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

22-May Weekend Email with Livestream Link



Included in this email:
  • Pentecost Choral Evensong
  • Last chance to book a “Best Foot Forward” Walk
  • Parish Communion Service – in church and livestreamed
  • Coffee in the Chancel – now open!
  • Friends of St Helen’s Church Programme of Events



For the first time in most recent memory Pentecost coincides with Choral Evensong. It’s also the first choral evensong since our All Souls service in early November.

We have an absolute treat in store. We have the joy and celebration of Pentecost represented in probably the best known set of evening canticles – Stanford’s setting in C. Certainly if you enjoy listening to it as much as the choir enjoys singing it then we’re onto a winner. The introit and anthem, however, focus more on the spiritual side of this feast. Tallis’ O Lord Give Thy Holy Spirit is a beautiful piece of Tudor music and Elgar’s The Spirit of the Lord is Upon You is an incredibly atmospheric piece taken from his oratorio “The Apostles”.

Add to this three great hymns and I think you’ll have an enjoyable evening of music and hopefully find peace and spirituality you might expect from a celebration of Pentecost.


As we emerge from the the pandemic we are here to help you navigate your way forward.  Join me as we put our “Best Foot Forward”, a circular walk from St Helen’s Church. Together we will reflect and learn from the past year, so we can face the future well.

We shall be walking in small groups, at a gentle pace and taking regular stops, to create space for our own personal reflection, as well as giving us the chance to share our experiences of the pandemic with others. Although this is a church-led initiative, we welcome all and will shape the tone of the walk to suit the participants.

Feedback on the two pilot sessions has been overwhelmingly positive. But don’t take my word for it, here’s a taste of what other wrote…
“A very helpful format”; “I loved the simplicity”
“One of the most helpful things I’ve done in lockdown and really insightful.”
“Extremely valuable and helpful” and “really positive.”

There are now two more sessions left: Wed 2nd June (pm), Sat 5 June (pm).  Click here to book a place.   Alternatively, if you have any questions, you can email me by clicking here.

One final comment… “Allowing nature to be part of our healing as a church family in this way is inspired!”  I look forward to walking with you – Richard


All are welcome to come to St Helen’s Church for Sunday morning worship.

Capacity is limited and you are expected to observe appropriate Covid guidelines including the use of face masks, hand sanitiser and social distancing.  Please do not come if you are feeling unwell, or have any symptoms of Coronavirus.

The service will livestream on our YouTube channel and website. Click here- or on the image above to join our 10am live-streamed Parish Communion service. Or click here to view it via our website.

Stay connected to the church family and join us for Coffee after the service from 11am. Click here,  to join the Zoom gathering. If you need to enter them manually, the details for the Zoom meeting are:
Meeting ID: 844 7123 3219
Passcode: 527776.


We are delighted that our very popular community cafe, Coffee in the Chancel is now open.  For several years Coffee in the Chancel is has provided a community hub for all ages.  A space to meet up with friends and enjoy great quality coffee at really reasonable prices.  Whether you’re a returning regular, or a new customer, the team look forward to giving you a warm welcome.



Staying Connected …

Coffee in the Chancel continues to meet via Zoom 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






We’re here for you and 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.