We need your help to cover the dramatically increased costs of our energy bills. Our October gas bill has gone up by 3.4 times the amount from last year. Even with the very small benefit of the Energy Bill Relief Scheme, we estimate that our annual gas bill will increase by £10,000 and electricity by £2,500.
We really appreciate whatever you are able to donate; you will actively be supporting how we can continue our ministry and maintaining St Helen’s as a warm and vibrant hub at the heart of our community. Please click here to donate online. If you missed the appeal you can find full details here.
God bless you, Richard & Helen.
If you are available to volunteer as a Sidesperson on Sun 18th Dec at 7pm or Sun 1st Jan at 10am, or make coffee for the 10am Christmas Day service, then please contact Helen Caldwell on 07974 762997 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Help! Enthusiastic Singers needed to Spread Christmas Cheer
We need your help! There are several members of our congregation and wider community who are housebound and would be greatly cheered by a brief visit from Carol Singers. So, please come and join us on Tuesday 20th December starting at 6pm as we travel round the village spreading joy as we go.
We will meet at MacIntyre Home on the High Street, and end up back at The Reading Rooms for one last sing-along and a thirst quenching drink. For our planning it will be important to know numbers, so please click here if you can help and we will send you further details.
Remember, you don’t need to be a great singer – we are looking for cheerful and enthusiastic!
The post box will be in the church from 24th November
We are very sad to let you know that Rev’d Jill Hazelwood has died. She died peacefully at home on Tuesday morning, having been ill for a number of years. Jill was an immensely caring person with a humble and gentle nature. Her first career was as a primary school teacher – and she taught generations of children at St Helen’s School through which she is very fondly remembered. Her deep spirituality and quiet determination led her to be one of the first women ordained as a priest in the Church of England. She combined her ministry with her teaching role beautifully showing amazing pastoral care to young and old alike. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Please pray for Colin, and Jill’s wider family in their grief.Once her funeral and memorial services are arranged, we will let you have the details.
Events and Activities this week (at St. Helen’s Church unless otherwise indicated).
Please ask if you need further details
Monday 5th December 9.00am – 11.30am Coffee in the Chancel
11.15am – 12.15pm Following the Message Study Group
1.15pm – 3.00pm Visit from St Helen’s Reception Class
7.30pm – 9.15pm Bell Ringing Practice
Tuesday 6th December 10.00am – 11.30am Coffee in the Chancel
Wednesday 7th December 9.30am – 11.00am The Ark Parent-and-Toddler Group
10.30am – 11.30am Coffee NOT in the Chancel via Zoom
Thursday 8th December 10.30am – 12.00pm Visit from St Helen’s Year 1 Class
2.45pm – 4.15pm St Helen’s Fellowship at Mead HallFriday 9th December 7.00pm – 9.00pm Choir Practice
Saturday 10th December 9.15am Celtic Morning Prayer
10.00am – 11.30am Coffee in the Chancel
Sunday 11th December
10.00am – 11.00am Parish Communion
6.00pm – 7.00pm Carol Service at St Peter’s