Rev Canon Elaine Bielby

Welcome to St. Helen's

Thank you for visiting St. Helen’s church web site and a very warm welcome from the ministry team.

St. Helen’s is at the heart of the local community. We offer a variety of forms of worship on Sundays, to help us cater for everyone. During the week we normally have morning prayer on Wednesdays and Thursdays, although due to current Covid restrictions this is currently Wednesday only at 10:00am by Zoom.

St. Helen's Online

Our building may be closed but we are still gathering for worship every Sunday. At 10:00am we have an online service using Zoom. We will continue to run the 12:00pm service in church when permitted. Everyone is welcome at either (or both!) services. To join us, contact Revd Elaine: ebielby@ebielby.karoo.co.uk

Zoom

If you haven't yet signed up with zoom, you can do so here. There are various computer apps available for zoom: there is one for Windows, one for Apple devices, and one for Android devices. Please note that you do not need to pay to use Zoom.

Feast of Christ the King and St. Cecilia service

Born c. 200 AD, St. Cecilia is the patron saint of music and musicians. Please join us by Zoom on Sunday 22nd November at 10:00am for this service which is on the same day as the Feast of Christ the King.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

The APCM will take place by Zoom on Sunday 29th November at 11:30am. Please contact Elaine for details on how to attend.

Sunday 29th November - Advent 1 Service with Bishop Alison

Please join us for this first Advent service when we will be joined by Bishop Alison. 

Sunday 6th December - Advent 2 Service

Please join us for this second Advent service at 10:00am by Zoom.

Sunday 13th December - Advent 3 Service

Please join us for this third Advent service at 10:00am by Zoom.

Sunday 13th December - National Christingle Service

The Children’s Society is running the first ever National Christingle Service in partnership with the Church of England. Further details to follow, or take a look at the website!

Messy at Home

Saturday 19th December - Messy Church at Home

Please join us for this Christmas Messy Church at Home including Christingles!

Sunday 20th December - Advent 4 Service

Please join us for this third Advent service at 10:00am by Zoom.

Sunday 20th December - Virtual Carol Service

Please join us this virtual carol service by Zoom at 6:30pm. An online order of service will be available soon.

Thursday 24th December - Virtual Nativity Service

Please join us this virtual nativity service by Zoom at 3:30pm.

Thursday 24th December - Midnight Service (TBC)

Please join us this midnight service. Further details to follow.

Friday 25th December - Christmas Day Service

Please join us this Christmas Day service at 10:00am by Zoom.

Sunday 27th December - Zoom Service

Please join us at 10:00am by Zoom.

Sunday 3rd January 2021 - Three Kings Festival

Please join us at 10:00am by Zoom.

Messy Church at Home

Messy church is now being done by Zoom.  Click here for more details.

Daily Prayer Apps

If you don’t already have the Church of England’s Daily Prayer app on your smartphone or tablet, you can download them by clicking on either the Android or Apple logos here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) – UPDATE 11th July 2020

In line with government and Church of England guidance, all public worship, meetings and events remain suspended until further notice and the church building remains closed other than for the specific services set out below. 

On 25th June the church re-opened for individual private prayer only from 10am to 12 noon on Thursdays. Strict conditions apply in accordance with government guidelines. A maximum of 10 people are  allowed into the building at any one time. If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, please do not come to the church but stay at home and seek advice. On entering the church, please follow the directions of the welcomer on duty at all times. Toilet facilities will not be available. It is hoped that opening hours will be extended in due course.

With effect from 19th July we re-opened the church for Sunday worship. The service follows the pattern of Holy Communion on 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays and BCP Matins on 3rd Sunday. We ask everyone to use hand sanitiser on entering and leaving the church and to follow the directions of the welcomer on duty. Services will be shorter than normal and we will not be able to have refreshments afterwards. The online service will continue be on Zoom and include the virtual choir, at 10:00am.

Specific guidance on weddings and funerals is now available. If you have booked a wedding, or are enquiring about a funeral, please contact the Vicar, Revd Canon Elaine Bielby on 01482 666677 or by email.

We particularly encourage you to join in ‘Daily Prayer’ from the Church of England, which can be found here.  You can also download the Daily Prayer app for your mobile device free of charge, details above.

If you would like to speak to someone about a spiritual or pastoral concern, please contact  Revd Elaine – details above.

Spiritual Communion (for use when it is not possible to join in Holy Communion) details can be found here. A selection of prayers and a short service for worship at home can be found here.

God bless you all

Elaine

Last updated 23/11/2020 ASM