Welcome - We continue to celebrate the Trinity season.
Welcome to our website. Updated on 5th July 2020 at 1.50pm - Audio PODCAST, Service sheet & sermon for the 4th Sunday after Trinity added to the Worship from the Rectory page.
NOTICE - TWO CHURCHES IN OUR GROUP ARE NOW OPEN ON A DAILY BASIS FOR PRIVATE PRAYER ONLY. Please don't bring any books and no books will be available to buy until further restrictions are lifted. Also there are no tours of the Churches as most of it remains cordoned off. Many thanks.
HECKINGTON CHURCH OPEN DAILY 9AM TO 5PM
GREAT HALE CHURCH OPEN DAILY 10AM TO 7PM
From 12th July Heckington Church will be holding a Sunday service at 10am. It will be a short said service of Holy Communion.
Due to work that is to be carried out at Great Hale church in August 2020 there are some Pews for sale. If you would like one please contact Elaine & Stephen Huckle 01529 461704 ASAP
News from Rev 'Captain' Chris Harrington - Rector
With the lifting of restrictions under the Corona Virus Pandemic the Archbishops of Canterbury & York have now given the go ahead for public and corporate worship in our church buildings to resume if health and safety and social distancing guidelines are followed. Due to the size of some of our churches, the resumption of corporate worship will not be possible but at St Andrew's Heckington we will be offering a short said service of holy communion at 10am on Sunday mornings from 12th July onwards. We will be monitoring the national situation and receiving feedback from this who attend. Other churches in our group may open again once we are ready and logistically able to do so.
St Andrew's Heckington and St John the Baptist Great Hale are also now open on a daily basis for private prayer only. There are no church tours or the buying or selling of books etc so please don't drop off any books as we can't receive them.
Heckington is open 9am to 5pm and Great Hale from 10am to 7pm
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.
17 audio Podcasts of the radio broadcasts are now available to down load from the 'Worship from the Rectory' page, including the one for The fourth Sunday after Trinity (5th July).
Morning Prayer & Evening Prayer are still being said home each day. If you want to join in 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 (Monday to Friday) with plenty of thoughts for each day. Its always worth a listen with a different contributor each day including hymns and songs.
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 and David organised a daily 'round robin blog' by email for over 80 days and have now published a booklet of reflections from members of that group. If you want a copy let me know. With restrictions easing the daily blog has now finished but was greatly appreciated by all those who subscribed to it. So a big thanks to them and all who contributed to it.
There is 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.
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 community larder 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