All Creatures Great and Small – 9 July 2017

great and small – although there were some smaller

St Oswald’s held its first Pet Service today. A varied selection of God’s creatures attended, including a number of pets. There were representatives of Mammals and Reptiles as well as some more symbolic creatures. Such as rocking horses for example.

There were a large number of dogs in the congregation, who vigorously joined in the applause at the speeches during the service. There were no cats. Perhaps this was just as well. A llama and a miniature horse made guest appearances.

Some of the humans explained their roles in looking after some of the other animals who share this planet.

Canon Veronica blessed all the creatures who had attended the service. Then there was coffee and cake. And dog biscuits.

This year’s Schools Experience Week – Moses

Our amazing interactive Schools’ Experience continues all this week! Members of our congregation are telling the Story of Moses with the enthusiastic help of children from three of our local primary schools! To give you a flavour of the unfolding drama, here is a selection of photos sent to us by their Head Teacher of some of the delightful children from Bollington St John who’ve clearly enjoyed their class visit today.

Coming up – Pet Service – 9 July 2017

YOU and YOUR PET are warmly welcome to join us for…

All Creatures Great & Small

– a special service at St Oswald’s to celebrate & bless our local working animals & family pets on Sunday 9th July at 3.00pm

No matter what sort of pet you have, bring it along!*
We hope you and your pet will enjoy our short service of songs and readings, and a chance to connect with other animal lovers of Bollington & Kerridge.

* (All we ask is that cats & other small animals are brought in
safe containers so that they can’t risk being lost – or eaten!)

Download a poster here

Thy Kingdom Come

Between 25th May and 4th June, communities and churches around the world are gathering together to pray that their friends, families and neighbours come to know Jesus Christ. Prayer events of all shapes and sizes will take place across the 10 days, including 24-7 prayer rooms, prayer days, prayer walks and half nights of prayer. Cathedrals, churches and other venues will host Beacon Events, gathering people across towns and cities to worship and to pray for the empowering of the Holy Spirit for effective witness. Link to website

St Oswald’s will be open for prayer from 8.30 until dusk, from Wednesday 31 May until Saturday 3 June with a focus on the Archbishops’ initiative: “Thy Kingdom Come”

We wish you luck, Gary

Revd Dr Gary Bowness celebrated the Eucharist at St Oswald’s this morning for the last time before leaving for pastures new in the Lancaster area. The choir regaled him with a surprise rendition of…

We wish you luck as we wave you goodbye.
Cheerio, there you go, on your way.
We wish you luck as we wave you goodbye.
Not a tear but a cheer, on your way.
You’ve got what it takes
To relax in the Lakes
And your smile will lighten their way.
We may meet once again by and by!
We wish you luck as we wave you goodbye.