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 JANUARY

Dear Friends,

Well there we are; goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018. Each year brings its own joys and sorrows, delights and disappointments, achievements and failures. For some saying goodbye to a year gives them fresh hope for changing something in their life whilst others would simply say that each New Year brings the same old, same old. Nothing new, nothing different, nothing to look forward to with hope. What a sad state of affairs that is.

Now I personally do not think that the change of a calendar date can do much in the way of improving one’s life. However, I do accept that for many the concept of a new year brings fresh opportunities to make a pledge to changing things they are not happy with, whether that be the colour of curtains, their weight on the scales or something much bigger, like changing career direction. If a new year empowers an individual to make positive changes to their life then it must be for the good.

The Gospel message that we embrace as Christians is all about change. The change that can occur when someone decides to follow the teaching of Jesus. Sometimes that change will be sudden and dramatic but often it is a slow and gradual process where lives are gradually molded and shaped to be more like Jesus.

In the Bible we find different examples of lives changed by faith; one of the most dramatic is the account of Paul’s conversion in what is often described as a ‘Damascus Road experience’. Saul, as Paul was first known, was a Pharisee, a Zealot, who believed Jesus of Nazareth to have been subversive and detrimental to the masses and so Saul’s life was dedicated to routing out and destroying Jesus’ followers. He was famously present and holding the coats of the persecutors at the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr.

It was later on a journey to Damascus that Saul was confronted by the spirit of the living Lord Jesus. ‘Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me?’ left Saul reeling and for a time he was blinded. Overnight Saul stopped his persecution of the Christian followers and became a believer himself. Saul then became known as Paul, showing that he was a changed man. (read the whole account in Acts chapter 9) and all because of an encounter with Jesus.

Now for some of us an encounter with Jesus will be a wholly new experience whilst for others it will be a familiar part of life, but whoever we are and whatever our experience of the Christian faith there is always more we can do to reflect the love of God to the world, and what better time to do that than at the beginning of the year. At the beginning of the year when many are searching for something to help them to focus on enhancing their life. Faith in Jesus Christ not only enhances lives but can transform them as a part of the quest for a fresh relationship with God through Jesus.

I hope that 2018 will bring all you hope for and feel like a good year.

Happy New Year Everyone Your friend and vicar Rachel