Br George 40yrs

Priest’s 40 years of ministry

The congregation marked a milestone with celebration of the Rev’d George Linnegar’s 40 years of continuous ministry at the church.
Br George received gifts from the congregation, presented by Canon Richard Moatt, formerly Rector of Lewes.

Both the present interregnum and the Covid-19 restrictions meant that the planed party and presentation by Archdeacon Martin, scheduled for Palm Sunday, sadly had to be postponed.

Read Fr Herbert’s address on Brother George’s remarkable ministry. Click HERE.

The gifts –
Icon of St Thomas a Becket from Canterbury, in recognition of our church and its founding roots.
Also two books : ‘The lily of the field and the bird of the air’ and ‘Three Godly Discourses and Papers, journals’. Both are by the author Kierkegaard, the Danish theologian, whom Brother George much admires.

Among the many tributes paid one from the Chairman of the national Prayer Book Society, an organisation Br. George has supported since its inception. Bradley Smith said:

Forty years of priestly ministry in one parish is a remarkable achievement, and I have great pleasure in sending my warmest congratulations to Brother George and the congregation of St Thomas’, Lewes on this very special occasion. Throughout Brother George’s forty years at St Thomas’, the Book of Common Prayer has been the foundation of parish life; and I thank you all, priests and people alike, for your steadfast commitment to our wonderful Anglican tradition of worship, teaching and pastoral care in the years ahead.   
Bradley Smith
Chairman, The Prayer Book Society
Fr. Phillipp Hamilton-Mann, former Rector of Lewes, said of the occasion:
Thank you George for your many years of devoted ministry at St Thomas’s.
       You have been a exemplary Pastor and a source of blessing to so many.
       It has been a joy to have share ministry with you over so many years.
       Every blessing. Fr Phillipp.