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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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.

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 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

ST HELEN'S 

CELTIC EUCHARIST.   Each first and third Saturdays at noon we hold a Celtic Eucharist.  For the themes of subsequent Celtic Eucharists click here.

CLASSICS ON SUNDAY.   A series of Eucharists with classical mass settings sung by our Choral Scholars or other local singers.  They are on the last Sunday of each month and the next one is on Sunday February 28th. at 6pm.    The setting is Palestrina's "Missa Brevis"  and the anthem is also by Palestrina "O Saviour of the world"

CHORAL SCHOLARS.   Our Choral Scholars are now 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.

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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