St. Helen, Colchester
Shrine of St. Helen
How to find us
St Helen's Chapel, St Helen's Lane, Maidenburgh Street, off High Street, Colchester CO1 1UB
to walk to the church:
- Maidenburgh Street is a small turning off the High Street.
- In the High Street look for the George Hotel.
- Buses drop you at the George Hotel
- The Chapel is a little way down the hill, some 200 metres down behind the George Hotel.
- Note: Those coming from the east side of the town, including Students coming from the University campus, go to the Bus Station; walk up the High Street to near the George Hotel; turn right down Maidenburgh Street or George Street.
to drive to the church:
- Entering the town from the Chelmsford and London direction on the A12, follow signs for the Town Centre until you are on the Westway dual carriageway.
- When you reach the Middleborough Roundabout, do not go up the Balkerne Hill dual carriageway.
- Instead, at the Middleborough Roundabout, take the second exit marked Northgate (St Peter's Street).
- Cross the traffic lights at the bottom of the hill.
- Follow St Peter Street straight along to the Castle Park gates, and continue up the hill, which is Maidenburgh Street.
- St Helen's Chapel is half-way up Maidenburgh Street.
- For evening services, and on Sunday mornings, turn right into St Helen's Lane, and you can park in Oyster Court, beyond the church on the left.
- Drivers are warned to take extreme care in this ancient "Dutch Quarter" of Colchester.
- Buses cannot reach the Chapel: Private hire buses must go to the High Street, and let passengers off at the bottom of the High Street, at the small crescent around the War Memorial, which is outside the Castle.
Services, Contact and Parish Web Site
Great Vespers: Saturday, 4.30 pm
Matins: Sunday, 9.45 am or (alternate Sundays):-
Hours: 10.15 am
Divine Liturgy: Sunday, 10.30 am
Fr. Alexander Haig
St. James Anglican Church, Beatrice Road
Divine Liturgy: 3rd Saturday, 10.00 am
Saint Agnes' Chapel,
18 St Agnes Road, off Noak Hill Road (A176),
Essex, CM12 9UR.
Divine Liturgy: 1st Saturday, 10.30 am
Contact Paul Brighton-Cross
Parish Web Site
A hymn to St Helen of Colchester
"Native of our land, according to our fathers, Colchester's Daughter,
after quiet retirement, and at the pinnacle of earthly fame,
fair Mother Helen, venerable and most pious Empress,
in the cause of our holy Faith thou didst hasten to Jerusalem,
and gloriously finding, as treasure buried, the life-giving Cross of our Saviour,
didst raise it high among the rulers of this world:
Now, Holy Equal to the Apostles,
with the most Christian Emperor Great Constantine, thy son,
flower of Britain, citizen of Colchester,
pray for us to Christ our God, that he will save our souls."