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The Ascending Christ at Southwell Minster
See PEW NEWS page for weekly notices including the dates of APCM's in May and faculty notices.
News from Rev 'Captain' Chris Harrington - Rector
(To see our Rector in The Sun Newspaper 9th Oct 2020 just Google 'Rev Chris Harrington')
Rev Chris on the Mount of Olives Sept 2018
Yes its still lockdown, but we hope things will be lifting soon.
Two of our churches, Heckington and Great Hale, are now open every day for private prayer, though masks must continue to be worn and please use the hand sanitiser available. Swaton church now has a service every Sunday and Great Hale twice a month both at 9.30am + Wild Church has returned on the second Saturday of each month at 4pm at Great Hale. Social distancing must still be maintained. We hope to re-start more services on a Sunday providing the new Indian variant of the corona virus doesn't prevent the next phase of easing restrictions on the 17th May. We hope to be re-opening our book stalls soon too.
THE CHURCHES IN OUR GROUP THAT ARE OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER EACH DAY
Open daily for private prayer 9am to 5pm - No books available or tours at present sorry. Masks must be worn. Please use the hand sanitiser provided at the door. If more than one person in church then please observed social distancing.
Great Hale Church - is now open daily from 10am to dusk for private prayer.
THE CHURCHES THAT ARE OPEN FOR WORSHIP ON SUNDAYS
Great Hale - Open on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at 9.30am. Please book with Elaine Huckle (461704)
Swaton - Every Sunday at 9.30am from 2nd May. Please book with Bill Marshall (421148)
PASTORAL PHONE ROTA
The weekly pastoral phone round of everyone in our Prayer & Care Directory is still happening. 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' at 11am each Sunday
The 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, 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 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.
LIBRARY OF SUNDAY MORNING BROADCASTS
There is now a growing library of Audio PODCASTS of the radio broadcasts available to download from the 'Worship from the Rectory' page. There are 66 from the start of the Corona Virus pandemic in March 2020 right up to, and including, Ascension Day service - 13th May 2021.
If you want to join in morning prayer and evening prayer 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.
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 about help with local shopping and the community larder in Heckington and the Church food bank at Helpringham along with details of charitable trusts for hardship grants.
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