St Oswald feast day Malpas

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The Rector of Malpas, the Revd Canon Ian Davenport, welcomed the Bishop of Chester to St Oswald's Church, Malpas, to celebrate Oswald of Northumbria, the patron saint.

A large congregation welcomed Bishop Peter on Sunday 29 July for a service held jointly with the other churches in the united benefice – St John’s Threapwood, and Holy Trinity, Bickerton.

Pictured right: Bishop Peter with members of the church community and choir.

Prayers for the service were written by the new curate, the Revd Antony Dutton, and were led by Alice Witter from St Oswald’s, Anne Cracroft from Holy Trinity and Gill Edwards from St John’s.

Stewart Smith, Director of Music at St Oswald’s conducted the church choir supported by organist James Kealey.

The parish celebrated the patron’s day a week early – on the Sunday before Oswald of Northumbria’s feast, which falls on  5 August.

Rector Ian Davenport said he was delighted to welcome Bishop Peter for the feast of St Oswald of Northumbria.

Born around the year 605, the saint was the son of King Ælfrith of Northumbria. Oswald was forced to leave home after his father’s death and move to Iona where, influenced by the monks of St Columba, he was baptised. Returning to Northumbria in 634, Oswald defeated the British king, setting up a cross as his standard and gathering his men around it to pray the night before the battle. 

The visit by Bishop Peter followed on from a garden party and lunch held early in July to welcome recently ordained deacon Antony Dutton and his family to the benefice. The celebrations were hosted in the grounds of Miles and Sally Clarke’s home.

Pictured above are L-R: Bill Witter, Churchwarden; hosts Miles and Sally Clarke; the Revd Antony Dutton, his wife Vicky with daughter Elizabeth; Rector Ian Davenport; and Nick Toosey, Churchwarden.