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

8-Nov Midweek Email


  • Notes from Sunday’s Service
  • Remembrance Sunday
  • Developing Disciples Course
  • Cleaning Morning at St Peter’s
  • Christmas Lunch on Jesus
  • The Haven
  • Autumn Walk
  • St Helen’s Fellowship






Notes from Sunday’s Service


Due to a technical error, last Sunday’s service was, unfortunately, not livestreamed. Apologies to all who were looking forward to watching online. John Grace has kindly shared his notes from the service, which can be read here.

During the Safeguarding Sunday service, Richard explained that we are all responsible for ensuring that everyone in our community is safe, regardless of whether you have a leadership role or not.  Online training provided by the Church of England is an excellent way for us all to educate ourselves in this.  Please visit Safeguarding Training Portal ( to register – we recommend starting with the Basic Awareness and Foundations courses. Each course takes about an hour and you can pause it whenever you need.  You can listen to or read the content which is very clear and contains a few questions for you to answer throughout. On successful completion you will receive an online certificate.  If you have any questions or difficulties then please contact Helen Caldwell, Safeguarding Training Administrator on 07974 762997.



Developing Disciples
We have launched a very exciting new initiative for St Helen’s  and St Peter’s and are inviting you to find out more about it. The course about Developing your Discipleship is open to all. If you missed the launch you can find out more by watching the Youtube of the service on October 15. Carol’s sermon is at 25:35 and Richard’s introduction at 1:08:30.

Please ask Richard or Carol or Hilary  Hollick for more information and an invitation to our Taster session with puddings and wine at 7pm on Wednesday 15th November. To help with catering please rsvp for the taster evening to Hilary on or phone on 07712 791625. We hope you will be joining us!


Cleaning Morning at St Peter’s
Saturday 11 November
10am – 12 noon.

Please contact Kath Andrews 07794 354409 for informnation.


You may recall that last Christmas we bought into the charity ‘Christmas Lunch on Jesus’ (CLOJ) and delivered Christmas lunch hampers to 20 local families a few days before Christmas Day.

We will be doing the same this year and already have 20 families who we will be gifting these to and delivering on Sat 23rd Dec. If you or anyone you know, needs a little extra help with food at the moment, then please confidentially let Richard or Helen Caldwell (07974 762997) know.

Each hamper costs £30/£35 (depending on when we order them) so if you would like to buy a family in need Christmas dinner, then please make a donation to the St Helen’s Community Fund by clicking here. Donations can also be made by cash, or debit/credit card using the contactless device in church.

We also would love it if 10-20 members of the St Helen’s family would be able to deliver one or two hampers around Wheathampstead on Sat 23rd Dec – many hands make light work!  Please let Helen know if you would like to volunteer.

We also hope to partner with the Harpenden Hygiene Bank and deliver appropriate toiletries when delivering the hamper – if anyone is interested in helping out with this then please also let Helen know.



The Haven
Following the update on Claire’s work with The Haven, some people have asked how they can support the organisation’s work with young people and their mental health. Click here to make a donation or set up a regular gift.

If you missed her update, here is the recording of the 10am Parish Communion from the 29th of October – Claire starts her update at around 24 minutes in.




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

9th November Sons of St Albans – Tony Berk St Albans Tour Guide
16th November Stephen Bradley sings to us
23rd November    Social and board games
30th November A Walk around the Pembrokeshire Coast – Pippa Legg
7th December Holy Communion
14th December Advent Celebration in St Helens Church





Saturday, 2nd December, 10am to 1pm
St Mary’s, Kinsbourne Green

Join with others across the Deanery for an Advent themed quiet day.  Input from a speaker, time for quiet and reflection, (if weather is good, space to wander around the Common), light soup lunch to end the morning. Please contact Mel in the church office if you would like to attend. Tel: 01582 834031, email:





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




Monday 6th November9.30am – 11.30am Coffee in the Chancel
11.15am – 12.15pm Following the Message Study Group
7.30pm – 9.15pm Bellringing Practice

Tuesday  7th November9.30am – 11.30am Coffee in the Chancel

Wednesday 8th November
9.30am – 11.00am The Ark Parent and Toddler Group
2.30pm – 3.30pm Memorial Service for t/l Christine Odell

Thursday  9th November
2.45pm – 4.15pm St Helen’s Fellowship at Mead Hall



Friday 10th November6.00pm – 7.00pm Rehearsal for Remembrance Sunday

Saturday 11th November
9.15am – 10.00am Celtic Morning Prayer
10.00am – 11.30am Coffee in the Chancel

Sunday 12th November
10.00am – 10.30am Parish Communion Service
10.45pm – 11.30pm Remembrance Sunday Outdoor Service