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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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 November 1st  at 12 noon.  This is the Festival of All Saints. 

All Souls. Sunday 2nd November.  A light for a loved one....

Decorated candle holders can be made at St Martin Coney Street (materials provided) at 4pm and then these can be presented in memory of a loved one at t Helen's.  There will be people to help and a simple liturgy to remember those who have been lights to us in their life and whose light still shines.

Organ Vespers     The next  Organ Vespers will be on Wednesday 5th November at 6.30pm.  Its theme is "Reflections for All Saints, All Souls and Remembrance".  Unusually we will have two musicians, Joan and Wiebke,  and the event will both contain organ music and singing and some instrumental music.  The pieces are  "Angels ever bright and fair"  (G F Handel); "Litanei" by F Schubert and "An Evening Hymn" by H Purcell.   This, interspersed with a reading and prayer, lasts 30 minutes.  Subsequent Organ Vespers will be held on December 10th and in 2015 on the second Wednesday of each month, all at 6.30pm for 30 minutes.

Great War Folk.  

This event will be held at St Martin, Coney Street at 8pm on Tuesday November 11th.  It follows a York family - the Outhwaites   through the Great War, with their four sons on active service abroad and one daughter in war service at home.  It is a poignant tale of one family's war which was highlighted by the local press at the time remembered using folk songs and narrative from Sheila Jackson's recent biographies of those on the St Martin Church War Memorial.  Sheila's husband Peter will read the narratives along with local folk singer and recording artist Stan Graham and the fine baritone voice of classically trained Alex Vilkaitis, a research student at the University of York.

It is hoped that this event will inspire reflection on many of the themes highlighted by this year's centenary of the start of the war in the context of a church that was bombed and has been rebuilt and rededicated to enable reconciliation and peace.

There is no charge for admission or for the refreshments although donations will be gratefully received to cover costs.


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