Welcome - We pray for the Spirit of Pentecost.

Welcome to our website. Updated on 31st May 2020 at 11.55am -  Pentecost Sunday PODCAST, service sheet and sermon added to worship from the Rectory page.

Please take a pew! Due to work that is about to be carried out at Great Hale church there are some pews for sale. If you would like one please contact Elaine & Stephen Huckle 01529 461704

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News from Rev 'Captain' Chris Harrington - Rector

Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic the Archbishops of Canterbury & York have asked us to suspend all public worship so there will be no more public acts of worship in any of our churches until further notice. All groups and events are also suspended. Following an announcement by the Prime Minister (23.3.20) ALL churches are also now closed until further notice. However although how we do church is changing, it is not stopping. Prayer and pastoral work will continue but in a different way. 

Weekly Pastoral Phone Rota

The weekly pastoral phone round of everyone in our Prayer & Care Directory has now begun. If you haven't received a call either from me, or one of our pastoral team then please give me a ring (01529 460904) as your name might not be in our Prayer & Care Directory, but can soon be added for future weeks. We are also praying for everyone in it by name too. 

Sunday Morning Worship on Heckington Living Community Radio (An Internet radio station)

Each Sunday I am now putting a Sunday Morning Service on the 'Worship from the Rectory' page. It has the readings set for that week along with prayers, hymns and a sermon, so you can join in at home if you want to. I record the service at the Rectory each week to be broadcast live on 'Heckington Living Community Radio' at 11am that Sunday and afterwards put a podcast on this website (though sadly the sound quality is not as good). In order to add variety, and include the ministries of others, Rev Stephen, Canon Beverley and David Stark  contribute sermons every other week, and those who usually lead the intercessions in our churches send in their prayers which I read out on their behalf. To hear just google 'Heckington Living Community Radio' and click on the play symbol - If you don't hear the service straight away don't worry you are on the station just wait for the music to finish which sometimes is 11.05am.

13 audio Podcasts of the radio broadcasts are now available to down load from the 'Worship from the Rectory' page, including the one for Pentecost Sunday. 

Daily Prayer

I continue to say Morning Prayer at home at 9am & Evening Prayer at home at 5pm Monday to Friday and use midday prayers and a time of silent contemplation. If you want to join in with these times of worship at home there are service sheets you can download in the links below and other prayer resources. Please do feel free to phone me for personal prayer and spiritual help if needed (01529 460904). 

There is the usual 15 minute daily service from the BBC on Radio 4 LW at 9.45am each morning with plenty of thoughts for each day. Its always worth a listen with a different contributor each day including hymns and songs.

THE CALL TO PRAYER IN OUR GROUP OF CHURCHES 

PRAYER BOOKLET

MORE PRAYERS FOR USE DURING THE PANDEMIC

A chance for YOU to contribute to our website

I have now added a new page to our website called 'Reflections, Readings, Prayers and Blogs' in order to share some of the things others have sent in to me. If you want to send me yours please email them to me. I have already posted a couple of Blogs on there and will do more when feel inspired to do so. Canon Beverley has organised a daily 'round robin blog' by email. If you want to join in then the details are on the 'Reflections, Readings, Prayers & Blogs' page. 

A new blog about Julian of Norwich has been added along with a reading from her 'Revelations of Divine Love' have been added to the 'Reflections' page. 

There is also an opportunity to take part in an on-line survey by the University of York St John to try and discover how people of faith are coping with life during the pandemic. To take part click on the link on the Reflections page.

Other resources 

Please do look at the Church of England Website - (churchofengland.org) where there are national updates and lots of resources for prayer and worship at home + links to live-streaming of services around the country. There is also the website of Lincoln Diocese (lincoln.anglican.org) with local news, letters and updates from our Bishops. 

In addition to our Sunday Service on Heckington Living Community Radio at 11am every Sunday, there is a daily service on BBC Radio 4 LW at 9.45am each morning with plenty of thoughts for each day.  Songs of Praise on Sundays at 1.15pm on BBC 1. Choral Evensong on Radio 3  at 3pm on Sundays and 3.30pm on Wednesdays.                                                                        BBC Sounds App has lots of resources too. It's a chance to catch up with some great radio programmes you may have missed in the past. In this digital age we are certainly not short of resources!

Financial and Practical Help is available

For help with shopping and details of a new food bank in Heckington which opened at the village hall on 1st May, along with details of charitable trusts for hardship grants, and lots of other useful details and contacts can be on the 'Practical Help' page on this website. 

WHO WE ARE

The Heckington & Helpringham Group of Parishes are a group of eight Anglican Parish Churches who are part of the Lafford Deanery within the southern part of the Diocese of Lincoln. The churches in our group 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

St Michael's Swaton.

They each have their own pages on this website. Do browse the site and if there is anything you are looking for but can't find it please do contact me.Keep safe & enjoy life despite the circumstances.

Rev 'Captain' Chris Harrington

Rector