St Oswald's Scottish Episcopal Church,
Photograph by Tony Kerrigan
Oswald's, Maybole now has its own website with the latest news, history
of the church and useful links
The beginnings of St Oswald’s Episcopal Church,
Maybole in the wider context of the resurgence of the Scottish
Episcopal Church (Part of a PhD thesis, ‘Irish Protestant Migrants
in the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway, University of Durham, 2007.
Copy in the diocesan office and with Bishop Gregor)
When Rev Dr Anne Tomlinson arrived at Maybole Station
in the summer of 2011 she asked for directions to ‘St Oswald’s
Church’. No one could help her – no one knew where it was. She
then said, ‘The Episcopal Church’, but that also drew a blank. But
then someone said, ‘Oh, do you mean the English Church?’, and
immediately arms waved and fingers pointed her in the right
direction. We are referred to colloquially as “The English
Church”, because we do attract many English people to our
congregations, who down south belonged to the Church of England. We
are of course a sister church to the Church of England, whose
worship and ethos are very similar to our own, and together with
them, and 160 other national churches, we belong to the worldwide
Anglican Communion of some 80 million members.
the rest of the story....
St Oswald's Easter Daffodil Cross
On Saturday 23rd April 2011 10am to 12 noon we will have a coffee morning
in the church hall, Cargill Road, and invite people to help us build
a daffodil cross for display outside in the church garden over the
Easter weekend. Proceeds from the coffee morning will be used to pay
for flowers, oasis and other sundries needed for our forthcoming
Flower Festival in June at the start of Maybole Gala Week. Admission
£3 adults, £1 children under 12.
Oswald’s Episcopal Church 125th Anniversary Celebrations Rev.
William Scott Wilson who was the Rector to Holy Trinity Episcopal
Church, Ayr, founded our congregation in 1847. ...
However it was not until 1883 that we had a building of our own, so
this year we celebrate the 125th anniversary of its opening and
consecration. St Oswald’s was dedicated on 18th December 1883
by the bishop. On Thursday 18th December at 11.00am we are
holding a special Service of Thanksgiving. On Sunday 21st
December the Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway Diocese, Bishop Idris
Jones will be the Celebrant and Preacher at our 11.30am Eucharist.
Again we extend a warm welcome to the whole community of Maybole.
from St Oswald’s October 2008
We celebrated Harvest with a special service in a beautifully
decorated church on Sunday 5th October. “Bring and Share” was the
description given for lunch, and everyone most certainly did. We
enjoyed two courses with a great variety of dishes to choose from.
Open Day at St Oswald’s. The doors to the Lord’s house are always
open, but in this age of security they are not always unlocked. On
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th September 2008 St Oswald’s unlocked its
doors to all. Cards intimating notice of the event were delivered to
approximately 1000 houses in Maybole and people came.
New Year, New Rector:
2007 brought a new beginning for St Oswald’s. We are
delighted to welcome our new Rector, Revd Ian Meredith, and
his wife, Marilyn, to our worshipping community.
Revd Meredith was
instituted as Rector of the South Ayrshire Team Episcopal
Churches on Saturday 6th January. The service
took place at Holy Trinity, Ayr, and was attended by members
from St Oswald’s and St John’s, Girvan, as well as many of
the clergy from other churches in this area and
representatives from South Ayrshire Council.
In his first letter to
our Parish magazine Revd Meredith says, “I think the first
thing should be a note of thanksgiving and appreciation for
the warmth and generosity of your welcome to Marilyn and me
since my appointment.” He is looking forward to getting to
know the three congregations and also the communities in
which they are placed.
Services Sundays 11.30 am Eucharist and Sunday School
Thursday 10 am Eucharist (in hall)
on the image to the left to link to the South Ayrshire Team of Episcopal
Churches. The South Ayrshire Team is a group of three congregations of
the Scottish Episcopal Church, part of the world-wide Anglican
Communion. The three congregations, Holy Trinity, Ayr; St John's, Girvan
and St Oswald's, Maybole are served by a team of clergy and lay
Thank You Canon
Collie On Sunday 2nd April 2000 we gathered
for lunch in the hall after the service to say "Thank You" to Revd
Canon Dr Bertie Collie for his many years of faithful service to St Oswald’s.
St Oswald’s Helps the Church in South India
In 1997 we at St Oswald’s launched Project India, an
appeal to build a Transit Home for the homeless in the Diocese of Tirunelveli,
( Left: Rev. Dr. E Jauncey, minister 1952-1965. Contributed by his
daughter Celia Dancer.). It was in 1847 that the Revd. W S Wilson, Rector of Trinity Chapel, Ayr
(now Holy Trinity Church, Ayr) founded a mission of the Scottish
Episcopal Church in Maybole. Thirty-six years later the same Revd. W S
Wilson (by now Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway) consecrated the then
newly built church in Cargill Road, on 18th December 1883.
The church is seated for 90 people, there being on average around 100
names on the roll at any one time. The hall was built in 1973 and
provides a congenial venue for the many ecumenical meetings in Maybole.
St Oswald's is now linked with Holy Trinity, Ayr and St John's, Girvan,
and is served by a team ministry led by the Team Rector who is based at
Holy Trinity, Ayr.
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History of St. Oswald Church