Heckington and Helpringham Group of Parishes

Built in the 14th Century, still alive in the 21st

About Us

We are a group of eight Anglican Parish Churches who are part of the Lafford Deanery within the southern part of the Diocese of Lincoln - St Andrew's Asgarby, St Andrew with St Nicholas & The Blessed Virgin Mary Burton Pedwardine, St John the Baptist Great Hale, St Andrew's Heckington, St Andrew's Helpringham, St Andrew's Scredington and St Michael's Swaton. 

Our Rector is Rev Capt Chris Harrington, who was licensed on 27th March 2012 and lives at The Rectory in Heckington with his wife Julia. Chris is a Church Army officer (Capt Chris) who trained in Sheffield and then served as the Associate Minister for six years in Spalding & Deeping St Nicholas in the Fens and for almost four years as Assistant Curate in the Middle Rasen and Barkwith Groups of Parishes. His working background before ministry was in engineering and the music industry. He is a commissioned member of the new Church Army Mission Community and brings a wealth of experience, a heart for people and passion for mission.  

There is a growing team of lay people that help to lead our services and we are blessed with two excellent choirs and organists. We enjoy good links with the two local Primary Schools at Heckington & Helpringham who come to the church for a number of special assemblies throughout the year.  

The Heckington and Helpringham Group of Parishes is a Church of England benefice of seven parishes on the north edge of the Linconshire Fens, 6 miles east of Sleaford just off the A17. Two of our churches St Andrew's at Heckington, and St Michael's at Swaton, are listed in Simon Jenkins book 'England's Thousand Best Churches', though everyone of them is a real gem that deserves to be visited. Although built in the 14th Century they are still very much alive in the 21st and offer a warm welcome to anyone looking for a church to call their spiritual home. For a list of our service times and the many events being held across the group click on the relevant pages listed on the left. "Come and see", you are most welcome.