Great Casterton Parish Council

Serving the people of Great Casterton

Clerk: Derek Patience
29 Priory Gardens, Stamford

Tel: 01780 753066

October Newsletter

September and October are definitely the months of changes. Our kids return to school. Our toddlers start attending school for the very first time. Our older children either move up to secondary school or go to university.

The weather changes and the fields change as the harvest is brought in and the land prepared for the next growing season. Some of us even change homes before the onset of winter.

Yes, this period is definitely the time when most change happens. Some of this change makes us happy and some of us are sad. Change can affect our emotions and our walk with God. Just a few weeks ago six candidates where confirmed by Bishop Donald and that will change their status as a Christian. They responded with their own lips and confirmed the promises their Godparents made on their behalf many years ago. They will become full members of the Church and be eligible to receive Holy Communion.

Change happens all through our lives from cradle to the grave. Those who embrace change as a natural occurrence will fare well. Those who resist change will torment themselves and all those who are close to them.

The bible too is full of change as the people of God move from free believers in their own land to slaves in Egypt and Babylon to a people oppressed by the Roman empire and eventually back to become free thinking people.

Jesus brought the greatest changes to our world. Challenging people to start changing their behaviour. To have a care for the poor and vulnerable. To repent of any wrongdoing and to forgive others that wind us up and do us harm. To walk closer with God and to accept him as the Messiah, the redeemer of the world. Jesus had such an impact in the world that millions around the globe have accepted his calling. He had such an impact that he even changed the way we define time. We live in the year 2019, the number of years since the birth of Christ. Not many people in history have achieved that impact, so he really is special.

Following Jesus is a big ask. But many, down through the centuries have accepted change in their life and their communities and their countries have been all the better for the experience.

Change can be dramatic and instantaneous like Paul's conversion on the road to Damascus, but for most of us change evolves over time, slowly and purposefully. Both routes, however, are equally valid.

So are you being called in some way to change your way of life, to do more for our church our this community? To serve in some way for a greater good. Be aware. These calls come in all sorts of ways. A nudge from a friend, (I think you would be good at that) or perhaps something that you've read. Wherever the prompt comes from, don't reject the thought, listen in silence, walk in silence, pray, talk to others about your feelings and respond accordingly.

Be prepared to be changed and go forward in faith. Go out in the knowledge that at worst disappointment might lie in your path. But go out into the unknown, put your hand into the hand of God. That will be to you better than a light and safer than a known way.

God Bless

Rev'd. Don