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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, weekly service aimed at pre-school aged children and their parents/carers. We meet on Wednesdays in St Stephen’s Chapel for songs, stories, crafts and refreshments from 10am-11am.

This is a free session, with no booking required.

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 Minster Community Roll and the Minster Community’s next Elections

Every three years, we hold the Minster Community Elections, and everyone in our cathedral family is warmly invited to take part. If you are aged 16 or over and you worship, volunteer or work at the Minster, you are eligible to join the Minster Community Roll, our electoral register. The latest elections were due to be held in June 2020. In discussion with Chapter and the current members of the Committee, it has been agreed that the elections will be postponed until Spring 2021 and current representatives will serve for an additional year. When these elections are held next year, they will be for a two-year term so that the election of our representatives remains aligned with the cycle of elections for Deanery Synod.

The elections appoint a new Minster Community Committee*, and elect Minster Community representatives to our Cathedral Council and to York Deanery Synod – more information about these bodies and the work they do can be found here. Full details of the Spring 2021 election process will be published in due course.

We will be using the current Minster Community Roll for the 2021 elections. It is important that our elections have the benefit of reliably up-to-date contact details for everyone who wants to be involved in this important event in the Minster’s life. If you are already on the Roll, and none of your details have changed since you joined it, you don’t need to do anything. If you need to update your details, or you are not yet on the Roll and would like to be added, please complete a Minster Community Roll application form and return it to: Minster Community Roll, Church House, 10-14 Ogleforth, York, YO1 7JN. Once we are fully out of lockdown, application forms will once again be available from the Minster Community table in the Chapter House Vestibule on Sunday mornings, from the Vestry and from Church House Reception.

For more information, please contact Andy Oates, Chapter Clerk, at Church House, 10-14 Ogleforth, York, YO1 7JN (email chapterclerk@yorkminster.org, direct line 01904 557210).

*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.


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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