Warm welcome for Rasen’s new vicar

The Rev Stephen and Liz Johnson EMN-140929-171805001
The Rev Stephen and Liz Johnson EMN-140929-171805001

Engaging with the whole town - that is the mission statement of Market Rasen’s new Priest in Charge, the Rev Stephen Johnson.

The Bishop of Lincoln, officiated at the licensing and installation service in St 
Thomas’s Church last month and since then the Rev Johnson has been out and about meeting his flock.

“People have been very welcoming,” he said,” and as I have walked round the town lots of people have spoken.”

The Rev Johnson has spent the past 18 months in Louth as Community Chaplain and hopes to continue his work with the whole community here at Rasen.

“Back in the annuls of time people were expected to go to church every Sunday, now it is a very different place,” he said.

“We need to engage with the whole town and look for opportunities to build links.

“We need to be an outward looking church; it is about ministering to the people, helping them grow in faith and empowering people to use their gifts and talents.”

A former secondary school headteacher, the Rev Johnson has a keen interest in schools and young families.

“We need to think about how schools can link with the church more; there is an enormous potential - an international link would enrich the curriculum and bring an added dimension to the church.”

The Rev Johnson has also spent time at the town’s care homes, where he will be holding regular services.

The churches at Linwood, Lissington and Legsby are also in his care.