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 and offers a variety of forms of worship to help us cater for everyone. 

Upcoming Services and Events

Sunday Services

As of 5th September 2021, our Sunday services will be as follows:
-8:00 am – Holy Communion (BCP) (1st and 3rd Sundays)
-10:15 am – All Age Service (1st), Parish Eucharist (2nd, 4th & 5th), BCP Matins (3rd).
-5:00 pm – St. Helen’s Online (Zoom)
-6:30 pm – Evening Prayer (2nd and 4th)

St. Helen's Online - Sunday Evening Service

Everyone is welcome to join us for the new 5pm Service by Zoom.
Please download the new the Service Sheet.

The new connection details are as follows:

Time: 5pm on Sundays
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87393528403?pwd=MkQ2TTFKSXI2Tm9XTWowNHJhdkpTZz09
Meeting ID: 873 9352 8403 Passcode: 822326

Wednesday Mornings

Please join us each Wednesday morning at 9:30am for an online service by Zoom.
The Zoom connection details are as follows:
Meeting ID: 851 5806 4544   Passcode: 486237

The Wednesday coffee mornings are starting again. On the 1st Wednesday, please join us in church for coffee at 10:30am-12:00pm. On the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, will be coffee and craft, but you are still welcome whether you are a crafter or not!

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Sunday 5th December, Advent 2

Please join us for the following services.
8:00 am – Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
10:15 am – All Age Service
5:00 pm – St. Helen’s Online by Zoom

Monday 6th December 'Come & See' Advent Course 3/4

‘Come and See’ is a four-session Advent Course based on the book of the same name by Archbishop Stephen Cottrell. The sessions will be 7:30pm-9:00pm on Monday evenings, by Zoom, on the following dates:
Monday 22nd November; Monday 29th November; Monday 6th December & Monday 13th December.

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Sunday 12th December, Advent 3

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

Sunday 12th December, Christingle Service

Please join us at 3:30pm in church for the Christingle Service.

Monday 13th December 'Come & See' Advent Course 4/4

‘Come and See’ is a four-session Advent Course based on the book of the same name by Archbishop Stephen Cottrell. The sessions will be 7:30pm-9:00pm on Monday evenings, by Zoom, on the following dates:
Monday 22nd November; Monday 29th November; Monday 6th December & Monday 13th December.

Messy at Home

Saturday 18th December, Messy Church at Home

Please join us at 4:30pm for a Messy Church at Home.

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Sunday 19th December, Advent 4

Please join us for the following services.
8:00 am – Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
10:15 am – BCP Matins. 
5:00 pm – St. Helen’s Online by Zoom

Sunday 19th December, Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

Please join us at 6:30pm in church for the the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.

Saturday 24th December, Crib Service

Please join us at 3:30pm on Christmas Eve for the Crib Service.

Further details will be confirmed nearer the time.

Saturday 24th December, Midnight Communion

Please join us for the Midnight Communion Service at 11:30pm in church.

Sunday 25th December, Christmas Day Service

Please join us at 10:15am in Church for the Christmas Day Service.

Epiphany

Sunday 2nd January, Three Kings All-age Service

Please join us at 10:15am in Church. Youngsters are invited to come dressed as Kings or as a member of the royal household.

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.

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. 

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 02/12/2021 ASM