Easter and Holy Week

Our Parish has  had a wonderful weekend of Easter events.

It all started with Maundy Thursday and the Liturgy of the Last Supper, followed on Friday morning with our Children’s Easter Event,  then a change of mood for our solemn liturgy.  On Friday evening there was an impeccable rendition of The Crucifixion by Sir John  Stainer, sung by our fantastic choir with an audience of over 100 people.

On Saturday evening we celebrated the first Eucharist of Easter and the Service of Light,  followed by our Easter Day services on Sunday in a flower-filled church.


Thank you to all who have worked so hard to make this weekend so special; you are all an inspiration.

Fr David Pickett

Rector of Guiseley with Esholt

Lent 2018

Ash Wednesday on February 14th marks the start of Lent, and this year our six week Lent Course will begin on Monday 19th March and look at the Beatitudes. 

A few short sentences, the Beatitudes are perhaps the most important, subversive and revolutionary text in the Bible. They sum up Jesus’ teaching about what it means to live as a child of God’s kingdom. They can be found right at the beginning of a long passage of teaching by Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel, known as the Sermon on the Mount.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be satisfied
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are those who suffer persecution for righteousness’ sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Join us in St Oswald’s Parish Centre from 7-9pm every Monday in Lent for a course of study and meditation, led by our Rector, Fr David Pickett.

Happy New Year

As we begin 2018, the Rector and PCC of the Parish of Guiseley with Esholt would like to wish everyone a very happy and peaceful New Year.

From pilgrimages and parades to a new parish centre, from Messy Church to Movember, we’ve been busy in 2017,  and we hope you enjoy just a few highlights:



Simon on the Streets collection

A massive thank you to everyone in our congregation who put pound coins in the Bells Whisky Bottle at the back of Church.

As a result of the donations, we have been  able to present £1,944 to the homeless charity Simon on the Streets, a wonderful local charity in West Yorkshire who do so much for those struggling with homelessness and addiction.


It really is is going to make a big difference to peoples’ lives.  Thankyou!

Opening of St Oswald’s Parish Centre

The Centre, on Church Street,  is the result of a conversion of disused buildings behind the New Inn in Guiseley.  MP Stuart Andrew cut the ribbon at the official ceremony on Sunday and declared it officially open, watched by many parishioners and friends of the Church.

Fr David Pickett commented that “This is a momentous day for our Parish.  We have been in need of a Church Centre for many years and thanks to the commitment of our PCC we now have this fantastic facility. Brian Gill spotted the building last year and thanks to his vision we now have a modern Parish Centre which will be used for a whole range of functions.”

The Centre, which was once attached to the New Inn and housed a dance floor, has been completely renovated and fitted and with a kitchen, and now has two floors connected with a stair lift.

Father David Pickett hopes that the accessibility of the building and its central location in Guiseley will make a useful addition to the wider community.

Sunday’s Gospel reading was Matthew 5:1-12, the Sermon on the Mount, and we hope that this Centre will act as a force for good within our community, particularly for those on the margins of society.

Confirmation Service 2017

In October 2017, eleven people were confirmed at St Oswald’s Church at our morning service.  The service was led by Rt Revd Paul Slater, Bishop of Richmond, who told us he was happy to be back at St Oswald’s as he conducted his very first confirmation service here 2 years ago.

And a certain person particularly enjoyed the buffet afterwards…