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All Christians are disciples called to serve wherever they are. Our relationship with God and other Christians helps us to discern God’s call to us where we are now and where we feel God might be nudging us.

Vocation Sunday

Every year Vocations Sunday is the third Sunday after Easter (Easter 4); this year it is 12 May.  Why not do something during your services or during the week to encourage people to think about God’s calling on their lives?  If that week doesn’t work for you why not choose another?

For ideas  click here

The Church of England this year has produced a pack of resources which will help you.

Discern with our help

The Diocesan Vocations Officer, the , works with a group of Vocations Advisors, including two who expressly work with 18 – 30 year olds. Together they help people discern whether God is calling them to use their gifts to offer a particular ministry within the life of the church and, if so, to give advice on how to explore that ministry further. They explain the range of possibilities, such as playing a part in your local church’s ministry team, perhaps as a worship leader or pastoral visitor, becoming part of a religious community, or whether a licensed ministry such as that of a Reader, Deacon or Priest might be appropriate to explore.

We are fortunate to have training provided locally by Cuddesdon for ordination as priests and deacons and for Reader ministry, including Pioneer Readers.

Exploring Christian Vocations Day

This a very useful day for people with a sense that the Holy Spirit is nudging them you to explore new ways of serving God in the church and the world. It is God’s nature to call, ours to respond, engage, question, struggle with and welcome this Godly activity. Through input, discussion and personal reflection, guest speakers and scripture various callings and ministries are explored. Attendees are encouraged to reflect upon their own personal journey of Christian discipleship and to utilise resources for discerning God’s will for their next move. Guests from a variety of ministries, lay and ordained, share their experiences and answer questions.

To book to attend the one of the next Exploring Christian Vocations Days click on your preferred date below

22 June 2019                                12 October 2019

Explore God’s Call Course

This day course helps people explore the call which God has for their lives. That call is seen to be within the context of a relationship with God in all aspects of life – home, work, church and community. For some the exploration will strengthen their confidence to serve in the places where God has already placed them, others may feel God calling them to step into new areas of ministry.

To book to attend the next course click on the date below

7 March 2020   

Ministry Experience Scheme

Be part of a Ministry Experience Scheme and live in a small community; exploring and sharing with others in prayer, discipleship and ministry.
Full details on the Ministry Experience page


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