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.

 

PATRONAL FESTIVAL:  This very special service takes place on Thursday May 21st at 6pm.  As well as being a Sung Eucharist for our Patron Saint, St Helen,  it will also contain the sacrament of Confirmation and Holy Baptism led by the Rt Revd David Smith, a retired Bishop in the Diocese.   This will be the first Confirmation held at St Helen's since 1994.   There will be much special music from Bruckner's "locus iste" to the setting by Schubert in G and the Motet by Harris "Behold the tabernacle"  After the service the congregation are invited for some refreshments at the York Medical Society rooms in Stonegate.  These medieval rooms are always a delight to visit and it will be good to gather there afterwards.

 

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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