About Us

Welcome to St Oswald's, an Anglican church in the centre of the beautiful university and cathedral city of Durham. We seek to be a place of encounter with Christ, and of help to grow in faith in an active and reflective Christian community of all ages.

Our style of worship is quite traditional, with an emphasis on the help music can provide. We have a fine organ and excellent church choir which welcomes new recruits, and a children's choir which sings at all-age services and on special occasions. We also have a very enthusiastic team of bellringers. Close ecumenical contacts and shared activities with the other churches in the Elvet area of the city are an important part of our parish life, as is our mission to the large student community in the parish. St Oswald's isn't just for Sundays; the church is usually open in daytime Mondays-Fridays to visit, pray or just enjoy the peace (but this weekday opening has had to suspendedjust temporarily, probably for several months from February 2019, during internal works in the church). Community is at the heart of church life, and a lively programme of social events runs throughout the year.

Responsible stewardship of God's earth is a particular concern of the congregation, and our leafy churchyard is managed as a wildflower meadow and haven for birds, a tranquil oasis in the city centre.

For fuller information see our website, www.oswalds.org.uk