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

20-Jul Midweek Email


In this email:

  • Community Larder
  • Kimbilio – a chance to help with the next project
  • SENsational Parents Group
  • Coffee in the Chancel – Summer Opening Hours
  • Choral Scholarships – Open for application!



During the school Summer holidays St Helen’s church will be running a Community Larder from the Lady Chapel, every day when the church is open. This has replaced the Summer Hampers project in order to be more widely available to those in need throughout the village and encourage people to come into St Helen’s church. We hope that those in need of food will come to take what they need and those who are able to, will donate to stock it. 

If you are in church and see unfamiliar faces, please make them feel welcome.  We will be keeping the larder stocked throughout the holidays but we will need help from our lovely congregation.  If you can pick up any extra food when shopping and then add to our larder – fresh or store cupboard items – that would be brilliant! Consider donating what you would like to see in your own fridge or larder that would contribute towards making a healthy meal. We will be ready to receive your donations from Saturday 23rd July.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to donate financially then please make a card reader payment (in church) or online donation (click here).

Please feel free to share the details with local WhatsApp groups or anyone else you think may like to donate. If anyone is able to volunteer to keep an eye on stock levels in the Larder during the last week of July and first week of August and top up where needed, then please let Helen Caldwell know on 07974 762997.


Kimbilio – the next stage
Our Charity Partner the Congo Children’s Trust opened their primary school last year and already they are planning the next project! For years the day centre outreach to the hundreds of boys and girls living rough in the street markets has been run from the city’s cathedral. Kimbilio now have the opportunity to purchase a piece of land opposite, to build their very own permanent facility. A deposit has already been paid for the land, but they need another $30,000 to buy it. Today, 20th July, they are having a fundraising drive and any donation over £85 ($100) will receive matched funding! Even if you can’t manage £85, anything you can spare will help the children of Lubumbashi.
To donate click here.
To watch a short video featuring the school and the day centre plans click here
SENsational Parents’ Group

Do you have a child with additional needs or know someone who does? The SENsational parents’ group meets on the last Thursday of the month in St Helen’s. A support group, run by parents for parents, there is a speaker each month and a chance to chat to parents with similar expeirences over coffee.

There is also a Facebook group:






During the summer holidays (23rd July – 3rd September), Coffee in the Chancel will be open between 10am – 11.30am on Tuesdays and Saturdays only. Normal hours resume on Monday 5th September.




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




Monday 18th July
9.30am – 11.30am  Coffee in the Chancel
7.30pm – 9.15pm  Bell Ringing Practice

Tuesday 19th July
9.30am – 11.30am  Coffee in the Chancel

Wednesday 20th July
9.15am – 11.30am St Helen’s School End-of-Year Services
9.30am – 11.00am  The Ark Parent-and-Toddler Group (venue to be confirmed)
10.30am – 11.30am  Coffee in the Chancel via Zoom
1.30pm – 3.00pm  English Lesson for Ukrainians

Thursday 21st July
11.00am – 12.00pm Funeral Service for t/l Lynne Christianson
2.45pm – 4.15pm St Helen’s Fellowship (Mead Hall)



Friday 22nd July
6.30pm – 9.00pm  Choir Practice

Saturday 23rd July
9.30am – 10.00am  Celtic Morning Prayer
10.00am – 11.30am  Coffee in the Chancel
1.30pm – 2.30pm  Wedding of Anna Knowles and Jack Cornthwaite

Sunday 24th July
10.00am – 11.00am  Parish Communion Service
6.00pm – 7.00pm  Evensong





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