A REFLECTION FROM REV SUE SHERIFF



I can’t believe we are back at the beginning of school summer holidays again!

How quick does that feel?  Unless you work in a school, in which case this last half of term must have felt like the final leg of running a marathon!

When the children were young I loved the start of the holidays…  I can’t quite remember how long that feeling lasted for…?

The end of the school year is also the time when most of our wonderful volunteers get a bit of rest.  Which means we have the chance to say a very big thank you!

Thank you to all those who help with any of our activities… 

Thank you to those who bake or serve, or even attend the Community Cafes.  Thank you to various partners who drop in to offer advice or support in all kinds of areas – you all play your part in making both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings very special.  (You’ll notice I’m not naming names – as Shakespeare says, that way lies madness!)

Thank you to the team who helps at Tots, for the parents, grandparents, and carers and little ones who come along.

Thank you to our Sunday Church Children’s Groups and leaders who also take a bit of a break, I will miss you all reporting back at the end of your sessions!

Thank you to the Forest Church Team and attendees who met last week and who do such great activities.

And thank you to the Time Out Team, we have had so much fun this year.

And thank you to all who organise bookings, maintain and clean our hall, you are invaluable!

We do still have two special cafes on Wednesday 7 August and Wednesday 28 August – they are similar but different.  They start earlier and last longer.  We have a big ‘Food Share’ table for those who struggle over the holiday times. And there are some very interesting activities to be enjoyed by all ages!  More about that elsewhere with those who know more than me!

During the break we will be doing some more work on our hall and railings and look forward to you being amazed when we re-open.

Thank you to all the schools in our area – especially St Oswald’s Primary School who did so well in their Ofsted – we love all you contribute to our local community and we wish parents, pupils and staff a good and safe holiday.

And thank you to all who make sure the other church activities continue!

Our services are Wednesday and Sunday mornings at 10am, and there is a special Evensong at 6pm on Sunday 4 August!

Don’t be lonely, come and join us for worship!


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
Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly with God

+ 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’)
+ Large-print hymmn books are available – just ask one of the sidespeople when you go into church
+ Children’s area is on the right at the front of church
+ Toilets in the church hall round the back of the church including accessible toilet
+ Fair Trade Stall in the church hall usually on the 4th Sunday in the month
 

SUNDAY 21 JULY
10AM HOLY COMMUNION
IN CHURCH
Children’s Groups 2-6 & 7-12 years

Service Sheet: click here
Readings: 2 Samuel 7: 1-14aMark 6: 30-34, 53-56
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 22 JULY
10AM MORNING PRAYER IN CHURCH

NO table tennis at the moment 

 
TUESDAY 23 JULY
NO Community Cafe
Closed for the school holidays
for building work to be carried out and
to give everyone a well earned rest!

6-6.30PM PRAYING FOR THE WORLD at 5 REDMAN CLOSE
A short service of prayer (last one until September)

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

 
WEDNESDAY 24 JULY
10AM HOLY COMMUNION IN CHURCH
(Book of Common Prayer)


NO Community Cafe
Closed for the school holidays
for building work to be carried out and
to give everyone a well earned rest!


THURSDAY 25 JULY
NO St Oswald‘s Tots
Closed for the school holidays
for building work to be carried out and
to give everyone a well earned rest!
 

SEA SUNDAY 28 JULY
After the All Age Service, as part of our celebration of Sea Sunday, there will be a Bring & Share Picnic for our Pebbles and Explorer families, with games and activities for the children (either in the Vicarage garden or in the church hall depending on the weather). 
Do come along!

 
HOUSE GROUPS
The groups are now taking a break – meeting again in September
If you would like to join a group in September, I would be delighted to talk to you and perhaps suggest which group might be the most suitable for you to join
Jackie Tuvey-Smith: e. [email protected],
t. 01904 655187 / m. 07800 774364
  Usually Wednesdays at 7.30pm (Redman Close Group weekly)
contact Jackie Tuvey-Smith e. [email protected]
Usually Wednesdays at 11.15am (Sir John J. Hunt Meeting Room Group fortnightly) contact Lesley Milner t.01904 652782
Usually Thursdays at 7.30pm (Heslington Lane Group/Broadway West 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
The Centenary of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral: The Very Reverend Dr Sue Jones, Dean of Liverpool, leads a service to mark 100 years since the consecration of the Cathedral.
> 9AM – CHURCH OF ENGLAND
ONLINE SUNDAY SERVICE
YouTube/Facebook/website

LOCAL NEWS, SUPPORT & HELP ETC




 


  
 The Rt Revd Paul Ferguson, Bishop of Whitby,
writes a farewell pastoral letter:
“God loves you.” Bishop Michael Baughen whispered those words just after he laid hands on me, at my ordination as priest in Chester Cathedral.

It took me aback: the words of the service were all scripted, we had been carefully rehearsed, and everything seemed so formal. And then a secret whisper: ‘God loves you.’
It’s now 29 years since I first came to York, as Precentor at the Minster. As cathedral canon, archdeacon and bishop, I have met so many extraordinary and wonderful people; seen people grow in faith, discipleship and ministry; and I have had the best colleagues that anyone could wish for. Like any minister, I have been with people at the turning points of life, and when its troubles and confusions have threatened to overwhelm them. And you have been there for me too — thank you.
Paul wrote to the Romans: ‘We, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.’
Paul could have been writing to us, with all our different abilities and responsibilities. Whatever your role, you will have concerns that can be daunting. But being God’s co-workers, the ambassadors and messengers of God’s love, is the reason why we do all the work, why we run the projects, why we have all those meetings.
It has been such a privilege to be part of this diocese’s life and work. I’m confident that God has more great opportunities in store. And whatever happens along the way, especially if it’s tough at times, hear the whisper: God loves you.
 

REMINDER
YORK FOOD BANK – HELPING LOCAL PEOPLE IN CRISIS. 
The foodbank relies on your goodwill and support.


DONATING FOOD: There are collection boxes in the Church & Church Hall
Urgently needed: Long Life Cartons of Fruit Juice or bottles of Squash, Tinned Vegetables, Washing Up Liquid, Cleaning Sprays. Laundry Detergent
Also needed: Tinned Soup, UHT Milk, Tinned Meat, Tinned Fruit, Tinned Tomatoes, Packets of Instant Noodles/Instant Pasta/Mug Shots, Instant Mash Potato, Jars of Jam, Sugar, Sponge Puddings, Shampoo, Baby Wipes, Deodorants (Male & Female)

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 will we be singing this Sunday?