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 AUGUST

Dear Friends,

Oh dear me, all the sports fans out there must be so disappointed; the World Cup ‘didn’t come home’, Andy Murray wasn’t fit enough for Wimbledon and Lewis Hamilton failed to win the Grand Prix at Silverstone. Three enormous disappointments but some wonderful sport to watch en route to the finals. I know I have mentioned sporting achievements before but I make no apology because the commitment to personal fitness and training to enable competitors to compete is admirable. The wisdom of the manager’s choice of team may have been questioned, but during the World Cup I think it would be difficult for anyone to have been unaware of the ground swell of support for the young England team.

However, when all the world seemed to be focused on soccer, something else was going on that attracted the world’s press because of the potential horror of the situation. It was of course the entrapment and subsequent rescue of a young football team and their coach, found deep in the Tham Luang caves of Northern Thailand. The group had been exploring when monsoon rains flooded the caves and stranded them underground. It was only due to the wisdom, expertise and determination of skilled rescuers that the group were all brought to safety. Experienced rescuers from Britain had joined the Thai team to bring about a successful conclusion to what could have been a very different story. Just like the sports people who engaged the world with their hard earned skills so the rescuers maintain a high level of fitness and have honed their skills for just such an emergency. ‘We are not heroes’ one declared on returning to British soil.

Naturally comments have been made about the wisdom of that small group venturing into caves that had a reputation for ‘swallowing’ people, but throughout time humankind has been inquisitive and adventurous, searching for new life experiences.

This incident put me in mind of the quest for the meaning of life, of which we read in the Book of Job in the Old Testament of the Bible. Job is one of the poetic books which tells of an imagined challenge between God and Satan but it is in Job’s search for wisdom that I saw the similarities with the inquisitiveness that led young lads into a Thai mountain. In chapter 28 of Job there is a wonderful insight in to the ways of miners in antiquity. Job describes the way men can dig deep holes and discover and recover the most wonderful stones and metals but however deep they go, the wisdom of God cannot be found. The beauty of natural creations, formed in the darkness of the planet, away from human eyes can be discovered and appreciated but real wisdom is not in such places. The wisdom of humans is a mere reflection of the wisdom of our Creator God that cannot be mined or found in caves, but is achieved over a period of time through building a relationship with God and by reflecting on how that relationship impacts on our daily life.

The acquisition of wisdom is often associated with the experience of life and growing older and I am sure there is some truth in that. However, I would suggest that is not always the case. Some ‘older’ folk show no sign of wisdom in the declarations they make whereas children and young people can often speak words that are both enlightening and profound, but I leave the last words on wisdom to Job:

 

God understands the way to it

and he alone knows where it dwells,

for he views the ends of the earth

and sees everything under the heavens. (Job 28:23,24)

 

Your friend and vicar

 

Rachel