Here are some of the special services and other events which take place throughout the year.

JANUARY: Jane Stainton sermon

In the late 17th century, Mrs Jane Stainton bequeathed a legacy to the Company of Merchant Adventurers, and the Church of All Saints, Pavement, to secure the preaching of a sermon on the anniversary of the beheading of King Charles I.

The Company and the Church have upheld this wish on the Sunday nearest to 30th January each year. Here is a link to the sermon delivered in 2021.

MARCH: Commemorative Service for Captain Oates

On a Sunday near to 17th March (St Patrick’s Day), we are joined by The Royal Dragoon Guards Regimental Association to commemorate Captain Lawrence Oates, who died on that day in 1912, during the return of the Terra Nova Expedition from the South Pole.

MARCH / APRIL: Ecumenical Service on Good Friday

In advance of Easter Day, we gather together for a service of contemplation with neighbouring congregations from other Christian denominations.

MAY: Beating the bounds

Prior to Ascension Day, on Rogation Sunday, members of the congregation walk the boundaries of the parish – the traditional ‘beating the bounds‘.

Taking approximately 90 minutes, and covering a distance of approximately 2.5 miles, the route takes us via the church buildings of the parish.

MAY: Organ Recital

On the first Bank Holiday Monday in May, the church hosts an Organ Recital, which form part of the York Organ Concerts series organised by the York and District Organists’ Association.

A varied programme of pieces demonstrates the prowess of the ‘King of Instruments’.

MAY / JUNE: Trinity Sunday at Holy Trinity, Goodramgate

On Trinity Sunday each year, we hold our Evensong in the beautiful surroundings of Holy Trinity, Goodramgate, which is looked after by the Churches Conservation Trust.

JUNE: Imphal Day service

On a Sunday near to 22nd June, we are joined by The Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire Association to commemorate Imphal Day.

The Prince of Wales’s Own was an antecedent regiment of the Royal Yorkshire Regiment, and its regimental museum lies within the parish at the York Army Museum.

JUNE: Armed Forces Sunday

At our Sunday morning service immediately following Armed Forces Day, we are joined by members of the Royal British Legion, and the Royal Air Forces Association.

JULY / AUGUST: Church Crawl

Once summer comes around, the congregation and friends join a ‘Church Crawl’ to visit other places of worship in the region.

AUGUST: Organ Recital

On the Bank Holiday Monday in late August, the church hosts another Organ Recital, again forming part of the York Organ Concerts series.

A programme of music complements the beautiful surroundings.


The 2023 series of Evensong talks was on the theme of Heroines and Heroes of Faith – Etty Hillesum, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Rosemary Radford Reuther, Julian of Norwich, Thomas Cranmer, George Herbert, and Dorothy L Sayers.

The 2021 series, exploring Foundations of Faith, remains available on our YouTube Channel (covering the Bible, Creeds, Prayer, Saints, Life, Forgiveness, and Praise).

OCTOBER: Trafalgar Day service

On the Sunday nearest to 21st October, we are joined by the York branches of the Royal Naval Association and the Royal Marines Association for the annual Trafalgar Day service.

NOVEMBER: All Saints Day

On 1st November, our congregation meets together in an act of worship, reflecting on the virtuous and godly living of the Saints.

NOVEMBER: Remembrance Sunday

On the Sunday nearest to 11th November (Armistice Day), we gather to remember those fallen in service of our country.

DECEMBER: Carol Services

In Advent, we host several Festivals of Nine Lessons and Carols on weekdays evenings, followed by Saturday morning carol singing in the ‘pocket park’ next to the Church, and the Parish Carol Service on the Sunday preceding Christmas Eve – traditionally followed by the Parish Christmas Lunch.