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. 

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Lent 2016

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.


  • 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 a Eucharist to a Classical setting on the last Sunday of the month at 6pm. 

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


CELTIC EUCHARIST.   Each first and third Saturdays at noon we hold a Celtic Eucharist.  The next Eucharist takes place on the Saturday May 7th at noon and has as its them "Waiting for the Spirit."    A poster can be downloaded here.   The full list of themes for April to June can be downloaded here.

CHORAL SCHOLARS.   Our Choral Scholars will, from September, be sponsored through the generosity of the John Pilling Trust and will be known as the John Pilling Choral Scholars.  A full termly list of music can be found here.   We are most grateful to the John Pilling Trust for their support.  Further details about the Trust can be found here.

PATRONAL FESTIVAL.    This takes place on St Helen's day Saturday May 21st and we have a full day of worship and music to celebrate it.  At 12 noon there will be a Celtic Eucharist during which the Choral Scholars will sing the anthem "Behold the tabernacle of God" by Harris.  In the afternoon at 3pm they will be giving a Concert with an enjoyable and  varied repertoire.  This is free but donations are invited towards the expenses of their trip to Lubeck in June.  (While in Lubeck they will be taking part in the 75th anniversary celebrations of the reception of the cross of nails by the Marienkirche. and also joining others from our city centre churches.) To close St Helen's festival at 6pm they will be singing Choral Evensong.  This will include the very joyful setting by Stanford in C, Psalm 150 and the stirring anthem by Bullock "Give us the wings of faith".  Do come and support as many of these as you are able on this very special day for St Helen's church.
MOZART CORONATION MASS.     Each last Sunday of the month at 6pm our Choral Scholars sing a classical setting to the Eucharist and on 29th May they are singing the glorious "Coronation Mass" by Mozart.  Don't miss this very special liturgical occasion



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

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