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Simon's church

Parish of the Holy Spirit
Southsea *Province/Other , PO4 0DH
01924 492199

About Simon
  • Education: RGN - Registered General Nurse, Middlesex Hospital, London, 1990. ENB 254 (Cardiac Nursing), Royal Brompton National Heart and Lung Hospitals, 1992. BSc Health and Social Policy, University of North London, 1995. BA(Hons) Theology and Pastoral Studies, Leeds University, 2001. Theological Training: College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, 2001. Deacon 2001, Priest 2002.
  • Experience: Fr. Simon comes to parish ministry after a wide and varied career in Nursing and Healthcare Information Techology. He became (unwittingly) one of the UK’s foremost Nursing Informatics gurus, and worked on a number of EU and Dept of Health Informatics Projects. After a life of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll he was re-found by Christ in his mid-twenties and became involved in Christian Youth Work, which remains a key interest to this day.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: "Take what you wish, modify what you want, and praise God for his goodness. Our Gospel is so important, we should be prepared to use anything to effectively communicate it."
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: "There have been plenty of influential sermons on my life, but the most significant to me was given by our College Principal at Mirfield before we left College to be made Deacon. After blessing our stoles he spoke about John 21:18, about how we would now have a belt (stole) placed upon us and we would be led to where we did not want to go. Powerful stuff, and emphasised for me the extent to which God calls such unlikely people (such as me) to the Priestly Ministry"
  • One of my favorite illustrations: See Fr. Simon’s sermon "washed clean" which uses some basic science to illustrate sin, grace and redemption.
  • Family: Fr. Simon is married to Lorraine, and they have 3 children: Liam (Aged 9), Emma (Aged 7) and Zoë (Aged 1) and a German Shepherd Dog called Ruby.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: "I will ask my Father when we meet up once again in heaven, but then again we might be so distracted by the splendour of God’s glory that such thoughts would indeed be completely unecessary"
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: It might be unprintable on a Christian website!
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: "Keep it short: you have a lifetime of preaching ahead of you, so don’t feel you have to say it all in one sermon."
  • Books that have had an impact: The Book of Common Prayer; Seeking God by Esther de Waal; Revelations of Divine Love by Mother Julian of Norwich; Faith in Momentum by Fr George Guiver; Christian Priest Today by Bp Michael Ramsay; Confessions by Saint Augustine; The Spirit of the Liturgy by Romano Guardini; ... and most importantly, Ritual Notes
  • Hobbies: Information Technology, Snooker, Canoeing, Youth Work.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: "Jesus loves you."
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: "I was preaching as a student at a Church in Leeds, my key text was from the end of the Acts reading and the key answer was found at the beginning of the second reading, from 1 John. The first reader accidentally turned over two pages and jumped straight from the middle of Acts to the middle of 1 John, completely missing out my two texts!"
  • What I want on my tombstone: Adoramus te, O Christe, et benedicimus tibi
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