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 Betty's café, on the other Stonegate leading to the Minster. We are normally open every day.

About us

St Helen is a Church of England parish church. In the past it has been York's Civic Church and also the guild church of the glaziers who were based in Stonegate. Today the church serves a variety of putposes, not only as a place of worship but also a stop for York's many thousands of visitors and is a venue for concerts.

Friend or stranger, St Helen welcomes you to visit whether you want to look around, spend some quiet time in prayer, or attend a service.


Regular Worship on Saturdays and (Tuesdays,but changing to Wednesdays from 24 April)

Our worship pattern is deliberately designed to cater for those who are unable to attend church on Sundays.

There is a Eucharist every Saturday at noon, with readings and hymns: Most are Celtic inspired.  

Taize services are held on Tuesdays at 4.30pm - join us for coffee from 4pm. This service will be on Wednesdays at the same time as from 24 April 2019

We also hold services on mid-week Feast Days and other special occasions. Details can be found on the church noticeboards.

We welcome enquiries for weddings and blessings

Concerts in the summer

St Helen's is a venue for many and varied concerts for all to enjoy during the summer from the beginning of June to the end of September.  A separate programme of events can be found on this site.

More information

St Helen has been united with St Martin Coney Street for many years. We share a priest in charge Revd Jane Nattrass who can be contacted on 07568 530503 or 

For more information, bookings for concerts and arranging visits, contact the Churchwardens on 01904 636512.

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