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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 Ministry 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 on films were a novel way of revealing the Gospel in everyday situations and Lights of Love, in November, gave all an opportunity to remember departed loved ones.

Simon was 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 ‘Re-pitching our Tent’ (RPOT) 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’ which we hope the next Priest is willing to bring 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

                                              

Simon's letter of thanks:

Dear All,

We would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone in The Parish of Three Saints, who made our ‘farewell' so memorable.  It was an amazing send off and we are very appreciative of the gifts you gave us and of the love and prayers you have given us and our family.  

Thank you to all those who came to the licensing worship on Tuesday.  It was wonderful to have your support and presence.  We will continue to pray for TPOTs particularly through the vacancy.  

Yours in Christ

Simon and Claire.