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

13-Apr Midweek Email


In in this email:
  • Livestream Links to Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Services
  • Easter Sunday Services
  • Easter Garden
  • Easter Evensong & Collection for Rob
  • Climate Change Short Course
  • School Easter Holidays – diary changes
  • APCM – Save the date!



Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper, when the institution of Holy Eucharist started. At the Last Supper with his disciples, Jesus breaks bread, saying, “This is my body,” and pours wine, saying, “This is my blood.” He then asks the disciples to “Do this in remembrance of me.”

Join us for Communion at 8pm at St Helen’s Church as we remember the meal Christ shared with his disciples before his death. 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.



On Good Friday this year at 2pm in St Helen’s church, we will have the opportunity to confront our part in the Passion with the powerful liturgy of The Nail, written by Stephen Cotterell, Archbishop of York.

This reflective service combines Bible passages with first person accounts from key witnesses to Christ’s crucifixion and death. Accompanied by music from the choir, we reflect on whether we would have behaved any differently in those situations.

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.

Easter Sunday Services

Our Easter Garden
On Sunday April 3rd, families and children at Kids Worship helped to create a beautiful Easter garden. we then shared the Easter story together.

Do have a look in the churchyard and perhaps add a few small plants or flowers in a pot.


Our Easter Evensong at 6pm, Sunday 24th April 2022 will be an opportunity to say farewell to Rob Milner as he moves on to be Director of Music at a church in London Diocese.

Rob has served the church as Director of  Music for the past 5 years. We are holding a collection to say ‘thank you’ for all he has done. To contribute, please click here to give online by credit or debit card. Alternatively, please put cash or a cheque in an enveloped marked ‘Collection for Rob’ and give this to Madeleine, our Treasurer, or one of the ministers in church.

Our next study course starts on 21st April at 7.30 pm in St Peter’s Church, Gustard Wood and runs for five weeks. It is based on the book ‘There Is No Planet B’ by Mike Berners-Lee. The book is introduced as follows:

Feeding the world, climate change, biodiversity, antibiotics, plastics, pandemics – the list of concerns seems endless. But what is most pressing, and what should we do first? Do we all need to become vegetarian? How can we fly in a low-carbon world? How can we take control of technology? And, given the global nature of the challenges we now face, what on Earth can any of us do, as individuals?

In the first session we will take an overview and ask what exactly is climate change and what are its implications. The next three sessions will look more closely at Food, Transport and Energy respectively. In the last session we shall look at the Christian perspective and what it means.

Each session will involve both presentations and discussion The sessions are open to all and prior knowledge is not required although it might be helpful to have a copy of the book and to have read the relevant sections in advance.

2nd – 18th April


  • Coffee in the Chancel – Open as usual on Saturdays. Please note changes to weekday opening times below.
  • Following the Message – break for Easter. Resumes at 11.15am on Monday 25th April
  • The Ark Parents and Toddlers Group – break for Easter. Resumes at 9.30am on Wednesday 27th April
  • St Helen’s Fellowship – not meeting on 14th April. Resumes at 2.45pm on Thursday 21st April

An Important Date!
Annual Parochial Church Meeting
Wednesday 4th May at St. Peter’s at 7:30 pm

All are welcome at our APCM (refreshments provided) which offers you a report on Church activities in 2021 and the financial statements for that year. As we emerge from a period of uncertainty, we must look to the future as our churches come back to life.

We are very keen to be strengthened by new faces on our Parochial Church Council (PCC). The “Job Description” is people committed to our new vision of “Living God’s Love in our Community” and able to help us work so we can make a difference for the people of Wheathampstead and Gustard Wood. PCC Members are leaders in our church and trustees of our charity.  More info from Stephen (PCC Secretary) 01727 863490

Events and Activities this week (at St. Helen’s Church unless otherwise indicated).
Please ask if you need further details

Monday 11th April
6.00pm – 7.00pm Compline
7.30pm – 9.15pm Bell Ringing Practice
Tuesday 12th April
6.00pm – 7.00pm Compline
10.00am – 11.30am  Coffee in the Chancel

Wednesday 13th April
6.00pm – 7.00pm Compline

Maundy Thursday 14th April
8.00pm – 9.00pm Communion of the Last Supper

Good Friday 15th April
9.45am – 11.45am  WCT Procession of Witness, Service in Churchyard then refreshments in church with crafts for children

2.00pm – 3.00pm  The Nail – a reflective service
6.30pm – 9.00pm  Choir Practice

Saturday 16th April
9.15am – 10.00am  Celtic Morning Prayer
10.00am – 11.30am  Coffee in the Chancel

Easter Sunday 17th April
5.00am – 6.00am Son Rise Service at St Peter’s Church
10.00am – 11.00am  Easter All Age Communion Service

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