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.

About us

St Helen is a Church of England parish church. In the past it has been York's Civic Church and also the guild church of the glaziers who were based in Stonegate. Today the church serves a variety of purposes, not only as a place of worship but also a stop for York's many thousands of visitors and is a venue for concerts.

Friend or stranger, St Helen welcomes you to visit whether you want to look around, spend some quiet time in prayer, or attend a service.


Regular Worship on Saturdays and Wednesdays 

Our worship pattern is deliberately designed to cater for those who are unable to attend church on Sundays.

There is a Eucharist every Saturday at noon, with readings and hymns: Most are Celtic inspired.  

Taize services are held on Wednesdays at 4.30pm.  

We also hold services on mid-week Feast Days and other special occasions. Details can be found on the church noticeboards.

We welcome enquiries for weddings and blessings

Concerts in the summer

St Helen's is a venue for many and varied concerts for all to enjoy during the summer from the beginning of June. A separate programme of events can be found on this site.


The parish has adopted and operates the standard Diocesan approved safeguarding policy. The PCC reviews it annually to ensure it is fit for purpose. The PCC does not consider that any parish activity constitutes "overseeing or working with children and vulnerable adults".

The parish Safeguarding Officer is Gill Pace 

Any questions or issues may be raised with the Churchwardens (01904 636512) or addressed to the PCC Secretary at the church. 

More information 

St Helen has been united with St Martin Coney Street for many years.  

For more information, bookings for concerts and arranging visits, contact the Churchwardens on 01904 636512.

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