Welcome to St Olave’s Church York

Part of the Church of England, in the Diocese of York

A liberal Anglo-Catholic tradition of liturgy
enriched by music, prayer, theological understanding and preaching

Marygate, York | Sundays at 10:30am | Fridays at 11am

Outside St Olave's Church in the evening

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. Our Catholic tradition is normally 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.

Services and Private Prayer

Sunday Sung Eucharist in Church at 10:30am

Join us for the 'in-person' service at St Olave's at 10.30am. You can find the music for July 2022 here.

Sunday Online Service 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 available on our YouTube channel to catch up later.

Friday Eucharist in Church at 11am

Friday Eucharist is offered for people who would feel safer at a smaller and quieter service. Parts of this service are recorded for the weekly online service. Those in the congregation do not appear on-screen.

Private Prayer in Church

St Olave's is open during the day for visitors and those who wish to pray.

St Olave's Church News and Updates

Please subscribe for regular news, details of online services, prayers, updates and reflections from St Olave's Church using the form at the bottom of this page.

St Olave's Church Survey

If you have visited St Olave’s recently, please could you complete the Survey here to tell us about your visit and if you think we could improve the way we present the church and its stories? The last date to take part in this survey is Sunday 16th October.

Interior of St Olave's Church at Christmas

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

Assistance from the PCC and Churchwardens

email churchwardens@stolaveschurch.org.uk

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

Our church community 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 an important part of church life at St Olave’s and our choir is one of the region’s most accomplished. Listen to our choir & 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.

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 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, these bells were the last full 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 is accessible for wheelchair users, has an accessible toilet & facilities for  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 treasurer@stolaveschurch.org.uk.

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

Online Shopping using www.easyfundraising.org.uk

Do you shop on-line? If so, at no extra cost to yourself, you can raise funds for St. Olave’s Church. Simply go on www.easyfundraising.org.uk and enter “St Olave’s Church York” in the “search for a cause box”. You will be invited to create an account. Each time you shop online with a business which is registered (as long as you log in first!) they will make a small donation to our church.

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



St Olave's Church Survey

22 July to 16 October 2022

St Olave’s Church sits behind the Museum Gardens, on Marygate, York. It was founded by 1055, and is the first church in the world to be dedicated to St Olaf, the warrior King of Norway. St Olave’s is an active Christian community, which exists to worship God and to share the transformative love of Jesus through our worship, by our actions, and outreach. Our beautiful church is a treasure trove of hidden histories and inspiring stories, and we’d like to share them with more people.

The St Olave’s Church Survey takes around 5 minutes to complete. The information we gather will help us improve the way we tell the stories of St Olave’s rich history, its architecture, music, worship and its people. By taking part in this survey you are helping us make our stories as relevant, interesting and accessible as possible to our visitors.  Please complete the survey online here.  Thank you.

The information we gather is anonymous and confidential. It is solely for the use of St Olave’s Church and will not be shared with anyone else.  

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