The Vicar

 

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Rachel Harrison

66, Aske Road

Redcar

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.

 

                                                                                     Rachel 

 

 

 

LETTER FOR SEPTEMBER

Vicar’s Letter

Modern technology may pass some of us by, but for many it is a way of life to order their groceries on line, pay their bills on line, book their doctors appointment, send a birthday gift; the possibilities are endless. And social media has also become an everyday activity for many. Smart phones, ipads, computers, all have contributed to easy access to social media for anyone who wishes to make use of it and I must say it’s a wonderful thing. Staying connected with family and friends around the world is marvellous and the passing of information is very helpful. I was asked recently if I thought Jesus would have gone on Facebook or Twitter if they had been available. Well that’s one of those questions with no answer however my guess would have been, yes, Jesus would have embraced the communication methods of his time and in 2019 that would have included having a Facebook page.

I ‘do’ Facebook. I love hearing news from family and friends and seeing pictures of new babies that I wouldn’t necessarily have access to otherwise. It’s a useful tool of communication; however, we know it can be used in a negative way too. Racist  propaganda, untruths about individuals, unkind and malicious gossip and political comments can be divisive and cause endless heartache. I believe it is incumbent on Christians to be vigilant in preventing the passing on of such material. Of course everyone is entitled to their own opinion but Christians have a responsibility to ensure that they neither pass on nor encourage social media posts that are offensive to other people. We may not generate such material but neither should we pass on words or images that cause upset to the recipient and tarnishes the sender.

I am sure I can say without doubt that Jesus did not have a smart phone and did not teach about the use of social media but he did teach about the what tarnishes people, but he used the word ‘defiles’. The question had arisen about eating unclean food and Jesus told the crowd that what goes into a person cannot defile them but what comes out does.  Jesus said “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.”

He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” (Mark 7:14-23) OK, posting articles on social media isn’t about food but it is about what we offer in our name and if it is offensive, then we are defiled by the act, just as much as the recipient of such material.

 It can be fun using social media, but

 my plea is that we should all be responsible, and post only good and wholesome material; and if articles are sent to us that may offend, simply press the ‘hide’ button to prevent the wider spread, and keeping ourselves safe from defilement in the process.

Your friend and vicar

Rachel