Join us in St Helen’s Church for our Parish CommunionService at 10am. If you can’t join us in church, please join us online. Click here or on the image above for the YouTube link or click here to view from our website.
A festive beginning to the Christmas season – all welcome for this atmospheric service which is especially suitable for small children.
New Honorary Canons Installed
On Saturday 26th November six new Honorary Canons, two lay and four ordained, were installed at St Albans Cathedral. The new Honorary Canons are: Johny Jonathan, who is based at Grassroots in Luton, Julian Bowery a warden at St Albans Cathedral, Rob Marshall, Rector of Digswell, Jenny Gray, Rector of the Beane Valley Benefice, David Kesterton, Vicar of All Saints, Luton and Richard Banham, Rector of Wheathampstead.
Many thanks to those who have already responded to the appeal for funds to help cover the dramatically increased costs of our energy bills. In the first 48 hours, over £1,500 has been raised towards the increase of over £10,000. This will enable us to continue our different ministries and to offer a warm welcome to our churches, including at Coffee in the Chancel which provides a warm space during the week.
A huge thank you from the Kimbilio Project to those who made donations on the matched giving day earlier this week. An amazing$34,111.00 was raised, which enables them to complete the purchase on the land, plan and prepare the land for construction of the new Day Centre!
HOUSEHOLD SUPPORT SCHEME
St Albans City and District Council have been given funding by Hertfordshire CC to distribute to individuals and families who require additional support with food and fuel costs. Please click here to email Helen or Richard if you would like to refer individuals and families for support. The following groups will be prioritised but you can refer anyone to us if you feel they require help. They do not have to be claiming state benefits to be entitled to help from the household support fund.
Families and individuals recently placed in temporary accommodation.
Families and individuals on a low income who have recently moved into new accommodation and who require basic essentials as a result.
Individuals who have recently left prison or a long term hospital stay.
Individuals who have no recourse to public funds.
People on zero hour contracts who are suffering a reduction in their hours and income.
Individuals and families who are waiting for a decision on a benefit application.
Individuals and families whose benefits have been ‘capped’ or sanctioned.
Individuals and families who have additional expenses, especially high energy costs, due to an illness, disability or mental health condition.
Individuals and families on a low income where an essential appliance has failed which they cannot afford to repair or replace.
Individuals and families fleeing domestic violence or who have been the victim of a crime.
Individuals and families who are entitled to state benefits but who have not received payments from previously announced energy support schemes.
Individuals and families on a low income who are in severe debt, especially those in arrears with their energy suppliers.
Individuals or families who have not previously received help from the Household Support fund.
The post box will be in the church from 24th November
Events and Activities this week (at St. Helen’s Church unless otherwise indicated).
Please ask if you need further details
Monday 5th December 9.00am – 11.30am Coffee in the Chancel
11.15am – 12.15pm Following the Message Study Group
1.15pm – 3.00pm Visit from St Helen’s Reception Class
7.30pm – 9.15pm Bell Ringing Practice
Tuesday 6th December 10.00am – 11.30am Coffee in the Chancel
Wednesday 7th December 9.30am – 11.00am The Ark Parent-and-Toddler Group
10.30am – 11.30am Coffee NOT in the Chancel via Zoom
Thursday 8th December 10.30am – 12.00pm Visit from St Helen’s Year 1 Class
2.45pm – 4.15pm St Helen’s Fellowship at Mead Hall
Friday 9th December 7.00pm – 9.00pm Choir Practice
Saturday 10th December 9.15am Celtic Morning Prayer
10.00am – 11.30am Coffee in the Chancel
Sunday 11th December
10.00am – 11.00am Parish Communion
6.00pm – 7.00pm Carol Service at St Peter’s