A friendly and welcoming parish church, St Oswald's stands at the heart of Fulford village, a southerly suburb of York. We're close to the University, down the road from Imphal barracks, not far from town, and right on the A19, the main route into York from the south.
We have a range of services and activities where we hope people of all ages and backgrounds can make themselves at home, worship and and grow in knowledge of God's love.
The hope and vision of St Oswald's is to know God, and to make him known to others. There's something for everyone, and it's our hope that students and visitors, as well as locals of all ages, will find themselves at home in our church - and at home with God.
PENTECOST SUNDAY 24TH MAY
This is a very special time in the Bible when the disciples and other Christians received the Holy Spirit. But this event is not stuck in the past - it's for us too! We will be celebrating with a 'Together at Ten' service followed by a lunch together in the church hall. You are warmly invited to share the celebrations.
Then it's on to the service at the Minster in the evening - see below!
'trypraying’ - an encouragement for anyone to talk to their Maker - is an initiative which over 30 churches in York are engaged with. The trypraying booklet is not for Christians. It is unapologetically for those outside the church and contains stories of answered prayer, ideas of things to do, important themes about how to connect with God and honest prayers. In essence it is an outrageous exposure to the grace and power of God. The core idea is to give everyone a copy of the booklet one Sunday and encourage them to ‘use it’. The next week everyone is encouraged to ‘lose it’ by looking for a God-given opportunity to give the booklet to someone. They can encourage people by saying: “Try praying for a week and see what happens!” That’s it. Simple.
The really exciting part is what happens in those conversations and what happens when a person gets before God and begins to pray an honest-to-God prayer.
This trypraying event will be launched in York Minster on Sunday 24th May at 6.30pm where there will be a commissioning time including encouraging stories from David Hill who had the idea of trypraying. You are warmly encouraged to come to this event.
Look out for the banners and bus adverts
So, what’s involved?
1. On May 17th each person in church will get the Try Praying booklet. They use it for one week.
2. On Pentecost Sunday they’ll be asked to give the booklet to a friend/colleague asking, "Would you like to try praying?"
3. A week or so later they’ll be encouraged to follow up their friend to ask, "How did it go?"
It's a great, natural, simple, evangelistic event.
It's going to be fabulous!
If you would like to know more about trypraying then contact Terence, the vicar; go on the One Voice website -
www.onevoiceyork.org.uk/?p=1225 ; or the trypraying website - www.thereishope.co.uk/prayer