From the Bristol Diocese website:
Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, is delighted to announce
that Revd Simon Dunn has been appointed as the next Priest-in-Charge of
St Peter's Chippenham, with Lacock and Bowden Hill. Bishop Viv says: “I
am delighted that Si has been called to serve St Peter's Chippenham, St
Cyriac's Lacock and St Anne's Bowden Hill. Si is an experienced priest
who is well respected in the Diocese having ministered in towns and
villages across it. His familiarity with Chippenham will be a great
strength as we develop a Mission Area here. Si's move means change for the Greenways Benefice, during which they will be supported by the Area Dean and Archdeacon. ”
Si has served in the Diocese of Bristol since his ordination in 2008,
most recently as Rector for the Greenways Benefice and Assistant Area
Dean in the Chippenham Deanery. Si holds an MA in Missional Leadership
and has experience in high street management, which enable him to lead
communities in encouraging, supportive, and inclusive ways.
Si says: “As
I follow God’s leading, I am excited to be taking on the role of Priest
in Charge at St Peter’s Chippenham with Lacock and Bowden Hill. A fresh
grouping of church communities offers fresh opportunities to connect
with each other, as well as to reach out into the wider community and
declare the name of Jesus and the good news of the Gospel and making
connections. The planned Mission Area is an exciting time for the wider
Church in Chippenham too. I look forward to offering my service
alongside others, in the nurturing and releasing of disciples, and in
the growing of wider and deeper community connections in the parishes
God now places me in.”
Priest-in-Charge, Si will engage with local schools and play an active
role in Chippenham Mission Area serving alongside the local community
that he has been part of over the last 12+ years.
Si says "I am following God's call to minister elsewhere. Ann and I have enjoyed 12+ years here and pray for your following the Holy Spirit guiding today, and tomorrow. We will continue to be around and available for you until early in 2024. We will not be able to answer all questions you may have, but please do feel free to ask them.
Our last Sunday in the Greenways Benefice will be Sunday 11 February 2024 (although we are away for the 2 weeks prior to this on a prebooked holiday from Sat 27th Jan to Sat 10th Feb inclusive.) I will plan for this service on the 11th to be a Benefice service including HC, held at SPC for 10am in the grid, with me preaching and someone else leading unless I am advised otherwise.
My licensing in new parish will be 7.30pm Thursday 22 February at St Peter’s Lordsmead with the Bishop of Swindon present. Open invite.
Si & Ann"