Sep 29, 2021Harvest Festival returns to St. Oswald’s in-the-Fields

Harvest Festival returns to St. Oswald’s in-the-Fields

When: Sunday, October 10 at 11 a.m.
Where: St. Oswald’s in-the-Fields Episcopal Church

Harvest Festival at St. Oswald’s in-the-fields. Image: Nancy Zeliff

Family and friends of St. Oswald’s in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in rural Skidmore return each fall for a special service.  This year’s celebration is the 123rd Harvest Festival and will be held on Sunday, October 10, beginning at 11 a.m. The Rev. Michael Kyle will be presiding at the service. Fr. Mike served St. Oswald’s from 2004-2007.

Changes to the annual celebration taking into account COVID-19, include no potluck dinner afterward, and masks will be required indoors, per the CDC recommendation, regardless of vaccination status. 

About St. Oswald’s

St. Oswald’s was named on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. The building was modeled after the founding families’ home church – St. Oswald’s in Grasmere, England. It was said by the early founders of the church, that if the church did not continue, it would make a good sheep shed!

On rear of photograph: “St, Oswald’s Church – In the Country “In The Fields” Located about 15 miles north of Mound City, Missouri Opened for public services Oct. 30, 1892 Church has name sake in England”

St. Oswald’s was built using the gable front variant of the Shingle Style, first used in the suburbs on the East Coast at the end of the 19th century.  Many churches in the north of England are dedicated to the Sainted King Oswald, including the one at Grasmere, of which the Missouri St. Oswald’s is the namesake.  Today, traditions are maintained, including the Harvest Festival, which began in 1897.

Getting to St. Oswald’s

St. Oswald’s is located in southeast Atchison County. 

Directions from Mound City are Route N for 5 miles north and then north on Keystone Drive for 4 miles. 

From Maryville the church is 19 miles west on Highway 46 and then 4 miles south on EE.  From Fairfax, take Highway 46 east 7 miles and then 4 miles south on EE

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