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 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.Normally 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.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions both churches are closed to visitors on most days. With effect from 20 March services open to worshippers resume. Covid constraints apply and worshippers must assist with the efforts to ensure that all are safe. In particular please maintain social distancing and do not linger after the service.
The 12 noon Eucharist at St Helen every Saturday will continue to be recorded.The recording is available from 6pm that evening.
See our Facebook for details of services, online services and any limited opening times.
Information in red correct at 16 March 2021
The parish is a registered charity No.1153456
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 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 - Touchbase- which can be found on that site.
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.