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 a Eucharist to a Classical setting on the last Sunday of the month at 6pm. 

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


CELTIC EUCHARIST.  The next Celtic Eucharist takes place on Saturday November 21st at 12 noon.  This will celebrate  St Hilda of Whitby, a very important  local Yorkshire Saint who made Whitby Abbey of national significance.

MEDITATION FOR ST CECILIA.   The Saints theme continues on Sunday November 22nd at 6pm with a service to celebrate the patron Saint of music St Cecilia. This will include Benjamin Britten's famous "Hymn to St Cecilia"

CLASSICAL MASS FOR ADVENT.  on Sunday November 29th at 6pm we welcome back the Lantern singers for the next in our Classical Mass series.  At the start of this new season of the Christian year we will have a plainsong setting and also include the evocative Advent antiphones as we start to prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas.

CHORAL EVENSONG FOR ST ANDREW.   There will be a Choral Evensong at St Helen for St Andrew sung the "Consonance" directed by David Howard on Monday November 30th at 6pm. 

STONEGATE CAROL SERVICE.  This annual favourite takes place on Friday December 4th at 6pm.  It has the Stonegate traders particularly in mind but is very much open to everyone.  We are delighted that the Lord Mayor will be present .  The music is very special with not only with our Choral Schoars but also with a Brass Group.  Afterwards we go to the York Medical Society rooms in Stonegate for some refreshments.

BACH CHORALE.  As a new venture our Choral Scholar with some instrumentalists will be singing a Bach Chorale for Advent on Sunday December 6th at 6pm.


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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