St Oswald's is the parish church for Lythe and Sandsend. It has a long and interesting history, dating back to the Vikings, and there is a fascinating display of Anglo-Scandinavian and Mediaeval burial stones at the west end of the church. The church has been greatly blessed by its association with the Phipps family of nearby Mulgrave Castle, and it was the 3rd Marquis and Marchioness of Normanby who inspired and largely paid for the major restoration of the church in 1911. There are many elegant memorials to members of the family both inside and outside the church.
Despite the years of history St Oswald's is not stuck in the past, and there is an active worshipping community who meet most Sunday mornings for services led by our Rector, Revd Captain Malcolm Jackson. Visitors to the area are always warmly welcomed to services, or just to look around the building and the stones display. Full details of services at St Oswald's and in the rest of the Benefice are displayed in the porch.
Lythe Primary School is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled school, and the church has an active role in the life of the school, supplying two foundation governors. The children are welcomed into church for special services at Christmas, Ascension and Harvest, as well as other class visits during the year.