Great Casterton Parish Council

Serving the people of Great Casterton

Clerk: Derek Patience
29 Priory Gardens, Stamford

Tel: 01780 753066

March Newsletter

Hi Everyone

It's been a tough old time for many communities this winter as flood water from Storm Ciara and Dennis devastate towns and villages throughout the country. We watch on our television screens flood victims being interviewed with tales of ruin and loss and it's difficult to know how we can help them. We who are privileged to live in one of the driest parts of the country.

Coupled with this national flood crisis we also have the potential of an international crisis on the spread of the Coronavirus. Again, our television screens have provided daily reminders on those who have been quarantined, those who have contracted the virus and those whose relatives have died.

Surrounded by all these major incidents and coupled with our own individual family issues it can be a depressing and challenging time. Let's face it. It's not been a positive start to the new decade.

What can we do to make a difference? In practical terms very little for the communities involved. Emergency service are already in place doing a fantastic job keeping folk safe. Loss adjusters and insurance experts will be playing their part in the weeks ahead. The Flood water will eventually subside, and normal life will return in time because the human race is a resourceful and determined specie.

These incidents will however leave lasting scars and we can play our part by providing spiritual support and encouragement through prayer. We can speak to friends and relatives living in those affected areas to let them know personally that their hurt is also felt by us. We can ask their advice on what we can do to help their communities. We can also contribute financially to the any Disaster Emergency Appeal.

At church we are now in the season of Lent. A period of forty days of reflection and personal devotions which takes us up to Easter Eve on 11th April. Lent is an ideal time to remember those less fortunate and to ask for their wellbeing and restoration and for direction on how best we can help them going forward.

Many of us give up something for Lent but this year can I encourage you to try something new. Something which will have a positive environmental effect as all of us have a responsibility for the good stewardship of God's creation.

The Church of England's theme for this year's Lent season is "Care for God's Creation." There are daily prayer guides for the Lent season at the back of the church, pick one up and challenge yourself.

We are all called to care for our brothers and sisters throughout the world. Especially those who face having their families uprooted and livelihoods destroyed by the effects of Climate Change and extreme weather events.

Don't underestimate the power of prayer especially when a whole community gets involved.

God Bless

Rev'd. Don