The Vicar

 

rachel 

Rachel Harrison

66, Aske Road

Redcar

Tel No. (01642) 490700

email :  rachelhere@hotmail.com

 

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.

 

                                                                                     Rachel 

 

 

 

VICAR'S LETTER FOR JUNE

Dear Friends,

 

It seems to me that every year someone says something like, ‘It’s Christmas again. The time just flies by’. Maybe it is an ‘older person’s’ pastime to make such observations but I certainly feel like this about the summer this year and in the words of Victor Meldrew ‘I don’t believe it! Where has the year gone’.  As the page of the calendar changes from June to July, images of summer holidays and long breaks from school come into view and there is a sense of the passing of a year. Even those of us whose lives are not governed by school terms will have a sense of the passing of time as do the children and young people who move years in their school or move onto further or higher education. Tempus fugit, time passes.

For some the summer months will bring rest and relaxation and perhaps an opportunity to meet up with family and friends but for others these weeks will be no different from the usual routines. However, there are things to be done that will bring a real sense of a change in routines. For those who are mobile there may be a determination to visit an old friend, someone you sat beside in church or at a coffee morning who is now housebound or unable to get out as they could. If you are that person who is stuck in home, why not phone someone who you haven’t seen for ages and ask them to pop round for a chat and a cuppa, and if you can’t get out, ask them to bring the biscuits with them! Tempus fugit but for some the passing of time is a slow process and loneliness becomes the reality. The only way to combat loneliness is to make a real effort to change something and if there is a telephone to hand, everyone can make their own changes, however challenging that may seem. Some of the people Jesus helped in the bible must have been lonely, cut off from society because of illness of life style choices. Zacchaeus, the tax collector ostracised because of his job, the lepers outcast from their community, the woman who escaped stoning who others shunned. Jesus healed their sickness but also showed them a better way in order to restore them to society. The better way for those who feel lonely is to take some action and be restored to communication with other men and women.

We can’t change the passing of time but we can use that time to reach out and help others or to reach out on our own behalf so use these summer months as a time of change. . Happy holidays.

 

Your friend and vicar

 

Rachel