email to contactctod@gmail.com Please will those submitting questions include their name.






                          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.

A.S.K. Bi-monthly Joint Church Prayer Meetings at Cornerstone Baptist Church 2nd June at 7.30 pm. Contact Geoff Nankivell 01691 661375 

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 . We plan to say farewell from Oswestry on Tuesday May 30 th at 7 p.m. in the Parish Centre. All Welcome.

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



St. Oswald’s open all day for prayer Wednesday 31 st May 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

and prayer at 12 noon each day -‘Your Kingdom Come’.

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. 

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. 

 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  to read SCWP's Summer newsletter:

Click here for details of SCWP Prayer Breakfasts

RIDE AND STRIDE GET TOGETHER - As one of the top fundraisers last year we were presented with a certificate at The Trinity Centre Meole Brace on 3rd May. Click here for a picture.

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


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