Gift Day 2023 – 15th July 9.30am-12noon

We thank so many of you for your previous support whcih has enabled us to keep the church here and available to our community for another year
and ask you and any others for help going forward.

Note Too: as well as our regular work and maintenance, we are pursuing plans to improve the accessibility of the church building including developing a multi access toilet and more efficient heating.
All of this will be costly but worthwhile because of the benefits to many who use this church. Many details of these plans are available in church, further details will be available soon about iterations of these.

GIFT DAY 2023 – this year’s campaign has now finished.

Donations can still be made via our give a little system, – PLEASE CLICK HERE to access this or go to Donations on the site menu

All we do at St James is only possible because of the generosity of local people who give money, time or volunteer their skills and talents for which we are very grateful.

We can only keep this building up, open and available if we pay our way. We are not supported by central Church of England funds and whilst part of our staffing costs are met by the support of the Diocese of Sheffield, all of our other costs have to be raised locally.

If a lot of people give even a small amount each this soon adds up enabling
the continuation of the work of St James and its support to the community.
These gifts help us avoid the very real risk of closure within this generation.

On the day we will gratefully receive any gifts that you wish to bring to church at the times we are open 9.30 – 12noon, alternatively gifts can be given electronically, placed in the boxes provided at the two Costcutter shops,
sent to the vicarage, given to a congregation member or dropped into church.

We thank you in advance for any help or support and wish you all the best.

the vicar of Rawcliffe, on behalf of all of the church

Philip Ball / Joy Hodgson – Vicar / Treasurer – of St James
c/o The Vicarage, 12 Church Lane, Hook DN14 5PN t; 01405 767721

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, a book of condolence will be available at St James’ Church daily from 9am on Friday 9th September, and the Church will be open daily throughout the mourning period. Everyone is invited to spend some quiet time in prayer and reflection during this sad occasion. Our Regular Services – starting with Sunday at 9.30am will contain prayers of thanksgiving for our Queen and prayers for our new King. Bells will be rung appropriately and other arrangements publicised.

HM Queen Elizabeth


With Love We Remember and Celebrate the Life of Jane Hicks, 13th February 1964 – 4th July 2021

Memorial Service at St James’ Wednesday 21st July 11.30am

Due to the current situation, the decision has been made to limit the numbers in church to 200, for the safety and comfort of those attending.

Masks to be worn, unless medically exempt, Leaders will remove masks while speaking. Please sanitise your hands on arrival.

All doors and windows will be kept open throughout. Sound will be broadcast outside into the Churchyard – so that anyone who does not want to risk coming into church can take part. There will be a live online feed and video recording on youtube, with links published on Facebook – so that any who don’t wish to attend can watch the service from home.

Jane Hicks 13.02.1964 – 04.07.2021

Donations in lieu of flowers will be towards St Leonard’s Hospice, York and the upkeep and work of St James’ Church, Rawcliffe.

Donation for Jane Hicks

The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021

Prince Philip – Duke of Edinburgh: 10 June 1921 – 9 April 2021

God of our lives, we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip, for his love of our country, and for his devotion to duty. We entrust him now to your love and mercy, and we pray for your mercies for the Queen and all their family through our Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.


St James Church will be open for Private Prayer 11am – 1pm Saturday 10th, 10am – 12noon Sunday 11thand 4pm – 6pm Monday 12th. –

CONDOLENCES – Government guidelines are that sadly we should not put out a book of condolence, however if you wish to write your own condolences/memories/thanksgivings on a sheet of paper and leave it in the box in church, we will later (Covidly safely) put these into a book of condolence which will be kept in perpetuity with village history.Alternately you can put a virtual message on the national book

BELLS – a church bell will be tolled 99 times in memory of each year of Prince Philip’s life at 12noon on Saturday 10thApril 2021.

CANDLES – It will be possible to light a candle in church in a Covid safe way.

FLAG – our union flag will fly at half-mast till the day after the funeral.

YouTube Channel

One of the projects that has been started in 2020 is now taking shape at last.

The aim is to create an online presence that will eventually allow Live streaming of services and other events across all of the three parishes, Airmyn, Hook, and Rawcliffe .

Since the Pandemic began, Philip has been very busy creating online acts of worship and other video content on YouTube. These videos can now be accessed by selecting the Menu item “St James’ on YouTube”at the top of this page.