Corner State Highway 3 and Western Line, Westmere
ST OSWALD’S ….. A BEACON IN THE COUNTRY
Approaching from New Plymouth, approximately 8km from the heart of Whanganui, the St. Oswald’s spire rises high and is the first prominence to be seen – a lovely country Church designed by the famed Frederick de Jersey Clere. A place of worship for over 100 years.
This tradition continues on the First and Third Sundays of each month at 10am.
Our worship is vibrant, the music powerful, the Message stimulating.
Families worship together – aged from 4 to 99! During the service children enjoy a time of teaching and creativity which reinforces the theme for the day. The morning ends with fellowship and morning tea/coffee and often lunch together. Home baking is a feature of the morning tea that follows the service.
St. Oswald’s is a caring faith community with pastoral care extending to our neighbours and beyond. Our monthly Trading Table contributes significantly to financial support of Fred Hollows Foundation, Leprosy Mission, Kagera School, Tanzania & the City Mission.
On the third Monday of each month we meet at 12.00 for a shared lunch, craft, conversation, and just being together. All are welcome to LoM…(Lunch on Monday)
St Oswald’s on SH3 at Westmere is a pretty brick church built in 1914-5, designed by noted church architect Frederick de Jersey Clere. The planned design, however, was not fully realised until 1929 when the intended chancel was added. By dint of vigorous fundraising, the building was debt-free and able to be consecrated when the extension was completed. This was the last of Clere’s brick churches before he began to use concrete as the major material for church buildings.
St Oswald’s has a white roughcast exterior, with exposed brick at the buttresses, door and window frames, and cornerstones. Inside, the brick is exposed and beautifully sets off the exposed timbers of heart rimu of the roof.
A full description of the church and of the early history of the parish can be found at: St Oswald’s Heritage