A REFLECTION FROM REV SUE SHERIFF

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone at St Oswald’s for making it a very special Easter.
 
I always love Easter… the journey to the cross with all its highs and lows. 
The different worship services, and the teams that make them happen.
Definitely the flowers, which I see as worship in themselves.
But today what I’m talking about is the warmth of our fellowship.

 
On Palm Sunday at our ‘Something for All Ages’ service my heart sang when I looked out at the  smiling faces across church, reflecting joyful hearts – a diverse congregation with different preferences but worshipping together as one.
 
Of course we then had to go into the darkness of Holy Week, which contrasted so well with the  celebrations for the resurrection of Jesus!!!  Foolishness to those who don’t believe but the best day of the year to those who do!

A lot of our regular members were away for Easter, maybe enjoying family time or taking well earned rests, but we had a lot of visitors.  Quite a few who were likewise spending time with their families here in York or taking well earned rests themselves.  Others were people who live locally who for one reason or another aren’t able to be with us every week but come for special occasions.
 
Again there was that sense of joy and warmth of welcome

Not quite so many joining us for the sunrise with the clocks having just changed but still literally a very warm welcome! 
Lots of people joining us for the Easter Communion and the egg hunt, followed by gifts of chocolate in the hall.
And everyone was made welcome. 

(I say ‘everyone’, it is easy to unintentionally miss people so if you are reading this thinking I didn’t feel very welcome please let me know, whichever service it was, and we will try and learn from our shortcomings because you really are an important part of the church and I hate to think of anybody feeling they are not valued and valuable).
 
And even ‘low Sunday’, as the Sunday after Easter is called ,we had a pretty full house!  Still quite a few people away but others joining us!  Our lovely student H who was back for the weekend and brought his friends with him, despite a night out the night before! 
A runner who had stopped off half way through a 10km run to worship with us before doing the final 5km! 
Two gentleman from the North East who are now in staying in York and who took their coffees outside because they couldn’t leave their dog tied up on his own. 
Plus plenty of others and everyone I spoke to was blown away by the warmth of the welcome.
 
Jackie gave a thought provoking sermon based mainly on the Gospel and Jesus appearance to the disciples in the upper room. 
The other reading was from Acts and described the new Church, post Pentecost. 
The warmth of fellowship. 
The way they sold their possessions and shared everything so that nobody was left in need. (We shall be returning to this next month!)

I am not trying to claim we have got that far (yet), and even the early Church was very far from perfect. 
Yet I know of heart-warming stories about members of our congregation over those same weeks who have really been supporting one another in times of need in incredible ways.

And of course we had our Good Place, Warm Place caring for our wider Community … all steps in the right direction.

(If you have been on the receiving end of one of these acts of kindness perhaps you would let me know that and maybe I can publish them in a future notice sheet – without using names because it is not about singling people out for praise but about celebrating God at work amongst us!)
 
To my mind this warmth of welcome and supporting of siblings in Christ is every bit as much ‘worship’ as the singing of rousing hymns.
 
So I say again, thank you to everyone at St Oswald’s for making it a very special Easter. 

Yours in Christ …
Sue S

Rev Canon, Interim Minister
 t. 01904 633261 / m. 07521 778195
e. [email protected]
The Vicarage, 1 Fulford Park, YO10 4QE
(not available on a Friday)
 



WHAT’S HAPPENING AT ST OSWALD’S
 


CHURCH SERVICES
+ Our regular Sunday and Wednesday 10am services take place in church

+ Sunday 10am services are usually livestreamed
YouTube (also available as catch-up afterwards):
http://bit.ly/Stoswaldsyoutube (click on ‘Live’)


SUNDAY 14 APRIL
10AM MORNING WORSHIP

(if the weather is cold, bring a rug/throw!)
Pebbles & Explorers Groups


Service Sheet: click here

Readings: Acts 3:12-19 Luke 24:36b-48
Music words: click here
(see also links to music videos at the end of the email)

After the service, do come for refreshments
in the Church Hall – everyone is welcome!


