St Mary the Virgin

Welcome to this historic building with its spectacular stained glass window of the Nativity.  This church was originally the 'Slipper Chapel' (or Gate Chapel) at the entrance to Rievaulx Abbey.  It was rebuilt as a village church by architect Temple Moore in 1906-7, who added a chancel and a small steeple.  

For more historical details about the church, click on the Facilities tab on the menu on the left of this page.

Enter, relax and soak up the atmosphere, remembering the many pilgrims who have passed this way over the centuries and those who continue to value this special place.  You are most welcome to join us at any of our services and events.  

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Christmas Day Eucharist (Rievaulx)

for 1 hour
St Mary the Virgin
Rievaulx Bank Rievaulx York, YO62 5LB, United Kingdom

Celebrate Christmas Day in this lovely church where the Christ's nativity is depicted in the beautiful stained glass window above the altar.

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Our precious, unique, historic hamlet churches are a delight to the senses and havens of peace. Don't miss the opportunity to visit them.

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Our Parish is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults from harm. We follow the House of Bishops' guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO). Our Diocese’ safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor who advises our PSO.

If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm, please contact the PSO: George Gyte,
Tel. 01439 798992 or 07900 896739.
Email: [email protected]

or the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor: Rob Marshall,
Tel. 01904 699524 or 07914 668907.
Email: [email protected].

If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority’s children or adult social care services."

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St Mary the Virgin Charity No. 519506