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St Oswald’s is an Anglican church in the centre of the beautiful university and cathedral city of Durham. We seek to be a place of encounter with Christ, and of help to grow in faith in an active and reflective Christian community of all ages.
Whether you’ve been a Christian for years, or have never been to church before, or would just like to try some fresh exploring, you will be very welcome at any of our services, activities and social events.
The Church is usually open in daytime Monday to Friday, as well as at service times, to visit, pray, or just enjoy some quiet.
Our style of worship is quite traditional, with an emphasis on the help good music can provide. We have a fine organ and excellent choir which welcomes new recruits, and a children’s choir which sings at all-age services and on special occasions. Church activities include a flourishing team of bellringers, and a strong tradition of community drama and musicals, drawing in all from the very young to the very mature.
Responsible stewardship of God’s earth is a particular concern of the congregation, and our leafy churchyard is managed as a wildlife haven and wild-flower meadow, a tranquil oasis in the city centre. Close ecumenical contacts and shared activities with the other churches in the Elvet area of the city are an important part of our church life, as is our mission to the large student community in the parish