New pioneer minister is focusing on estates
PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 September 2013
WESTON has welcomed a new Anglican minister, who hopes to start pioneering work on the town's estates and new communities to help them grow.
Tom Yacomeni, aged 42, has lived in Weston for four years. He was a curate and leader of the young adult church at St Paul’s Church in Walliscote Road for five years while doing his training.
After being ordained earlier this year he took up a post at Locking Castle Church, and became lead minister last week at a service attended by 200 people.
Now operating under the title of a pioneer minister, he said: “I’m aiming to grow the church to work on the new estate. I am licensed as a pioneer minister to help with communities as they grow.
“The key is to work with churches, other denominations and local organisations, to make sure the communities that grow are vibrant and healthy, spiritually and physically.
“If there are no churches in new estates, you cannot grow the heart of the community.
“We want to make sure the heart grows in the right way.”
The Archdeacon of Bath, the Venerable Andy Piggot, led the ceremony, which was attended by a number of town dignitaries.
Rev Yacomeni said: “Having finished the training I always thought I would be going to a different part of the country, but I just felt it was right to hold on to see what was happening in Weston.
“I didn’t realise how much Weston is set to grow over the next decade, with 10,000 people moving in. There are so many people who will need spiritual guidance.
“The initial plan is that we want to grow Locking Castle Church, serving in the community in different ways, working with local schools, youth groups and Weston charities such as the Lighthouse, of which I am a director.
“We also need to work with developers. Sometimes they just want to build houses, but we feel it is our duty to make sure the community is provided for in terms of good facilities and that we don’t just turn into sleeper estates.
“I welcome people to come along on Sunday mornings to see what is happening.”
On September 29 there will be a Back to Church service at Locking Castle Church for people who might not have been in a while or never been at all. To find out more call Rev Yacomeni on 07786 806640.