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 APRIL

Dear Friends,

 

‘What a difference a day makes, twenty four little hours’, so says the once popular song, and I was thinking about how true that sentiment is. So often we can get dragged down by worries or concerns which soon become things of the past and as we reflect we wonder what all the fuss had been about. Sometimes the fuss has been necessary and valid but on occasions, as we look back, we can see the futility of our concerns.

  I wonder how it felt for the friends of Jesus as they looked back and reflected on the last days of their Lord’s earthly life. Did those ‘twenty four little hours’ give them time to digest what had happened and give them time to think about their future? From the distance of two millennia and as we followed the journey Jesus took from his arrest in Gethsemane to rising from the dead on Easter Day, we have neatly parcelled up what happened to him and on which day. The reality was probably vastly different but as we arrive at Easter Day, all of that is forgotten because of the wonderful, miraculous event of his resurrection. One day the apostles were hiding away for fear of retribution against them and the next, well the next brought the mind boggling news that Jesus had defeated human death and had been seen amongst believers. Wow! ‘What’ a difference a day makes.

  The witnesses who wrote about the resurrection day differ in some of their memories but underlying it all is the truth that Jesus Christ, God’s own Son, who died on the cross of shame, had been resurrected. Against all the laws of nature, he who was once dead now lives as testimony of God’s great love.  Alleluia, He is risen! He is risen indeed, alleluia!

Now none of us were there as witnesses so we rely on the works of art of others to inspire us in our thinking. One of my favourite pictures of that time is painted by Eugene Burnand and depicts Peter and John running, running to the tomb of Jesus to see for themselves if it was true, if it was true that Jesus’ body was no longer there. Peter set off first and stopped at the door of the tomb, but the younger John soon caught up and shot head first into the tomb where he was confronted by an angel who told John ‘he is not here’. The faces of the disciples in the picture are full of anguish and worry and yet they were about to witness their Lord, risen and surely that would be joyful and their expressions change. Joy is such an important ingredient of our faith and if we want to share the Good News with others our joy should be evident to allow others to ‘catch’ the bug and in turn become followers of Christ.

Easter is such a wonderful time of year for those who are followers of the Christian way. It is the time when we are reminded of the victory of the cross and all that it stands for. It is the time when we are reminded afresh of how much our Heavenly Father loves us. It is the time when we can truly bask in the companionship of Jesus Christ.

 

Alleluia, He is risen! He is risen indeed, alleluia!

 

 With Easter Blessings, Your friend and vicar, Rachel