Chris says farewell and heads south

The Rev Chris and Julia Harrington say a fond farewell to Middle Rasen next month
The Rev Chris and Julia Harrington say a fond farewell to Middle Rasen next month

MIDDLE Rasen’s curate is saying a fond farewell to the village to take on his own group of parishes in the south of the county.

The Rev Chris Harrington’s last service will be on March 4 at Middle Rasen Church.

Since arriving at the village in 2008, Chris has worked with the Rev Charles Patrick, serving both the Middle Rasen and Barkwith Group of parishes.

In that time, he has worked tirelessly in the community instigating a number of groups, helping to revitalise the parishes.

He has also been instrumental in creating the successful Community Spirit magazine, which now distributes 1,300 copies a month.

“Although created from the church, the magazine encompasses the whole community and being its editor certainly helped me get to know the parishes well,” said Chris.

“We have had a lovely time here and we are certainly going to miss the people.”

Chris will be licensed as Priest in Charge of the newly formed Heckington and Helpringham Group of Parishes, near Sleaford, on March 27.

And he will certainly hit the ground running, as his first service will be Palm Sunday, where he already has a donkey lined up for the procession - something not done at these churches before.

“I can safely say we have all profited greatly from having Chris and Julia with us over the last three and a half years,” said the Rev Charles Patrick.

“Chris has worked tirelessly all the time he has been with us, covering every inch of our large group of parishes, visiting and leading small groups.

“There will be many people who are grateful for his ministry among us.

“He has been an excellent colleague and I wish Chris and Julia well as they move to the Heckington and Helpringham Groups of Parishes, and trust that they will continue to have a fruitful ministry there.”