66, Aske Road
Tel: 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.
LETTER FOR DECEMBER
I hope you are looking forward to Christmas. Not the Christmas of TV adverts that must involve tables laden with every imaginable type of food, copious amounts of alcohol, an open fire and a ten-foot Christmas tree, but the Christmas that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Most of us like to celebrate the birthday of those we love and so it is only right that Christians should celebrate the birth of their beloved Saviour, Jesus. That celebration may involve food and social occasions, but the primary focus is on Jesus, and the simplicity of his birth as depicted on Christmas cards.
No doubt people will receive Christmas cards with messages of love from family and friends and many of these cards will show the infant Jesus in different ways. Perhaps the image will show Jesus, lying in a manger of straw being looked at adoringly by his mother Mary; or maybe the picture on the card will have Jesus wrapped snuggly in a blanket nestling into his mother, looked over protectively by Joseph. None will show him in a rich palace with gold and silver adornments because even those who produce greetings cards know that the child was born in a stable into a simple way of life with parents far from home who went on to be refugees to protect their young son from a certain death. The age-old story retold in part on traditional Christmas cards. The ’in part’ is really important because no image can tell the whole story of the birth of Jesus and the associated stories of others involved in God’s plan to save the world. No one image can show the annunciation, the time when the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to give the good news of the expected birth of Jesus, or any of the other astounding events that surrounded the birth of Christ. It’s only when we dedicate time to consider looking at lots of images and reading the Gospel accounts of the birth, life and death of Jesus that we can truly begin to see the whole picture of God’s plan for His people. Christmas is our way into this exploration as we travel through Advent from the darkness of the past to the wonderful light of the present and future.
I hope you are looking forward to Christmas – I know I am!
With blessings for Advent and Christmas
Your friend and Vicar