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 SEPTEMBER
What a wonderful summer we have had. No one can say the sun didn’t shine or there was no opportunity for children to play outdoors during the school holidays and certainly the ‘feel good’ factor was as evident on the High Street as the ‘factor 50’ that was being splashed onto fair skins. There were casualties of the sun on the allotments and flower gardens which created grumbling but generally the hot and sunny weather was welcomed by most people, as were the showers when they eventually came. How different it must be for those people in other countries who have suffered greatly through forest fires, and droughts that have led to the slaughter of animals for whom there was no water. For those who lost their homes and livelihoods there really has been a reason to complain about the hot weather because their lives have been devastated through the effects of the sun scorching the ground.
I wondered how a person copes when natures intrudes to such extent and takes away everything you know and have worked for, cherished and enjoyed. Where would the motivation for rebuilding a life come from and where would that rebuilding begin?
The readers of this magazine have probably never been in such a situation, but most people have had their own troubles to cope with when it seems as though everything is pointless and there is nowhere to turn. Maybe unexpected redundancy has been experienced where there has been no time to prepare, or perhaps members of your family have gone through great difficulties and you have supported them or perhaps there has been serious illness to contend with. The experience of everyone will be different. What we all have to contend with at some point in our lives is the death of a loved one.
For many the first time they experience death close to is when a parent or grandparent dies but others go through the heart breaking scenario of losing a child or sibling at earlier ages. The death of an elderly person is upsetting, of course, but there is a sense of the natural about it, whereas the death of a young person always carries different feelings. The ‘what ifs’ and ‘might have beens’ are evident as people try to come to terms with their loss. Where then is the motivation to go on with life?
For some the motivation is in busyness and purpose, maybe setting up trusts or raising money for organisations that helped them at the deepest point of their sorrow. For others it is in returning to the recognised order of work and home. But for some there is no obvious route to carrying on. There are organisations that can help in bereavement and self-help friendship groups but when a person is so lost in grief it is difficult for them to find their way to such provisions. It is my belief that what people really need, but often don’t see it, is an ongoing relationship with our Lord God which through prayer and meditation will strengthen them to face the world afresh; that will give them a sense of calm and peace and refreshment. It is such an easy thing to do and yet for many the hardest too. The ‘feel good’ factor is something many enjoy and that can be restored by God’s grace as He shows His children the way forward. Their significant loss will remain the same but their way of coping will be changed.
Jesus said ‘Come to me all you that are heavy laden and I will refresh you’. That promise should be like music to the ears of those who suffer because Jesus wants all to walk with him and to experience the warmth of his love.
Your friend and vicar