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 JUNE

Dear Friends,

Do you send emails or other communications to people? If you do then you will understand the importance of writing carefully and then reviewing the text to be sure it all makes sense to the reader and that there are no spelling errors. To fail to check the work can lead to mistakes that can be embarrassing at the very least. I have found that there have been occasions when I have written in haste,  ‘Dead Bishop’ instead of ‘Dear Bishop’ and in my April letter in our magazine there was a glaringly obvious mistake in the text which I did not pick up on when I checked it. (No one else has mentioned it to me either so you are either unaware or very kind).

The failure to look deeper at things is not restricted simply to the written word, but is something that affects every area of life and can be quite significant when we make observations about other people. It is easy to define a person by a single aspect of their physical appearance or manner without looking deeper into who they are. To define someone by the colour of their skin, or their gender, their choice of clothes, a physical attribute or disability is to fail to see the whole person; the whole person who is a child of God, made up of many facets. Most people have many layers to them and it’s only as we get to know people on a deeper level that we can truly appreciate just who they are. The same could be said about our faith. If we only ever note the obvious aspects of faith and look no deeper then we miss out on that gradual ‘unpeeling’ that brings revelation and fresh insights into the Christian life and faith.

We have just come through the Easter season and Pentecost and are now into the long ‘green’ season, the Sundays after Trinity. It might feel as though the busyness of festivals has eased a bit, but now is a time when we might consolidate the new learning that has been amassed from our recent experiences; we might dig a bit deeper into the scriptures and so learn more about the bible and how that in turn will lead us into a deeper relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. Christian experience that doesn’t grow only becomes stagnant. The Gospels give us the wonderful accounts of the life of Jesus but exploration into the letters of the New Testament give some really good and practical examples of how to apply faith to every day life. Some of the lessons are not easy to hear but then the bible can make us feel uncomfortable when we feel our way of life is being challenged.

The writers of the bible had no such thing as a computer or similar on which to write their texts but maybe as their writing was done more slowly they would have been less prone to mistakes. Their slower way of life would also have meant that they naturally looked into things more deeply rather than skipping from one thing to another, only seeing superficially. We would do well to allow ourselves time for deeper exploration of the bible and the teaching of Jesus and the apostles as a way to continue to grow.

Jesus said ‘I am the vine and you are the branches’. That statement reminds us of the natural way of growth in a plant. The branches take their strength from the main stem and grow accordingly. We take strength from our Lord Jesus Christ and the words of enlightenment and clarification found in the pages of the bible.

 

Your friend and vicar

Rachel