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

MARYGATE, YORK | SUNDAYS 9:00 & 10:30am | YOUTUBE Livechat from 10:15am

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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 and Private Prayer

Join us in church or on YouTube

There is a 9:00am spoken Eucharist in Church on Sunday mornings with the Church remaining open for private prayer afterwards until 11:00am. It is possible to have 20 socially distanced seating ‘slots’ in the main body of the church, each able to accommodate one person or two people from the same household. This means that numbers will be limited to somewhere between 20 and 40.  In October, for the first time since lockdown, a small choir will be singing at these services.

The 10:30am Eucharist, which is currently pre-recorded, edited and broadcast online and enjoyed by many of our congregation will continue to remain front and centre for our faith community. What we can do in Church right now cannot be a replacement for this.

Links to the Sunday service on YouTube and the order of service are added a day in advance. The YouTube service starts 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!

Contact Us

Baptisms, weddings and funerals

Email The Revd Derek Earis
Tel: 07984 655662


email The Revd Kingsley Boulton
Tel: 01904 411535

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 beyond.

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.

Ring our Historic Bells

Cast by Robert Dalton in 1789, the bells of St Olave’s were the last peal cast by a York bellfounder. They were restored in 1988 and an additional chiming mechanism was fitted in 2018.


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.


New Priest in Charge of the City Centre Churches

Friday 16th October 2020

We’re delighted that the licensing of Rev’d Liz Hassall as Priest in Charge of the York City Centre Churches (including St Olave’s) will take place at St Olave’s at 7:30pm on Tuesday 15th of December.

At the moment there can only be a very few people in attendance (as the service fits into the same category as weddings and funerals) but we will be live-streaming the occasion so we can all join in the celebration from home.

More details will follow in due course. Please keep Rev’d Liz and family in your prayers as they prepare for the move.

Liz Hassall

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