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

06-Mar Weekend Email with Livestream Link


Lent – resources to sustain us
In this email…
  • Final Reminder to update your contact details
  • Covid Vaccines: Get one-Give one
  • #SayOneForMe – Prayer during Lent
  • Fairtrade Fortnight
  • Livestreamed Sunday Service
Save the date!
Annual Parochial Church Meeting – Tuesday 27th April at 7:30pm via by Zoom. The APCM offers you a report on Church activities in 2020 and the Financial Statements for that year.

We are currently preparing our Easter mailing. If you’d like to receive a pack full of information about our Easter services (back in church!) and activities, please confirm or update your contact details. You should have received a letter or email asking you to check the information we have about you is correct. Only when you’ve confirmed this are your details entered into our new database. Those who have already responded, thank you. Otherwise, you can text us at 07421 942522 or email You can also update your details by following this link

Last chance to stay in touch with us!

You may be pleased to know that Bishop Alan, together with Bishops Richard and Michael, have now been vaccinated. Bishop Alan would like to encourage all who have been offered a vaccination to take it as ‘none are safe until all are safe’. You may also consider giving a donation in thankfulness for our own vaccinations  so that either vaccines can be purchased for countries that need then or to support people living in communities that have been severely affected by the pandemic.Vaccines – get one-give one 
Those who wish to give can do so to:

  • The COVAX fund which is buying and delivering vaccines to countries around the world – you may have seen their first work taking place this week in Ghana. COVAX is being generously supported by the UK Government but individuals can contribute too here.
  • The United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF, is collecting here.
  • ‘Arm in Arm’, Celebrate, Donate, Vaccinate, is here
  • Christian Aid has an appeal for humanitarian relief in support of communities overseas affected by COVID that just don’t have the kind of social safety nets that we’re used here in the United Kingdom. Donations to their appeal can be made here.
Praying Together During Lent
St Helen’s and St Peter’s Churches continue to offer you different ways to pray: in groups, by sending email requests or using the resources we’ve sent you. And now we’re adding new 3 minute contemplative prayer videos based on “God’s World Through My Window” each week.Let’s recommit ourselves to prayer during the run-up to Easter.

  • – Use the Contemplative Prayer Meditations on our YouTube Channel with a new video added each week – Click here.
  • – Join us at the new “SayOne4Me” Lent prayer group (Zoom details below)
  • – Join us at Morning Prayer (Zoom details below)
  • – Download prayer calendars and prayer leaflets to use at home 
  • – Click here to contact a minister to talk in confidence one-to-one about prayer (or anything else).
  • – Email a prayer request for yourself or someone else to 

Click here to join “SayOne4Me!”  at midday on Thursday.  
Meeting ID: 824 7208 3008   Passcode: 104006

During Lent we are offering a shorter, even more relaxed and informal opportunity to gather for prayer on Thursday at midday for just 15 minutes.  There will be a chance to chat and catch up afterwards.

We will be using the Pray for the Nation leaflet and themes from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and our own Prayer Calendar.  Most of you will have received a copy of these with our latest Newsletter.  Or you can download copies to print at home…
Prayer for the Nation leaflet.  St Helen’s Prayer Calendar
(to print them double sided – flip on the short edge) 

Click here to join us for Morning Prayer
at 9am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.  
Meeting ID: 532 967 851  Passcode: 003102

It’s like a shortened Sunday service but without the music and much, much less formal.  It includes responses, bible readings, a chance to chat and reflect on the bible readings and some prayers.

And you can find the liturgy we follow in this Word document which you can print at home.  Or by downloading the Church of England App (click here for instructions).

Fairtrade Fortnight 2021
22nd February to 7th March

Due to climate change, farmers and workers in countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Honduras are facing challenges – droughts, crop disease, floods, heatwaves and shrinking harvests. Through fair trade, farmers and growers can earn enough to feed their families, send their children to school, provide a future for their local community and look into solutions to the problems they face due to climate change.

Choosing to buy fair trade, ethical food and drink, is the simplest way to change the world. Traidcraft has released its spring catalogue which includes chocolate for Easter; to see what is available, please click on this link If you wish to place an order through Jane Deller, she can be contacted at , 07889  221551 and 01582 834130.

Click here – or on the image above to join our 10am live-stream service. Or click here to view it via our website.

Click here, or the picture above 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.

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

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.