Pew News - last updated on 3rd December 2023   


Get ready

To read the PEW NEWS for the week beginning 3rd December click HERE

For the latest Diocesan Announcements and updates on 'Time To Change Together' + pastoral letters from the Bishops please go at the bottom of this page.  Latest updates were added on - 19th Nov 2023 


ASGARBY next service will be the Carol Service on Sunday 10th Dec at 2pm 

BURTON - next service will be on the Carol Service on Sunday 17th Dec at 6.30am led by Canon Beverley 

GREAT HALE have a service of Holy Communion on 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month at 9.30am.

'Wild Church' at Great Hale is on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 4pm. Next one is on 9th December 

There is also a Celtic service on the fourth Sunday of the month called 'Food for the Journey'. 

HECKINGTON have a service every Sunday at 11am. The service is either Holy Communion or Morning Prayer. 

There is also a midweek service of Holy Communion each Wednesday morning at 11am followed by a time of prayer.

HELPRINGHAM have a service of Morning praise on the 2nd Sunday of each month and a service of Holy Communion on the 4th Sunday, both at 9.30am

HOWELL next service will be Christmas Eve at 5pm Carols by Candlelight.  

SCREDINGTON next service will be Sunday 10th December at 4pm -Christingle Service led by Cannon Beverly

 SWATON next service will be on Sunday 10th December at 9.30am Informal worship led by Martin

There is usually a service of Holy Communion at Swaton every third Sunday at 9.30am led by Rev Chris


The next JULIAN MEETING is at Swaton Hut on Thursday 14th December at 10.30am.  

The Great Hale Bible Study Group meets in church on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm led by Rev Stephen 

There are a number of home groups meeting at various venues. Contact Rev Chris if interested in joining one.

For details of the next 'To Love & Serve the Lord' course which started on 19th October but you can still join if interested click HERE

There will be an Advent Course based on the film 'A Man Called Otto' at the Wesleyan Chapel, Eastgate, Heckington on the first three Wednesday evenings in Dec at 7pm starting on 4th Dec. There will be a complete showing of the film at the same venue on Tuesday 5th Dec at 7pm.    

Advent Course


Diocesan Ladies Choir singing Advent Carols at Heckington 10th Dec at 4pm

See Pew News for details.


Asgarby – 10th Dec at 2pm

Burton - 17th Dec at 6.30pm

Great Hale – 17th Dec at 4pm

Heckington – 23rd Dec at 6.30pm

Howell – 24th Dec at 5pm

Helpringham – 24th Dec at 6pm

Scredington – 16th Dec at 4pm

Swaton – 16th Dec at 6.30pm 



There are various HOME GROUPS in our group of parishes. Contact Rev Chris for more details.

Various Art & Craft Groups meet in our group of parishesAll are welcome whether skilled or beginners. Refreshments are available at all groups. There is usually a weekly subs to cover costs of heating etc.  See below:


Swaton Craft Group meets in the Hut from 9.30am to 12noon every Tuesday

Heckington 'Stitching Together' meets at the Wesleyan Chapel on Eastgate from 10.30am to 12noon every Tuesday

Heckington Art Group meets in Heckington Church on Friday afternoons 2pm till 4pm

Helpringham Community Cafe & Hive now meets on Wednesdays in Helpringham Village Hall from 11am to 2pm for the autumn and winter months

Great Hale Chatty Cafe meets in church on Thursday mornings 10am to 11.30am

Great Hale New U group meets in church on Wednesday mornings at 10am

Heckington Church - Forget Me Not Teas on the 1st Monday of the month 2pm to 4pm


Our Sunday morning Radio broadcast continues each week on 'Heckington Living Community Radio' at or just after 11am. To listen to this service, just do a Google search for 'Heckington Living Community Radio' on Sunday at 11am and click on the play icon. If music is playing please do wait, the service will eventually start. It lasts for between 45mins and an hour. You can always listen afterwards (after 12noon that Sunday) by going to the Worship from the Rectory page of this website and clicking on the link.     

