Upcoming Pilgrim course

Wendy Moss, who is a Reader in training from Hurdsfield Church will be doing a placement for 6 weeks at St Oswald’s from Sunday 16th January until Sunday 27th Feb. During this time, we will run a 6 week Pilgrim Course on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm-9pm starting on Tues 18th Jan. 

The Pilgrim Course is a very highly rated Church of England teaching and refresher course. Part of it is written and led by none other than Stephen Cottrell, the Archbishop of York (who is so easy and clear to follow for anyone who hasn’t heard him speak).

The 6 week course will explore more deeply the declarations that people make at baptism and confirmation –  “I turn to Christ” etc. It starts with baptism, so the Pilgrim Course is suitable both for people who are very new to faith (such as parents of children being baptised) and for people who are happy to have a fresh look at the basics or for some of whom confirmation may have been a long time ago.

In my experience God manages to speak to and teach everyone who is prepared to do some study like this.

Is this something that God might be asking you to come along to? It might end up being that you’re the one God uses to help someone else. Please pray about it, and about who might need a personal invite to come too. 

There is more about the Pilgrim Course here – http://www.pilgrimcourse.org/    and an introductory video here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94iJqkJ_A5M&list=PLcc_HT5Teqjq7HDvjRpFFeATStZewpCRX&index=2

Best Wishes

Reverend Nancy

Reverend Nancy Goodrich’s Induction Service

The Installation of our new Vicar the Revd Nancy Elisabeth Goodrich will take place on Monday 26th July at 7pm in St Oswald’s Church.

Please be aware that, as Covid-19 restrictions will only just have been lifted, and in order to keep everyone safe we may have to limit numbers attending.

Therefore if you wish to attend would you please book in with Jackie Pengelly as you would for a Sunday service before Wednesday 21st July. This will also act as the track and trace which we are still required to carry out.


Please note that we shall continue with the booking in system for Sunday services at least until the 16th August for track and trace purposes. The number of people we can accommodate safely will be decided after a Risk assessment has been completed. 

St Oswald’s featured in Church Buildings Case Study

St Oswald’s features as Case Study no. 1 on page 8, amongst these case studies just published about church building developments in our Diocese.

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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 has re-opened. No need to book in.

A simple said Celebration of Holy Communion will be held at 10.30am each Sunday and Thursday.

Family Worship is back on on the 1st Sunday of the month.

Family Communion has resumed on the 3rd Sunday of the month.

All previous Covid -19 precautions will apply so we are requesting that face masks are worn in Church until further notice.

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. Many thanks and stay safe!