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 not be fully open but we are still gathering for worship every Sunday. At 10:00am we have an online service using Zoom. Once we are able to return to church, we plan to continue to hold services by Zoom. 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.

Welton and Melton Gardens' Open Day Concert Videos

If you missed the recent Gardens’ Open Day concert, or would just like to watch the concert again, please click here.

Upcoming Services and Events

St. Helen's Church

Sunday 8th August

Please join us online at 10:00am by Zoom. Please use the usual Sunday Zoom details.
The service in church at 12:00pm will be Holy Communion.

St. Helen's Church

Sunday 15th August

Please join us online at 10:00am by Zoom. Please use the usual Sunday Zoom details.
The service in church at 12:00pm will be BCP Matins.

St. Helen's Church

Sunday 22nd August

Please join us online at 10:00am by Zoom. Please use the usual Sunday Zoom details.
The service in church at 12:00pm will be Holy Communion.

Sunday 29th August

Weather permitting, please join us in the Churchyard for an outdoor service and picnic at 12:00pm.

St. Helen's Church

Sunday 5th September

Please join us in church as we re-open for public worship.
08:00am – 
Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
10:15am – All Age Service

Alternatively, please join St. Helen’s Online by Zoom at 4:30pm/5:30pm (TBC).

St. Helen's Church

Sunday 12th September

Please join us for the following services.
10:15am – Parish Eucharist
4:30pm/5:00pm – St. Helen’s Online by Zoom
6:30pm – Evening Prayer

St. Helen's Church

Sunday 19th September

Please join us for the following services.
08:00am – Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
10:15am – BCP Matins
4:30pm/5:00pm – St. Helen’s Online by Zoom

 

St. Helen's Church

Sunday 26th September

Please join us for the following services.
10:15am – Parish Eucharist
4:30pm/5:00pm – St. Helen’s Online by Zoom
6:30pm – Evening Prayer

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

UPDATE 18th July 2021

We continue to follow Church of England and government guidance and law in all areas of our mission and ministry.

From 19 July 2021 the country enters ‘Step 4’ of the easing of coronavirus restrictions. Most coronavirus legislation will no longer apply, however, the government and Church of England strongly encourage individuals and organisations to take responsibility to protect themselves and others.

At a meeting on 15 July, the Parochial Church Council (PCC) agreed to return to the 10.15am service, in church, as our main public act of worship from Sunday 5 September. This allows a ‘transitional period’, particularly for those who are concerned at the rising number of cases of the Delta variant.  At the same time, it was agreed that we will move to alternating the 8am and 6.30pm services as the second service in church on Sundays. This will enable us to continue to offer a ‘quieter service’ in church each Sunday and continue to hold an online service on Sundays. The latter will move to a late afternoon slot, allowing anyone who prefers to worship online to do so.

From 19 July it is no longer a legal requirement to wear masks indoors. However, the PCC ask all those attending to wear a mask whilst they are moving about church. Once seated in  a pew, people will be free to take off their mask if they wish, although we recognise some will prefer to leave it on for the whole time they are in church.  Whilst numbers allow, we will continue to use alternate pews to enable people to maintain a physical distance if they wish. After service refreshments will not be available in the next few weeks but will be discussed at the September meeting of the  PCC.

During July and August 2021, our pattern of services will continue to be:

-Sunday 10am St Helen’s Online (by Zoom), including virtual choir
-Sunday  2pm Service in Church
-Wednesday 10am Midweek Service (by Zoom)
-Thursday 10am to 12pm Church open for individual private prayer.
-3rd Saturday of the month 10am Messy Church at Home (by Zoom)

Services at 12pm on Sundays follow the pattern of Holy Communion on 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays and BCP Matins on 3rd Sunday.  Services will be shorter than normal.

We will continue to ask everyone to use hand sanitiser on entering and leaving the church. If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, please do not come to the church but stay at home and seek advice. We will continue to collect contact details for NHS Test and Trace whilst the government asks us to do so. This information will be kept for 28 days and will not be used for any other purpose. 

On the last Sunday in August, weather permitting, we plan to hold an outdoor service in the Churchyard at 12 midday. We also invite everyone to bring a picnic with them, for during or after the service.

From September 2021, Covid permitting, our pattern of worship will be:

Sunday 8am (1st and 3rd Sundays) Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
Sunday 10.15am All Age Service (1st Sunday), Parish Eucharist (2nd & 4th Sundays), Matins (3rd Sundays).
Sunday 4.30/5pm (time tbc) St Helen’s Online
Sunday 6.30pm (2nd and 4th Sundays) Evening Prayer
Wednesday mornings 9.30am (tbc) Midweek Worship – St Helen’s Online.

If you would like to discuss a baptism,  wedding or funeral, or speak to someone about a spiritual or pastoral concern,  please contact the Vicar, Revd Canon Elaine Bielby on 01482 666677 or by email.

A selection of prayers and a short service for worship at home can be found here.

God bless you all

Elaine

Last updated 31/07/2021 ASM