St Helens Church, High Street, Wheathampstead, St Albans, AL4 8AA. Worship Times: 9:30am


Notices from Sunday’s Pew Sheet


A BIG THANK YOU to Jan and David for their kind donation of our beautiful Christmas tree, in memory of their parents, John and Barbara Reynolds.

Coffee in the Chancel would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas. We are now closed for the year – see you at the usual opening times) from Saturday 6th January 2018!

Car Park Resurfacing. Resurfacing of the parking area and driveway on the northside of the church has been delayed due to the snow. We will open the car park for use as soon as possible after the contractor has completed his work.

Spread the Christmas Cheer! Gingerbread Angels Distribution – we need 200 gingerbread angels to give away on Monday 18th Dec to businesses along the High Street. If you can bake some gingerbread biscuits or smile as you give them away, see Hilary 07712791625.

Can You Cook? Seniors in Wheathampstead can learn basic cooking skills or rejuvenate existing ones at The Kitchen Front’s acclaimed cookery workshops.

Following the success of our previous cookery classes in Harpenden, and with support from The St Albans and District Community Grants Fund, we are holding a series of classes at The Memorial Hall, Wheathampstead, on 2nd February, 9th February, 16th February and 23rd February 2018. Older men who are unused to cooking are particularly welcome.

The cost is £5 per class, including all ingredients, equipment, & recipes. At each session we will teach you to make one or two seasonal dishes to feed at least 2 people which you take home to enjoy. The dishes can be adapted for most food allergies and intolerances if we know in advance.  To book onto all or some of the classes, or if you have any questions, please call Sarah Cripps or Jane Todd at The Kitchen Front on 07899 751211 or 07973 383607 and leave your phone number or your email address or email us on hello@thekitchenfrontcookery.co.uk.  We will then get back to you to confirm your place and details of how to pay.

St Helen’s Website. A new feature, the photo-gallery, was introduced some six months ago. It shows parishioners at work and play over the past year, with particularly rich coverage in recent weeks. It is updated regularly. So do please take a look, and see if you can spot yourself or your friends there

Home made Marmalade £2.50 ;Quince jelly ;£1.50 Sweet pickle £1.50. All proceeds to The Friends of St Helen’s Church. Please contact Margaret 833581. Ordered will be brought to Church for collection.

WATFORD AND THREE RIVERS REFUGEE PROJECT

Thank you so much for your unending support and generosity during this last year. You are helping more and more people who are in great need. We would be very grateful for Christmas gifts such as: toiletries for both ladies and gents as we are always short of them (shampoo/shower gel etc), nice bars of soap, boxes of biscuits and chocolates. Anything else you can think of – everything will be used!

If you wish to support The Children’s Society, one of St Helen’s and St Peter’s charity partners, we have a stock of home collecting boxes available for anyone who would like one. A large number of people putting small amounts of loose change into these over the year soon adds up. Last year we sent £610.20 to the Children’s Society from these boxes. If you would like to have a box please contact Janet or Peter on 621944.

Azalea in Luton, one of our Partnership Charities, reaches out to women and children trapped in or vulnerable to sexual exploitation, supporting them to build new lives through the love of God. This Christmas, we would like to donate toys, new or nearly new (ages from 0 to 12 years old) and, in particular, practical items of scarves, gloves and hats (for adults) candles, notebooks, or photo frames. Please bring your donations to church by the end of today and leave them in the box in the Chancel.  Cash donations also welcome. Thank you. Please remember to pray for Azalea and those they serve.