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. We are part of the Lafford Deanery within the southern part of the Diocese of Lincoln. Our churches are 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.
Two of our churches - St Andrew's Heckington and St Michael's Swaton, are listed in Simon Jenkins book 'England's Thousand Best Churches', though everyone of our churches is a real gem that deserves to be visited. Although mostly 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.
Our Rector is Rev Captain Chris Harrington, 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 for three years and then served as the Associate Minister for six years in Spalding & Deeping St Nicholas in the Lincolnshire Fens. Ordained in 2008 he trained as Assistant Curate for almost four years 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 Church Army Mission Community and brings a wealth of experience of a variety of church traditions. He has a heart for people and passion for mission and in September 2018 he went on an inspirational pilgrimage to Israel.
We have a team of retired clergy and lay people who also help to lead our services and we are blessed with two good choirs and a number of good musicians who aid our weekly worship. There is a daily service of Holy Communion at St Andrew's Church Heckington called 'Daily Bread' at 8.30am Monday to Friday and an evening prayer service at 5pm Monday to Friday as we believe prayer is foundational to everything we do.
We support a number of mission charities in the UK and abroad including Church Army, Barnabas, Children's Society and run several community initiatives to help the elderly, lonely and bereaved. There are also home groups, as well as craft and friendship groups run by members of our church family. There is now a weekly Community Cafe being held each Wednesday at St Andrew's Church Helpringham from 10am to 1pm serving bacon rolls cakes etc.
We enjoy good links with the two local Primary Schools at Heckington & Helpringham who come to our churches for a number of special assemblies throughout the year. St Andrew's Primary School in Heckington is a church school and the church appoints Foundation Governors to the Governing Body. The headteacher is Mrs Judith Bentley who was appointed in January 2018.
For a list of our church service times and the many events and groups being held across the group click on the relevant pages listed above.
"Come and experience". You are most welcome.