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 APRIL
I recently received an article, from an unknown sender, which wanted to inform me that ‘God hates Easter’.
It began by citing the fact that Easter was originally a pagan festival, which is not a secret, and then proceeded to bombard the reader with judgmental statements to support its argument.
Why, I wonder, would God hate Easter? Why, I wonder, would anyone hate Easter? At the end of Lent, following the solemn observance of Holy Week and Good Friday, Easter Day erupts with joy and gladness and celebration as we remember the way in which Jesus burst from the tomb in victory over death. Easter Day is pure celebration so why would anyone hate it?
Of course, there are those who do not value religion or the Christian faith and so Easter holds little relevance for them, but to hate the festival would seem excessive.
So, for Christians, Easter is the most important of holy days; but the message of hope that it reveals is not simply for those who have chosen to follow Christ. When Jesus rose from the dead on that first Easter Day it was to declare to the whole of creation that God had rebuilt his relationship with humankind by the death and resurrection of his dear Son, Jesus.
This message of hope and redemptive love is for everyone whether they accept it or not. The gift is freely given and waits for individuals to claim it for themselves. For Christians, this gift has been claimed, for others it still waits. God’s love for his world is not limited to the few but is for all and what a wonderful gift it is, a gift to share.
For some, the gift they share at Easter involves chocolate, whether that be in the form of an egg or a lamb, or, for some strange reason, a dinosaur; and there is nothing wrong with chocolate. However, the very best gift to share would be to help someone else learn about God’s love for them, to share the story of the Nazarene who died on a cross to save humanity and of how he rose from the dead on Easter Day. The gift that would allow them to choose to follow Christ and to recognise his complete, all encompassing love for them. Yes, that would be the best Easter gift.
‘God hates Easter’? I don’t believe it. I believe he loves to hear our songs of praise and thanksgiving on Easter Day.
Jesus Christ is ris’n today, alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss, alleluia!
A happy and blessed Easter to you all
Your friend and vicar