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

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.

CELTIC EUCHARIST FOR PASSIONTIDE.   On Saturday 1st April St Helen's Celtic Eucharist at 12 noon has as its theme "Passiontide", the short season within Lent when our eyes are focussed on Our Lord's journey to the cross.  Do come if you can.
HOLY WEEK SERVICES.    Do also make a note in your diary of our services for Holy Week - Wednesday in Holy Week  12th April (7.30pm) - a meditation based on the Auschwitz "Stations of the Cross" and the music of Couperin's Tenebrae;  Good Friday 14th April (2pm) - "O sacred head"  a meditation in organ music and words on the famous Passiontide hymn;  Holy Saturday 15th April  (12 noon)  "At the noon of the day"  - a Celtic meditation for the day before Easter and finally Easter Day 16th April (6pm)  The Easter Eucharist  (soloist Felicity Day). 
THANKSGIVING FOR THE RESTORED BELLS.     While you have your diaries please also note that our service of Thanksgiving for the restored bells will be part of the Eucharist on Sunday April 30th at 6pm with the setting by Schubert.  More details later.


 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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