MONDAY 15 APRIL
10AM MORNING PRAYER IN CHURCH

2-4PM TABLE TENNIS IN THE CHURCH HALL
including a refreshments break!

Come along and give it a try – everyone is welcome!
(Contact: Keith Hood)
 

TUESDAY 16 APRIL

10AM-12NOON IN THE CHURCH HALL
COMMUNITY CAFE 
and BABY CAFE
All babies & parents very welome!
No specific activities planned …
just a time to relax together

6-6.30PM PRAYING FOR THE WORLD at 5 REDMAN CLOSE
A short service of prayer

All welcome

Further details from Jackie Tuvey-Smith, t. 07800 774364

WEDNESDAY 17 APRIL
10AM HOLY COMMUNION IN CHURCH
(Book of Common Prayer)

10AM-12NOON IN THE CHURCH HALL
COMMUNITY CAFE

THURSDAY 18 APRIL
9.30-11.30AM IN THE CHURCH HALL
ST OSWALD’S TOTS 

 


 

ST OSWALD’S CHURCH ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
Everyone welcome!

 

This will take place on Tuesday 23 April in the Church Hall
It will begin at 7.00pm when we will elect our Church Wardens. These are elected every year so there are technically always 2 vacancies, although I am dellighted to say Bryan is willing to stand again.  It would be good to have somebody to work alongside him.  In an active and well support church like St Oswald’s we really should be able to find two people to take on these important roles – and as a church we must commit ourselves to supporting our Wardens in every way we can.  I am very grateful to Deputy Wardens, Sidespeople, PCC and all of those who are so good at doing this.
As there will be vacancies on the Parchochial Church Council this year I would encourage YOU to consider whether you could stand.  It would be good to have a diverse and representative PCC, especially as at the moment there are so many things happening within our church life.  
 
We are particularly looking for somebody to take minutes at our meetings – they may or may not be a full member of the PCC.  There are 5 meetings per year which take place in September, November, January, March, May and July. 

We also encourage working groups such as the Building, Finance, Children and Young People, Mission and Welcome, Publicity to meet between the full PCCs.  These groups include PCC members but other members of the congregation are invited to join them too. A new addition will be groups looking at Eco Church, Fairtrade and Dementia Friendliness.

At the APCM I will be looking at a range of subjects including recent gudiance from the House of Bishops with regard to prayers for couples asking for a blessing on their same sex relationships and the process for looking for and appointing a new and permanent vicar.
Please put it in your diary and come if you can.
Yours in Christ…  Sue Sheriff

VACANCIES:
Churchwardens
Members of the Parochial Church Council (PCC)

CAN YOU HELP FILL THESE ROLES?

Nomination forms are available at the back of church!
 


The Good Place, Warm Place Drop In saw around 50 people come along. 
There were lots of conversations with old friends and new. 
The atmosphere was lovely and relaxed with lots of drinks and cakes   
The food share table was well received and used which is always a  comfort. 
Thank you to everyone who came along, helped, set up and cleared away. 
Without you we could not do what we do.
Carolyn Blain & Victoria Milner


HOUSE GROUPS

If you would like to join a group

please contact Jackie Tuvey-Smith

e. [email protected]
t. 01904 655187 / m. 07800 774364
 

Wednesday 17 April 7.30pm (Redman Close Group weekly)

contact Jackie Tuvey-Smith e. [email protected]
Wednesday 24 April 11.15am (Sir John J. Hunt Meeting Room Group fortnightly) contact Lesley Milner t.01904 652782

Thursday 25 April 7.30pm (Heslington Lane Group fortnightly)
contact Caroline Moore, e. [email protected]

REMINDER

ST OSWALD’S CHURCH PRAYER CHAIN
ST OSWALD’S CHURCH WHATSAPP GROUP
Contact Pippa Ensor, e. [email protected]
m. 07949 844395


CHURCH SERVICES RADIO/ONLINE

> 8.10AM – BBC RADIO 4 SUNDAY WORSHIP
92-95FM | 198LW | Digital

Peace be with you: Holy Eucharist from Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral reflecting on peace and reconciliation.
> 9AM – CHURCH OF ENGLAND

