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

12-May Midweek Email


Included in this email:
  • Book now for a “Best Foot Forward” Walk
  • Christian Aid Week
  • The Ark returns on Thursday 13th May
  • Ascension Day Service
  • Vacancies at St Albans Diocese
  • Stay connected to St Helen’s & St Peter’s Churches





As we emerge from the the pandemic we are here to help you navigate your way forward.  Join me as we put our “Best Foot Forward”, a circular walk from St Helen’s Church. Together we will reflect and learn from the past year, so we can face the future well.

We shall be walking in small groups, at a gentle pace and taking regular stops, to create space for our own personal reflection, as well as giving us the chance to share our experiences of the pandemic with others. Although this is a church-led initiative, we welcome all and will shape the tone of the walk to suit the participants.

Feedback on the two pilot sessions has been overwhelmingly positive. But don’t take my word for it, here’s a taste of what other wrote…
“A very helpful format”; “I loved the simplicity”
“One of the most helpful things I’ve done in lockdown and really insightful.”
“Extremely valuable and helpful” and “really positive.”

There are now four more sessions available on Tues 11th May (pm), Sat 15th May (am); Wed 2nd June (pm), Sat 5 June (pm).  Click here to book a place.   Alternatively, if you have any questions, you can email me by clicking here.

One final comment… “Allowing nature to be part of our healing as a church family in this way is inspired!”  I look forward to walking with you – Richard



Wheathampstead’s churches have a long tradition of generous support for Christian Aid Week, helping some of the world’s poorest communities.

You can donate to this year’s appeal online through the Wheathampstead Churches Together Christian Aid Just Giving page here.  If you prefer donating with a traditional red envelope, those are available at the back of St Helen’s church.  Please return them at Sunday services in May or to the church office or contact Simon Best (by email or 07786 704353) to arrange collection.

The 2021 appeal focuses on climate justice and particularly on how providing clean water to villages in Kenya can make a significant difference to their ability to support themselves, despite the effects of climate change.




The Ark toddler group is back on Zoom!

This Thursday, 13th May at 10.30am. Stories (bring your own snack), a simple craft, songs and chat! Perfect for all carers with babies or pre-school children. Email Linda on for the Zoom link.

Come and join our Ascension Day Service
Thursday, 13th May, 8pm
St Nicholas Church
All are welcome to attend (with masks and observing social distancing).  There is limited capacity in St Nicholas Church so, please contact Dennis Stamps to reserve a place.
Email:  Telephone: 01582 712202

The service will be on Zoom as well.  Please click on this link to join:

Meeting ID: 850 7456 5806 (no password )


St Albans Diocese is currently advertising for new staff to take on four very different Diocesan roles:
  • Diocesan Secretary
  • Estates Admin Assistant
  • Pastoral & Advisory Officer
  • Admissions Officer.
Details are on the Vacancies page of their website:




Staying Connected …

Coffee in the Chancel continues to meet via Zoom 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



You are invited to join us for Morning Prayer. We meet at 9am from Monday to Thursday and on Saturday using Zoom. Click this link to join the meeting. Download the liturgy we follow by clicking here




We’re here for you and 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.