Children from Sessay Primary School visited their local church with creative writer John Wedgwood-Clarke and then produced their own creative work. You can read some of their poems and imaginative …
On the day that the children from Sessay Primary School visited the church, it was filled with bright winter sunlight which shone through the richly-coloured stained glass windows. With guidance from the creative writer, the children drew and wrote about some of the intricate and intriguing objects they had found, and listened to the sounds of the church. You can read some examples of their work by following the link at the bottom of the page.
Welcome to our website
St Oswald's is a beautiful and historic Church of England Parish Church in the village of Sowerby, just outside Thirsk. It is attended by people of all ages who live in the village and surrounding area, and by many visitors to this scenic part of North Yorkshire. St Oswald's has a thriving ministry to children and young people, a variety of music styles, opportunities for learning about the Christian faith in small groups or simply being quiet and reflective together.
We enjoy close links with our sister churches - St Mary's at Bagby, St Mary's at Kilburn, St Cuthbert's at Sessay and All Saints at Thirkleby - as well as Sowerby Methodist Church and the Thirsk Team Ministry. We are also members of the local Churches Together Group. This website tells you a lot more about the ministry of St Oswald's Church.
If there is any further information you would like, please do not hesitate to contact the Vicar .
The Church of St Cuthbert in Sessay dates from 1847-8, but the building contains remnants of much older churches, such as the sixteenth-century brass plaque in the chancel floor. This brass commemorates Master Thomas Magnus, Archdeacon of the East Riding and parson of the church, who died in 1550. If you look closely at the image of the brass below, you can see Thomas’s coat of arms beneath the figure of the priest.
The slim tower and wide roofs would certainly feature again in later work. Moreover, as happened regularly with Butterfield’s commissions, the church was only the most important part of the work requested here, for at Sessay he was also responsible for the lych-gate and the school, the latter of which is still in use as such today.
We are holding two 4 week courses this year, both on Mondays. All are very welcome to attend any or all sessions of either (or both) courses.
The afternoon course is in the Quiet Room at Orchid House (2.00pm to 3.30pm) led by Bob Jones on 20 and 27 November, 4 and 11 December 2017 - "So what are you waiting for?"
The evening course is at St Oswald's Church (7.30pm to 9.00pm), on 27 November, 4, 11 and 18 December 2017 - "How do we grow as a Church and as Christians".