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

20-Mar Weekend Email with Livestream Link



In this email…
  • An appeal to help us thank the team at St Helen’s School
  • National Day of Reflection – Tuesday 23rd March
  • Covid Vaccines: Get one-Give one
  • #SayOneForMe – Prayer during Lent
  • Livestreamed Sunday Service
Save the date!
Annual Parochial Church Meeting – Tuesday 27th April at 7:30pm via by Zoom. The APCM offers you a report on Church activities in 2020 and the Financial Statements for that year.




URGENT APPEAL: Help us thank our teachers




Our Music Director, Rob Milner has been contacted by Radio Five Live who are planning to interview him and Rosanna and play a part of their recording of Spem in Alium on the Sunday Breakfast show – probably at around 8:25am.

Five live have been doing a bit on Lockdown recordings. It’s unlikely the radio will play all 11 minutes but they hope to give a good flavour of it!!!

If you do want to listen to it in full, either for the first time or again – click here

Huge thanks to Rob and Rosanna for all they’ve done over the past year especially and we’re delighted for this moment of recognition.



For years we’ve been working to strengthen our partnership with St Helen’s School.   Throughout the past year our support has been rather different.  Now we’d like your help in showing our appreciation for all their amazing hard work for the children of our village.  As a token of our appreciation we’d like to provide each of the 42 staff at St Helen’s School with a quality Easter Egg, a small flowering pot plant and a handwritten thank you card.  

Please help us by buying a nice Easter Egg, and/or a small flowering pot plant AND write a card expressing your gratitude to the whole team at St Helen’s School for their dedication, commitment and hard work over the past year.  Then deliver your card and gifts to either Richard & Claire at The Rectory or Hilary Hollick at 23 Bury Green.  There is no limit to the number of teacher you can support, but we do need a card to go with every Easter egg and plant gift set.  And hurry we need them by Wednesday 24th March.

Thank you in advance.




Vaccine “Get one – Give one”
We would like to encourage all who have been offered a vaccination to take it as ‘none are safe until all are safe’. You may also consider giving a donation in thankfulness for our own vaccinations  so that either vaccines can be purchased for countries that need then or to support people living in communities that have been severely affected by the pandemic.

Vaccines – get one-give one 
Those who wish to give can do so to:

  • The COVAX fund which is buying and delivering vaccines to countries around the world – you may have seen their first work taking place in Ghana recently. COVAX is being generously supported by the UK Government but individuals can contribute too here.
  • The United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF, is collecting here.
  • ‘Arm in Arm’, Celebrate, Donate, Vaccinate, is here
  • Christian Aid has an appeal for humanitarian relief in support of communities overseas affected by COVID that just don’t have the kind of social safety nets that we’re used here in the United Kingdom. Donations to their appeal can be made here.


The National Day of Reflection, coordinated by the charity Marie Curie and officially supported by the Church of England, has designated a special day to reflect on collective loss and grief, one year since the first UK Covid lockdown.

On Tuesday 23rd March, please

  • observe a minute’s silence at 12 noon to show support for the millions of people who have been bereaved.
  • connect with someone who is grieving. This might be in simple ways such as having a chat with them, sending a card, a message, or giving them some spring flowers.
  • as a village, shine a Light of Hope in your window at 8.00pm

St Helen’s Church will be open between 10am – 3pm for private prayer

God of Love,
As we think about all that has changed this year,
help us to trust that you are always with us.
As we remember those who have died,

help us to trust they are at peace with you.
As we reach out to others with kindness and care,
may hope shine out in every heart and home.

Praying Together During Lent
St Helen’s and St Peter’s Churches continue to offer you different ways to pray: in groups, by sending email requests or using the resources we’ve sent you. And now we’re adding new 3 minute contemplative prayer videos based on “God’s World Through My Window” each week.

Let’s recommit ourselves to prayer during the run-up to Easter. 

  • – Use the Contemplative Prayer Meditations on our YouTube Channel with a new video added each week – Click here.
  • – Join us for a short, relaxed, informal prayer group at midday on Thursday (click here)
  • – Join us at Morning Prayer 9am Mon-Thurs (click here)
  • – Download prayer calendars and prayer leaflets to use at home 
  • – Click here to contact a minister to talk in confidence one-to-one about prayer (or anything else).
  • – Email a prayer request for yourself or someone else to 





Click here – or on the image above to join our 10am live-stream service.
Or click here to view it via our website.

Click here, or the picture above to join the Zoom gathering for Coffee After the Online Service on Sunday from 11am.  This will include the opportunity to discuss the themes in the sermon, (but only for those who wish to).If you need to enter them manually, the details for the Zoom meeting are: Meeting ID: 844 7123 3219 Passcode: 527776.




Staying Connected …

Though Coffee in the Chancel is currently closed, we look forward to catching up on your latest news at our Zoom gathering on 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



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.