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 at 10:30am | YouTube Livechat from 10:15am


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 at 10:30am

The 'in-person' service at St Olave's starts at 10.30am. From September 2021 the format will include two hymns and a congregational setting. There will be an area at the back of church reserved for those who prefer not to have people around them singing. If you are happy to sing, please sit nearer the front! Please continue to wear masks during worship, especially while speaking or singing.  The choir will sing at the offertory but not during the distribution of Communion, so that those who are nervous of being around singers will still be able to go up to receive Communion. Thank you for your understanding and support.

You can find the September 2021 music list here.

Join us on YouTube at 10:30am

The Sunday online (YouTube) service starts at 10.30am, 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! The online service is also available on our YouTube channel to catch up later.

Private Prayer

We are delighted to announce that St Olave's is now open again during the day for visitors and those who wish to pray.
Please continue to sanitise hands and wear face coverings while in the building.

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.

Contact Us

Baptisms, weddings and funerals

Email The Revd Liz Hassall
Tel: 01904 635425 or 07388 510894


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!

Visit our Ancient Church

Visit York’s Church of St Olave, founded by Earl Siward before 1055. Take a guided tour of the interior & discover the history of the building, its monuments, memorials and stained glass.

St Olave's Church in the evening
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.

Book the Church

The go-to venue for many concerts, rehearsals, presentations and other occasions, St Olave’s Church is accessible for wheelchair users, has an accessible toilet and also facilities for serving refreshments.


Your Generosity Matters

Our reserves have been badly hit by reduced income during the pandemic. We recognise that these are testing times financially for many people, but if you are able please consider setting up a standing order or making a quick online donation (no matter how small). See below for the different ways you can donate to St Olave’s Church. If possible, please gift aid your donations to add 25p to every £1 you give, and send a completed Gift Aid Declaration form to our church treasurer Christine Stanton by emailing

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 know by email that you are doing this, and gift aid if possible. The Standing Order Form is for giving to your bank.

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.

Give Online

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

Working Together

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.

The York City Centre Churches have a joint website, where you can read about the parishes and find contact details for the clergy and readers. You can also read recent editions of the monthly magazine, Touch Base.  Head to the York City Centre Churches website using the button below.

York City Centre Churches

All Saints | St Denys | St Helen | St Martin | St Olave

Afghanistan Refugee Appeal


York City Centre Churches Afghanistan Refugee Appeal

Friday 3rd September 2021

The PCC members and Church Wardens across our city centre group have agreed that for the coming weeks we’ll be running a campaign together to raise funds to support refugees coming into the UK from Afghanistan. You will be aware how volatile the situation is now in Afghanistan and how much help and support is likely to be needed as people are fleeing their homes and livelihoods.

There are a number of initiatives underway in different areas through different channels to put support in place. The York Mosque is very active in leading efforts from here in York.  We’ll keep you updated via our church newsletter in coming weeks about how we’re distributing any financial donations that come in. We’ll also let you know about other ways you can support too. You can sign up to our newsletter below.

You can donate to the York City Centre Churches Afghanistan Refugee Appeal here

Many thanks for your care and support.

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