The Vicar

 

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Rachel Harrison

66, Aske Road

Redcar

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.

                                                                           Rachel

 

LETTER FOR FEBRUARY

Vicar’s Letter

Do you remember the rhyme

                                ‘30 days has September

                                April, June and November.

                                All the rest have thirty one,

                                Except for February dear

                                That has but twenty eight days clear

                                And twenty nine in each leap year’?

And do you recall that as children there was great excitement when it was a ‘leap year’, the year whose date is divisible by four, the year when there is an additional day in February? Why it should have caused such great excitement I’m not sure; I can only put it down to the fact that it was something different from the routine of the usual calendar days. I wonder if modern day children are so easily excited.

There are various customs that have grown up around the extra day of a leap year, February 29th, which mostly seem to involve marriage proposals. That a woman can go against convention and propose to a man seems to be the main custom with the man needing to pay various penalties should he refuse. For those children born on 29th February, ‘leaplings’ as they are called, can chose whether to celebrate their birthday at the end of February or the beginning of March with a special celebration when the 29th actually comes around when there is an extra twenty four hours to enjoy.

From the Christian point of view, as 2020 is a leap year, it means we get an extra day of Lent, so I wonder what you will do with your extra 24hours? Perhaps you will hold a twenty four hour fast to pray for something that is particularly on your mind, or maybe commit a whole day to extra spring cleaning, or maybe the additional day will just be swallowed up in the normal routine of the week. I guess that really for most of us we wouldn’t expect to do everything different, unless we were a leapling. However, the question of could we concentrate our mind on something different is out there. Should we consider how to wisely spend the gift of an extra calendar day in 2020?

I was given a gift token for Christmas – 2018 – and because I don’t want to waste it or spend it unwisely it is still on my shelf. I know the intention of the giver was that I should spend it and enjoy it, which I will, but I don’t want to use it on any old thing but wait for the treat, the something special. If I am not careful it will go out of date and then it will be lost, wasted. Maybe it’s the same with the gift of 29th February, it could be lost and wasted if a definite decision is not made to use it in some way.

In life we are given many gifts, from the smallest bunch of daisies picked by a toddler, to the most expensive jewellery or car imaginable. But we are also given the Gifts of the Spirit that we read about in 1 Corinthians 12:1-11. The gifts that help to build up and sustain the Church of God; gifts given for enjoying and sharing; gifts given by our gracious God as He decides.

All gifts can lead to excitement, whether that be a material gift or an extra calendar day, but the gift of the Holy Spirit should be the most exciting.

Your friend and vicar

Rachel