The ancient parish church of St. Mary, Riccall is closely bound to village history. A Viking fleet advanced up the river Ouse, disembarked and made their base at Riccall prior to the battle of Stamford Bridge. The Norman Conquest followed and within about 40 years there is evidence of the older Saxon Church being replaced by a Norman building. It is built of local Tadcaster magnesium limestone and the presence of a church is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The most treasured feature is a beautiful doorway (dated 1160 AD), the arch of which has four bands of richly carved figures and symbols - with some beakheads displaying a Viking influence. A low three stage tower was added in 1180 AD - the belfry has four Norman double window openings. The church is still a gem at the hub of village life today.
Our normal pattern of worship each month is:
1st Sunday at 9.00am: Family Communion Service
2nd Sunday at 10:30am: 'God Zone' Family Service
3rd Sunday at 9:00am: Family Communion Service
4th Sunday at 10:30am: Joint with the Methodists - held either at St. Mary's or the Methodist Church
When there is a 5th Sunday in the month, we hold a joint service at 10:30am with Barlby and Hemingbrough at one of our churches - please see the events calendar.