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The Parish of Three Saints

Our Parish Priest

A Tribute to Simon Lewis our Priest from 2009  2018    

We offer our grateful thanks for Simon’s unstinting effort in bringing the Parish of Three Saints (TPOTS) to life in his time with us. When he came we were three separate Parishes. With his skill he brought the benefit of a single Parish into being, saving much duplicated work.

With his initiative and drive he transformed our worship. He introduced teaching programmes including Emmaus, Advent and Lent study courses; Holy Communion taken by Lay people to residents at Holywell. Outreach groups such as Bereavement, Carers and Comfort groups led by lay people have been welcomed. Discussions of Films were a novel way of revealing the Gospel in everyday situations. Lights of Love in November gave opportunity to remember and mourn departed loved ones.

Simon was a regularly welcomed by teachers and children at our three Primary Schools; each term the schools worshipped in our churches. His ready wit was welcomed at Harvest Home!

Simon was very concerned for our churches to become centres of community life for everyone, not only churchgoers on Sundays (our church buildings are underused). To this end he developed the programme ‘Repitching our Tents’ (RPOTS) which entailed a huge amount of work for many people in our villages, not to mention Simon himself. This programme is ‘a work in progress’ we hope the next Vicar is willing to bring it to a successful conclusion.

We wish Simon, Clare, Jessica, Imogen and Ben, joy in their new home and Parishes and pray for God’s blessing for their health and well-being.

                      A picture of Simon with the icon painting that he was given as a leaving present