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Great Casterton Parish Council

Serving the people of Great Casterton

Clerk: Derek Patience
29 Priory Gardens, Stamford, PE9 2EG

Tel: 01780 753066

The Church of St Peter & St Paul

St. Peter and St. Paul, Great Casterton is one of the five churches in the group comprising Great Casterton, Little Casterton, Pickworth, Tickencote and Tinwell


PRIEST-IN-CHARGE

The Rev. Jo Saunders 01780 480479 / 07946237223 Email revjosaunders@live.co.uk

HONORARY ASSISTANT PRIEST

The Rev Bob Mackrill 01780 763788 / 0775365051 Email bobmackrill@btinternet.com

READER

Mrs Rhona Tomlyn 01780 764462 Email rhonatomlyn@gmail.com

Our Sunday Service is at 10.30, and is Holy Communion on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sunday. We have an informal Family Service on the 2nd Sunday. Visitors are always welcome, and we have a toy corner for small children. Baptisms are held during the main Sunday service, but may also be arranged at other times by arrangement. Anyone living in, or with a connection to Great Casterton which includes Rutland Heights has the legal right to marry there. Please contact Rev Jo for further details and information.

We have a coffee morning in the hall every Wednesday in term time from 10.30 and warmly welcome visitors

Our Toddler Group meets in the hall every Friday in term time from 10.00 and we welcome all toddlers and their carers.

For details of Bible Study, House Group or Christian Faith courses please contact Rev Jo.

Gt. Casterton Church Hall is available for lettings. Contact Steve Suffling 01780 751384 mobile 0752 8359511 Email chez1521@hotmail.com

The Casterton Singers form the church choir, but also give concerts. New members are very welcome. Contact Jill Bush 01780 767270 or Marion Horobin 01780 755523

Large print copies of Service Sheets are available and we have excellent wheelchair access

Details of all services in the group can be found below.

Rev Jo's letter for August 2015

August is, at least for anyone with school-age children, a holiday month, a time when everything winds down and, according to temperament, we either enjoy the peace and slower pace of life, or we long for everything to start up again. As the hymn says 'the voice of prayer is never silent', which is why I was somewhat taken aback when someone remarked that she always regarded August as 'a month off from church.'

Even when we are away on holiday, it is possible to find somewhere to worship, and one of the advantages of this is that we often see or hear something which could be done or said in our own church – we can borrow that idea and enrich the worship of our own church on our return.

For me it's a real holiday to attend a service for which I have no responsibility, but equally it's salutary for me to see things from the point of view of the congregation. A hymn might be an old favourite, but if it doesn't give the sides-person time to finish the collection, it's too short and leaves an awkward gap; intercessors sometimes resort to a sort of news-bulletin – I once heard the words 'as you may be aware, Lord…' – and I once saw a female cleric presiding wearing a very splendid but rather inappropriate pair of bejewelled flip-flops. I was so entranced by them that I can't remember anything else about the service.

So what does the Bible say about holidays? Paul took trips, but his missionary journeys were hardly relaxing. Jesus got away for prayer and spiritual refreshment, but would always abandon these times if there was human need for his presence.

Genesis tells us that God created for six days; then He rested, not because He was tired but to set the standard for mankind to follow. The author of Ecclesiastes rightly called his readers to the pleasures of life: "Go, eat your bread in joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do" - God has sanctioned recreation; there is no need to feel guilty for times focused on enjoyment—they are part of God's plan.

Perhaps we should recall the origin of the term "holiday" from "holy day". The emphasis should fall on spiritual reorientation and refreshment in order to tackle our everyday lives "as unto the Lord" when we return. So we really should build times of worship and prayer into our holiday times.

I look forward to hearing about your holiday worship when you return!

Meanwhile the work of these churches goes on; Rev Bob's son James and his fiancée Carolyn will marry at Little Casterton (with Rev Bob officiating, of course) on 25th July. Elodie Rose Drury will be baptised at Gt Casterton on August 16th and Sebastian Hodgkiss on 23rd. On 30th, a fifth Sunday, our benefice service will be at Pickworth at 10.30. At our last Benefice service we had people from all five churches – let's repeat that at Pickworth.

With best wishes

Jo

OTHER SERVICES WITHIN THE GROUP

SUNDAY

9.00
(9.15 at TINWELL)

10.3O

OTHER

FIRST

HC TINWELL

HC LT CASTERTON

HC GT CASTERTON

SECOND

HC OR MP TICKENCOTE APRIL,MAY, JUNE JULY ONLY PLUS REMEMBRANCE AND CAROL SERVICE
MP TINWELL

FAMILY SERVICE
GT CASTERTON

THIRD

HC LT CASTERTON

HC GT CASTERTON

EVENSONG 3.00 WINTER 4.00 SUMMER TINWELL

FOURTH

HC or MP PICKWORTH
HC TINWELL

HC GT CASTERTON

FIFTH

BENEFICE HC IN ONE OF OUR FIVE CHURCHES - SEE NOTICE BOARDS FOR DETAILS EACH TIME

The Parish Church stands in what in Roman times was a protected zone between the ramparts and ditch on the N.and E.and the river on the S. and W. The church stands on the site of a Roman temple, on which an early Christian church was built; this was probably a wooden structure, but of it no trace remains.

The wooden structure was replaced by a Saxon church consisting of a small Chancel and an archless Nave. Saxon long and short work is still in evidence in the S.E. corner of the nave.

The Norman church consisted of a nave and two small aisles divided from the Nave by round, arched arcades resting on columns of stone with square bases. The nave was low with a flat wooden roof. The tower opened into the nave through a fine horseshoe arch. At the E. end was a wall pierced with a low round arch leading into a small oblong chancel, against the East end of which was the altar.

In the 13th Century an Early English chancel with lancet windows was built, while the round arch between the nave and chancel was raised to a point. Other changes followed: the aisles were lighted with windows with decorated tracery, and carried on their walls in rough distemper the story of the Incarnation. Above the Norman arcade was added a clerestory with decorated windows surmounted by an open roof of massive oak timbers. Across the chancel arch stretched a wooden loft carrying figures of Our Lord on the Cross with St Mary and St John on either side.

In the 15th century a clerestory was added. The font on a chamfered plinth may be late 12th/early 13th century.

The Reformation saw the destruction of many of the church's treasures.

In the 18th century the church was fitted with box pews of deal.

Considerable restoration work was carried out in the mid to late 20th century.