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

A list of fortcoming Services and events can be found here.

STONEGATE TRADERS' CAROL SERVICE.   This annual service on Friday 9th December at 6pm is one of the highlights of our year.  Although it has the local traders in mind it is very much open to everyone.  A delightful musical occasion it includes contributions from our Choral Scholars. There are, however congregational carols for everyone to enjoy.  This year we have as our special guests the Sheriff of York and his Lady.  After the service there will be refreshments at the Medical Society rooms in Stonegate.  These medieval rooms are a delightful way to end our celebrations.

SHOPPERS' CAROLS.  Each year during the Christmas shopping season we encourage passers by to drop in for 20 minutes or so and join in some Carols.  We also encourage them to buy cards or presents from the "Cards for Good Causes" in St Helen's at this time of year.

ORGAN VESPERS.  Our Organ Vespers on Wednesday 14th at 6.30pm will have as its theme "Light" mindful of St Lucy's day on 13th.  The music and readings will reflect this theme. 

CELTIC EUCHARIST.   The next Celtic Eucharist will be held on Saturday 17th December at 12 noon.  The theme will be "Bethlehem" and we will reflect on the significance of "the little town of Bethlehem" where Jesus was born.

CHILDREN'S CAROL SERVICE.  We look forward to welcoming lots of excited children again on Christmas Eve at 4pm (Saturday December 24th)  The service is always good fun, there are always some nice surprises and we finish with a very special moment around the crib.  Do come along and bring your children/grandchildren with you.

CHORAL SCHOLARS.   Our Choral Scholars are, from September 2016, sponsored through the generosity of the John Pilling Trust and 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.

 DONATING TO ST HELEN'S   Being a City Centre church we have very few resident parishioners.  We are more than ever reliant upon donations.  One easy way to give is through a text donation.  Simply use your mobile phone and text  SHSM14 followed by amount £x to 70070.  Thank you very much for your help.


 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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