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 four churches in the group comprising Great Casterton, Little Casterton, Pickworth and Tickencote.

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 401798 Email escapeenergy@btconnect.com

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

Our Sunday Service is at 10.30, and is Holy Communion on the 1st, and 3rd Sunday. We have an informal Café Church from 10.15 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.) On the fourth Sunday of the month we have a service of Morning Praise in the church. 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 short service of prayer each Wednesday at 10.15 in the church, which is open to all.

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.

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

PRAYERS FOR THIS WEEK

We pray for our royal family at this time of uncertainty and confusion and especially for the Queen, Prince Harry and Megan as they come to terms with new responsibilities and a new life style. We pray that all the differences and personal aspirations will work themselves clear in the weeks and months ahead. We give thank for their past service to all peoples of the commonwealth and we pray for a continuation of the same as they go forward.

We pray for all those in our community who are currently not in good health. Those on our prayrt board in church and those who are unknown to us. Those who are in long term anxiety and distress and those just recently affected. We give thanks for all our medical professionals for our National Health Service and all doctors, nurses and care workers who tend the sick and infirm and who self-sacrifice for the benefit of others.

We pray for our new government and for the policies which will be debated in chamber during this sitting of parliament. We also pray for a lively opposition as being the hallmark for an effective and democratic institution. We give thanks for the many MP who prayer walk the corridors of Westminster on a daily basis before the commencement of the business day. May your Holy Spirit inspire all the discussions in chamber and committees that laws may come forward for the benefit of all but mostly the disadvantaged in our society.

At this time of Christian Unity we pray for all the troubled parts of the world and in particular those countries where fellow Christians are persecuted for their faith. We pray for their courage and determination to walk in the ways of Jesus and that that walk of witness may foster reconciliation and love from those who would take offence.

In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for those who stay at home to manage the household and the children. We give thanks for our childminders and our home helpers and we ask that we and they recognise the value of their work for an ordered society. May God bless them and their service to others.