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 email@example.com
Sunday Services and Private Prayer
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 to catch up later. Links are added to the website a day in advance.
Join us in Church at 10:30am
The 'in-person' service at St Olave's has now returned to a 10.30am start time. The format of the service remains the same as we have been having at 9am, so still some way from the normal pre-pandemic service. At the same time, the online service continues to be available on YouTube from 10.30am each Sunday for the next few weeks. It is now possible for up to 6 people from different households to sit together in church. When you arrive at church, please indicate to the people at the door whether you are happy to sit with someone else or whether you would prefer to remain in a single household pew. There is no pressure to sit with anyone if you would prefer not to. You will find hand sanitiser at the door and are requested to either sign in with the Test and Trace App or leave your details on a list of attendees. Unless you are exempt, please wear a face covering. At the end of the service we ask the whole congregation to leave the building promptly and gather for chats in the churchyard rather than inside. Thank you for your understanding and support.
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.
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.
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
Even in lockdown we still have overheads and expenses to pay, but we have lost our usual revenues from the use of the church and hall. Our reserves are rapidly dwindling.
We recognise that these are testing times financially for many people, 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Make a one-off online payment to the PCC of the ecclesiastical parish of St Olave’s with St Giles, York
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.
All Saints | St Denys | St Helen | St Martin | St Olave
The Revd Nicky Gladstone joins York City Centre Churches
Saturday 26th June 2021
Congratulations to The Revd Nicky Gladstone and all her cohort on their ordination as deacon in York Minster on 26th June. We extend a very warm welcome to Nicky, who joins us as Assistant Curate.