Our Minister with Pastoral Care, Rev’d Pat Billsborrow, sends the following Message for the month of February 2019 ….
When I was asked to write the Minister’s letter this month, I had no idea what Christmas had in store for me myself and Bob in a very different place. The experience of taking ill just before Christmas was totally new to me and I have had a lot of time over the weeks since that time to reflect not only on my own family circumstances but also on the needs of so many folk in the community we serve here in Castle. Bob and I are fortunate for we have the strength of the faith community behind us when we have fallen into difficulties, but there are many of our neighbours who struggle daily to make sense of the world which is so different from the world they would have known when they were young. One thing which came home to me was how difficult it is for anyone even in quite desperate need, to find the necessary care and if I had been making a New Years’ Resolution, it would be that a way would be found where all people would be regarded as having the same value as everyone else; not just in this country but indeed throughout the world, and that means could be found so that all people could have the opportunity to live fulfilled lives whoever and wherever they are.
However, this letter is primarily to wish all of you connected with Castle Community Church not just a Happy New Year but a spiritually blessed and productive new year serving God not just within the church but within the wider neighbourhood. On 6th January you will have recommitted yourselves to your faith in the Covenant Service, giving over the whole of yourself for God to use for his purposes. If all of us, and I include myself in this, truly took to heart the promises we made in that service and the Commandments of Jesus that God should be uppermost in our thinking, then our neighbours before we turned to ourselves, what a difference it would make. We might even find growth within this church community for people would come knowing they were loved and cared for and want to know some of that faith commitment for themselves.
So, a bit belatedly, A Happy and Meaningful New Year to you all,