SCWP 2020 AGM

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Dear Supporters,

Things seem to be changing rather fast again so the SCWP board have decided that we need to arrange for our AGM on Mon 12th October to take place on line by Zoom in case face to face meetings in places of worship are stopped. We are sorry to do this, particularly since we know that not everyone is able to participate but we do have to complete some essential business and this seems the best way to ensure that we can do that.

 On our website: www.scwp.org.uk you will find

· An invitation to the AGM with the agenda and details of how to vote and receive Zoom codes

· Minutes of the 2019 AGM

· The 2019 Report and Financial Statements

We will try to continue face to face monthly prayer meetings for as long as possible.

The next two are on

Saturday 3rd October, 9.00am at Oswestry Methodist Church

Saturday 7th November at Pant Methodist Church.

I hope to see you then and meanwhile let's continue to pray for Jane and for students, staff and parents settling into this rather complicated autumn term.

Every blessing,

Gill Buckeridge - for the SCWP team



New Christian Bookshop opening hours:-As from this week the opening hours for Oswestry Christian Bookshop are:

Sunday - closed

Monday - open 10 till 4 (closed for lunch 12.30 - 1)

Tuesday - closed

Wednesday - open 10 till 4 (closed for lunch 12.30 - 1)

Thursday - open 10 till 4 (closed for lunch 12.30 - 1)

Friday - open 10 till 4 (closed for lunch 12.30 - 1)

Saturday - open 10 till 1


 Message from Praise in the Pub (Selattyn)

 Hello Hope this finds you well.

Apologies for the short notice - there won't be a PiP this month due to a combination of factors.

We're grateful that we've been able to meet together on Zoom throughout lockdown - thank you for your support and encouragement.
Now that things are re-starting again and folk are getting out more, we're thinking about what to do until we can meet and sing together again.

Please pray for direction for PiP and for how you would like it to continue, and also for how we can reach out to folk.

Many thanks, hope to see you soon.

God bless,

Lou, Charlie, Lee & Kath


Oswestry Community Project

 Some of you may or may not be aware that a small group of us have been in conversation with our local community partnership liaison from the Childrens Society Rachel Thomas about the the need for some intentional support for Children, Young people and families around the area of mental health. Having spoken to the two headteachers of our own local schools in Whittington and West Felton plus some other stakeholders in the wider community of Oswestryand the outlying villages this need has been confirmed. At the moment there are two 'Beam Hubs' operating in Shropshire. One in Wellington and the second in Shrewsbury. During the pandemic that service has had to move online and provision has been in place for the whole of Shropshire. The biggest concern is that when our situation changes and we are able to see people again physically there will be next to no provision for our communities. As a result we have pursued the idea of a centre being created in Oswestry for families to access. In recent weeks a group of three of us from Whittington church have been looking at the 'renew-wellbeing' training offered by a charity set up by a lady called Ruth Rice.


Setting up a safe space for those struggling with fragile or poor mental health I sense is going to be of even greater importance as we have journeyed through recent month.

If you are interested in being involved, offering support in any way including prayer or just want to find out more please use the link above.


 Churches are beginning to open their doors for private prayer, but check before you visit, as even if they are open, there will be rules and restrictions in place. 

St Oswalds is open Monday and Thursday 12 to 2pm, but see the website http://www.stoswaldsoswestry.org.uk/ for details.

St Oswald's Sunday morning Communion service is at 10.30 with social distancing, hand sanitising but no singing. Also on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/stoswaldsoswestry and the website.  


A message from Oriel. Please pass the number on to anyone you know who might be glad of the phone number:-

Just in case it may be helpful especially to any who do not use the internet, I see that this week "The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people's homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus. 

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.

The line - which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 - has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind."

Fuller information is available on the following link -

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news (...)

 Kind regards, Oriel


Oswestry Rural Youth Church are currently offering a number of online


 activities for young people and families during this time of restricted gatherings, including weekly gatherings for those starting years 5 & 6 in September and those 11+, Fortnightly family quizzes, Photo competitions and more. Please check out www.facebook.com/ORYCuk or contact Matt on minister@oryc.org.uk or 07762148085 for more information.'

Thanks and Blessings
Matt Barkley

Pioneer Youth Minister (PYM)
Oswestry Rural Youth Church (ORYC)
Email: minister@oryc.org.uk
Phone: 07762148085


The Qube has issued a leaflet in conjunction with Oswestry Council and other organisations which contains a lot of useful information. If you need help or know of someone who might, it is available if you know where to look.  Click Coronavirus leaflet


A MESSAGE FROM REV HARVEY GIBBONS, VICAR OF ST OSWALD'S :        I'm sure the other churches are providing online resources during the church closure. However I'd be grateful if you could let people know that St Oswald's is posting onto the church Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/stoswaldsoswestry/) a short act of worship on every week day and that there are further resources available on the church website (http://www.stoswaldsoswestry.org.uk) which people are welcome to have a look and use/download if they look useful.

