66, Aske Road
Tel No. (01642) 490700
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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 DECEMBER
I wonder what sort of paintings you like. Perhaps you favour traditional works such as by John Constable or, maybe like me, you are a fan of the Post Impressionists such as Van Gogh and Paul Gaugin. Or you might enjoy the works of up to the minute contemporary artists like Chris and Steve Rocks, twin brothers who paint together on the same canvas to create wonderfully evocative images. Whatever you like in the way of art, there is bound to be something to suit your taste. What can be challenging is looking at different styles which we wouldn’t normally be attracted to.
In her new book ‘The Art of Advent’, Jane Williams addresses this be providing a different painting for each day of Advent, to which she has added a thought provoking reflection. It’s always good to set some time aside during Advent, to reflect on the approaching season of Christmas and this book* provides one way of doing so. The Archbishop of York has gifted a copy of this book to each of his clergy and licensed Readers as an aid to our Advent devotions, and although I can’t offer a copy to everyone it might be a book for you to look out for.
Books are so much a part of life for many people and at Christmas time there is a myriad of titles to choose from, many of which are the autobiographies of celebrities and sportsmen and sportswomen. The need to trawl over the innermost secrets of the life of a famous person has woven its way into the contemporary Christmas, if we believe what we read in papers or see on TV advertisements. However, I think there is only one life that we should spend time delving into more deeply, and that quite simply is the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus, the Babe of Bethlehem, the one whom we celebrate at Christmas.
He came into the world as part of a humble earthly family, with a job to do as God’s own Son, God made man. Studying the life of Jesus and the influence he had on the world through the work of his followers will never fail to inspire and inform us and if we allow it, to transform us. And through the transformation of individuals comes the transformation of community.
Works of art, whether they are paintings or sculptures, poems or books can encourage us as we journey through life. So look carefully at the art works you will encounter in the coming weeks and see how they get you thinking about what the artist is trying to capture and whether that speaks to you of faith. Many of those artworks will be in the form of Christmas cards, chosen with care by our friends and relatives but which in some way depict something of the Christmas message of love and goodwill.
May you and your family bask in the love of Jesus this Christmas.
Your friend and vicar
*’The Art of Advent’ by Jane Williams. Published by SPCK ISBN 978-0-281-07169-2
Christmas Services and Events
You will see from the diary for December that there is a lot going on at St Peter’s during Advent and into the Christmas Season. Please accept this as your personal invitation to come along to join in the festivities. There are opportunities for quiet and more meditative activity along with fun and fellowship and celebration. Hopefully there is something for everyone as we await the coming and then celebrate the arrival of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, God’s own Son, the Babe of Bethlehem. Rachel