66, Aske Road
Tel No. (01642) 490700
email : [email protected]
Welcome to the website of St Peter’s Church in Redcar. We hope that you will discover all you need to know from the information here but the best way to get to know a church is by visiting. Whether you choose to pop in one lunchtime for a time of quiet and to light a candle; or if you would like to come along to one of the services, please be assured that there will be a warm welcome awaiting you.
I believe that as Christians we need lots of opportunity to join together to worship God, explore the bible and learn about our faith whilst sharing in social activities, providing a place to build relationships and friendships. This is what church is for and throughout a year St Peter’s offers all of those opportunities.
We also take very seriously our commitment to care for the community and the wider world. Locally we support the Churches Together Foodbank and there are regular events to raise money for charity.
You are welcome to come along at any time.
VICAR'S LETTER FOR NOVEMBER
Autumn has really arrived now, even though we are still experiencing unnaturally warm weather. Nature understands that however warm it is the trees still need to shed their leaves and the plants need to die back to preserve their energy for next year’s growth. I never fail to be amazed by the wonders of creation because it can always be relied upon. The leaves of summer are here today and gone tomorrow. Humans are also a part of creation, but I am not sure that we always demonstrate the same level of reliability.
Maybe I am being unfair, because when called upon to respond young men and women have always showed strength and determination and reliability. This month we are commemorating and celebrating just such men and women, who long gone showed enormous strength of character when called to arms in the First World War. The majority were men, the finest young men, born towards the end of the Victorian era, who left careers and jobs, sweethearts and parents in answer to the nation’s appeal for help. They travelled to countries they had only ever heard of with many never even having travelled to see the sea before, and they stood against equally naïve young men they called the enemy.
The young women went too as nurses and saw just as much of the carnage but their task was to try to make good where limbs and lives had been shattered by the ‘game’ of war. While they were ‘playing’ at war, countless numbers waited at home for news of their loved one, their neighbour, their friend, and the jobs of those who had marched away were taken up by women and older men in an effort to plug the gaps in British society. No one was exempt from the effects of what was going on in Flanders Field. And amid the mud and the noise and the horrors nature did what it has always done. It sent up shoots, and stems and buds, that opened into red poppies, our symbol of Remembrance.
Thanks be to God for all of those who served this nation in any capacity all those long years ago.
We will never forget.
Your friend and vicar