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

23-06 Midweek Email


Included in this email:
  • “Best Foot Forward” Cafe Sessions
  • Choral Evensong – Sunday 27th June, 6pm
  • Hertfordshire Personal Safety Survey
  • The Ark returns!
  • Book Sale: Fifty Treasures of the Beds and Herts Area


As we emerge from the the pandemic we are here to help you navigate your way forward.  After five “Best Foot Forward” walks, we are now going to run some “Best Foot Forward” Café sessions in July. They will give you space reflect and learn from the past year, so we can face the future well.

Just like the walks, there will be space for your 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 talk to suit the participants.

Feedback from the walks has been very positive. But don’t take my word for it, here’s a taste of what others wrote…  “One of the most helpful things I’ve done in lockdown and really insightful.”  “Extremely valuable and helpful.”

There are three Café-based sessions available: Tuesday 29th June, Monday 5th July or Wednesday 14th July – all in St Helen’s Church from 10:30 to 12:00. Just turn up! Alternatively, if you have any questions, you can email me by clicking here.

Choral Evensong at St Helen’s Church
6pm, Sunday 27th June

All are invited to join us at our peaceful Evensong service this Sunday. The service will also be livestreamed – see our weekend email for the link.

Hertfordshire Personal Safety Survey

Following the death of Sarah Everard earlier this year, the County Community Safety Unit (CCSU) are currently producing a needs assessment on Violence Against Women and Girls. As part of this piece of work, we are undertaking a public survey of Hertfordshire residents to understand their experiences and feelings of personal safety, which will help to inform recommendations for the needs assessment.

The survey is now open and will remain open until Friday 9th July and can be accessed using the web link below.

The survey is open to males and females of all ages to enable a comparison of experiences and feelings of safety between males and females.

The Ark comes to St Peter’s!

Whilst we are unable to run the Ark Toddler group in St Helen’s, we are running it outside at St Peter’s for this half term. Lots of space and no masks outside. Everyone welcome, it’s a very friendly group.
Every Wednesday 9.30-10.30am. Free play followed by singing. Socially-distanced baby only area inside if parents or carers wish.
Numbers are limited. Please email Linda at to book your place, giving the name and age of your children.

‘Fifty Treasures of the Beds and Herts Area’ is the title of an interesting and beautifully illustrated book produced by The Arts Society of Beds and Herts. It features pages on Wheathampstead and St Helen’s Church but also many other places of interest. It gives suggestions as to where you might want to visit on a day out in our local area.

The book is on display in St Helen’s Church and costs only £5. If you would like to buy a copy please contact Pippa Legg 01438 832949, 07748002962 or

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.