A REFLECTION FROM REV SUE SHERIFF

Wednesday 5 June was World Environment Day.

We have just been gifted as a church a wonderful book called ‘Choose Life’.  If it is a gift from the Diocese of York, of which St Oswald’s is part.  The book has been written by Diane Craven and Johannes Nobel and is described as worship and action for creation.

It is a book that is designed to take us through the whole of the church year from Christmas through to the following Christmas, and is packed full of wonderful ways of praising our wonderful Creator God through and with His creation.

It was a little bit late for our ENVIRONMENT SERVICE this Sunday but we have still compiled an exciting service that makes use of some beautiful prayers written by various Bishops up and down the country as well as encouraging us to consider the elements of earth, wind, fire and water.

In the introduction to the book our Archbishop, Stephen Cottrell, points out that the climate crisis dominates headlines in so many ways and that it should be part of the Church’s headlines too.

He goes on to say that we care for the Earth, not only because we rely on it to sustain life, but because the whole cosmos is part of God’s salvific action.  He points out that everything – the whole of creation – is interconnected and interdependent and that the new heaven and new earth are not only about humanity, but about the earth itself, the world and all that dwells on it.

We have so much to learn about creation from creation – as it says in Job chapter 12:
Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

We want this to be a very inclusive service so please don’t be put off if you are not very mobile …  There are activities that we can join in with during the service but, if you can’t get to the activities, we have bagged up some of the activities and we will bring them to you!

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 a disabled toilet
+ Fair Trade Stall in the church hall usually on the 4th Sunday in the month


A Celebration of God’s Creation

During the service, you are invited to prayerfully join the tables around church reflecting on God’s gifts of earth; water; fire and wind.
If you are not able to go to a table, we will bring a basket of activities to you.
There are also additional activities for children.
You may like to go outside and follow the prayer labyrinth.

Service Sheet: click here

Readings: Micah chapter 6: verses 6-8 
Music words: click here
(see also links to music videos at the end of the email)

Afterwards, everyone is invited to join us for refreshments in the church hall


MONDAY 10 JUNE
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 11 JUNE

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 12 JUNE
10AM HOLY COMMUNION IN CHURCH
(Book of Common Prayer)

10AM-12NOON IN THE CHURCH HALL
COMMUNITY CAFE

THURSDAY 13 JUNE
9.30-11.30AM IN THE CHURCH HALL
ST OSWALD’S TOTS 


YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!

If you can volunteer for between 1 hour and all afternoon, please sign up on the lists at the back of church.
Carolyn Blain: t. 07772 797795, e. [email protected]

Donations of the following are needed for the stalls:

Cakes, bottles and Tombola prizes



Celebrating thirty years of women’s
priestly ministry in the Diocese of York


‘Several hundred lay people and clergy gathered to give thanks for the first thirty years of women’s priestly ministry in Diocese of York, at Evensong in York Minster.
Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell was present and gave a blessing at the end, and the preacher was the Revd Canon Sue Sheriff, one of the 39 women ordained priest in York Minster in May 1994 and now Priest-in-Charge of St Oswald’s, Fulford, York.’
To read Rev Sue’s sermon, click HERE
‘Around sixty ordained women joined Archbishop Stephen on York Minster’s south steps for a photograph afterwards, followed by a smaller group of seventeen of those ordained priest in 1994, including a number of those ordained in York.’
To read the full story, click HERE


HOUSE GROUPS

Come and explore faith in fellowship with friends
at one of our Bible Study House Groups!

We are continuing a series based on the Pilgrim Course Church and Kingdom. 

The course will help us to address such questions as:
* What does it mean to live as a child of the kingdom of God and follow in the way of Christ each day as a member of his church?
* How does it affect our life at work as well as at home?
* How does it affect what we do with the gifts we have been given, especially those gifts of time and talents, passions resources and money?
* How does it affect our relationships with others?
* How is the Christian faith changing us and shaping us so that we become more like Jesus?
Wednesday 12 June 7.30pm (Redman Close Group weekly)

contact Jackie Tuvey-Smith e. [email protected]
Wednesday 12 June 11.15am (Sir John J. Hunt Meeting Room Group fortnightly) contact Lesley Milner t.01904 652782

Thursday 20 June 7.30pm (Heslington Lane Group fortnightly)
contact Caroline Moore, e. [email protected]

If you would like to know more, 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


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

Sing to the Lord: Angel Morgan leads worship from Big Church Festival celebrating the Psalms and music making.
> 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

Summer Renewal Day: Monday 24 June 10.30am-3.30pm
An opportunity for people to come ad worship, receive Bible teaching, pray and be prayed for. These events are free of charge, and refreshments, including a packed lunch, are provided. Led by: Paul Millard (Rector of St Paul’s Church, York). Cost: Donations are welcome but not necessary. Booking, click HERE
Singing for the Soul: Tuesday 25 June 9.30am-4.00pm
Come and join us for a day of a-cappella (unaccompanied) singing where we will explore what it means to be community, through connecting with each other and engaging with God. Mike is one of the Chaplains at Scargill House. Led by: Mike Leigh. Cost: £30.00 including lunch and refreshments. Booking, click HERE



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:
Tinned Vegetables (Urgently needed), Jars of Pasta or Curry Sauce (Urgently needed), Long Life Cartons of Fruit Juice or bottles of Squash, Tinned Soup, UHT Milk, Tinned Meat, Tinned Fruit, Tinned Tomatoes, Packets of Instant Noodles/Instant Pasta/Mug Shots, Instant Mashed Potato, Jars of Jam, Sponge Puddings, Shampoo (Urgently needed), Deodorants (Male & Female), Cleaning Sprays
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?