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

13-Jan Midweek Email




Included in this email:
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
  • The Ark Toddler group – help needed
  • Short Course – Climate Change: The Science
  • Kids Worship returns this Sunday
  • Covid precautions to keep one another safe.

Original photo of Nablus (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0): Dr. Michael Loadenthal

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
18th – 25th January 2022

Materials for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022 have been prepared by the churches of the Middle East – now available to download. All are invited to  meet at St Thomas More’s Church at 12 noon on Tuesday 18th January for Prayer, Silence and Readings.

The Ark Baby and Toddler group has restarted at St Helen’s church on a Wednesday morning from 9.30-11.00am and we were delighted to welcome a total of 16 adults and 22 children this week!

We desperately need people to make tea and coffee and wash-up so we can give a real welcome to all these families (you get to chat to Mums and smile at babies too!). Please email Linda at if you could help, even just once a month.

Kids Worship returns this Sunday January 16th. Join us in St Helen’s at 3.30pm for fun, informal worship with songs, stories and craft. Especially suitable for primary age children and smaller siblings, but all are welcome.

Sunday February 6th, Mossy Christingle, outside at St Peter’s Church 3.30pm. 

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

Monday 17th  January
10.00am – 11.30am Coffee in the Chancel
11.15am – 12.15pm Following the Message
7.30pm – 9.15pm Bell Ringing Practice

Tuesday 18th  January
10.00am – 11.30am  Coffee in the Chancel
12.00pm – 1.00pm Prayer for Christian Unity: Prayer, Silence and Readings at St Thomas More Church

Wednesday 19th January
9.30am – 11am The Ark
10.30am – 11.30am Zoom Coffee in the Chancel

Thursday 20th January
2.45pm – 4.15pm St Helen’s Fellowship at Mead Hall

Friday 21st January
6.30pm – 9.00pm  Choir Practice

Saturday 22nd January
9.15am – 10.00am  Celtic Morning Prayer
10.00am – 11.30am  Coffee in the Chancel

Keeping everyone as safe as possible.
We are committed to taking the steps necessary to keep everyone safe, whilst continuing to offer worship in church for those who wish to attend.  We are fortunate that through investment in technology and the dedication of our team you can join us online for many of our services if you prefer.

“Lateral Flow before you go…” This slogan, coined by the Government, encourages us all to take a free rapid Lateral Flow Test before attending any social gathering or event.  Please take a test before coming to church and stay at home if you have a cold or Covid symptoms. (click here to order free tests by post, or click here to get a code and collect tests from a pharmacy)

Our doors are open, and so are the windows!  Before the services, we will open the windows in the chancel and keep the West Door open.  This will create further air-flow to improve ventilation – so wrap up warm!

Social Distancing.  Alternate pews will be closed, which will help us to keep a safe distance. – This will reduce the capacity of the church, so it may be necessary to turn people away.  We also encourage you not to hang around inside.

Refreshments Al FrescoBecause you can’t drink tea, coffee or mulled wine whilst wearing a face-covering, we will be serving refreshments outside where it will be safer to mix and chat – and easier to do so at a safe distance.

Carry on with face coverings.  The government has made wearing face coverings mandatory at indoor venues.  This means a mask and not a visor, except for those who have a valid exemption.    Thank you for your help with this out of consideration for others.