66, Aske Road
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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 MARCH
By the time you read this letter we will be a few weeks into Lent, so I wonder, how is it going for you? Did you give something up like chocolate or biscuits and, if so, have you stuck to it so far? Did you choose a daily devotional book to use and, if so, have you managed to read it each day? Did you decide to get up fifteen minutes earlier in the morning to allow for a quiet time of devotion and, if so, are you still managing it? I know that having made a decision some people will have stuck exactly to it, but for some there will be ‘blips’ where things have slipped; and, of course, the temptation is that having missed a day then that day becomes two and three and then, oh why bother to start again. A sense of failure can overtake the desire for success in a task and we can end up forgetting about Lent altogether. My question then would be ‘does it matter’?
Well, as often is the case, my answer would be no and yes. No, it doesn’t matter in the sense that by failure to complete a devotional book, a prayer time or by eating chocolate nothing in the world is affected. No one has died and the sky hasn’t fallen in so it’s OK. However, I would say that there is also an argument for ‘yes’, it does matter. It does matter because self-discipline is a vital part of following the Christian way. We need to develop self-discipline within ourselves and the time of Lent is an ideal time for such spiritual exercise. We recall that Jesus was tempted by Satan in the desert but through prayer and self-discipline he was able to withstand ‘old Nick’s’ call to turn stones into bread, of testing the Lord God and he was able to turn away from the temptation to worship Satan. Although there won’t be the same issues as for Jesus, we have to face temptations of other sorts a Spiritual strength doesn’t just happen, it has to be worked at, and maybe our attempts at abstinence will help. Another direct benefit of self-discipline is self-awareness, of understanding ourselves and how we react to certain situations and why. To be self-aware helps us to identify within ourselves our strengths and weaknesses which in turn may help us in our self-examination during Lent and perhaps lead us to change our ways if necessary.
The key word to all this is ‘self’. It is not for others to judge us or for us to judge others, ‘self’ means just that. Prayerfully, and always holding before us the example of Jesus, we should look at our lives, our habits and our omissions and pray to be led into a greater understanding of ourselves for the benefit of others. As Lent continues why not look again at your observance and remember that it’s never too late to start and be encouraged by the opening words of the Letter of James:
‘My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.’.
Your friend and vicar