York City Centre ChurchesPart of the Church of England, in the Diocese 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
All Saints Pavement | St Denys | St Helen WITH St Martin | St Olave
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Contact & Visiting Information
The new website for York City Centre Churches is coming soon!
In the meantime you can find information about all the churches here.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Some of the York City Centre churches are reopening in modified format for private prayer. In-church Eucharists have been cautiously reintroduced with distancing and sanitation measures at three of the churches.
- St Denys has unstaffed daily opening [10am-5pm]
- St Helen has resumed the midday Eucharist on Saturdays.
- All Saints has resumed the 10:30 Eucharist on Sundays.
- St Olave has started a 9:00 Eucharist on Sundays.
As numbers are limited in church, online services will continue to take place. Please check the Facebook pages below for further updates.
You can read the Archbishops’ Guidance for Churches here.
Parish Priest Vacancy
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. Subject to any public health restrictions, Liz will be licensed to her new role in the days leading up to Christmas 2020.
We are tremendously grateful to our clergy, retired clergy and churchwardens for their leadership so that our churches continue to thrive and develop.
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York City Centre Churches
We are 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.
As part of the Church in York, we are called to serve:
- the permanent resident population of all ages, reflecting the national trend towards older people. Within this residential group there are also the temporary residents – students.
- a visiting population of nearly 7 million people, all the year round but particularly in summer.
The York City Centre Churches represent wide-ranging traditions within the Church of England, so there is something for everyone.
We look forward to welcoming you! While our churches are closed due to COVID-19, please use the contact details for the individual churches below and subscribe to our church newsletters or follow us on social media.
Touch Base, News and Events
Touch Base is the Parish Magazine of the York City Centre Churches:
All Saints Pavement, St Denys, St Helen with St Martin, St Olave
Click or tap here to read the most recent Touch Base magazines, catch up on the latest news and find out about upcoming events in the York City Centre Churches.
The Revd Canon Derek EarisThe Revd David Simpson
The Revd Kingsley BoultonThe Revd Dave Hobman
Jose Knowles (St Denys only)
The Revd Stephen Griffiths
The Ven Dr. Malcolm Grundy
The Revd Brian Harris
The Revd Sue Rushton
The Revd Dr. Gwynne Wright
All Saints Pavement
All Saints Pavement is situated in the heart of York at the busy junction of Piccadilly, Coppergate, High Ousegate, Parliament Street and Pavement. Close by on Pavement (so named as it was the first paved street in York) is our Church Hall, St Crux. We use The Book of Common Prayer for all of our services and our liturgy is best described as traditional, dignified and inclusive. We also have a strong tradition of church music.
On Sundays we usually hold three services:
9.00am Holy Communion (said)
10.30am Sung Eucharist is usually on the first and third Sundays of each month and Mattins on the remaining Sundays.
Being the Guild Church of York we are pleased to host annual services for the seven Guilds of York, a Joint Guilds’ service and services for several ex-Service Organisations. We are also the Regimental Church of the Royal Dragoon Guards with whom we enjoy a particularly close relationship. They are attended by The Lord Mayor and Civic Party.
Keep in touch
While the church building is closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are streaming our church services via our Facebook page.
Please use the button below, ‘like’ our Facebook page and keep in touch.
James Gaughan: email@example.com
Via BACS using sort code 20-99-56, account 00113549 payable to All Saints Pavement PCC. Please let the treasurer know that you are doing this and gift aid if possible.
St Denys Walmgate
- serves a rapidly-changing parish in the most diverse corner of York city centre
- strives to serve as a community resource for all
- has a lively, friendly, growing and very varied congregation
- is a Grade 1 listed mediaeval church with an outstanding array of stained glass
- has recently completed two major projects, the restoration of the north aisle and the installation of a new organ!
One of the most important special missions of St Denys is to deaf and hard-of-hearing people. We have for many years offered a fully signed service for the deaf, with a ‘signing choir’ for hymns, on the first Sunday of every month. This is the only church in the Deanery of York where such services are available.
We aim to become a community hub for the whole parish, and to serve all the people both of ‘Old Walmgate’ and the ‘New Walmgate’.
On Sundays we have a service of Holy Communion at 10 am, with signing for the deaf on the 1st Sunday of the month.
Keep in touch
St Denys now offers unstaffed daily opening [10am-5pm] for private prayer.
