A message from Bev and Hilary

A letter to parents

At this time of year there is usually a bustle of Christmas Fairs, Nativity Plays and seasonal parties. However, 2020 is a rather different affair with a national lockdown throughout November and local tier 2 restrictions running up to Christmas.

At St Oswald’s we are trying our best to ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’. Restricted services have restarted (see Calendar for details) and we held a successful Christingle service on zoom on the first Sunday of Advent.

Praise & Play

As the Autumn term progressed, it became clear that the best way to support our Praise & Play families was through the free Home Activity Pack which I delivered to everyone on my contact list with the help of Nicola.
I have also posted various videos in the P&P Facebook Group online for those who do FB.

Christmas Party – as we are unable to have our usual Christmas visit from Santa in person, I have arranged a zoom visit instead. This will take place at 10.30am on Tuesday 15th December. If you would like to participate, please email Bev and get yourself onto Santa’s List! (contact details at bottom of this post).

Moving into 2021 – Some good news! We are planning on restarting a limited Praise & Play session on Tuesday mornings in the form of a Support Group for New Mums. This will run at the usual time of 9.30 to 11.30am beginning on 12th January. Due to current Covid 19 restrictions, it will be exclusively for children under 1yr, plus their parent/carer. We hope to provide a friendly venue for new mums to socialise and meet others in the same situation. Please bring your own travel cup and baby toys. [Covid rules will apply]

Unfortunately, we are unable to have any activities for children over 1yr at the present time, but we shall continue to deliver Activity Packs for the Pre-school children during the Spring term. We sincerely hope that we will be able to restart P&P fully after Easter, a whole year since we were last together in the church!

RiCH Group

Our after school ‘Refreshment-in-Church’ sessions for children age 11 to 14 have been successfully running online since half term. Activity packs are delivered on a Tuesday and we meet online on a Thursday afternoon to participate in craft, chat and games. We plan to keep these going into 2021 so if you know of anyone who may like to join us, please email for further details.

The Vicar’s Retirement

As many of you may have heard, Revd Veronica is retiring on 31st December this year. She will be much missed by all of us, but we wish her all the best for her well-deserved retirement. Unfortunately, we are unable to have a farewell party at this present time but if you would like to send her a personal message you can do so care of the church address which is at the top of each blog page.

Family Church

It has been a source of great sadness that we have been unable to provide our usual family services and events over this past year. We continue to do our best to provide alternatives for you all, such as the Light Party-in-a-bag which was delivered for All Hallows Eve.

First Sunday Family Worship was provided via video for several months and has now moved online in the form of a zoom meeting. We plan to keep to this format for the foreseeable future and details of services will be published on FB and the website.

There will be a Family Communion service at 10.30am on Christmas Day in St Oswald’s. Booking is essential and can be made from 21st December onwards by phoning 01625 572645 or 07887 987082.

As we move through advent into the Christmas season let us take hold of the Hope offered to us by the arrival of the Christ Child and the rolling out of a vaccine, that 2021 will be a better year for us all.



We wish you
a Happy and Blessed Christmas.

With Love

Bev and Hilary

Useful contact details:

 Facebook www.facebook.com/St-Oswald-Bollington

Beverley Nixon [Children and Families Worker]
Tel: 01625 500970  email: beverleynxn@aol.com

Hilary Young [Churchwarden} – 01625 574725

Christingle 2020

Make your own this year!

Beverley writes:

We are unable to do our usual Christingle making workshop and Christingle Service in St Oswald’s this year due to Covid 19.
But where there is a will there is a way!!

You are invited to join us for our online Christingle Service via zoom at 3pm on Sunday 29th November.

The service will follow a similar format to the normal one and will last about half an hour. To take part you will need to register your interest with me so that I can send you the zoom link.

You will need to make your own Christingle at home this year but fear not, for I (with the help of Sue Berry!) have put together a DIY Christingle Kit, which I can deliver free, to your home. Please note that the orange will not be provided so you will need to acquire one medium sized orange for each Christingle you wish to make. If you would like a kit, please email me stating how many Christingles you are wishing to make.

In case you are unsure how to put together a Christingle, I will be posting a short instruction video on our church FB page and on the church website.

I do hope that you will be able to join us for this traditional way to start advent in the Parish of Bollington.

Kind regards,
Bev

St Oswald’s Day 2018

Be Strong and of Good Courage!

At our Family Service this morning we heard the story of St Oswald (about 604 – 642 AD), King of Northumbria who helped St Aidan  to spread Christianity throughout his kingdom. He was generous to the poor. One Easter he was feasting with St Aidan when news came of poor people in the street outside begging for food. Oswald not only shared the food from the feast, but also gave away the silver dishes that the food was on. He had a wooden cross erected before the Battle of Heavenfield and exhorted his troops to be Strong and of Good Courage.

During the service young and older members of the congregation decorated shields with Christian symbols.

The banner in our Children’s Corner was created ten years ago by children from both of our Church Schools

This year’s Schools’ Experience Week – Noah

The church was open on Saturday 30 June from 10am to 2pm…

…for people to come in and see what our schoolchildren have been taking part in this week. Some of the school children who had visited the Experience with their class-mates brought their parents or grandparents along.

Nature flourishes under the rainbow!

In previous years we have held Schools’ Experience Weeks about All Saints, Easter, Epiphany, God’s Creation, Jesus’ Parables and Moses.

Children’s Choir

 

Starting Wednesday 7 March 2018

For young children of school age, in St Oswald’s Church during term time. Drinks and biscuits will be provided!

Led by one of the mums, the intention is to encourage young children to sing and to make occasional performances at Family Services. To help them grow in confidence, and to draw them closer into the Church family.

This is NOT a talent show, all you require is enthusiasm and a love of singing. If you have children or grandchildren who might like to join in with this new venture, please bring them along.

 

 

Advent 2017 at St Oswald’s for young people

The season began by preparing the Christingles.


The RiCH* Christmas party involved some dressing up…

*RiCH = Refreshment in Church,  where Bollington’s Secondary School pupils (Years Seven to Nine) are able to drop in on their way home from school for a drink and some home made cake…


There were some special visitors at the Praise and Play* Christmas Party

*Praise and Play is for pre-school children and babies & their parents and/or carers


More dressing up for the Crib Service on Christmas Eve…


More information about parish activities for young people and families here