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 9am & 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Join us in Church
'In person' 9am Sunday services at St Olave's were reinstated from Easter Day. Now that many of our congregation have received vaccinations, we hope that some people who have not been able to attend worship all year will now feel able to return.
When you arrive at church 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. We aim to keep every household socially distanced from every other household by 2 metres. In order to do this, we ask you to go straight to one of the available seats and remain there. 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. Gathering for a chat at the back of church will have to wait a while longer. However, you will be able to gather outside in groups of 6 or fewer. 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.
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 email@example.com.
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
A new curate is joining the team this year
I am delighted to announce that we will be welcoming Nicky Gladstone to the City Centre Churches team as a self-supporting part-time training curate. You may recognise Nicky from her current role as manager of Carecent. Nicky will be ordained deacon at the Minster in June. Further details to follow.
Revd Liz Hassall, Priest in Charge