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St Helen's on the High Street opens again!

Published: 4th October 2023

Bishop John cuts a red ribbon by the door of St Helen's ChurchAfter being closed for almost a year to allow a major re-ordering project to take place, St Helen’s on the High Street in Worcester was formally re-opened on Tuesday 3 October by Bishop John.

The works, made possible thanks to funding from the Church Commissioners of the Church of England, have restored the church back to its intended layout giving an accessible and multifunctional space in the very centre of the city.

People chatting inside St Helen's Church on the reopening evening.Works carried out by Splitlath Building Conservation include a new purpose built toilet extension and new single-level sandstone stone floor with underfloor heating laid throughout.  A new ramp from the south porch further improves accessibility and the kitchen facilities have been relocated to a smart servery in the space beneath the tower.

Vicar of All Saints, Rich Johnson, said: "We are delighted to have been able to contribute to the legacy of the oldest church in Worcester in making the building fit for purpose for church and community in the present day and look forward to seeing all that will happen in and through the space in the future”.

Vicar rich Johnson with Project Manager Stella Power and Bishop JohnSituated at the top of the High Street on the corner of Fish Street, St Helen’s is a Grade II* listed building. Believed to be the oldest Christian site in Worcester, and the mother church of Worcester since Saxon times, Christians have worshipped at the site for around 1300 years, although the oldest parts of the current building date back to around 1288AD. Architecturally, St Helen's has seen many changes and additions over the centuries but remains a fine example of how city churches would have looked in the Middle Ages.  These works represent the first significant interior changes since the nineteenth century Aston Webb refurbishment. 

St Helen’s on the High Street is part of the parish of All Saints Worcester.  As well as hosting lively Sunday evening worship gatherings, it is the base for All Saints Worcester’s midweek activities including toddler groups, creative arts groups and Alpha courses. St Helen’s is also well used as a civic and community venue having previously hosted Three Choirs events, heritage days, lectures and conferences.

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Page last updated: Wednesday 4th October 2023 2:43 PM

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