Welcome - This website was last updated on 16th January 2022 at 1pm

News from Rev 'Captain' Chris Harrington - Rector

Rev Chris in the River Jordan

                                                                                  New Year & New Beginnings & Epiphanies

See PEW NEWS page for latest Church Diary dates & times, Groups, Events + Covid announcements etc

See WORSHIP FROM THE RECTORY page for Audio PODCASTS and the latest service sheet for the radio service.

All our churches are now holding regular services and most groups are back up and running. For individual Churches click on 'OUR 8 CHURCHES'  page which will direct you to each particular church in our group. 

Once again face Masks must be worn even when singing. Please use the hand sanitiser provided. Stay safe. 


Heckington Church - Open daily from 9am to 4pm - Please use the hand sanitiser provided at the door. The book stall has now reopened. Books are 50p each. Please sanitise hands after browsing the book stall. Thank you.

If anyone or any group would like a personal tour of St Andrew's Church Heckington please contact our tour guide Mike Rose (01529 461293) to arrange a tour. 

Great Hale Church - is now open daily from 10am to dusk for private prayer.

Howell Church - open daily in daylight hours.


If you want to be added our pastoral phone rota then please give me a ring (01529 460904) as your name might not be in our Prayer & Care Directory. 


Our Sunday morning broadcasts continue each week. Each week I put 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 either on Friday or Saturday 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 for the music is not as good as the live broadcast). In order to add variety, and include the ministries of others, Rev Stephen also contributes sermons, and those who usually lead the intercessions in our churches send in their prayers which I read out on their behalf. To hear the service on a Sunday 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. The complete service is around an hour long. 


There is a growing library of Audio PODCASTS of the radio broadcasts available to download from the 'Worship from the Rectory' page. There are now 105 from the start of the Corona Virus pandemic in March 2020 right up to, and including the second Sunday of Epiphany - 16th January 2022. 


We have a regular weekly prayer meeting after the midweek communion on Wednesday mornings at 11am at Heckington Church. 

There are a few home groups meeting around our group of parishes (if interested in joining one contact Rev Chris)

We have a monthly JULIAN MEETING at Swaton Hut on the First Thursday of each month at 10.30am. It is 30 minutes of silent contemplative prayer with readings from the writings of Julian of Norwich and Scripture that top and tail the meeting. There is a time of fellowship afterwards with a cuppa. The next one is on 3rd February. Please contact Rev Chris if planning to come (460904). 


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

Please see the 'Practical Help' page on this website for details 


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