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    Welcome to the website of the parish of St Helen with St Martin York

    A distinctive feature of this Parish  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 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.Normally both Churches are open daily for private prayer. meditation and sightseeing. Due to Covid-19 constraints both churches are closed to visitors on most days at present. 

    Services open to worshippers have resumed on Saturdays at St Helen and Wednesdays at St Martin. Congregational hymn singing has also resumed at the Saturday service. 

     See the Calendar or our Facebook for details of services and also any limited opening times. Information in red correct at 11 January 2022..

    New in York? Busy on Sundays? Looking for a church? Come to Holy Communion with hymns and music, supported by our 4 choral scholars, at St Helen at midday every Saturday, We will welcome you.


    Here is our current  Mission Statement

    We exist to reveal Christ through worship and loving service.

    Our churches offer Christian hospitality, care and hope.

    St Helen’s and St Martin’s are, for everyone, sacred places where worship to God is offered.

    St Helen’s is committed to contributing to the life of the city.

    St Martin’s promotes peace and reconciliation.


    The parish is a registered charity No.1153456

    The parish shares a Priest in Charge with three adjacent parishes. These are All Saints Pavement, St Denys and St Olave. We collaborate as the York City Centre Churches group and our shared 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. The four parishes have a magazine pub;ished at the beginning of the month called "Touchbase". This magazine can be found on our joint website: York City Centre Churches group

    Donations. Our overheads and expenses continue but our income has collapsed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please support the parish and its work. More information on how to do this is on our GIVING page.

    Safeguarding  The parish Safeguarding policy is fully compliant with Church of England national policy. It is reviewed annually by the PCC. Full details are on the SAFEGUARDING page.


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