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.

Currently:

  • 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 Eucharist on the last Sunday of the month at 6pm. 

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

 

CLASSICAL MASS.  The next in our series of Classical Masses will be held on Sunday August 30th at 6pm.  We are pleased to welcome the newly formed Lantern Singers for this occasion which will feature the outstanding Mass setting by Oldroyd entitled "Mass of the Quiet Hour".  It is a gentle setting for four parts described as having swooping melodies and lush harmonies.  This is his best remembered piece, written in 1928.  More about George Oldroyd can be read here.   A poster about this event can be downloaded here.

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 derekearis@hotmail.com

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