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Sunday 26th March The Fifth Sunday of Lent

11am Parish Eucharist (wrap up warm! the heating is broken)

Talk over coffee about the appeal for Ukraine

3:30pm Holy Baptism

Tuesday 9am St. Oswald’s School Service for Holy Week and Easter

Wednesday 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 2nd April Palm Sunday

11am Parish Eucharist

Tuesday 4th April 9:30am at St. Mary Coxhoe, Holy Communion

Wed 5th April 10am Holy Communion

Thursday 6th April Maundy Thursday

7pm Holy Eucharist & Vigil

Friday 7th April Good Friday

10am St Mary’s Shincliffe Celebrates the Cross

– Stations for children and adults

2pm Liturgy of the Day and Sung Passion According to St. John

Saturday 8th April 9pm Vigil of Readings and Service of Light

Sunday 9th April Easter Sunday

11:00am Parish Eucharist

St Oswald’s Lent 2023 Outreach appeal will be a collection for Ukraine via the Disaster Emergencies Committee (DEC).

There will be a brief talk about the appeal by the Outreach Committee over coffee after church on Sunday 26 March. To give to the appeal, please put contributions, in an envelope labelled ‘St Oswald’s Lent Outreach Appeal’, through the letter box in the Institute’s right-hand door on Church Street, where it will drop into the secure box behind. Cheques should be payable to ‘Ukraine Appeal’. Labelled envelopes and gift aid forms are at the back of church below the display about the appeal.

Church Heating: we are working to get it repaired, but thankfully it is not cold in Church at present.

Please see David’s Music Notes for March attached.

The Calendar of Services is attached.

Confirmation: The Bishop of Jarrow will take a Confirmation Service at St. Mary’s Coxhoe on Saturday 29th April at 6pm. This will be the first confirmation for Durham Deanery for three years. There are three candidates from St. Oswald’s school being prepared, including Andrew and John Wort; and in total in the benefice about 15 candidates.


We are delighted that we are able to welcome some real donkeys for SATURDAY 1st April, we meet at 4.00 pm outside St. Mary's for Wild Church. We will walk with the donkeys to the Village Green with our palm leaves, then come back and complete our short service and have the fire pit, refreshments, Easter stickers and Easter stamps, a prayer station and medieval Pax cakes. If you have a cowboy hat, bring it, I will have some too, for the cowboy Easter song. See you there! Julie Goodhart


If you can, please go to see the Church Yard around the church and wander to the older part of the church yard. The flowers are stunning this year, the best ever with cyclamen, primroses and violets. Do go to see it and enjoy it.

Stephen Goodhart

Annual Meeting: takes place on Sunday 30th April after Parish Communion. At this meeting the revised Electoral Roll is received, and Churchwardens, PCC members, and Deanery Synod members are elected. Also, reports of the activities of the Church and the Church Council are received as well as the Accounts for 2022. Please come to the meeting. Please speak to Peter and Sheila about serving the Church and parish in any of these roles.

It has been very good to have some concerts at Church again recently. Thanks to Sue Pitts and all those who have hosted these occasions.

Foodbank –Weekly update from Lynda Delf : On the 20th of March 12kg of donation was taken to the distribution centre, this will provide 15 meals Many thanks for all you do, the foodbank could not exist without generous donations.

This week we need longlife fruit juice, jam, sugar, tinned potatoes, and fruit. We also need kettle food and chocolate. Many thanks again

There is a QR code for Durham Christian Partnership near the Food Bank donation baskets. The great demand for food has meant that monetary donations have been helpful.

Amongst the sick please pray for Heather Almond.

With All Good Wishes and Prayers, Peter