Audio PODCASTS of ALL our services since March 2020 are still available on this website. To down load go to the 'Worship from the Rectory' page of this website and click on the service you want to hear. Previous sermons and service sheets are also available to read. 



A new page has been added to this website with the weekly playlist of rock & pop records Rev Chris will be playing on his weekly radio show 'Sounds from the Sunnyside' which is broadcast on Heckington Living Community Radio straight after the Sunday service broadcast (starts around 12noon) and repeated on Tuesday & Thursday mornings at 9am. 


Elaine Huckle, the Church Warden at Great Hale, who is also a singer in the operatic style has recorded a version of the Ukraine National Anthem and a video which is on You Tube where the Red Cross have put a link to a 'Just Giving' page where people can donate or view. Well done Elaine. The link is  


Elaine has also released a new album in her operatic style called 'Timeless Favourites'. Watching the beautiful dragon flies at Flag Fen Peterborough gave Elaine strength before her own cancer operation. All the profits from the sale of the album are going to MacMillan Cancer charity.  Copies are available from Elaine (01529 461704) priced £10

Elaine Huckle CD


Bishop Stephen

Letter from Bishop Stephen Conway to the people of the Diocese. To read it click HERE

A new Bishop of Lincoln will be appointed in time, but in the interim period the Archbishop of Canterbury has announced that Rt Rev Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely will be our temporary Diocesan Bishop. To read the Archbishop's letter click HERE. 

To read the profile of Bishop Stephen Conway click HERE

To read a letter from Bishop Stephen Conway re Ukraine Refugees 16th March 2022 click HERE

Bishop Stephen has now been made the permanent Bishop of Lincoln. To read the announcement (24th May 2023) click HERE 

Time To Change Together (TTCT). 

TTCT poster

If you want to read the vision document for the changes to the way mission and ministry happens in the Diocese of Lincoln it is now called 'Time to Change - Together' please click HERE to download a copy (Note the full report is over 60 pages long). It has been voted through by Diocesan Synod and is gradually starting to come into effect.  To accompany the report is a letter from the Bishops - click HERE to read. 

A shorter two page summary of TTCT is now available, to read that click HERE.

To read the update (April 2022) about TTCT on the question of how many stipendiary posts there may be in the future and how that could be decided please click HERE.

Letter from Bishop Stephen (June 2022) regards the new roles of the Bishops Staff and other senior leaders at Lincoln - click HERE 

The first North Kesteven Deanery Partnership Newsletter from our Area Dean can be read by clicking HERE

The latest TTCT report given at Diocesan Synod in Nov 2022 (18 pages) is available to read by clicking HERE

The latest TTCT newsletter from Archdeacon Ali Buxton (Feb 2023). The read click HERE  

The latest NK Deanery Partnership Newsletter from the Partnership Dean (Sept 2023). To read click HERE

Details of the 'To Love & Serve the Lord' training course starting in Oct 2023 click HERE

Letter from Bishop Stephen - a reminder about the Bishops Guidelines and Regulations for leading worship at the different categories of church under TTCT. To read the letter & guidelines click HERE 

Guidance from the Diocese re - choosing Deanery Synod Reps for 2023 elections. Click HERE

Guidance from the Diocese re - Annual Parochial Church Meetings & Election of Church Wardens for 2023. Click HERE    

Pastoral Letters to the people of Lincoln Diocese from our Bishops

Letter from Bishops Stephen, David & Nicholas with a response to the latest decisions by the CofE House of Bishops  on the issues of Identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage (Jan 2023) click HERE

Letter from the CofE House of Bishops (Jan 2023) on the issues of Identity, Sexuality, Relationships & Marriage click HERE

Letter from the Bishops at Lincoln (17th Oct 2023) on the recent events in Israel + reports in the press about the prayers regards 'Living in Love and Faith'. Click HERE

We welcome Bishop Stephen Conway as the 73rd Bishop of Lincoln. His enthronement in the cathedral on Saturday 11th Nov was a lovely occasion. If you want to read his sermon click HERE

Reports from General Synod

To read the report from the Feb 2023 meeting of General Synod by Lincoln Reps click HERE


None at present.