ONLINE SUNDAY SERVICE
YouTube/Facebook/website


LOCAL NEWS, SUPPORT & HELP ETC

Diocese of York Retreat and Conference Centre
Wydale Hall, Brompton by Sawdon, Scarborough YO13 9DF


Meditation, Mental Health and Compassion
Tuesday 16 April, 9.30am – 4.00pm

 This day retreat will provide a safe space for a deeper connection with God through contemplative prayer, Bible meditation and an awareness of mental health and well being. Cost: £30 including lunch and refreshments. Info & booking, click HERE
Identity in Christ
Saturday 20 April, 9.30am – 4.00pm

Who am I, really? How does God see me? This quiet day will offer the opportunity to consider the nature of our identity in Jesus. Cost: £30 including lunch and refreshments.  Info & booking, click HERE
Spring Renewal Day
Monday 29 April, 9.30am – 3.30pm

An opportunity for people to come and worship, receive Bible teaching, pray and be prayed for. Simon and Jo have many years of church experience and are leaders of Colburn Community Support – a charity working to support the lives of people living in the Colburn area of the Yorkshire Dales. Cost: No Charge – donations welcome but not necessary. Info & booking, click HERE

REMINDER

REMINDER

ACT NOW are delighted to annouce their 2024 Eco Conference: ACT NOW! for a Better World. 
This will be happening on Saturday 27 April 9.30-2.30
It will start at Acomb Methodist Church with the keynote speech and the workshops,
and will be followed by a soup & roll lunch at Acomb Parish Church Hall, just a 5 minute walk away. 
 ACT NOW! for a Better World will explore how we as individuals can work together to create a brighter, greener future. Our keynote will examine how collectively we can effect real, tangible improvements to the big picture of environmental change, and through a compelling series of workshops we will look at the range of actions we can take at a local and national level, from effective campaigning, to going vegan, to improving garden habits. Bringing together a range of speakers and workshop leaders, with opportunities for networking, we aim to encourage conversations, create connections, inspire individual and group action and examine how faith and the environment are intertwined.
The day will follow the same timetable as last year with a keynote from Prof Colin Beale, two workshp slots and a soup and roll lunch followed by networking opporunities.  We have been able to keep ticket prices the same as last year, with adult tickets now on sale for £10 and youth/child tickets for £5.  Children are very welcome at ACT NOW and there will be dedicated workshops with qualified youth workers availble. 
For further information and to purchase tickets, please head to www.actnowyork.org  
 We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 27 April at 9.30am!
 


YORK FOOD BANK – HELPING LOCAL PEOPLE IN CRISIS. 

The foodbank relies on your goodwill and support.
Over 90% of the food distributed by foodbanks in The Trussell Trust network is donated by the public – that’s why your food donations are absolutely vital to our ability to give everyone referred to us a balanced and nutritious three day supply of food.

DONATING FOOD: There are collection boxes in the church & church hall
CURENTLY URGENTLY NEEDING:
Bags For Life/Carrier Bags (Urgently Needed), Teabags, Tinned Meat, Tinned Fruit, UHT Milk, Long Life Cartons of Fruit Juice, Powdered Milk, Toilet Rolls, Laundry Detergent, Household Cleaning Sprays, Washing Up Liquid, Jars of Jam, Sponge Puddings

There are also food collection points:
for items bought in store at Waitrose (Foss Islands), Asda (Monks Cross), Tesco (Askham Bar), and at Food Warehouse (Clifton Moor)
DONATING MONEY: 
You can also support the Food Bank work by donating via this link here


REMINDER
ST OSWALD’S CHURCH HALL RECYCLING HUB
  Recycle More Plastics poster
What can you recycle? Check it out HERE
Clean cans, foil + tablet blister packs (all in bags)
can be put in the Christian Aid bin on the right


What we will be singing this Sunday!
And can it be
Amazing Grace
All my days I will sing this song of gladness
Tell out my soul
 


 

 


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