Please also remember that the Annual Church Parochial Meeting is on Sunday 16th May at 11.30am.
A Prayer for Advent
In this Advent of expectation draw us together in unity, that our praise and worship might echo in these walls and also through our lives.
In this Advent of expectation draw us together in mission, that the hope within might be the song we sing, and the melody of our lives.
In this Advent of expectation draw us together in service, that the path we follow might lead us from a stable to a glimpse of eternity. John Birch
Saturday 7th December – 9.30am
Woodlands Volunteer Day & Carols around the Campfire
Many hands make light work! This day will continue to focus on The Anniversary Garden, preparing it for the planting of 50 fruit trees in the new year. Following on from the success of the last volunteer day in November, our gardener James said:
“The planting up of our new fruit trees has come a step closer thanks to some much appreciated volunteer efforts on Saturday! In mercifully dry-ish weather, we tackled the old terraces near the orchard, starting a gargantuan task of restoring the yew hedge at the top of the bank and then removing great quantities of gorse and brambles that inhabited the terrace below. This has the effect of allowing foot passage along the terrace for the fist time in a while and letting much needed light flood the area meaning people can now sit on the benches below without being snagged by thorns! Once the terrace is clear, we can then start planting the fruit trees in the new year. This exciting task, however, must be first preceded with a second go at the clearing, so please do join us for another round of hearty work and even heartier company on December 7th!”
The day will begin at 9.30am and finish with us gathering around a campfire at around 4pm for some carols and mulled wine (weather permitting). Lunch and refreshments will be provided to keep energy levels up! If you would like to join us for some or all of the day, please contact the Foxhill team for catering purposes. If you would like to donate a tree to The Anniversary Garden, a limited number are still available – more information can be found here.
Monday 9th – Friday 13th December
Each evening: Room at the Inn
A Series of short services offering space to reflect and reconnect with the true meaning of Christmas, and find joy in Emmanuel – God with us.
6.30pm – House open for quiet time in the Chapel or a chat in the Sitting Room
7.30pm – 8pm – Gather in the Chapel
Refreshments to follow.
Although booking is not essential, it is helpful for catering purposes – please call or email the Foxhill team if you would like to attend.
Saturday 14th December – 4pm
Journey to Bethlehem
An all age carol service bringing the Christmas story to life as we follow Mary and Joseph through the grounds of Foxhill on a candle-lit journey to Bethlehem. Although this is a free event, booking is essential as places are limited. Please email the Foxhill team here.
Sunday 15th December
Christmas Lunch & Carol Service
Join the Friends of Foxhill for a day of fellowship and celebration.
1pm Christmas lunch – £15pp 2.30pmCarol Service in the Chapel
All are welcome – please book in advance with the Foxhill team here.
A Friends of Foxhill Quiet Day
Led by the Revd Jenny Bridgman
Thursday 17th October 2019: 9.30am – 4.00pm
£10pp for Friends of Foxhill – Includes lunch and refreshments. Note: Whilst this is advertised as a Friends event, it is open to all and people are welcome to join the friends when they book.
In the following three short sessions we will explore the vocation of the People of God to be reconcilers and peacemakers in the communities in which we are placed:
- As society around us becomes increasingly entrenched, what of our scriptures, tradition and experience might help to bring healing and restoration to communities torn apart in recent years?
- What role is the Church being called to play in holding together increasingly diverse groups of people, and what greater hope might provide a focus for the restoration of these relationships?
- How might reconciliation work for each of us on the smallest of scales, as we each seek to be “reconciled to God” and to one another?
Each session will be followed by a longer period of silence for prayer and reflection.
Jenny is the Associate Vicar of Timperley, Assistant DDO in the Diocese of Chester, and a Spiritual Accompanier.
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!
FRIENDS OF FOXHILL EVENTS 2019.
Thank you for supporting the work of Foxhill House in so many different ways. There is a sense of gathering excitement as the work flourishes, but all the more need for a circle of people who are praying in an informed and regular way. Thank you all for doing this.
As we look into 2019 we would like to invite you to the following specific Friends’ events:
Fellowship on Mondays
We meet each Monday at 11.30am for Coffee followed at 12noon for a service of Holy Communion. On the third Monday of each Month we enjoy a light lunch following the service (Soup, bread and Fruit with Coffee/Tea) £6.00 per person.
Prayer on Saturdays
A vital part of the Friends is to pray for the ministry of Foxhill and we will be gathering on the following Saturdays to pray between 9.30am to 11.00am finishing with Coffee.
16th March, 18th May, 4th June, 20th July, 17th August, 21st September, 19th October, 16th November and 7th December.
As we enjoy Foxhill as Friends we will be celebrating our Daffodils on Sunday 10th March 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm, with an opportunity to enjoy the grounds and the Daffodils with refreshments we will conclude with Evening prayer at 4.00 pm.
Fifty Years of Ministry
As Foxhill celebrates 50 years of ministry we will gather on the Saturday 20th July between 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm for a time of celebration and thanksgiving for the ministry of Foxhill and the Friends.
Quiet Day for Friends
Once again, we are offering a Quiet Day for the Friends and the 2019 quiet day will be on Thursday 17th October – the person leading this day will be announced in due course.
On Sunday 15th December – Friends’ Christmas lunch and Carol service. Lunch at 1.00 pm followed by Carol service at 2.30 pm
Whilst these events are designed to support the work of Friends of Foxhill, those who would like to be Friends are very welcome. Please let other people know about these events and encourage them to be part of the Friends of Foxhill.
We have several events both residential and non- residential please visit our website www.foxhillchester.org
The party was held inside the church as the weather was threatening (and the school field was still rather wet from the previous day’s rain. But a good time was had by all.
Thanks to all who helped and supported us. By Sunday morning the total raised was £835, with (hopefully) a little more to come.
7th-9th September 2018
The Harvest of our Lives Led by Canon Veronica Hydon
A creative weekend using a variety of art and craft materials to explore and celebrate different skills each of us have discovered, practised and developed during our lifetimes in a range of work and leisure contexts, and sharing how God has blessed and encouraged us along the way.
This weekend will be contemplative as well as companionable. A time for greater appreciation of our own achievements as labourers in God’s Harvest.
£165pp including all meals & en-suite accommodation
Foxhill House and Woodlands, Tarvin Road, Frodsham WA6 6XB
The Diocese of Chester centre for prayer, study & mission
The children had a good time. We raised just over £200. Thanks to all Who supported us!