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 . . .

Organ Vespers.. On Wednesday December 10th at 6.30pm we hold our next 30 minute service of Organ Vespers.  This has as its theme "Advent and Christmas" and contains readings, prayers and organ music.

Shoppers Carol Service.   Another new idea for us this year is to hold a shoppers "drop-in" Carol Service lasting 20 to 30 minutes. Throngs of people pass the doors focussed on shopping and we will try to help them focus on Christmas itself for a few minutes by singing some well known Carols and then, perhaps looking at the "Cards for good causes" stall in the Church. This will be held on Saturday December 13th at 1pm.  Do come and support it if you can.

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 December 20th  at 12 noon when, with  Christmas getting close we will be reflecting on the role of Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

Children's Carol Service.   This annual favourite takes place at 4pm on Wednesday December 24th.  It is an exciting and different service designed especially for children on Christmas Eve.  There will be carols to sing and a few surprises to enjoy as we get ready for the great day.





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



Shopper's Carol Service.   Another new idea for us this year is to hold a shoppers "drop-in" Carol Service lasting 20 to 30 minutes.  This will be held on Saturday December 13th at 1pm.