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.

A reminder on Saturday 20th May  we observe our Patronal Festival at St Helen Stonegate as we celebrate St Helen's Day.  There will be the usual Celtic Eucharist at 12 noon but on this occasion we will be supported by  CanSing,  the City of York's Council choir which practices each Thursday at St Helen's.  This is the first time they have led our music for a service and we very much look forward to welcoming them on this special occasion.
Then at 2.30pm our own John Pilling Choral Scholars will be augmented and directed by John Bradbury and accompanied by  Thomas Hawkes  for a concert performance  of the Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini.  John has written "This setting of the mass is neither small nor particularly solemn.  The music is reminiscent of Rossini's writing for the opera house.  This mass shares many characteristics of his other works, notably the chamber-sized ensemble for which it was originally scored and the cheerful nature of the music". Tickets are £8 (£5 all concessions) CASH ONLY on the door.
Do come and celebrate this special day with us.

 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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