For over 1000 years St Helen's has been at the heart of Abingdon's life. Here the people of our town have come to celebrate great events in national and local history. Here too they have come to mark the important moments in their own lives - at birth, marriage and death. And of course this place has been the home of a Christian community that has prayed and worshipped here day by day, Sunday by Sunday through each generation to the present day. St Helen's represents the heart and soul of Abingdon.

The building reflects this. It is an outward and visible sign of the continuity of our community. Its unique shape - wider than it is long - is the direct result of the enthusiasm of the medieval Guilds who had such influence on the town and whose work continues in the care of the Almshouses by their successors, the Christ's Hospital trustees. The ceiling of the Lady Chapel, painted in 1391, is a work of great beauty and it is internationally famous. Likewise the splendid candelabra, the Victorian Chancel and stained glass windows, together with the memorials, all contribute to a building that expresses living history.

We, who are the present representatives of those who use and care for this place of prayer and worship, are aware of our privilege and responsibility. Inevitably, however, a building of this size and significance requires continuing maintenance and, from time to time, major refurbishment. Routine repairs cost between £10,000 and £15,000 each year. We need help to ensure that St Helen's continues to be well maintained as a living symbol of our town.

The Friends of St Helen's
"The Friends of St Helen's Abingdon" is a Charitable Trust, duly registered, whose principle object is to assist with the maintenance and repair of the church building. The Trust provides a means by which supporters can preserve this lovely place for future generations, particularly those who belong to the wider community of Abingdon, or whose place of work is in the town.
The Friends run regular social and fund-raising events, and ensure that members are kept in touch with news of the church.
The contact address is:
The Friends of St Helen's, The Parish Office, St Helen's Court, Abingdon Oxon OX14 5BS.

Please contact the church office for more information on how you can help with a life, individual, family or corporate membership or with a covenant.


Programme 2017 -18


Saturday 22 April 2017

10 am – 12 noon

Coffee Morning & Book Sale

in the Parish Centre



Weds 28 June 2017

2.30 pm

Visit to Abingdon School Chapel

led by Sarah Wearn, School Archivist



Saturday 8 July 2017

Summer Lunch

in the Parish Centre.

£10/ adult



Weds 26 July 2017

Trip to the Chapel at Ripon College, Cuddesdon

jointly with Abingdon Museum Friends

led by Jane Baun

1.15 pm from Stratton Way

£12 including tea and cake, but please book in advance



Weds 11 October 2017

2.30 pm in St Helen's Parish Centre

Creating with Fabric and Thread

a talk by Wendy Hughes

members £2, non-members £3



Weds 21 February 2018

2.30 pm in St Helen's Parish Centre

Cinque Ports: what's in a name?

a talk by Mike Austin

members £2, non-members £3



Friday 23 March 2018

7.30 pm in St Helen's Parish Centre

AGM with wine and nibbles

followed at 8.00 pm by a talk

Speaker t.b.a.