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 10:30am | YOUTUBE Livechat from 10:15am

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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 on YouTube

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 to the recorded Sunday service on YouTube and the order of service are added a day in advance.

The 9am 'in person' service at St Olave's has been temporarily suspended (from and including 10 January 2021). Rev'd Liz, the Church Wardens and the PCC have considered the issue carefully in recent days and feel we can not give assurances that it is safe to meet in person at St Olave's at the moment.  The church is also closed for private prayer.

We will review the situation regularly and seek to reopen as soon as it is reasonable to do so. Thank you for your understanding and support.

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 on a summer's 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.


Your Generosity Matters

Even in lockdown we still have overheads and expenses to pay, but we have lost our revenues from hall hires, church hires, wedding fees etc, with no donations safe for visitors nor a collection bag for use on a Sunday morning. 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 details.

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 Christine Stanton know that you are doing this by emailing and gift aid if possible.

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.

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


Temporary Closure of St Olave’s Church

Saturday 9th January 2021

After careful consideration we have taken the decision to temporarily suspend our 9am ‘in person’ service at St Olave’s. Under the current conditions we do not feel we can create a truly safe environment to worship in. St Olave’s Church is also closed for private prayer at the moment. We realise this will be disappointing news for some and we will review the situation regularly to ensure we are reopening as soon as it is reasonable.

Our online Sunday service at 10:30am will continue, and is always available on catch-up using the link at the top of this page. The order of service contains the weekly intercessions. Our church prayer cycle is also available for use on the Watch, Read & Pray page, with an additional link to prayers and resources specifically for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you for your prayers, support and understanding.

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