66, Aske Road
Tel No. (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.
VICAR'S LETTER FOR FEBRUARY
I was talking to someone recently who was doing ‘dry January’. She explained to me that following the excesses of Christmas drinking she felt her body needed a bit of time off from processing the amount of alcohol she had consumed during December.
I think that is a commendable challenge and whilst I don’t want to be seen as judging those who celebrate Christmas with lots of alcohol, I thought what a shame it is that some folk need to get over the commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
I would love to think that the festival gave people a new connection to the incarnate Son of God not the need for a detox.
As we move into February the season of Christmas comes to an end with the festival of Candlemas; the commemoration of when Jesus was taken to the temple by his parents and was recognised as the Messiah by the aged Simeon and the prophetess Anna, thus fulfilling the prophesy of Leviticus. This festival is about fulfilment and affirmation and although we leave the festivity of Christmas behind, the message of the Light coming into the world continues into the future as a never ending promise of the presence of Jesus Christ. There is a tradition that encourages Christians to bring candles to church on Candlemas where they will be blessed for the forthcoming year. So Christians are not detoxing from Christmas but looking for ways to hold onto the effects of the Bethlehem babe, to allow them to grow closer to him.
We keep the festival of Candlemas but will very shortly be turning our attentions to the effects of the grown up Jesus and Lent because the journey of the Christian calendar never stops. Each year we revisit the stages of the life of Christ and each year we have the opportunity to grow into his life in a way that informs and revitalises our faith.
Your friend and Vicar
Collect for Candlemas
Almighty and ever living God
clothed in majesty;
whose beloved Son was this day presented in the Temple,
in substance of our flesh:
grant that we may be presented to you
with pure and clean hearts,
by your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen