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 NOVEMBER

Dear Friends,

 

The trees arrayed in their splendid autumn colours are gradually shedding their leaves and their skeletal outlines will stand against the skyline as heralds of the winter that is to come, and inevitably we begin to pack up the year and go into semi hibernation. Shutting our doors to the cold and closing the curtains to the dark nights, the temptation is to stay put, cocooned in the shelter of our homes until spring comes again next year. Sounds quite idyllic and yet there is much going on in the life of the church, community and world that needs our attention and input.

November is the month of memory in many ways and activities reflect that and in particular is the Act of Remembrance observed by our nation in many and poignant ways. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month the Armistice was signed in 1918 to bring the Great War to an end, the conflict that was said to be the war to end all wars. The conflict that claimed unimaginable numbers of young lives throughout its four year duration. The date of the Armistice along with the symbolic red poppy has become the focus for our national mourning for all have died in the service of their country ever since and seems to go from strength to strength each year.

 Children from a young age learn the importance of remembering people who have died, even though in Britain they have no memory of war. They are taught about ‘bad’ people who want to hurt others and the sadness of people dying and in their childlike way they respectfully commemorate remembrance.

 However, for many children now living in our country, and some in Redcar and Cleveland, there are real memories of the terror of war, of losing loved ones and of fleeing their homes as their parents search for peace, safety and stability. I can’t begin to imagine how it feels to hold such memories or how it is for parents to have to walk away from the familiar into the unknown of a new country.

 I would suggest that at this time of remembrance, when we rightly honour those long dead, their spouses and families, we should also bear in mind those recently affected by war who are now a part of our communities.      It is not taking away anything from our fathers and forefathers but it is embracing the present needs of areas of the world torn apart by war. In remembering the reality of today we can grow closer to the stories of yesteryear.

 War is a thing of the past for many but for others it is today’s reality. As children of God and inheritors of the promise of his presence in the world, let us remember the past whilst praying for today and God’s peace for the future.

 Your friend and vicar Rachel

 

 

 

A Prayer for Peace

 

Compassionate God and Father of all,

we are horrified at violence 

in so many parts of the world. 

It seems that none are safe, and some are terrified. 

Hold back the hands that kill and maim; 

turn around the hearts that hate. 

Grant instead your strong Spirit of Peace -  

peace that passes our understanding 

but changes lives,  

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Amen                                                                                                                                                                   (Church of England©)