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 8:30 & 10:30am | Fridays at 11:30am
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 Said Eucharist in Church at 8:30am
A quieter said service.
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 February 2024 here.
Sunday Livestream Service on YouTube at 10:30am
The Sunday livestream (YouTube) service starts at 10.30am, but why not join us from 10.25 so that you can greet other members of the congregation via YouTube Live Chat and hear some wonderful organ playing! The livestream service is available on our YouTube channel to catch up later.
Wednesday Compline online at 9.15pm
Gather on Zoom from 9pm here
Friday Eucharist in Church at 11:30am
Friday Eucharist is offered for people who would feel safer at a smaller and quieter service.
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
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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.
WHAT’S ON AT ST OLAVE’S
“England’s Britannia” Dame Clara Butt
Friday 15th March 2024, 7pm in St Olave’s Church Hall
Jacqui Edwards discusses and illustrates the fascinating life and career of the celebrated Edwardian contralto for whom Sir Edward Elgar composed a number of works
Tickets £12 from Jacqui Edwards
Concerts and Other Events
Arculo Consort of Viols and Kim Porter, Alto
Sunday 16th March 2024, 6:30pm in St Olave’s Church
WERE I A KING
An evening of late Renaissance and contemporary music on the theme of Royalty
Tickets £12 (£8 students with valid ID) on the door or from www.arculo.co.uk
Academy of St Olave’s
Sunday 23rd June 2024, 8pm in St Olave’s Church
HANDEL: Music for the Royal Fireworks
TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto soloist Jacob George
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8
Tickets from www.academyofstolaves.org.uk
Our Giving page shows many 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 email a completed Gift Aid form to our church treasurer at
GIVING TO ST OLAVE’S CHURCH
Planned Giving is the most effective way to give to the life and work of our church, especially through ways which reduce administration for our parish, as it helps us to fund our mission, budget and use resources wisely. We are very grateful for all gifts that are given – thank you.
A standing order is arranged through your bank and you retain control over it. 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. The church bank account details are:
PCC of St. Olave’s York
Sort Code 40-52-40
Account number 00007806
While regular gifts are the most helpful form of income, we are also very grateful for one-off gifts and legacies. It is possible to give in cash on the collection plate, by card at the machine at the back of church (touch the screen to amend the amount) or by going to our Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/stolaveschurch
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.
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