Ash Wednesday and Lent
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and has always been an important day in the life of the church. It is also an important day as a part of personal commitment to faith. The day when individuals often begin an extended time of study, devotion and fasting in preparation for the great festival of Easter. On Ash Wednesday there are two opportunities to begin this time by worshipping at either 9.30am or 6.30pm. There will be the imposition of ashes, making the sign of the cross on the forehead, for those who wish to receive this outward sign of the beginning of their journey.
As is the tradition, there will be a Lent study course which will be on Thursday evenings at 7.00pm and repeated on Tuesday afternoons at 1.30pm. Why not bring a friend along with you? Rachel
I hope that everyone is aware that St Peter’s Church is a part of the Guisborough Deanery which in turn is a part of York Diocese with the Archbishop of York at the head. The Deanery is made up of all the local Anglican churches and the Diocese is made up of all those different deaneries. The diocese is also subdivided into three parts, which are each overseen by an assistant bishop and by an archdeacon. Our area is known as the Cleveland Archdeaconry and is led by The Bishop of Whitby, The Right Reverend Paul Ferguson..
The diocese covers an enormous area which stretches from the River Tees to the River Humber and so as you might imagine communication about diocesan events can be challenging. I am sure many will remember various publications over the years, such as newssheets and newspapers, which have tried to keep people in touch with what is going on. Due to cost, efficiency and modern practice most communications are now done through the use of the internet. The good news is that anyone can sign up to receive diocesan news to their own email, which means things are current rather than as before when items could be out of date by the time notices were distributed locally. To sign up to receive ‘The Journal’ on line simply go to www.dioceseofyork.org.uk/journal. Rachel
Opportunities to Support St Peter’s
Like most churches, St Peter’s operates because of the wonderful dedication and hard work of volunteers. Every person is appreciated whether their contribution is large or small because it as one body that we exist. At the moment we are actively looking to recruit two key volunteers for the church.
We will very soon be needing a Treasurer, and so are seeking someone to come alongside the existinTreasurer to learn the job in preparation for taking over the role.
Secondly, we are looking for someone with the appropriate knowledge to work alongside the person who runs our website. The website is an important part of our communications.
As a church, we are committed to enforcing the Safer Recruitment guidelines, but if you are interested in either of these roles, please speak in the first instance to either Rachel, the Vicar, or to either of the churchwardens, Anne Hagen or Michael Williams. Rachel
LUNCHEON CLUB SUCCESS
St Peter’s Luncheon Club was recently inspected by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council’s Food Hygiene Team and was once again awarded a ‘5’ rating.—the highest possible. The inspector was impressed with both the high standard within the kitchen and the knowledge of those on duty.
Thank you to ALL members of the Catering Team who give their time voluntarily week by week. All your hard work is much appreciated by those who use the Luncheon Club.
Anyone who would like to join the happy band of volunteers will be most welcome.
Please contact Bruce if interested.
Bruce Harrison, Coordinator