St Denys Walmgate

St Denys Church

Welcome to St. Denys! A Parish Church in the Heart of York.

Worship Times

Holy Communion every Sunday at 10am

Signed service for the deaf on the 1st Sunday of each month

Upcoming Events

25 September: ‘Eat, Pray, Love…’ : St. Denys opens for the York 50+ Festival

A warm community welcome is extended to all comers.  We will offer tea, tours, talks and entertainment telling the history and ambition of our beloved church alongside refreshment both bodily and spiritual; celebrating the refurbished church fabric and fabulous Henry Willis organ installation.  

Monday 27th September, 6pm – 7.30pm : From St Denys to Saint-Denis: A Parish Pilgrimage to Paris

See Annual Lecture Series (below)

Monday 25th October, 6pm – 7.30pm : Walking through History: The importance of the Past to Modern Pilgrimage

See Annual Lecture Series (below)

Monday 22 November, 6.00 pm – 7.30pm : Desperately Seeking Mary: Marian Pilgrimage in the 21st century

See Annual Lecture Series (below)

Friday 1st October, Inauguration of 1879 Willis Organ at St Denys

Introductory talk with Max Elliott and Joost de Boer on the history of the the church organ and a recital by John Scott Whiteley, organist emeritus at York Minster (plus refreshments!)

Saturday October 2nd from 10.30 am : Pilgrimage Walk around York (starting at St Denys Church)

See Annual Lecture Series (below)

St Denys Annual Lecture Series 2021: Pilgrimage Past and Present

Monday 27th September, 6pm – 7.30pm

From St Denys to Saint-Denis: A Parish Pilgrimage to Paris

Two members of a group of doughty parishioners who visited the Cathédrale de Saint-Denis in 2019 offer historical and cultural perspectives on a pilgrimage of faith and fun, drawing on recollections and images from the glorious basilica that has borne witness to changing times and the continuing significance of sacred spaces in public life – across nearly two millennia.

Monday 25th October, 6pm – 7.30pm

Walking through History: The importance of the Past to Modern Pilgrimage

John Jenkins, Assistant Director of the Centre for Pilgrimage Studies, University of York, looks at pilgrimage in the British Isles from its revival in the mid-nineteenth century to the present day, showing how and why the ideal of a medieval ‘Golden Age’ continues to shape how we think about pilgrimage today, and why historical ‘authenticity’ has become so attractive for modern pilgrims.

Monday 22 November, 6.00 pm – 7.30pm

Desperately Seeking Mary: Marian Pilgrimage in the 21st century

Chris Maunder, Visiting Fellow in Theology and Religious Studies, York St John University, covers a range of fascinating places across the world where the Virgin Mary continues to attract great devotion. Marian pilgrimage is a modern phenomenon with ancient roots, transcending doctrinal boundaries and important to Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Coptic Christians, also to Muslims, Hindus, and occasionally to Jews.

October 2nd 10.30 from St Denys Church, 10.30am:

Pilgrimage Walk around York

Dr Charles Kightly will be leading a tour around York exploring the pilgrimage history of our ancient city. Places are limited, please book a place by emailing : stdenyschurchyork@gmail.com 

A Little Bit About Us

We are a friendly and growing little church tucked within the medieval walls of York on the historic street of Walmgate. Serving a rapidly changing parish in our corner of the city, we strive to be a community resource for all, a haven of quiet in the hustle and bustle of city life, and warm Yorkshire welcome to all who come to visit be it join our worship or to gaze on our outstanding array of medieval stained glass.

We would love to extend our welcome to you any Sunday of the year. Or please check our opening times (below), come along, and we’ll welcome you then too!

Deaf Community

We have a special mission to the deaf community in York with a monthly service that is fully signed (BSL). For more info, please contact Rev. Liz Truss or Rev. David Simpson. Their details can be found here.

Opening Times

St. Denys is currently open for quiet pray and interested visitors on:

Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm

Please check back as these times are subject to change. If you have any concerns, or are travelling a long way to see our church, check with our churchwardens or a member of the clergy (details can be found here)