New pastor commissioned at All Saints Almancil in the Algarve

Nov 9, 2018 by

from CEN:

All Saints Church in the Algarve, with congregations in Almancil and Lagoa, welcomed the new pastor for the Almancil congregation, Rev Mike Clarkson and his wife Linda, at a joint service of celebration on the Sunday following All Saints Day, November 4th.

He was commissioned for ministry as pastor/teacher in All Saints Algarve, a congregation of the Province of Rwanda, by Bishop John Ellison, a missionary bishop of the Province of Rwanda, honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Winchester and advisory bishop to Rt Rev Andy Lines, Gafcon missionary bishop for Europe.

Rev Clarkson trained at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and after ministry in the UK and South Africa retired as rector of the Church of our Saviour, John’s Island in the Diocese of South Carolina.  Twenty generations of his family have been Episcopalians and direct ancestors helped to start the Church of England in the American colonies in the seventeenth century.  Linda Clarkson is a senior triathlete.

All Saints Almancil was formed in 2005 out of an Anglican chaplaincy when that was taken over by Freemasons.  After the Rev Eric Britt left, sixteen visiting priests from the Church of England and the Church of the Province of South Africa, some with a penchant for golf, have provided continuation of ministry.

The Almancil congregation, which includes Portuguese members, meets in a community centre which provides day care for those with dementia. The Lagoa congregation meets in a convent.

Many retired people from England have holiday homes in the Algarve and visit during the English winter months. Others who settled initially for work reasons are now permanent residents.

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