One of York's best known parish churches, the life of St Olave's is centred on the Sunday sung eucharist, with a liberal catholic focus in liturgy and belief. Set beside the ruins of one of England's greatest medieval abbeys, and the oldest church dedication in the world to Olav the patron saint of Norway, the largely 15th century church is one of the many glories of the city.


Summer Music Festival at St Olave’s 


From 23 June until 14 July the church is hosting a Summer Music Festival, with a series of five linked concerts. The series begins on Sturday 23 June at 8.00 with the Academy of St Olave's celebrating its 40th anniversary in a concert of Boyce, Strauss, Mendelssohn and Beethoven conducted by John Bryan. Then we have a visit from Daniel Hyde (Organist at St Thomas, Fifth Avenue, New York), who will give a solo recital on Wednesday 27 June at 7.30 (tickets £8 at the door; under-16s admitted free), followed by a concert with the church choir, conducted by Keith Wright, on Saturday 30 June at 7.00, to mark the centenary of the death of Hubert Parry. Including the three large-scale anthems (Hear my words, I was glad and Blest pair of sirens), the organ Fantasia and Fugue in G, plus smaller works for choir and organ, the concert should be a marvellous celebration of one of the country's most important composers of church music. Tickets (£12; under-16s admitted free) are available from the Director of Music (, or from the National Centre for Early Music ( Organ recitals foillow - firstly by Timothy Hone (Organist of All Saints Pavement) on Wednesday 4 July at 7.30, and finally by Keith Wright (Organist of St Olave's) on Saturday 14 July at 7.30; both are free, with a retiring collection. 

Sunday Services are at 8.30 am and 10.30 am 

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About St Olave's 

St Olave's seeks to be inclusive, seeking to bring Christ into the world as an expression of his love. Within a formal style of worship in the mainstream tradition of the Church of England with a strong choral emphasis at the main Sunday service, we seek to reach out to all ages and there is a strong commitment to work with children and young people.

The Eucharist is at the heart of our life as a community at St Olave, holding us together in our diversity. Our worship is formal, with an emphasis on ritual that is performed carefully but with a lightness of touch, creating time for reflection and allowing a sense of God’s presence. It is an intentionally inclusive form of worship that creates the space for us to be ourselves and yet simultaneously part of a greater whole. There is an emphasis on the ministry of the word and sacraments as well as music.

Our distinctive contribution to the City Centre Churches comes from the strength and richness of our existing diversity offering an opportunity for further trust, learning and service to develop. Our mission is to bring Christ into the world as an expression of his love. It arises from the power of the Eucharist to change us and to transform what we are called to do in our everyday lives. Thus we wish to look outward and to focus on the world. Our Anglo-Catholic tradition is reflected in the use of vestments and incense and a full team of servers within the context of traditional ceremonial. Central to the life of the church is the Sunday 10.30 am Sung Eucharist, which attracts an average congregation of 110 with a Sunday School of around 20 young people. A Sung Eucharist is also used to celebrate major festivals. A said Mass is offered every Sunday at 8.30 am, and on Fridays at 12 noon. A healing Eucharist is held once a quarter. 

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