St. Helens Parish Church

What to expect

Visiting for the first time? We hope this helps!

St. Helen's Parish Church is a community of followers of Jesus here in the heart of our wonderful town. We're an active Church with events throughout the year, groups for all age groups and regular Sunday services that are open to all. You can use the website navigation to find out more about what's happening at St. Helens Parish Church. Here we'd like to let you know what to expect when you join us on a Sunday.

When you arrive

When you arrive at Church you'll be greeted by our welcome team who will introduce you to others at the gathering and help you to feel at home.

Which service should I attend?

We have several services, you're welcome to each but if you wanted help in deciding which is right for you, here's the details:


This is every Sunday,  a short traditional service of morning worship. This includes Holy Communion on the 1st and 4th Sunday's.


This is every Sunday and is open to everyone, but aims to be especially family friendly. There are activities for children and a crรจche area. In addition to worship and biblical teaching, we celebrate Communion each 1st and 4th Sunday in the month. On the 2nd Sunday of each month, we host 'Parish Praise', where we focus on the relationship with our school, the Parish Church of England School.

6:30PM - Transform

A new service launched at the end of September, that is held in the Lower Hall. It is part of a wider network called Transform Northwest. Tea & Coffee are served from 6:30pm and the service starts at 6:45pm. It is a service of worship, testimony, a word, and prayer, aimed at reaching Youth and Young Adults, but everyone is welcome!

1:20PM - WA1T Midweek Communion

All are welcome to this reflective service of Holy Communion, with bible focused study and discussion, as well as time for hymns and prayer. WA1T is held in the Side Chapel. Tea & Coffee are served by the side door at the entrance to the chapel.

Why do you sing songs?

We have music at our services. We sing songs as an act of worship to God. We give thanks to Him and singing is a key way for us to do this. During this time you can join in if you wish, listen, sit, stand, kneel, whatever feels right for you.

Do I have to join in?

During a service an 'offering' may be taken. If you're visiting please do not feel obliged to contribute, but if you'd like to support the Church we welcome your contribution. During some services we will take communion. If you'd like to know more about what this means, please ask a member of our team who will be happy to explain its significance. If Jesus is your Lord and Saviour we welcome you to partake. 

During the service there will usually be a short talk from one of the leaders. This is an opportunity to learn, reflect and discuss. 

Next steps

You're welcome to join one of our Missional Communities  (groups of people from the Church who meet during the week to support one another and learn more about Jesus). There are also courses such as Alpha which may be of interest to you. This is a relaxed and informal way to ask any questions small or large with others wanting to know more about the big questions of life.  

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