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

17 Jun: Midweek Email from the Rector


Included in this email…

  • Celebrate Saint Alban’s Day in style with a special service on Sunday
  • Our Midweek Catch Up – this week featuring an interview with business owner and PCC member Karl Fenwick
  • St Helen’s Church Building is OPEN again!

St Alban’s Cathedral invites parishes to join The Alban Pilgrimage Eucharist at 10am which will be rather different from previous years but promises to be very special with participation from churhces around the world dedicated to St Alban. The order of service available here.

There is also a The Alban Pilgrimage Children’s Service which follows the Eucharist (video online for Sunday) and features children from Wheathampstead who have put together a finger-puppet version of the story.

Mid-week Catch Up with Karl Fenwick

Karl Fenwick is a long-standing member of the 9.30 congregation, a member of the PCC and a key member of the Charitable Partnerships team.  He chatted to Claire this week and gave a really honest account of the stresses and strains of trying to run a business amidst the uncertainty of Lockdown.


Click here to view it on YouTube.

St Helen’s Church (Building) is OPEN!

St Helen’s church building is open again for Private Prayer from 10am to 5pm.  Of course the church itself never closed – because we are the church! However, it’s good to have the building back open again.  The creative prayer resources are taking a little longer to produce than planned (they will be there by the beginning of next week).  In the meantime, it’s been lovely to see the steady trickle of people enjoying the peace and calm being in church again.

We pray that having the church building open will be spiritually helpful as you lament all that has been lost over the past three months and look forward to the future with hope.

With love and prayers – Richard

Home schooling has it’s challenges for all parents (and teachers – see above!) but it’s particularly hard if you don’t have access to the internet via a PC – or have to share that computer with parents working from home and your siblings.  Do you have an old laptop or tablet you’re no longer using ( ideally with the power cable)?  This could be wiped of all your data,  refurbished and given to a local family to use.  Suitable laptops / tablets can be dropped off with Laurie and Margaret Barker at 24 Lattimore Road.

Got an old laptop?  Or do you need one for home schooling?

UPDATE:  Thank you to all of you who have already dropped old computers off – keep them coming!

Alternatively, do you know a local family with children who need an extra laptop to help with home schooling?  the James Marshall Foundation has provided 40 new and refurbished computers to local families in the past few months. Please pass on their details to anyone you know who would benefit:


Staying connected.

Do join us for our ‘Distant Socialising’ on Sunday at 11am or Wednesday from 10:30am using the links below as we gather together using the video conferencing platform Zoom.

Click on the Meeting ID and password to join either session.

Coffee After the Online Service Coffee NOT in the Chancel
Every Sunday at 11am Every Wednesday from 10:30am
Meeting ID: 844 7123 3219
Password: 527776
Meeting ID: 828 3397 7877
Password: 304021



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