St Olave's Church York

Part of the Church of England, in the Diocese of York

A liberal Catholic tradition of liturgy enriched by music, prayer, theological understanding and preaching

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Welcome to the website of St Olave’s Church, York

The aim is to provide resources that help us stay connected as a church community and enable us reach out to visitors.
We hope you all stay well and safe at this difficult time.  If you are in need of assistance during the current Coronavirus outbreak please contact the PCC and Churchwardens by emailing

Sunday Services

Join us on YouTube

Our church building is closed due to Coronavirus, so please join us for our Sunday services on YouTube.
The doors will be shut, but our hearts will be open. 

Links to the Sunday service on YouTube and to the order of service are added a day in advance. The Sunday services start at 10.30 am, but why not join us from 10.15 so that you can greet other members of the congregation via YouTube Live Chat and hear some wonderful organ playing!

We have also released Requiem: a service of prayers and readings alongside Fauré's setting of the Requiem Mass, to aid reflections during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Update - 17 June 2020

St Olave's remains closed for private prayer

Following on from the government’s announcement that places of worship can open up for supervised private individual prayer, the PCC has been discussing what sort of provision, if any, we can put in place, and has decided not to reopen for private prayer at this time.

We shall monitor the situation closely and review the position again in 1 month. 

About Us

St Olave’s Church York is known for its liberal Catholic tradition of liturgy enriched by music, prayer, theological understanding and preaching. Music is at the very heart of worship at St Olave’s, with the Sung Eucharist on a Sunday morning very much front and centre. A Sung Eucharist is also used to celebrate major weekday festivals, either on the day or on the nearest Sunday. A healing Eucharist is held once a quarter. We use Common Worship for the Eucharist, Baptism and other services and normally use the hymnbook Common Praise.

Our worship is formal, but with a lightness of touch, creating time for reflection and allowing a sense of God’s presence. When the church is open, our Catholic tradition is reflected in the use of vestments and incense and a full team of servers. We aim to be a worshipping, learning and healing community that is non-judgmental, that offers gentleness, security and acceptance.

We have an eclectic, diverse congregation, drawn from within the parish and a wider area of York and surrounding villages.


York City Centre Churches

St Olave with St Giles is one of  four city centre parishes in the beautiful and vibrant medieval city of York. Our vision is to work together to serve all the people of our parishes whether residents, visitors or students and to be part of the life of the city and the world.

Contact Us

Baptisms, weddings and funerals

Email The Revd Derek Earis
Tel: 07984 655662


email The Revd Kingsley Boulton
Tel: 01904 411535

Watch, Read & Pray

Here you can find our central resource of articles, updates, prayer cycles, services and sermons from St Olave’s Church, the York City Centre Churches and the wider church.

Our Vibrant Community

Welcome to our church community, which spans the age spectrum from younger families to the very elderly. We aim to be a warm, welcoming, loving and inclusive with an ethos for charitable giving.

Music at St Olave's

Music is a very important part of church life at St Olave’s and our robed choir is one of the region’s most accomplished. Listen to our choir and organ and find out more about our superb music!

st olave's church interior

Explore our Beautiful Churchyard

St Olave’s Church has a beautiful, secluded and ecologically important churchyard, surrounded by medieval walls, overlooked by magnificent abbey ruins and with a fascinating history.

Hire the Church Hall

Refurbished in 1998, well maintained and conveniently situated next to York’s Marygate Car Park, St Olave’s Church Hall boasts a well equipped kitchen and is ideal for a host of activities.


Your Generosity Matters

Even in lockdown we still have overheads and expenses to pay, but we have lost all our revenues from hall hires, church hires, wedding fees etc and of course with no donations safe for visitors nor a collection bag for use on a Sunday morning. Our reserves are rapidly dwindling.  

We absolutely recognise that these are testing times financially for many people personally, so please do not feel any pressure to continue your support of St Olave’s, but if you are able do please consider setting up a standing order or making a quick online donation in lieu of your weekly collection (no matter how small). See below for details. 

Give by Standing Order

The bank account details are:
PCC of St. Olave’s York
Sort Code 40-52-40
Account number 00007806
Please let our treasurer Christine Stanton know that you are doing this by emailing and gift aid if possible.

Give Online

Make a one-off online payment to the PCC of the ecclesiastical parish of St Olave’s with St Giles, York

Give by Text

Text olav15 followed by the amount you want to give to 70070.
For example, to give £10 text olav15£10 to 70070.


Great News for St Olave's & the City Centre Churches

Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Liz Hassall as Priest-in-Charge of the York City Centre Group, comprising St Olave with St Giles, St Denys, St Helen Stonegate with St Martin Coney Street, and All Saints Pavement with St Crux and St Michael Spurriergate. This is fully endorsed by the Representatives of these parishes. Liz is currently Rector of Coxwold and Husthwaite, and Crayke with Brandsby and Yearsley, having been ordained deacon and priest in this Diocese. Subject to any public health restrictions, Liz will be licensed to her new role in the days leading up to Christmas 2020.

Liz writes, “I am delighted to have been offered the post of Priest-in-Charge at the City Centre Group and I am looking forward to taking up this new challenge, trusting in the Spirit to lead us all in our worship and mission in the City of York.”

Liz Hassall

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