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York Minster is a living church with a thriving community made up of people of all ages. For many, York Minster is their regular place of worship, as part of one or more of our Sunday and weekday congregations.

There are lots of ways to get involved with the Minster Community, from simply attending services to joining one of our committees.

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Meeting and Learning

One of the easiest ways to get to know people is to join us for coffee after the 10am Sunday service. This is also a good way to find out about upcoming Minster Community events, which are organised by the Social Group.

Children, young people and families

York Minster offers a variety of opportunities for children and young people to learn and grow and to engage with the stories, seasons and symbols of the Christian faith in age-appropriate ways. For more information about any of the groups below, contact cypm@yorkminster.org.

Children’s and young people’s groups

In term time, two groups meet each Sunday during the 10am service:

  • Under-5s – Young children meet in the Consistory Court, accompanied by their parents and/or carers. Sessions include opportunities for art, singing and play and for exploring some of the stories and themes of the Christian faith.
  • 5-11s – This group meets in the Zouche Chapel and usually explores the gospel reading for the day using lectionary based resources and Godly Play. We also offer opportunities for children and their families and carers to participate in worship together and to mark some of the significant occasions of the year, including harvest and Good Friday.

To join either of these groups, please follow the cross to the South Quire Aisle during the second hymn.

Minster Mice

Minster Mice is a fun, fortnightly service aimed at pre-school aged children and their parents/carers. We meet on alternate Wednesdays in term time at the high altar for songs, stories, crafts and refreshments from 10am-11.30am.

Other opportunities

Children and young people can also share in the work and worship of the Minster through serving, reading and singing in regular worship. If you are interested in exploring Baptism, Communion before Confirmation or Confirmation for your child, you can find further details here.

You can also find full details of York Minster’s Safeguarding policy here.

The Community Roll

The Cathedral Community Roll is open to everyone over the age of 16 who either worships, volunteers or works at the Minster.  Every three years, everyone on the roll is invited to nominate and elect four representatives to the Cathedral Council and eight members to the Minster Community Committee. The regular worshippers on the roll also nominate and elect three representatives to the York Deanery Synod. To join, write to the Chapter Clerk at Church House, 10-14 Ogleforth, York, YO1 7JN to request an application form or email chapterclerk@yorkminster.org.

Everyone who is on the Community Roll is able to opt in to The Pastoral Network which puts people in touch with a Pastoral Link contact to help build a network of friendship and support across the whole community. The aim is to ensure that, in such a large and busy church, everyone who would like one has a point of contact who will look out for them and keep in touch from time to time.

The Minster Community Committee

The Committee of the Minster Community is elected by members of the Cathedral Community Roll and seeks to encourage the life and mission of the Minster.

There are a number of sub-groups where members of the Community Committee are joined by other members of the community to contribute to various areas of church life.

Sub-groups

  • The LESS Group (Lifestyle, Environment, Sustainability and Stewardship) aims to strengthen the sustainability of the Minster and its life by reducing the impact it has on the environment. Formed two years ago, the group has helped achieve an Eco Church Silver Award for the Minster and worked with the Toilet Twinning charity to twin the cathedral’s toilets with toilets in the third world, supporting communities which otherwise would not have these facilities. For more information, contact less@yorkminster.org. 

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