Stay connected with St Oswald’s during COVID-19

The current COVID-19 outbreak will prevent us, for the foreseeable future, from living out our Christian faith in most of our familiar ways of doing so. This does not mean, however, that church cannot continue. We’ll be doing what we can to support you as much as possible during this difficult time, and updates and content will be posted through this website. Please enter your email address in the box below to receive email notifications when new posts are published.

Stay safe, and God Bless.




About our church

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.


Safeguarding means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture. This means we will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults We work to prevent abuse from occurring, seek to protect those that are at risk of being abused and respond well to those that have been abused. We will take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others, and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks.

You can view the Durham Diocese page on safeguarding here.