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. 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:


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.

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, 1921-2021

St. Helen’s joins with many others in expressing our condolences to the Queen and members of the Royal Family as they mourn the loss of His Royal Highness Prince Philip. 

Prince Philip supported hundreds of charitable organisations and encouraged many people throughout his life, particularly young people through the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

His Christian faith was foundational to his life. Please join us in praying for the Queen and all those who grieve at this time.

There is now an online condolence book available on the Church of England website, here. There is also a condolence book with information about HRH Prince Philip here.

Easter Garden

The craft group has decorated the churchyard with hundreds of beautiful knitted flowers. Please do come and see them, they will be in place until the Eve of Ascension Day on 12 May.  
Click on the left and right arrows (or the dots) to scroll through the images.

St. Helen's Church

Sunday 25th April

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.

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.

Smart Speaker Apps

The Church of England has created smart speaker apps for Google Home and Amazon Alexa. For details click here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) – UPDATE 1 December 2020

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

From 3 December 2020, churches are allowed to open, in a Covid-secure way, for acts of worship and private prayer and we will return to the pattern of services and prayer times offered prior to the second national lockdown. Regular worship includes:

-Sunday 10am St Helen’s Online (by Zoom), including virtual choir
-Sunday 12pm 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. At this time, we are still not allowed to sing in church or serve refreshments after the service.

Occasional services, for example over Christmas, will be advertised locally and on our website or Facebook:

Within the church building, certain conditions apply in order to maintain a Covid secure environment, in accordance with government guidance, If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, please do not come to the church but stay at home and seek advice. The government mandates that everyone over the age of 11 should wear a face covering in church unless medically exempt. Everyone is asked to use hand sanitiser on entering and leaving the church and to follow the directions of the welcomer on duty. Everyone entering the church will be asked for their name and contact details for NHS Test and Trace. This information will be kept for 28 days and will not be used for any other purpose. 

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

We 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.

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


Last updated 11/04/2021 ASM