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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Organ Vespers.    On Wednesday August 13th at 6.30pm there will be another in our series of Organ Vespers.  This is an Organ recital with devotionalreadings and prayers based on a theme.  It lasts 30 minutes.  The theme on 13th will be our patron Saint, St Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great.  The recital will be given by our own Organist Philip Paul.

Celtic Eucharist.   Saturday August 16th at 12 noon.  The theme will be "How does God guide us?"  The Celtic church of old very much felt God's guidance in both their worship and their mission.  We will be thinking in particular about how God guides us today in the many difficult circumstances and choices of today. 

St Aidan service with Palestrina Mass setting.   There will be a special Sung Celtic Eucharist for St Aidan at 6pm on his festival day, Sunday August 31st.  St Aidan was one of the most important Celtic Saints and was sent  from Iona to the island of Lindisfarne off the North East coast of Northumberland.  From there he excercised a powerful and effective ministry of mission and pastoral care. to the North of England.  The St John Consort will be our choir for this service and will sing a Palestrina Mass.  We very much look forward to welcoming them back again.

There is a service in Mandarin at 11.00 each Sunday.s

For details of other services see the group website

 About us

St Helen's 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, a venue for cultural events, and a site for the sale of charity Christmas cards.

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 Rev'd Jane Nattrass for the whole group, new work is being initiated at St Helen's by Assistant Priest Derek Earis.  He can be contacted on 07984 655662 or