66, Aske Road
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.
VICAR'S LETTER FOR MARCH
So Lent is here again, like birthdays it seems to come round more quickly each year. Lent, the time for prayerful preparation of hearts and minds as we recall the time our Lord spent in the desert at the beginning of his earthly ministry, following his baptism in the River Jordan. I think there is something very significant in the fact that Jesus had done all his growing up in the sleepy village of Nazareth, presented himself to John the Baptist for baptism and then spent forty days of contemplation, temptation and deprivation in the desert before embarking on his God given task of reaching out to the people of God. Reaching out in a world that had grown further and further away from the way of God, reaching out to show the way back to the God who loves all of his created world. Jesus did not launch himself on the world without being prepared, he had gathered the skills he needed and worked on his relationship with his Father and then set his face to the task in hand. How often do we hear the phrase ‘it’s all in the preparation’, whether that be laying paving slabs, decorating a room, starting a club or creating an act of worship? ‘It’s all in the preparation’ makes the difference between success or failure or a good job done.
Preparation is an important part of achieving a fulfilling Lenten experience. Choosing the right devotional book to follow or deciding on what if anything to give up, or choosing to take on a new responsibility or spiritual exercise should be considered prior to lent to ensure that a person is prepared. Arriving at Ash Wednesday without prior thought of how to keep lent, is not a good idea, because inevitably there will be a feeling of missing the starting point which might lead to a feeling of failure from the outset and that is not the way to approach this God given time for focussing on an aspect of faith.
So, I would suggest, get your diaries out and mark in the times you are going to include in a day/week for special reading and the time and days of the Lent study group you are intending to get involved in. Arrange with a friend to spend a regular quiet time together. Get your shopping list out and add any publication you may need or go online and order a Lent book or a candle to light whilst you have quiet time. Just simply do whatever you need to prepare for Lent.
Lent is the time that leads to Easter and we do, of course, get prepared to commemorate the experience again of the passion and death and resurrection of Jesus. However, this preparation time may also be getting us ready for something else. Who knows what our God might have in store for you or for me? Jesus was thirty years old when he started his public ministry which was quite a good age for a man of his time. He wasn’t a young man. You may not be a young man or woman but God may have a very real task ahead for you so the preparation of lent might lead you to ….who knows where.
We have a loving Heavenly Father who wants the best for us and wants us to be fulfilled. ‘It’s all in the preparation’ and God may be preparing you for something wonderful. Happy Lent.
Your friend and vicar