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 MAY

Dear Friends,

 At the time that I am writing this letter, there are several sporting events being broadcast on the TV but I am particularly enjoying the Commonwealth Games. I so admire the young men and women who train tirelessly to become the very best they can in their chosen event. I have so much respect for the incredible feats of the gymnasts in the various disciplines, for the speed and bravery of the cyclists and for the determination of the para triathlon competitors. They are all incredible athletes but each one of them started with their first cartwheel, the bike with stabilisers or swimming with armbands; it is, however, because of their determination, hard work and desire to succeed that they have become the household names that we know. Each athlete has had a vision of what they could achieve and have gone all out to make that vision a reality. I was comparing their fortitude to the life and well-being and mission of the church of God and in particular St Peters. Do we have a vision of what we can achieve and go out to make that vision a reality?

The mission of the church is to help people to discover faith and then support them as they mature from the first tentative enquiry to becoming fully integrated members of the church family. The task is also to ensure that as we ‘take off our stabilisers and armbands’, that there are opportunities for spiritual growth through teaching and encounter. It is only through prayer, study and conversations that our relationship with Jesus will grow and be strengthened.

In St Paul’s letter to the Philippians chapter 3 we read ‘Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.’ Pressing on and keeping to task are necessary if as individuals and as a church we hope to grow. We may not need to train quite as hard as the athletes of the Commonwealth Games but we certainly have to take every opportunity to further our experience of faith issues.

During May we have two significant church festivals. First is the Ascension of Jesus when we believe that he was taken from the earth to be with God. The second is the festival of Pentecost or Whit Sunday, the commemoration of the time when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples. Jesus had promised them that he would send a comforter to help hem when he had gone and he kept his word. The Holy Spirit literally fell on the disciples and gave them courage and power to speak and to go forward in the strength of our heavenly father. This is the gift that will inspire us on days when we feel a bit flat and can’t be bothered with our spiritual training. It is the power of the Holy Spirit that will guide us and encourage us and keep us on track with our vision for mission and outreach.

 

St Peter’s was built in the first quarter of the nineteenth century to accommodate a growing community of people who otherwise would have to walk to Marske for their services. The vision at the time was to provide a place of worship where all would be welcome. It is still that place but far more than just services take place within the building. We are all a part of that and need to keep spiritually fit to take every chance to be champions for God.

Your friend and Vicar

                         Rachel