This medieval church in York's city centre is open every day whether you want to look around, spend some quiet time in prayer or meditation, or attend a service.

St Helen Stonegate is right in the historic city centre of York, on St Helen's Square facing the Guildhall and Mansion House. To one side of the church is the famous Bettys café, on the other Stonegate leading to the Minster. We are normally open every day. 

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About us

St Helen is a Church of England parish church. Founded perhaps a thousand years ago on a site important in Roman times, it was one of many small churches in the city centre. Today the church serves a variety of purposes, not only a place of worship but a stop for York's many thousands of visitors and a venue for cultural events. 

Regular Worship

 We hold at least one service each week. Some are Celtic inspired whilst others feature classical and traditional church music. Most services are supported by our Choral Scholars.


  • We celebrate a Celtic inspired Communion on the first and third Saturdays of each month at midday (40 minutes)
  • We hold Organ Vespers on the second Wednesday of each month at 6.30pm(30 minutes)
  • We celebrate Eucharist on the last Sunday of the month at 6pm. 

We also hold services on mid-week Feast Days and other special occasions.

CELTIC EUCHARIST Saturday July 4th.  12 noon.  The theme will be "Wisdom".  We will be reflecting on how this important hman attribute is divinely inspired and praying thst we also may learn wisdom.

ORGAN VESPERS.   We are one of the few churches in the country that holds Organ Vespers.  This is a mix between a service and a  recital.  It consists of a recital around a theme interspersed with readings and prayers and lasts just 30 minutes.  The next Organ Vespers is on  Wednesday July 8th  at 6.30pm when our fine Organ will be played by  Francis O’Gorman a former Oxford organ scholar. The theme will be “Blessing and Gladness”.  It is a good preparation our Flower Festival that starts on July 10th.  We rejoice and give thanks to God for his many blessings.   Admission is free.

FLOWER FESTIVAL.    On the weekend of 10th, 11th, 12th July we are hosting a Flower Festival arranged by the New Earswick Flower Club.  The theme is to be "Celebrations".  As part of this we are holding a "Songs of Praise" on the Saturday afternoon ( 11th) at 4.30pm.  Do come and admire the floral displays and enjoy the Songs of Praise.


Our partners

St Helen has been united with St Martin Coney Street for many years. We share a priest in charge with All Saints Pavement, St Denys, and St Olave. Under the leadership of Revd Jane Nattrass for the whole group, new work is being initiated at St Helen's by Assistant Priest Canon Derek Earis. He can be contacted on 07984 655662 or

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