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

30-Jun Midweek Email



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Included in this email:
  • “Best Foot Forward” Cafe Sessions
  • St Peter’s Church – open for Sunday Service on 4th July!
  • Commonwealth War Graves volunteer cleans headstone in the churchyard
  • The Ark returns!
  • Friends of St Helen’s Celebration Event





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.

St Peter’s Church opens for Sunday Service on 4th July!
“Thank You Day” Outdoor Service starts at 10am

You are warmly invited to a service of praise and thanksgiving for all the good things we have received from God, our friends and our community. There will be plenty of singing as we will be outdoors and there will be refreshments afterwards (bubbles and coffee)



Earlier in June a volunteer from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) on their ‘Eyes On Hands On’ project, contacted St Helen’s to ask if they could clean the headstone to Gunner A.H. Freeman in our churchyard. As a result of a recent inspection, it had been identified that the headstone required some attention as it is situated under a fir tree and was heavily stained.


Each volunteer is allocated a number of cemeteries and graveyards in their local area, and is responsible for monitoring the condition of the CWGC headstone or private memorials in those locations (Eyes On), and when appropriate performing simple cleaning and tidying activities around the headstones (Hands On).

The volunteer will do ‘basic’ cleaning and tidying.  Anything more extensive, such as repairs or replacement of headstones; re-engraving etc., is done by the full-time employees of the CWGC.  It is impressed upon the volunteers that these are old items, over 100 years old in many cases, so will not look ‘like new’.  Replacement headstones tend only to be provided when a headstone is damaged beyond repair or the name of the casualty is illegible.

The ‘Hands On’ aspect of the project has only recently commenced because of COVID restrictions, with Hertfordshire being the first county to participate.


As you can see from the photos, the headstone looks considerably better than it did and we extend our thanks to the volunteers who have done such a careful and considered job.

For further information on the work of the CWGC please go to their website :


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.


Celebrate the 50th Anniversary
of the Friends of St Helen’s Church

Saturday 10 July at 6.30pm
St Helen’s Church

Join us for a glass of bubbles and some indulgent cake. Followed at 7 pm by the Icknield Trio playing a short light-hearted concert. Tickets £10 from Margaret Pearce 01582 833581 Admission with pre-booked tickets only. Be quick – limited number of tickets left!

For a full programme of Friends 2021 events, please click here.


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.