A Craic(k)ing Concert – Wednesday 16 March

st-patricks-dayStarting 7.30pm in St Oswald’s – an evening of Irish-themed entertainment on the eve of St Patrick’s Day.

Tickets £7 in aid of church funds available in advance from the church or at the door.

It was a most enjoyable evening – a good time was had by all.

limerick-winnerIrene was crowned the winner of the  limerick competition, headgear courtesy of the Bollington Balloon man Alex.

Taizé service 4 February

4pm Sunday 7 February 2016

Taizé worship originated in a community founded in 1940 by a monk called Brother Roger in the village of Taizé in southern Burgundy. His home became a sanctuary for countless war refugees seeking shelter until the Gestapo took over his house in 1942.

He returned after the liberation of France in autumn 1944 to establish what became a worldwide ecumenical Christian movement, with brothers joining from Reformed, Anglican and Catholic denominations to commit themselves to a life following Christ  ‘in simplicity, celibacy and community’. It is now one of the world’s most important sites of Christian pilgrimage, over 100,000 young people from around the world making a pilgrimage to Taizé each year.

The mode of worship is based on simple repetitive chants interspersed with periods of prayer and silence to allow for contemplation. The music, primarily composed by Jacques Berthier, is written in four part harmonies often with instrumental variations playing over the basic melodies producing a most moving spiritual effect.

We welcome you to our first attempt at Taizé worship at St Oswald’sThe service will be led by a group of musicians and singers from the church.

Please join in the chants when you can. We hope you will find it a peaceful and uplifting experience.

Welcome/Opening Silence

Opening song: Laudate dominum Let us praise the Lord

Congregation led by singers

Chant: Laudate dominum, Laudate dominum. Omnes, gentes, Alleluia

(Translation: Sing praise and bless the Lord, peoples, nations, Alleluia)

Lighting of candles

Reading from Psalm 118 1-8

Song: Confitemini domino Give thanks to the Lord for he is good. Based on Psalm 118, led by Music Group and Singers

Chant: Confitemini Domino, Quoniam bonus. Confitemini Domino, Alleluia.

Bible Readings: Exodus 3, 1-6; John 12, 27-36a


Peruvian Gloria

Cantor: Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory in the highest

All: Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory in the highest

Cantor: To him be glory for ever.

All: To him be glory for ever.

Cantor: Alleluia amen

All: Alleluia amen, Alleluia amen, Alleluia amen.

Intercessions (Sue Whitehurst)

Song: O Lord hear my prayer, as a response to each prayer. Singers plus congregation

Chant: O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer. When I call answer me. O Lord hear my prayer, O Lord hear my prayer. Come and listen to me.

The Lord’s Prayer


Closing Song Bless the Lord my soul Led by Music Group and Singers.

Chant: Bless the Lord my soul, and bless God’s Holy name. Bless the lord, my soul who leads me into life.

A prayer from Brother Roger, founder of the Taizé Community

Jesus, peace of our hearts, in our nights as in our days, in the hours of darkness as in the bright light, you knock on our door and await our response.

The Grace


Everyone is invited to tea and cake!

[The words of the chants are reproduced under Church Copyright Licence No, 897841]

Lent Lunches 2016


We will be asking for volunteers again this year please to sign up to provide a simple Lent Lunch in St Oswald’s on Thursdays between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. It is hoped to raise money for the Refugees Project we supported last autumn with our clothing collection. Refugees Aid in the North West of England is still sending out container loads of equipment, clothing and provisions to needy refugees, and the cost of transporting these goods needs to be covered too. There will be a list to sign up as a “customer” for these Lunches, as well as a request for volunteer cooks/providers! The Lunches will happen on 11/18/25 February and then on 10/17 March (i.e. not on 3 March). Please support this very worthy cause and also come along and enjoy good simple food and excellent company! Thank you.


Open Evening hosted by Macclesfield Deanery Synod

You are warmly invited to come to an Open Evening hosted by Macclesfield Deanery Synod (a group of representatives from local Anglican churches) on Tuesday 02 February 2016 held at the Parish Church of St. Oswald in Bollington (Bollington Road, SK10 5EG) starting at 7.30pm for 7.45pm.

We live in a world where innocent people are routinely tortured and imprisoned without trial in many countries…

Some manage to escape, traumatised and destitute. Some make their way to the UK and apply for asylum. Unfortunately they then face a new set of challenges. Making their case in a foreign language, wrestling with a bureaucracy that seems like a terrifying reminder of the state they have escaped. Living on the breadline, often surrounded by hostility and contempt. With the terror of being repatriated to certain abuse and likely execution.

Freedom From Torture is the charitable organisation that used to be known as the Medical Foundation For The Care Of Victims Of Torture. Their nearest centre – and one of their busiest – is in Manchester, and their staff include lawyers, doctors, psychiatrists, and concerned citizens with many professional backgrounds who reassure, nurture, heal and legally represent thousands of desperate people who previously believed that no-one in the world cared about them. Their work is astonishing, their commitment and humanity is humbling. And the necessity of what they do is sadly growing by the day. Freedom From Torture is a totally professional and accountable organization. They run treatment centres and provide professional therapy to children, young people, adults and families who have been devastated by torture in their own country. Offering also training, supervision and consultancy to local doctors, NHS Trusts, and other non-statutory services that work with refugees or in mental health, they provide medico-legal reports to asylum seekers whose applications are otherwise likely to be or have been rejected, to support their asylum claims.

We hope that you and your friends will join us for this free event, which will undoubtedly be both challenging and inspirational, as members of the charity Freedom From Torture join us to demonstrate their work, their successes, the principles that drive them and their need for moral and financial support. Our objective is to offer information to local people and to reach out to this organisation which itself reaches out to so many people. The work of Freedom From Torture is increasingly vital and daunting in its complexity. What they do reminds us what it means to be both human and humane.

As Christian churches we need look no further than what Jesus gave us as our mission of reaching out: “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing. I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me … Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

For more information: Keith Ravenscroft 01625 820041: email keith.ravenscroft@zen.co.uk