Holy Week and Easter 2019

Maundy Thursday

The church was arranged in “café style” for our Agape meal of roast lamb with unleavened bread followed by baklava and fresh fruit.

The food was then cleared away in preparation for the more solemn meal of the Eucharist.

Ready for the Eucharist

After the meal there was a watch of prayer until midnight

Watch of prayer

Good Friday

In the morning there was a Children’s Workshop, following the story of Holy Week…

In the afternoon, members of our Lent Group shared reflections from the book “The Nail” by Bishop Stephen Cottrell. These were followed by the Liturgy of the Day.

Holy Saturday

Time for the flower arrangers to “spring” into action!

We listened to the final chapters from “The Nail” before saying Compline together.

Easter Day

We gathered outside the church before dawn. A fire was lit and blessed. The Paschal Candle was blessed and the “cruel nails” inserted. It was lit from the fire and carried into the church in a cloud of incense- “The Light of Christ”. The congregation followed, each carrying a votive candle. Canon Veronica sang the “Exsultet”, and then we listened to the biblical stories from creation through to the events of Holy Week, all read by candle light. Then following the Gospel reading, “Christ is Risen – He is risen indeed!”. The lights were switched on and everyone made “a joyful noise” on various instruments.

Following the First Eucharist of Easter, we enjoyed a shower of mini Easter Eggs and a glass of “Buck’s Fizz.”

At the 10.30am Family Communion Service we welcomed Megan and Maisie for their Christening and shared a special cake afterwards to celebrate the Vicar’s 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood.

Bollington Festival 2019

Come and celebrate Bollington Festival with us here at St Oswald’s!
We are hosting a whole variety of events and services here during the Railway/Journeying themed Festival Fortnight – do come along and take part in what’s going on! Refreshments provided during exhibitions and after concerts!

Saturday 11 May: Festival Parade through Bollington
starting at 11am at the Poachers Inn:

Be wise and join in our Camel Train (costumes optional!)

Saturday 11 May: 12noon till 5.00pm and Sunday 12 May: 11.00am till 4.00pm: Model Railway Enthusiasts Exhibition in St Oswald’s ChurchSuggested donation: Adults £3.00  – but free entry for children!

Sunday 12 May: 11.00am Worship Service in Festival Marquee on the Rec

Guest Speaker: David Maidment, founder of the Railway Children charity

Plus Puppet Show (& the chance to try out these puppets after the service)

Please note: No 10.30am service at St Oswald’s this Sunday!

Saturday 11 May till Monday 27 May: St Oswald’s Arts & Crafts Group Exhibits on show –

some items to be sold at Grand Auction on Sunday 2 June during our next Afternoon Tea & Cake event 3.00pm till 5.00pm

Monday 13 May: 5.00pm till 7.00pm Launch Event in St Oswald’s for Bollington Embroiderers Group exhibition (thereafter this will be open to view between 4.00pm and 7.00pm Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15, Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May)

Wednesday 15 May: 10.00am till 8.00pm: Make Your Mark: Printmaking Techniques for the reluctant artist! Come along and be led by Debbie Tracey – our special guest artist now based in the Isle of Man – no prior skills needed! Stay for as long as you like – contributions towards cost of materials welcome!

Friday 17 May: 8.00am till 11.00am: Big Brekkie fundraiser for Christian Aid:

Come and share breakfast in St Oswald’s and raise money for those who are hungry across the world

Saturday 18 May: 10.00am till 12noon: Donald Judge presents a Music Workshop for all ages, tracing the history of the railway coming and going in Bollington! All welcome: Tickets £5.00 from Festival Box Office or on the door


Sunday 19 May:
10.30am at St Oswald’s
Family Communion Service

All Welcome to our mid-monthly family-friendly service of Holy Communion

Sunday 19 May: 7.30pm: William Byrd Choir Concert: “The Singing Will Never Be Done” A varied programme of delightful music: Tickets £12.50 from Festival Box Office or on the door

Tuesday 21 May: 7.00pm till 8.00pm Launch Event of Travelling Exhibition “Journey into Light”: Art created by prisoners from HMP Styall and HMP Thorn expressing their experiences and background stories: Open for viewing thereafter at the following times:
Wed 22 May: 10am till 12noon, 4pm till 7pm; Fri 24 May: 10am till 12noon, 2pm till 5pm; Sat 25 May: 10am till 12noon, 4pm till 7pm; Sun 26 May: 1pm till 3pm; Mon 27 May: 10am till 12noon, 2pm till 5pm.

Wednesday 22 May: 2.00pm: Gospel Train! An interactive Praise Event, with local amateur singers and musicians, including children from Bollington St John’s School. Come along and join in!

Friday 24 May: 7.30pm: “Stations of the Cross” led by Revd Canon Veronica Hydon: offering a simple meditation on our own journeys through life, reflected in the Christian story of Holy Week and Easter. All welcome. Refreshments afterwards.

Saturday 25 May: 2.00pm: Joe Riley and Friends: a musical event showcasing the talent of Joe Riley, a Year 7 composer, songwriter and performer. Come along and support this emerging young Bollington musician!

Sunday 26 May: 4.00pm: Taize Worship Service: prayer, song, readings, silence, thanksgiving. Followed by simple refreshments

Every blessing as we celebrate so many different facets of our life together within this community!

Veronica