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 JANUARY
I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall one hundred years ago, as 1919 dawned. No doubt there would have been many people making comments about the new opportunities to be hoped for in a New Year, now that the guns of war were silenced on the continent and the young men and women who had served there, were gradually returning to their homeland where the shutters could be closed against other nations and their own country become the focus of their efforts. However, what sort of homeland was it that they returned to? A place where the role of women had changed unimaginably during the four years of conflict, as they took the jobs of men and raised their hemlines to allow them to function in previously unheard of situations. A place where those who had stayed home had no understanding of the miserable and horrific conditions of the Somme and Ypres endured by the troops. A place where wages were low and opportunities for work were limited. Yet still in homes and social gatherings, on New Year’s Eve 1918, as the hands of Big Ben saw the year move to 1919, people would be filled with hope for the New Year as they made their resolutions and sang Auld Lang Syne together; and in some places Christians would be praying for the spiritual health of the nation.
Moving forward to 2019, and we find a very different world; or do we? Ours isn’t one recovering from an infamous World War, which has left the nation looking inward to its own healing and recovery, but ours is a nation looking for new purpose whilst trying to hold on to old traditions and beliefs. For some, Britain is viewed as a part of the European stage, where opportunities for continental interaction is welcomed. For others there is a sense of wanting to close the shutters against other nations and simply be ‘us’, an island for Brits. And as in 1919, as the New Year edges in resolutions will be made in the hope that 2019 will feel better than the previous twelve months; and in some places Christians will be praying for the spiritual health of the nation.
As Christians in Redcar, I hope that you will join your prayers with those of others for real and positive change in the forthcoming months, but what should those prayers be for? We will all have our own thoughts but they might include really intentional prayers for the future of employment in our area, that the business world will see the opportunities for establishing new ventures in our town to provide proper jobs to help restore pride in Redcar. That the youngsters in our secondary schools will feel encouraged to have high ambition in their lives. That those involved in social care will do their utmost to provide for the needs of the vulnerable. That those who are being brought to Redcar from other nations, seeking asylum or as refugees, may find a welcome and an acceptance to begin new lives and find their place in society here.
Your prayers and mine may be different but I am sure we will share with those from 1919 when we pray together for our nation, that God’s will be done here on earth and that all will to come to know of His love for them.
God’s Blessing for a Happy New Year Everyone.
Your friend and vicar