His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Our thoughts and prayers are with her Majesty the Queen and all the Royal Family as they mourn the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. St Oswald’s church bell will be tolled 99 times at noon tomorrow (Saturday) at the request of the Central Council of Church Bellringers.

Journey through Lent by Helen Buchanan

Don’t Keep it to Yourself

We can be guilty of keeping our faith a private thing and be uncomfortable about discussing it. But that’s exactly what Jesus wants us to do and not just with fellow Christians either. Faith is something we all need to be more open about. We wouldn’t be Christians today if someone hadn’t shared their faith with us so it’s crucial we do the same. We are part of that chain that keeps the faith alive and even better, grows it. But how do we share our faith and where do we start? The good news is that Jesus does not expect us all to become evangelists for that’s a gift in itself. It took a visitation of the Holy Spirit to help the Disciples and they’d already spent 3 years as apprentices of Jesus.

We do not have to even become evangelists, as there are plenty of people who have a gift to do that. Instead, we can be Christians, doing ordinary things to help people, made special by the Holy Spirit. Our actions should show we are Christians but we must also be more open about our faith. If you have had a prayer answered, then tell someone. If we go to church to worship, then tell someone. If we feel powerless to help someone, then tell them you will pray for them instead. You could also wear a cross, or a fish to put your faith on show. When we meet new people and they ask us about our lives, let them know we are Christians, for it shouldn’t be the very last thing people find out about us.

A survey by the Church of England in 2015 found 56% of people surveyed said they were Christians yet only 10% of those people ever went to church. If you have only just become a Christian, one of the great thing about church is that everyone who goes is a Christian. You are among people who believe!. Of course the real challenge comes on the other 6 days of the week and that’s when we need to share our faith more and it’s never too late to start!

St Oswald’s New Vicar

Subject to all the legalities, St Oswald’s new vicar will be the 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.”


Church to Reopen

It has been decided that we shall resume services beginning with a Holy Communion Service on Ash Wednesday 17th February at 10.30am (no need to book in for this service)

For the time being, due to the ongoing Pandemic, we shall hold Sunday services only, commencing on 21st February (booking in required, see below). All previous Covid -19 precautions will apply.

A simple said Celebration of Holy Communion will be held at 10.30am each Sunday. For the required Track and Trace purposes and to ensure we have room for you, if you wish to attend you will need to book in advance.

For the safety of others in the congregation, please do not attend if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been asked to self-isolate.

Please phone 01625 572645 or mobile 07887 987082 or send an email to jackie.pengelly@hotmail.co.uk to make your booking for yourselves and any members of your household/bubble, anytime from the immediate Monday leading up to the date you wish to attend.

If by any chance, having already booked in, you then find you are no longer able to attend on a given date, please do contact Jackie again to let her know your change of plan and she will then be able to contact anyone else on her waiting list enabling them to be at that service instead of you. Many thanks and stay safe!

  • Lesley Fearnley on Church to ReopenI so thank you for this, truly a blessing in these times Lesley F

Runcorn Church Monday Coffee Morning via Zoom

The lovely folks from St Michael and All Angels, Runcorn invite you to join their zoom Coffee Mornings on Mondays. This is a fabulous opportunity to meet other Christians from across the Diocese for coffee and chat.

More information can be found at

Saint Michael and All Angels Church, Runcorn | Facebook

or at

New Vicar appointment update

Great news! 🥰 The advertisement for our next incumbent has now been posted onto the Chester Diocesan website under the “Clergy Vacancies” section: ⭐https://www.chester.anglican.org/ ⭐
Please pray for our Archdeacon, our Patron and particularly our two parish representatives tasked with selecting a new Vicar for Bollington and pray for all those priests who are considering applying for the now vacant post 😇 that together they may rightly discern God’s call and that the best choice may be made for the continued thriving of our congregation and local community 🙏

Closing date for applications 07 February 2021; interviews 24 February 2021 🙏

COVID Update regarding Sunday Services from the Church Wardens

Due to the severity of the Pandemic, we have been given permission to suspend all Public Worship until further notice.

On a personal note, if anyone has any content they would like publishing on the Blog, please do get in touch with me. I am currently home schooling 3 children so help with items to add onto this Blog would be gratefully appreciated.


Cheshire East Hospice Christmas Tree Collection Cancelled

Message from their Facebook Page

Following announcement of the national lockdown, we are incredibly disappointed to announce that our 2021 Collection can no longer go ahead as planned this weekend. We are so sorry to have had to make this decision, but the safety all those involved must come first.

This is a devastating blow to East Cheshire Hospice after an extremely challenging year for fundraising, having been unable to hold a major fundraising event since the last Christmas Tree Collection in January 2020! 💔

See https://www.facebook.com/echtrees/ for more information.

Thank You from Reverend Veronica and Dave

I just wanted to thank you all so much for the amazingly generous gifts which were presented to Dave and me recently by the Ministry Team at St Oswald’s. It was really lovely to have not only the two current but also three of the former Churchwardens with us on that occasion as well, as the relationship between Vicar and Wardens is such an important one! I certainly feel I am leaving the congregation in very good and capable hands with Christine and Hilary heading up the Team from now on into the vacancy 😊.

We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the cheque we received and were very moved when we were told that contributions had come in not just from members of the congregation but from across the whole parish too! It was indeed very humbling but also lovely to know how much our ministry together here has been appreciated.

The flowers are beautiful, the lavish hamper is delightfully delicious-looking, and the cheque is absolutely stunning! We shall certainly enjoy (probably necessarily post-lockdown!) a fantastic gourmet “weekend” away somewhere splendid, just as you all envisaged 😊. Please convey our warmest thanks to everyone concerned and, needless to say, we shall miss you all as we embark on the unenviable task of seeking out a new place in which to worship on a regular basis from the start of the New Year 😊. It’ll be very hard to find anywhere in which we will feel quite as “at home” as we have here amongst the congregation of St Oswald’s, with its ever-expanding age-range, its sense of fun and common purpose, its dedicated “behind-the-scenes” workforce, its innovative and attractive ministry with children and families, its generous support of charities beyond itself, its sociability and flexibility, its increasingly warm welcome to strangers and friends alike, its care for the elderly and vulnerable, its excellent new facilities for offering hospitality, its willingness through a succession of foundation governors and other volunteers to support and care for local schoolchildren and staff, and its varied pattern of services in the liberal catholic style of worship! Whoever the next Vicar is will certainly be very blessed!

With much love and many thanks,

Veronica & Dave xxx

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