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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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


HARVEST FESTIVAL.  Our Harvest Festival at 6pm on Sunday September 25th is one with a difference!  Famous York novelist Kate Atkinson referred to St Helen's as "our shopkeepers' Church"  We are inviting local shops to bring characateristic items - so, for example Betty's are bringing of box of Yorkshire Fat Rascals!  During the service Revd David Simpson will give  a digital presentation of Stonegate and surrounds with the Church in the centre.  Do come and join us.

CELTIC EUCHARIST.   Each first and third Saturdays at noon we hold a Celtic Eucharist.  The next Eucharist takes place on Saturday September 17th at 12 noon and takes as its theme Hildegard of Bingen.  A list of fortcoming Celtic Eucharists for September and October can be found 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.

 AUTUMN TERM LIST OF SERVICES.    Please click here for a list of services over the Autumn term.


 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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