Though services in church are suspended due to the pandemic, we are doing our best to keep the congregation together and to provide help where needed. This is mainly being done via a message list giving phone numbers and email addresses. If you would like to be added to this list, please email churchwarden Charles Kightly on firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration, giving your contact details. You can opt out at any time.
Every Sunday between 10-10.15 am, the congregation prays together but separately, in their own homes, ending with the Grace at 10.15. You’re most welcome to join us. Suggested short prayers and psalms are provided to all those on the message list.
Rodney Troubridge: email@example.com
Via BACS using sort code 40-47-31, account 30726400 payable to St Denys PCC. Please let the treasurer know that you are doing this and gift aid if possible.
St Helen with St Martin
A distinctive feature of this Parish within the group is that it has two churches. St Helen is the Parish Church and St Martin is a Chapel of Ease. Both have regular weekly services. The style of worship in each is quite different. The parish is at the historic centre of the City. It comprises parts of 3 streets and St Helen’s Square which together form the principal shopping area of York. Both Churches are open daily for private prayer, meditation and sightseeing. Apart from the worship at services they are used for a variety of activities.
St Helen Stonegate
A Eucharist with hymns and music is held on every Saturday at midday. This service is supported in term time by the Organ Scholar and four Choral Scholars. There is also usually a weekly reflective service in the style of Taizé on Wednesdays at 4.30pm. St Helen with its excellent acoustics for music and voice hosts a Summer season of concerts and recitals.
St Martin Coney Street
St Martin holds a weekly Eucharist at 12.15pm that on the first Wednesday of the month includes the liturgy of healing. Prior to this service there is a weekly discussion group at 11am of the lectionary readings for the coming Sunday. An Amnesty Group meets monthly. On Fridays at noon Community of the Cross of Nails prayers for peace and reconciliation are offered. The peal of 8 bells has a regular band of ringers who practice on Tuesday evenings and sometimes ring quarter-peals on Saturday mornings.
Keep in touch
St Helen is resuming the weekly midday Eucharist on Saturday 11 July.
Currently activities at St Martin are suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Churchwardens are available on 01904 636512 to help in any way they can. Meanwhile they will continue to issue their regular Bulletins to all those who have requested to be kept in touch. Just phone or email the Churchwardens if you would like to receive the Bulletins. You can opt out at any time. You can also follow our Facebook page using the button below.
Margaret & Anthony Hammersley: firstname.lastname@example.org
Margaret Hammersley: email@example.com
Via BACS using sort code 40-52-40, account 00012035 payable to St Helen with St Martin PCC. Please let the treasurer know that you are doing this and gift aid if possible.
Peter Sanderson: firstname.lastname@example.org
St Olave Marygate
St Olave’s 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.
Our worship is formal, with an emphasis on ritual that is performed carefully but with a lightness of touch, creating time for reflection and allowing a sense of God’s presence. Our Catholic tradition is reflected in the use of vestments and incense and a full team of servers. We try to be a worshipping, learning and healing community that is non-judgmental, that offers gentleness, security and acceptance. Within the parish, it is important that our church building is open and offers a sacred space available to all.
Central to the life of the church is the Sunday 10.30am Sung Eucharist. 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 the Common Worship orders for the Eucharist, Baptism and other services. We have a series of service booklets for the various seasons and normally use the hymnbook Common Praise. The acclaimed robed choir enhances the worship every Sunday.
The congregation spans the age spectrum from younger families to very elderly people. We offer a Sunday School and recognise that attracting younger adults is an important part of our mission.
We have a regular bible study group, with additional opportunities for discussions in Advent and Lent.
Keep in touch
St Olave will hold a spoken Eucharist service in church at 9 am on Sundays from 19 July.
This is in addition to the live-streamed, pre-recorded YouTube service at 10.30 am.
St Olave’s Church is currently closed during the week due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Churchwardens are keeping people in touch via a weekly newsletter. Services are also being streamed from the St Olave’s Church York YouTube channel – you can find details on the St Olave’s Church York page of this website. A new spoken Eucharist service is starting in the church at 9 am on Sundays from 19 July with 20 socially distant seating ‘slots’. To sign up for news and updates, please use the subscribe form. Use the Watch, Read & Pray page of this website to catch up on recent services, the monthly prayer cycle, articles from the York City Centre Churches, plus updates from the wider church.
Ben Pugh & Paul Towers: email@example.com
Christine Stanton: firstname.lastname@example.org
Via BACS using sort code 40-52-40, account 00007806 payable to St Olave’s PCC. Please let the treasurer know that you are doing this and gift aid if possible.