Since moving to Royston a few months ago the question I am most often asked (by “Roystonians” and by friends and family who are not local) is some variation of:

How are you adjusting to living in a small town after moving from a big city?

A short simple answer is “very well!” Of course, the context of the question might merit more specific answers, but this answer is sufficient. The thing that I love most about Royston, and small-town life in general, is the close-knit community. I have learned that by mentioning a few names I can establish a pretty quick connection with just about anyone in the community! There are many deep roots in Royston, and there is a reason that so many people have never moved away, or have decided to move back after some time living elsewhere. Deep, established roots have given rise to strong trees that produce perennial fruit. This is a quality of many small towns, but Royston is also a place where new roots are planted; there is still room for new life and new fruit here. The Deals are some of the new crops, yet we haven’t felt any less a part of the orchard. Our roots have been planted in this fertile ground. 

I consider myself and my family lucky to have tilled soil in which to be planted; I realize that we are quite fortunate because of the welcome we have received and the space made available for us to grow. And, yet, I am aware that there are many in this community who feel as though their roots will never take hold because their soil is dry or rocky or flooded. There is much work to be done, and I think KNOW Royston Baptist Church is up to the task because the Lord has anointed us to bring the Good News. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and pull on our gloves and go to work to be a part of the fulfillment of scripture today. Royston is a wonderful place and a wonderful people - may we continue to work to help others take root and bear much fruit.

We build on foundations we did not lay. 

We warm ourselves by fires we did not light. 

We sit in the shade of trees we did not plant. 

We drink from wells we did not dig.

We profit from persons we did not know. 

We are ever bound in community.


May it always be so.

This is as it should be.

Together we are more than any one person could be. 

Together we can build across the generations.

Together we can renew our hope and faith in the life that is yet to unfold.

Together can heed the call to a ministry of care and justice.

We are ever bound in community. 

May it always be so.