The Reverend Stephen Huggins is retiring after six and a half years as the vicar of St Michael and All Angels Church in Bexhill.
Reverend Huggins will take his last service, at the church in Glassenbury Drive, on Sunday September 27 at 10.30am.
During his time at St Michael’s he has seen the number attending the church gradually increase especially the ‘All Age God’s Half Hour’ service, which is an informal service designed for youngsters and their families.
St Michael’s Church Warden Ian Fishwick said: “Under Stephen’s stewardship there have been many well attended social functions as well as the regular Sunday worship.
“He has strengthened the church’s link with our two local schools Glyne Gap and Pebsham Community Primary by holding school assemblies and casual visits of special occasions.
“He was also named Honorary Branch Chaplain of the RAFA Bexhill and Battle Branch and has led the annual Battle of Britain Services at the Sea Front War Memorial in Bexhill, as well as officiating at services in St Michael’s.
Father Stephen is a great supporter of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club and he has faithfully gone to home matches for over 50 years and never misses a game if he can help it.
“At the inauguration of the new Amex Stadium, at Falmer, he was asked, along with the Archdeacon of Brighton and Hove, to lead the prayers blessing the Stadium and pitch.
“There will be an occasion for the congregation to say their final farewells to Father Stephen, his wife Toni and daughter Ruth at a farewell party to take place after the 10.30 am Service on Sunday morning (September 27) when a presentation will be made to him and his family.”
Ian added: “He will be sadly missed by his friends and the congregation at St Michael’s but we all wish him a very long and happy retirement.”
St Michael’s is famous for its annual Christmas Tree Festival. Last year saw 32 Trees on display and over 700 visitors. Plans are already well in hand for the December 2015 Festival with the theme being Memorable Characters, Fact or Fictional.
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