St Helens Church, High Street, Wheathampstead, St Albans, AL4 8AA. Worship Times: 10am every Sunday

06-Feb 2021 Email from St Helen’s & St Peter’s Churches


Don’t miss all the other good stuff!
So that you don’t miss all the other good things in this email, the link to the livestream service is near the bottom of the email!

Claire and I are really enjoying the resources produced the C of E to Pray for the Nation at 6pm.  If you haven’t caught up with this, you can find the letter from the Archbishops and leaflet of prayer resources via the links below.

Could you – or someone you know – volunteer to be part of the vaccination campaign?  – see below for details.

Save the date for our Ash Wednesday Zoom Service – 17th February at 7:00pm. Ashes for home use available for collection from St Helen’s Church from Friday 12th February.

Last, but by no means least, there are opportunities to connect to other church members socially on Zoom at 11am on Sunday and Wednesday. 

God bless you – Richard



Be part of this historic effort!

Communities 1st and partners have been busy recruiting volunteers to support the vaccination centres.

Over 2,400 volunteers have now signed up and provided 5,300 hours of support for community vaccination sites in a variety of roles, from stewarding to front of house.

It is expected that a further 3,000-4,000 volunteers will be needed over the coming weeks as more vaccination centres open up.

Anyone who would like to volunteer in a non-clinical role can sign up here:


The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have encouraged us all to pause and pray at 6pm each day, you can read more about it here in the letter they wrote.

The Church of England has produced a leaflet with prayers for each day of the week.  You can download it here, or pick up a copy from the back of St Helen’s church.


An Invitation into the season of Lent
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day season marked by repentance, reflection, and ultimately celebration. This year, we meet on Zoom at 7:00pm for a service of prayer and music to mark Ash Wednesday on 17th February. Join us via this link. (Meeting ID: 865 6612 8176; Passcode: 440783).

Little packets of Ash for use at home during the service will be available to collect from St Helen’s Church from Friday 12th February. Or you could be creative and use something at home.

Staying Connected …

Though Coffee in the Chancel is currently closed, we look forward to catching up on your latest news at our Zoom gathering on every Wednesday from 10:30am.  Please use the link below to join us!

Coffee NOT in the Chancel 
Meeting ID: 828 3397 7877
Password: 304021


Jesus said the greatest commandment is to, “Love God with all our heart, mind, soul and body.” We show our love for God in our worship – click here – or on the image below to join our 10am live-stream service. Or click here to view it via our website.  This week the service is led by Carol Hopper one of our Lay Ministers.

The second greatest commandment is to “Love our neighbours as ourselves.” And we show this by the support we offer one another and the way we are there for one-another as a community.  Click here, or the picture below to join the Zoom gathering for Coffee After the Online Service on Sunday from 11am.  This will include the opportunity to discuss the themes in the sermon, (but only for those who wish to).If you need to enter them manually, the details for the Zoom meeting are: Meeting ID: 844 7123 3219 Passcode: 527776.



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Mel, Hilary and others have been working hard on our next newsletter.  Here they are all bundled up and ready to be delivered.  But we can’t deliver it to you if we haven’t got your address!  Click here to make sure you get a copy.

If we do already have an address for you, you will also receive a letter asking you to check the information we have about you is correct.  This is because we are updating our database – so please do check the information and reply.


Help is at hand!
We have set up teams offering both pastoral and practical support, so please let others support you – they are keen to do so! Hilary Hollick is helping organise this – so do contact her by email here, or on 01582 832567.  Alternatively call the village wide helpline “Support for All” on 01582 380910.