Parish church of Rufforth, Yorkshire
on the B1224 road from Wetherby to York
I took up the post of being the Vicar to the five churches and villages which form the Parish of Marston Moor at the beginning of February 2018, previously I had been assisting in a Benefice only some 12 miles away, and felt that the opportunity of working within these five churches was one I could not ignore.
The five villages, Askam Richard, Bilbrough, Long Marston, Rufforth and Tockwith lie amongst some beautiful Yorkshire countryside and are served by five beautiful and well maintained churches, all are different, but all have wonderful congregations and supporters who maintain the fabric of the buildings and their grounds.
The churches are warm and welcoming to all, and we are beginning to find ways, and the courage, to open them during the day, they are a great asset to each community they serve and are used frequently by the schools and non-church organisations such as a pop up cafe and village committees; any community, but especially rural communities, becomes stronger if all the organisations within it work together.
Services range from the very traditional 1662 Communion, through to Common Worship Eucharists, family and informal services, through to SPARKS and Messy Church for the younger end of our communities and Youth orientated clubs and activities.
Please feel free to contact me with regard to having a baptism,
wedding or funeral, or for a general chat about being part of one, if not all, of the churches, we are working hard to become one church community with five places to worship in, and we would love you to become a part of that.
The Reverend Martin Otter
Built in 1894/5 the current building replaced the previous Saxon or early Norman construction. Killinghall stone with Whitby stone dressing is used in the Gothic style of architecture. Internally, suitable stone from the old church has been used. The two Norman doorways from the old church, one from the congregation and one for the priest, were preserved and refitted in the new church. The interior underside of the roof is of oak, barrel vaulted with carved bosses and carved figures. The Architects were Messres. Domaine and Brierley of York. With accommodation for 120 congregation the church is a grade II listed building and had a major maintenance and refurbishment programme undertaken in 1998.