We are the Church of England parish of Bollington. Our address is shown above and there is a map at the bottom of this page to help you find us.
Our Vicar is the Rev. Nancy Goodrich who took up post on 26th July this year. Read a bit about her here:
Rev’d Nancy Goodrich
When St Oswald’s Church first opened in 1908, Jack and Lizzie Clarke brought their baby to be baptized in Bollington’s new church. 113 years later God has sent their great-granddaughter to be Bollington’s new Vicar.
Nancy was born and brought up locally. After school, Nancy studied PPE at Oxford University, qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Manchester and then worked in manufacturing in the North West and in the Midlands.
Following Jesus, Nancy became part of a lay ministry team and then grew a vocation to ordained ministry. She trained at The Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham, moving to Lytham St Annes in Lancashire for her curacy. Nancy has been Vicar of Bolton-le-Sands near Lancaster since 2012. She is the Area Dean of the Tunstall Deanery and a member of General Synod for the Blackburn Diocese. In 2019 Nancy was appointed as a trustee of the Clergy Support Trust.
Nancy is married to Nigel, an Advanced Manufacturing Industrial Advisor for Sheffield University, they have two children, Florence, 22, and Lily, 17, and a springer spaniel called Pip.
Nancy says that she is very excited that God is bringing her to Bollington and to St Oswald’s, “Together we can work at spinning and weaving the love of God into the lives of the people in the Happy Valley.”
The contact phone number for the parish is 07895 363 038.
Anne Coomes is from Long Island New York, and comes from a mixed-church family. Her mother grew up a Methodist and married an Episcopalian, who then became a Presbyterian minister. The family moved over in 1971, when her father then took on a Congregational Church in Richmond Surrey.
After the American School in London, Anne did theology at London School of Theology and was confirmed an Anglican in 1981.
She has worked in Christian radio, newspapers, magazines and book writing. She was Communications Officer to the Diocese of Peterborough for seven years. Nowadays she runs a website to help church magazine editors, ParishPump.co.uk. Last year she finished a Post-Grad Diploma in Theology at Nazarene Theological College in Didsbury.
Anne became a Reader in 1999, and has served at St Catherine’s Birtles and Holy Trinity Hurdsfield. She moved to Bollington about 12 years ago, and loves exploring the area with her collie, who fortunately does not chase sheep!
The Church of St Oswald was consecrated for the worship of God on 22 October 1908 as part of the worldwide Christian Church and as a companion to both St John the Baptist Church (consecrated in June 1834) and Holy Trinity Mission Church in Kerridge (dedicated in January 1898). (A book about the history of the building is on sale at the back of the church.)
St Oswald’s is now designated as the Parish Church of Bollington, following the closure of St John’s in 2003 and Holy Trinity in 2010.
Wherever we gather for worship, our aim has always been to serve the people of Bollington and Kerridge, within the Church of England Diocese of Chester and the Deanery of Macclesfield, alongside our Christian brothers and sisters of other denominations in our local community.
We welcome all people of goodwill who wish to join us in worship, companionship and service of God the Holy Trinity who came to dwell amongst us as Jesus Christ, the one who gave us the pattern of how we should live as human beings created in God’s image and who continues to offer the grace of renewed energy and purpose in the light and hope which radiates from the Easter Candle. We pray that together we may work effectively for peace, justice, equality and truth.
Growth Action Plan
Our GAP workshops were a wonderful opportunity for us as a church to reflect back and plan together for the future. The aim of the workshops was to seek a new vision for our church – a vision of what God wants to be doing amongst us and amongst the wider community of Bollington, and to seek ways to bring the new vision into reality. As with all new ventures, we started with a big blank piece of paper. This helped us individually to look at where we are now and to picture where we want to be in the future – to draw our dreams.
Over the course of three Saturdays we refined these pictures through prayer and discussion, with real honesty and much laughter, until we arrived at the single picture you see today. It is a joyful image of a Eucharistic community which knows how to celebrate God’s goodness to us but also how to reach out to the community and connect with those in need, in pain, in difficulty, who don’t belong, who feel lost or neglected.
The key phrase that emerged to accompany the vision was “connecting and transforming” which we understood to refer to both ourselves – being connected to God and to each other and being transformed into His image – and to a mission for connecting with the wider community and playing our part in its transformation, enabled by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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