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

3-Jan Midweek Email


Happy New Year to everyone!

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With love and best wishes – Richard & all the team.

In this email:

  • News from Friends of St Helen’s Church
  • 2024 programme from St Helen’s Fellowship – starts tomorrow!








The Friends will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Saturday 13 January at 3.15 pm in the CHURCH. ALL are welcome.

We are delighted that The Garrard Memorial cleaning will begin on 17th January. Our conservators, Deborah Carthy and/or Marta Sledz will be at the AGM and will give a brief explanation of the cleaning methods they are going to use. The official AGM will take about 20 minutes followed by tea and cakes.

Then we have the Icknield Quartet (so well known to St Helens) playing a short programme of delightful and uplifting music to brighten a winter’s afternoon. There is no charge for the members of the Friends. £5 for non members who are very welcome. Do come along and see what the Friends are up to and enjoy an entertaining and happy afternoon.More information from Ruth Coles 01582 712330




St Helen’s Fellowship
MEN AND WOMEN welcome at St Helen’s Fellowship! Programme below. Unless otherwise stated all meetings are held in The Mead Hall between 2.45 and 4.15 pm. The cost is £2 per week and 50p for transport if required. Anyone who would appreciate a lift to meetings, please ring Gill Gwinn who will be able to tell you if we can help with this. Thanks.

Louise Edwards 01582 621197
Jill Bareham 01582 460394
Gill Gwinn (transport organiser) 07966 469754

4th January              Holy Communion

11th January          Bring and Buy Fund Raiser

18th January          Adventures in the Far East -Thailand and Malasia
Rev’d Richard Banham

25th January          Social with Fun Quiz

1st February           Holy Communion

8th February           The Cruel Sea Part 1
The Film (Abridged Scene Setting)

15th February         The Cruel Sea Part 2 with talk and model ship

22nd February         Social afternoon

29th February          Head Gear – An invitation to show and tell your story

7th March               Holy Communion

14th March              Save a space for puds (sub £3 this week)

21st March             Chair exercises with Sarah Donnelly

28th March             Maundy Thursday Reflections 




Christmas Holidays

  • Coffee in the Chancel – midweek sessions now finished for 2023. Normal Service resumes Monday, 8th January 2024, 9.30 – 11.30am. Saturday opening unchanged.
  • ‘Following the Message’ group – back in church at 11.15am on Monday 8th January 2024.
  • ‘The Ark’ Parent-and-Toddler group will resume on Wednesday 10th January at 9.30am, St Helen’s Church.





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




Monday 1st January

Tuesday  2nd January

Wednesday 3rd January

Thursday  4th January
2.45pm – 4.15pm St Helen’s Fellowship at Mead Hall



Friday 5th January

Saturday 6th January
9.15am – 10.00am Celtic Morning Prayer
10.00am – 11.30am Coffee in the Chancel

Sunday 7th January
10.00am – 11.00am Parish Communion Service