Great Casterton Parish Council

Serving the people of Great Casterton

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

Tel: 01780 753066

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

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.

PRIEST IN CHARGE

The Rev Don McGarrigle 01572 812804/07802 40198 Email escapeenergy@btconnect.com

Our Sunday Service is at 10.30, and is Holy Communion on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sunday. We have an informal Café Church from 10.00 in the hall on the 2nd Sunday. (This offers cake, tea, coffee and squash plus a short act of worship, and is particularly suitable for young families, though many older people enjoy it.) Visitors are always welcome, and we have a toy corner in the church 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 Don 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 Don.

Great Casterton Church Hall is available for lettings. Contact Steve Suffling 01572 869033 mobile 07528 359511 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.

PRAYERS FOR THIS WEEK

We pray for our stewardship of this planet that we may be forever reminded of the excesses of plastic, energy use and anti social behaviour resulting in the pollution of our oceans and giving rise to global temperatures. We give thanks to those scientists and environmentalists who prick our conscious and who try and address our life style preferences. Help us to hear their message.

Pray for those whose lives are marred by credit issues. Those who have trouble making ends meet and those who feel worse off in the move to Universal Credit. We pray for the minister and the government department responsible for the new welfare arrangements. We pray for diligence, fairness and compassion.

We give thanks for Christian Against Poverty who work tirelessly with those at the edge of financial ruin and for their many successes in bringing clients back into credit.

In our diocesan cycle of prayer we remember those who work in our armed forces and their families. Especially those families currently living apart as a result of overseas service. Keep all our armed forces personnel safe from harm and especially those who are operating in hostile environments.

We pray for our teachers and pupils as they return from half term holiday. We give thanks for the rest and encouragement they received and pray that they return enthusiastic for the second half of term.