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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Look out for 

There will be a Choral Evensong on Monday January 26th at 6pm for the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul.  This will be sung by the new choral group  "Consonance" who have chosen St Helen's for one of their launch occasions.  The setting is by Richard Farrant in G minor and the anthem is " O magnum mysterium" by Adriene Willaert.  A poster can be viewed here.  

THE CHURCH ORGAN.  Saturday January 31st. from 1pm to 5pm.  As part of the Residents' weekend there  will be an opportunity in the afternoon from 1pm to 5pm to experience our fine church organ.  People will both be able to hear it being played as well as being invited to "have a go themselves".

SUNG COMPLINE BY CANDLELIGHT.  Saturday January 31st. at 8pm.  
The evening of the Residents' weekend  will close with  the service of Compline held by candlelight.  It will be  sung to the traditional plainsong setting.  This quiet and reflective  evening service takes place at 8pm and lasts about 20 minutes.  Click here for a poster.

SUNG EUCHARIST FOR CANDLEMAS..   Monday February 2nd at 6pm 
The St John Consort will sing a Byrd four part mass for our Candlemas Eucharist.  The anthem will be Eccard "When to the temple Mary went". This fine music will complement the inspiring liturgy for this special occasion when we turn from the Christmas cycle of readings and look towards Ash Wednesday and Lent.  Towards the end of the service our candles will be lit and we will gather round the font for the closing part of the service. There is a Candlemas poster here.

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

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


We are advertising for four Choral Scholoars and the deadline is Friday 30th January.  For further information click here.  For an application form here and for the service agreement click  here.

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 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