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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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.
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
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. We are most grateful to the John Pilling Trust for their support. Further details about the Trust can be found here. Please follow this link for the Spring Term's musical programme of Choral Services supported by the Scholars.
CHORAL EVENSONG. The John Pilling Choral Scholars will sing Choral Evensong at St Helen, Stonegate on Monday 13th February at 6pm. The canticles are by Murrill in E, the verses and responses by Reading and the anthem by Brahms "Wie lieblich sind deine wohnungen". The text of the anthem is from psalm 84 "How lovely are thy dwellings" and it occurs in Brahms's German Requiem.
CELTIC EUCHARIST. Our next Celtic Eucharist takes place on Saturday February 18th at noon. The theme is that of "Justice" as the Church commemorates the martyrdom of Janani Luwum on the day before. . We will reflect on the many injustices in our world today and the need for Christians to proclaim and live out God's justice.
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 email@example.com