The Parish of Osbaldwick with Murton, in the Diocese of York
Welcome to the Parish of Osbaldwick with Murton, Diocese of York.
We are two churches - St Thomas’s, Osbaldwick and St James’s, Murton (1.5 miles apart) - whose aim is to offer worship to God and love, care and support to the whole community.
St Thomas’s Church is the 12th Century parish church, while St James’s is a chapel of ease dating from about the same period.
We hold regular services on Sundays and some weekdays at St Thomas's. St James’s has a regular service on 2nd Sunday afternoons, as well as on other occasions.
For others we have Coffee ‘Drop In’ on 1st and 3rd Thursdays and Parish Fellowship on last Tuesdays. We also hold special parish events such as concerts, sales and themed evenings.
At St James's we have Coffee ‘Drop In’ on the 2nd Thursday of the month and 'Soup and Sandwiches' on the last Thursday.
Our events are open to all whether you are a regular worshipper or not; you will receive the same friendly welcome in both of our churches.
We are always happy to receive enquiries about baptism (christening), weddings and other special services such as renewal of marriage vows which can take place by mutual agreement.
We extend hospitality to other community groups who use our church buildings, such as Aerobics, Keep Fit, Poetry and Weight Watchers, as well as accepting requests to hold children‘s parties and other events.
Our monthly magazine ‘Parish Link’ goes out to nearly 1800 homes each month free of charge. This is a major part of our outreach, giving church and community news to everyone.
Our aim is to make the love of God in Jesus Christ known to those around us in personal, practical and stimulating ways. Please feel free to drop into either of our churches whenever you wish. You will receive a warm welcome!
Prayer for the Month
Stir our hearts on fire with love to thee, O Christ our God,
that in its flame we may love thee with all our hearts,
with all our mind, with all our soul and with all our strength,
and our neighbours as ourselves,
so that keeping thy commandments,
we may glorify thee, the giver of all good gifts.
Rev Andrew Clements Retires
On 28th April, over 120 guests including family, friends and clergy came to St Thomas's Church to celebrate Andrew's last service as Vicar before his retirement.
After the service Andrew was treated to a special song sung by Soprano Joanne Trevanna and colleagues past and present led tributes to his contribution to church life, both in his 21 years at Osbaldwick and Murton as well as his contributions further afield.
Andrew and his wife Pat were presented with gifts from parishioners from both Osbaldwick and Murton and from both Parish Councils. The celebrations included cake cutting, wine and many recollections and stories.