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A NEW PRIEST FOR THE BENEFICE
(the parishes of Lyndhurst and Emery Down and Minstead)

Rev Potterton and Bishop Of Southampton at Christ Church, Emery Down_DSC_2641_© Harvey Mills 2018Our new Priest-in-Charge, The Reverend David Potterton was licensed to the benefice on August 21st in a joyful service taken by The Right Reverend Jonathan Frost, Bishop of Southampton.  St Michael and All Angels’ church in Lyndhurst was packed and its bells rang out.

Ahead of the licensing service, Revd. David took part in short services at the two other parish churches in the benefice: All Saints’ Church, Minstead and Christ Church, Emery Down.  The Bishop of Southampton led these services, which included a joyous African chant, and presented Revd. Potterton with the keys to each church.

Afterwards, delicious refreshments in Lyndhurst Community Centre offered people a chance to meet Revd. David and celebrate less formally.

Ordained in 2015, Revd. David has joined the benefice from Romsey Abbey, where he served as its hugely popular Assistant Curate, taking pastoral care of the congregation at a time when the Abbey was without a vicar.

David and his wife Ann have three adult children, all married with seven grandchildren between them.  For the past two years, they have been held hostage in their own home by a very ‘un grown-up’ Tibetan Terrier called ‘Clarrie’!

Revd. David says:

“As Ann and I settle into the vicarage in Lyndhurst, we do so with joyful anticipation as to how God will use us; it’s clear that across this benefice there is a shared confidence of God’s leading and a sense of excitement as we begin ministry here.  Believing in the presence of the Holy Spirit and the purpose of God’s word, I understand my calling to the benefice as simply to take every opportunity to make Christ known with gentleness and humility.”

Reverend David Potterton’s contact details are:
david.potterton@newforestparishes.com or 07468 527820

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