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 JUNE
The church magazine is a combination of things that have already happened in the life of St Peters and things that are to come. I was thinking how two of these events dovetail easily together; the Confirmation service and Thy Kingdom Come.
Elsewhere, you will read the testimonies given at their confirmation by Julie, Vicky and Diane. These statements encompass brief references to life changing events in the lives of these three women who are very aware of their journeying with Jesus. As I heard and read their words, three very particular themes occurred to me; personal relationships, story-telling and opportunity.
Personal relationships that may start outside of church, in the workplace, at the church door or within the experience of a church service are the relationships that become significant on that journey of faith. Relationships that grow in which we find encouragement, reassurance and strength for the challenges that we encounter in our growing relationship with God.
Story telling is an essential part of passing on the Christian faith to others. Telling our story and allowing others to learn from it serves as a real tool towards faith. Not any old story but the story of where God is in our lives; the story of His transforming love and acceptance; the stories of Jesus in the bible. Telling and sharing the story is often what gives the confidence to the listener to explore further and to begin or rekindle their own story with God.
The other theme I chose was that of opportunity. If within the church there is no opportunity for engagement then there is no opportunity for growth of faith. Opportunities to meet and encourage each other outside of the church services are vital as a pathway to question and challenge, learn and experience different aspects of faith. Social occasions, bible centred groups, discussion groups, the list is endless for the times of fellowship that allow us as individuals to meet with other like-minded people to explore faith issues and simply to befriend others are vital and worthwhile.
Personal relationships, story-telling and opportunity cannot be separated. They are all essential components of what it means to be ‘church’ and they link nicely with the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ initiative.
Some of the promotional material for the initiative includes: ‘During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will:
Deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ
Pray for God’s spirit to work in the lives of those they know
Come to realise that every aspect of their life is the stuff of prayer’
After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Like them, our reliance on the gift of the Holy Spirit is total – on our own we can do nothing.
Through the centuries Christians have gathered at that time to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit.
‘Thy Kingdom Come’ picks up this tradition; over the past three years more and more worshipping communities have dedicated the days between Ascension and Pentecost to pray ‘Come Holy Spirit’.
"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses …to the ends of the earth. When he had said this…he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight…Then they returned to Jerusalem … and were constantly devoting themselves to prayer… When the day of Pentecost had come they were all together in one place... All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit... and that day about three thousand persons were added." ACTS Chapters 1-2
We are praying that the Spirit would inspire and equip us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with our friends and families, our communities and networks.’
As members of the church, the body of Christ, I pray that you find deep joy from the presence of God in your life. I pray that you are so aware of that joy that you want to share it with others. I pray that you will help to spread that joy by praying for others intentionally during the period of Thy Kingdom Come. I pray that through personal relationships, hearing the story and through opportunity that you will continue to grow and be reassured in your faith in God and his Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Your friend and vicar,