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.
LETTER FOR NOVEMBER
November feels a bit like a go-between month, when the activities of summer and early autumn are clearly behind us but the impending run up to Christmas is yet to begin. Even retail outlets seem confused with displays for Halloween sweets and costumes being alongside advertisements for Firework Night with Christmas goodies also on sale.
And yet November is important in itself because it is a month for Remembrance. On the 2nd of the month we remember those people who have died, and take the opportunity to recall time spent with them. On the 11th of November the nation and wider Commonwealth remember the souls lost in war and conflict.
‘Poppy Day’, as it is often called, has become much bigger in recent years when there have been significant anniversaries of the First World War to commemorate and this year the 80th anniversary of the Second World War will be marked. The nation remembering and commemorating times past with nostalgia.
Nostalgia is something I would suggest belongs to the older generations. The dictionary says that it means ‘feeling happy and also slightly sad when you think about things that happened in the past’. I’m sure many of us will relate to that feeling when we look back with mixed feelings about past experiences. However, looking back is OK as long as we remember to look forward too. As Remembrance Day comes around again we will look back and give thanks for those whose ultimate sacrifice paved the way to our freedom but we will look forward to opportunities for peace in our time and an understanding between nations. As individuals it is difficult to know how we can contribute to understanding between nations so we should look to ourselves to bring a sense of peace where we are and look to the bible for guidance and inspiration for the way in which we should conduct ourselves as a contribution to the peace of our community and society.
People often associate peace with quietness but the peace of which Jesus speaks won’t bring ‘quiet’ into our lives, it won’t calm the screaming child or the noisy neighbours because life is naturally full of noise. However, Jesus promises, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). Jesus’ peace won’t make all your problems and all the world’s conflicts fade away but it will provide us with an inner strength to cope with the noisiness around us. A peace that will quiet your heart.
The peace of the world begins with individuals and spreads out from wherever we are. When we hear of the atrocities still being committed in other nations we recognise what a long way to go there is to bring real peace to all; but it does begin with us in the here and now. Let’s join our prayers for peace with our worldwide brothers and sisters in Christ.
Your friend and vicar
God of Peace, grant us the energy, passion and determination to do the work of peace. May we be those who sow in peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. Not an easy peace, not an insignificant peace, not a half-hearted peace, but the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Bible Society