The Vicar

 

rachel 

Rachel Harrison

66, Aske Road

Redcar

Tel No. (01642) 490700

email :  rachelhere@hotmail.com

 

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.

 

                                                                                     Rachel 

 

 

 

Vicar's Letter for September

Dear Friends

I wonder, if like me you, you spent hours as a teenager listening to your favourite pop songs on pirate radio stations or Radio Luxembourg? The BBC had not yet caught up with the demands of young people for ‘their kind of music’, the ‘sounds of the sixties’ and so pirate stations, broadcasting from ships, provided an alternative. The organisers recognised the needs and demands of young people and responded accordingly. The pirate stations were made illegal in 1967 but they had introduced DJs such as Tony Blackburn, Kenny Everett, Emperor Roscoe and John Peel, who would become household names when they transferred to the new Radio 1. It is fifty years since the loophole in the law was closed and those original stations went off air. Fifty years, half a century seems like a lifetime away and yet those DJs and songs are still well remembered but will their story last for another nineteen hundred or so years?Nineteen hundred years or so would probably be the time when the accounts of the life of Jesus were written down. Accounts of the life of the man who had a specific but short mission in life, to reach out to the people in love and to teach them of God’s desire to welcome them back into his fold. He kept his own integrity and purpose, but in so many ways, Jesus responded to the needs and demands of the people, recognising the need to have a real connection with them to enable him to minister to them. When they were hungry, Jesus fed them (feeding of the 5,000, Matthew 14:13-21), when they were ill he cured them (Matthew 9:18-26), when they were hated he showed that they were still of value, and although he may disagree with their lifestyle he did not think they were past redemption (Luke 19:1-10).By showing compassion and care Jesus created opportunities to share the good news of God’s love to people by his example but also by his direct words. Scholars disagree about the exact dates and authorship of the gospels and yet the truth of the message are as fresh and crisp as though written just fifty years ago. The characters whose stories were recorded continue to inspire the reader to seek for truth as the message of Jesus Christ is broadcast for all who will listen.Within the life of St Peter’s there are many opportunities to reach out to others, showing in practical ways, the compassion we have for those in need. We want to respond to the needs of others but as someone said to me recently, providing for today is only a ‘sticking plaster’ on the problems of our society. As individuals and as a mass we should make demands on those in authority to make real changes to the plight of those who feel unable to speak up for themselves. Inadequate housing, lack of real jobs that will pay enough to sustain a person, children without suitable footwear, women and children being sheltered from abusive relationships, fear of violence, these are all issues on our doorstep and I believe that as Christians we should find a way to demand change in support of our brothers and sisters in this area.Pirate radio may have been a frivolous thing in many ways but it was able to bring about a big change in public broadcasting by responding to the outcry of young people. To some, church may seem like an outdated organisation and yet we know better. We know that the church is actually the people and that it is made up of good, compassionate, caring individuals who want to see justice in our society. What will you do to bring about change?

 Your friend and vicar

                                                                                                  Rachel