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

Half-term food vouchers

Message on behalf of Alison Stathers-Tracey, Director of Prevention & Early Help: Cheshire East Council

“Cheshire East Council will be offering supermarket e-vouchers over half term for families with children who are eligible for free school meals. If you are working with any families that need this support, please contact cfphp@cheshireeast.gov.uk with the following information:

  • Name of the parent/ carer
  • Name of the child/ children
  • Name of the school
  • Date of birth of each child
  • Home address
  • Contact number and ideally an email address to receive the e-voucher

Families can also contact this email address direct cfphp@cheshireeast.gov.uk

If the family does not have an email address the Council can discuss the best way to get the voucher to them.

The Council is committed to helping our most vulnerable children and families and hope that this will help those that are struggling financially over half term.”

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.

 

 

A Springtime Prayer…

… written by a young member of our congregation

Tyler before the Pet Blessing Service summer 2017

I love the nature as much as you do, God. The river flows as Jesus goes. God, please protect nature. All the poor and all the endangered animals, protect them. God, I wish that one day I will see you. I wish that all the bad people become good and all the litter is cleared one day. Dear God, all the poor – give them more – as you can.

Amen.

Tyler (a Year One pupil at St John’s School)