The Sunday morning Communion service is at 10.30 with social distancing and hand sanitising but no singing, also on Facebook and the St Oswalds website.  


foodbank logo smallOswestry and Borders Foodbank NEWS

56 Beatrice Street, Oswestry.
Tel.: 01691 671940 Mobile Tel: 07399291955


OPEN AS USUAL 17/03/2020
As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds in the UK, our main priority is ensuring the safety of everyone who comes to our food bank - whether it's someone needing help, someone volunteering their time, or someone making a donation.
Things are changing quickly, so we'll keep this page updated regularly with information about what's happening at Oswestry & Borders Foodbank and how people can access support and help us be there for people in crisis.
We're still supporting people with emergency food at Oswestry & Borders Foodbank and will do for as long as is possible. In the meantime, we need you, our local community, to continue donating vital food supplies. While we haven't run out of all donation, there are certain items we're running low on. Your support is vital at this time, so if you're considering donating, we're particularly in need of:
 Tinned meat
 Tinned fruit and veg
 Long life milk
 Tinned meaty soups
 Fruit juice
You can donate food on Mondays and Thursdays at the Foodbank or make a financial donation by visiting our website.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to measures put in place to slow the spread of infection, we are having to temporarily close our Ellesmere satellite foodbank. Emergency support will continue to be available from Oswestry Foodbank. As soon as we are able to reopen in Ellesmere, we will let you know.
You can find out more about the Trussell Trust network's response to coronavirus here [link: www.trusselltrust.org/coronavirus-food-banks




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Dear Christian friends,

As you will understand, because of the national emergency, our regular breakfast-time prayer meetings for the Project are cancelled until further notice. That does not mean that prayer will cease, and we are still grateful to all those churches who had kindly agreed to host the meetings.

If you have seen the prayer diary which Jane, our Schools Worker, published for April 2020, you will know that she requests general prayer for four groups together with prayers for specific schools during that month. She writes:

Please pray for:-
Young people as they get to grips with learning from home and not seeing their friends.
Teachers that are still working in the schools, providing sessions for those whose parents are key workers.
Parents who may feel inadequate to help their children learn from home.
Young people with learning difficulties who may be struggling with anxiety and change.

Lakelands School, The Marches School, St Martins School, North Shropshire College, Weston Rhyn Primary School, Morda Primary School, Selattyn Primary School, Trefonen Primary School, Bryn Offa Primary School, Whittington Primary School, The Meadows Primary School, Criftins Primary School, Cockshutt Primary School, Moreton Hall School, Oswestry School, Ellesmere Primary School, Welshampton Primary School, Gobowen Primary School, Holy Trinity Primary School, Woodside Primary School, West Felton Primary School, Kinnerley Primary School.

Thank you for your continuing support.

May God bless you.

Alan Braddock,
Breakfast Coordinator



 Please note that Churches Together in Shropshire have a good website.





 Harvest Praise and Puddings Service Sunday 11 th October at 6.00 p.m.at Christ Church URC/PCW, Oswestry  Collection for Oswestry and Borders Foodbank

 AGM's and Quarterly Meetings

Schools Christian Worker Project AGM on Monday 11 th May in The Chapter House, St Martins Church at 7.30 p.m.

The Foodbank AGM on Wednesday 10 th June at Albert Road Evangelical Church at 7.30 p.m.

CTOD AGM on Thursday 5 th November at Holy Trinity Church at 7.30 p.m.


CTOD Executive7:00 p.m. 

January 13 th (Mon) at Alan's home 

April 21 st (Tues) at Val's home 

June 23 rd (Tues) at Oriel's home 

October 8 th (Thurs) at Sarah's home 

 Churches Together Meetings 7:30 p.m.

February 10 th (Mon) at Oswestry Methodist Church
May 7 th (Thurs) at Christ Church Rhydycroesau
July 14 th (Tues) at St Mary's Church, Selattyn



The prayer calendar is intended primarily for personal use as a day by day reminder of the various churches, organisations and people in Oswestry and District for whom we may wish to pray. The calendar can be used each month of the year.

1 St. Oswald's Parish
Rev Harvey Gibbons

The Haven
Mrs Pamela Blackshaw

St. Michael's,
West Felton
Rev Suzan Williams
Rev Jassica Castillo-Burley

St. Martins of Tours
Parish Church,
St. Martins
Rev Stuart Jermy


Oswestry Rural Youth
Matt Barkley

St. Mary's Church,
Rev Steve Nicholson

Seion Church
Mr Geraint Prichard

C.T.O.D. Executive
and members of
Churches Together

Religious Society of
Carol Ross (Clerk)

Cabin Lane Church
Rev Steve and
Rev Jan Worthy

Our Lady and
St. Oswald's Catholic
Fr Philip Kuzhiparambil

Schools Christian
Worker Project
Jane Webber
God's work
in the schools

Oswestry Methodist
Rev Julia Skitt

Kiwoko Hospital,

Cornerstone Baptist
Rev Tony Maude

All Saints' Parish
Church, Trefonen
Rev Kathy Trimby

Horeb Church
Rev Gwilym O. Jones

Oswestry and Borders
Mrs Liz Jermy

Holy Trinity Parish
Rev Paul Darlington

Christ Church,
Rev Harvey Gibbons

Christ Church
Rev Jeff Hancocks
Interim Moderator

St. John the Baptist,
Rev Suzan Williams
Rev Jassica Castillo-Burley

Hope Church,
Mr Derek Hughes

Community Outreach
Group (COG)
Members of Core Team

Moors Methodist
Rev Julia Skitt

Oswestry and
Debt Centre
Mr David Lee

St. John's Church,
Weston Rhyn
Rev Stuart Jermy

Albert Road
Evangelical Church
Rev Russell Howes

Oswestry Christian

Young people and
those who teach them
in schools and



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