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.    This is a monthly Organ recital with devotional readings and prayers based on a theme.  It lasts 30 minutes.  In 2014 Organ Vespers are held once a month at 6.30pm on the first or second Wednesday of the month.  The next service is on Wednesday September 10 and the organist will be Keith Dale. His programme will include a voluntary on the tune of the Old Hundreth ("All people that on earth do dwell"), a prelude on East Acklam by Francis Jackson ("For the fruits of his creation"), a prelude on Down Ampney by Henry Ley ("Come down O love Divine") and the symphonia from Cantata No 29 by J S Bach ("Now thank we all our God").  Do come and support this.   Future dates are October 8 and November 5.

Celtic Eucharist.   A Celtic style Eucharist is held on the first and third Saturdays of each month, starting at midday. The service lasts 45-50 minutes, followed by light refreshments in the church. The next service will be on Saturday September  20 at 12 noon and has as its theme "Praying well".  We will be thinking about the importance of prayer to the Celtic Saints and what we can learn from this in our own spiritual life.   

Wise Words on Work   There will be a series entitled "Pressures in the workplace" held in St Helen's Church during three lunchtimes on 19th September, 26th September and 3rd October from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.  This is organised by the group WISE ("Workshops inspired by Service and Experience") which is based at St Helen's to initiate debated on contemporary issues from a Christian perspective.  The first session is "Morality and honesty in the workplace" led by Rev Greg Hoyland of York St John University (19th September).  The second session is "Pressure to perform and the problem with targets" with the deputy chief nurse at York Teaching Hospital and John Kennedy of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation(26th September).  The last session is "Managing and being managed" led by Liz Wilson, Chief Executive of York Theatre Royal (3rd October).  We are fortunate in having excellent speakers. Do come and support this fascinating series.  Tea and coffee will be provided and you are invited to bring your own sandwiches.  You can download a poster here.   You are invited to help by printing and displaying it.

Harvest Happening.  St Helen's Square will be the location of a rather special "Harvest Happening" on Saturday 27th September at 2pm.  There will be some youthful dancers telling a harvest story with appropriate songs and a mystery guest appearance.  Be around in the square just before 2pm and enjoy the spectacle.  All funds raisied will be for the  Trussell Trust Foodbank.  There is further information about the Happenning here. Later that afternoon at 4pm there will be a Harvest Songs of Praise in St Helen's Church at 4pm when we will enoy singing some both traditional and modern Harvest hymns. 

For details of other services see the group website.

There is a service in Mandarin at 11.00 each Sunday.

 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