St Helen’s Church, Berrick Salome
A Beautiful Place
St Helen’s Church was built in the 12th Century as a place of worship for the people of Berrick Salome, Roke and Rokemarsh. It remains the most beautiful building in the Parish and represents the centre of worship, prayers and generosity. Through local support and hard work our Church continues to be a special place at the heart of our community.
A Quiet Place
In our busier, noisier times St Helen’s still provides a place where people find peace and quietness. In more normal times the church building has been open every day so that parishioners and visitors alike have a place to go when they need to talk with God:
- Whether to give thanks for the safe delivery of a new child or for recovery from a difficult operation
- Whether to pray for a sick friend or family member or when life seems to be going wrong
Despite restrictions currently in place due to the coronavirus pandemic St Helen’s is still opened for private prayer every Wednesday and the churchyard is always open.
A Public Place
Through Baptism we regularly welcome new members to our Church and community. Weddings are a public witness of the marriage vows exchanged between two people. Services of Blessing are used to celebrate anniversaries of long-married couples. Funerals celebrate the life and work of parishioners who have departed this life.
A Place of Rest
Our churchyard is a beautiful place of rest for the departed. Generations of Berrick Salome, Roke and Rokemarsh villagers have been buried here in this place and their families continue to visit their graves.
How Can You Help?
The costs of maintaining St Helen’s as a working church for our village community are approximately £600 per week. As with many churches up and down the country we have been seeing a decline in income, especially now with our lives and habits being affected by coronavirus restrictions. During 2020 almost all of the village community activities that would normally have contributed to the church’s running costs have had to be cancelled.
Fortunately it doesn’t take very much money to make a difference, and regular donations, however small, can really help. If you are able to make a donation you will be providing a valuable contribution to the future of St Helen’s in our village community.
Donating to St Helen’s
You can choose from a variety of options to make a donation:
- on-line via ‘GiveALittle’ by clicking here
- by direct transfer or standing order to our bank account:
Parochial Church Council of Berrick Salome
National Westminster Bank
Account No: 64119890
Sort Code: 60-22-19
- by cheque payable to ‘Parochial Church Council of Berrick Salome’ and posted to Mr R D Marsh, PCC Treasurer, The Malt House, Berrick Salome, Wallingford, OX10 6JN
If you are a tax payer please also complete a gift aid form (available by clicking on the link below) and follow the instructions to return it either by email or post to our Treasurer so that we can claim back gift aid on your donation.
Thank you for your continued support.