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Newark Parish Church new vicar to bring energy and fresh vision to new role




Newark Parish Church’s new vicar aims to bring energy and fresh vision to the role.

The Rev Chris Lion will be joining St Mary Magdalene and St Leonard’s in October.

Chris will be joining the parish from Latimer Church in South Buckinghamshire.

The new vicar at Newark Parish Church Chris Lion.
The new vicar at Newark Parish Church Chris Lion.

He said: “I hope to bring energy and fresh vision; to embody the love of Jesus in action, and more of the power of the Holy Spirit, touching the lives of everyone in the town and beyond.

“I’d like to see the church grow and get fresh energy. I’d love to see young families and young adults becoming more of a part of the church."

The father-of-four was ordained in 2015 and said his favourite part about the role was being involved in milestone life events.

Newark Parish Church by Ashley Irons.
Newark Parish Church by Ashley Irons.

“I love the opportunity to share Jesus and to share the love of God with people. I think that’s the biggest thing,” he said.

“A key part of that for me is being involved with people’s lives at key moments.”

The Ven Tors Ramsey, Archdeacon of Newark, said: “I am delighted that Chris Lion will be joining the team at St Mary Magdalene with St Leonard’s.

“Chris is moving from his post at Latimer Church in the Oxford Diocese, and brings invaluable experience in church leadership together with passion and energy for engaging with local communities.

“He previously worked as a teacher and loves working with young people, children and families.

“I am looking forward to supporting the new things that Chris will bring and hope that the people of Newark will find ways to connect with the church and its mission in the town.”

The post had been vacant since the departure of Rev David Pickersgill.



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