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

23-Feb Midweek Email


In in this email:
  • Lifting of mask restrictions at services
  • Services on Sunday
  • WCT Lent Course 2022
  • Azalea needs your help!
  • World Day of Prayer
  • Concert Invitations

 Covid Update


Following government easing of restrictions and the continued fall in local case numbers, masks are no longer required during services in church. However, ensure there is a safe space for those who wish to continue wearing a mask in order to keep themselves and others safe, the PCC has agreed that the choir stalls in the SW corner, and the pew behind the font would both be areas where we would ask people to continue to wear face coverings through the service.

All are welcome at our services


Living in Love and Faith – 10am Service followed by discussion
Join us at our 10am service next week and stay afterwards to join a discuss led by Bishop John on the Church of England’s excellent resource on human identity, relationships, marriage and sexuality.  This might not be something you normally discuss over coffee, but these are huge issues facing the church and society and it would be good to be well informed. The discussion will be from approx 11:15 and will finish by 12:15pm


Transfiguration Evensong Service

All are invited to join us at this beautiful, traditional service of Evensong with lovely music. 6pm at St Helen’s Church.

Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, a season of reflection taking us on a journey with Jesus to the events of Holy Week and Easter.

All are welcome to join us at 8pm for our Ashing Service in St Helen’s Church. 

Wheathampstead Churches Together is pleased to be able to offer an “in-person” Lent course again this year, with sessions held at each of the three churches in the village. The course will be based on material from Inclusive Church which is designed for groups to explore how churches can welcome and include everyone regardless of issues such as disability, mental health, sexuality, poverty, ethnicity and gender.

The course is made up of six sessions.  A choice of times and venues is offered.  The course will begin after Ash Wednesday (March 2nd) and will end before Easter (April 17th). If you are interested in attending, please sign up by clicking here to indicate your preferred day/time slot. You can also sign up via paper forms in church.

Volunteers needed to help deliver the WCT Easter cards
If you can spare one or two hours to deliver cards, your help would be very much appreciated. There are vacancies for the following rounds:
  • Mid Lower Luton Road
  • Wright Close
  • Ash Grove
  • Cherry Tree Lane, Leasey Bridge Lane, Marshalls Health Lane
  • Down Green Lane, Piggotts Hill Lane, Pipers Lane, Leycroft Way
  • Flats in Nurseries Road
 Please contact Pauline at 01438 833981 or

Our Charity Partner, Azalea, needs your help! 

Azalea subscribes to FareShare which provides Azalea with 100 kg of food a week.  This is usually milk, cereals, soups and tins of basics such as baked beans, tomatoes, fruit and vegetables. These items become the basis for the weekly food bank. In addition a volunteer takes a weekly trip to the Milton Keynes depot and picks up any produce that has been over ordered by the supermarkets or just about to go beyond its sell by date.  This food is then given to Azalea volunteers to make individual frozen meals.  These provide nutritious well balanced meals the women can use to supplement their diet.  Currently they are making approximately 100 a week and the fresh produce also gets cooked for the weekly Alpha meal and the Wednesday drop in session. The combination of these two sources from FareShare help entice the women into the Azalea centre where the real work of befriending and support can begin.

Azalea needs your help to continue paying its subscription to Fareshare. They need approximately £2200 before March – their renewal date. Are you able to contribute a little towards this? Please contact Vicky Puttock (

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

Monday 21st February
9.30am – 11.30am Coffee in the Chancel
11.15am – 12.15pm Following the Message
7.30pm – 9.15pm Bell Ringing Practice
7.30pm – 9.15pm PCC Meeting at St Peter’s Church

Tuesday 22nd February
10am – 11.30am  Coffee in the Chancel

Wednesday 23rd February
9.30am – 11am The Ark
10.30am – 11.30am Zoom Coffee in the Chancel

Thursday 24th February
2.45pm – 4.15pm St Helen’s Fellowship at Mead Hall

Friday 25th February
6.30pm – 9.00pm  Choir Practice

Saturday 26th February
9.15am – 10.00am  Celtic Morning Prayer
10.00am – 11.30am  Coffee in the Chancel
2.00pm – 3.00pm  Baptism Group Prep Session

Sunday 27th February
10.00am – 11.00am  Parish Communion Service
6.00pm – 7.00pm Evensong