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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Celtic Eucharist.   A Celtic influenced Eucharist is held on the first and third Saturdays of each month, always starting at midday. The service lasts 45-50 minutes, followed by light refreshments in the church.

Organ Vespers   Our monthly programme of Organ Vespers will continue throughout the winter.  The next service is on Wednesday November 5 at 6.30pm. The next is on December 10. In 2015 Vespers will be on the second Wednesday of each month, all at 6.30pm. The service lasts 30 minutes and consists of Organ music, readings and a prayer on a theme.  

For details of other services which are held on special occasions see the Church notice board and the group website.

There is a service in Mandarin for members of the York Chinese Church at 11.00 each Sunday.

St Helen hosts music and choral concerts regularly. Many are free. See the separate programme page.

 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.

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 Canon Derek Earis.  He can be contacted on 07984 655662 or