We are all called by God.
Vocation, (from the Latin vocare meaning ‘to call’) is for all God’s people and is about working out who we are supposed to be and what we are supposed to be doing. We are called in many different ways and to many different things. Working out what this calling looks and feels like takes discernment and time. One of the ways in which you can explore this is through the ‘Called: Mission, Ministry & Me’ events which create space to explore, wonder and listen to God.
On Saturday 15 June we will gather at The Hope Centre in Coventry for a day of teaching, discussion, reflection and prayer to seek together God’s call for us as part of the Body of Christ. There will be the opportunity to hear vocation stories from those in different roles in the Diocese, both lay and ordained, and to imagine how God might be inviting us, each with our own unique shape, to join in with God’s mission. Bookings are now open for this event; click here to find out more.
In order to make the events more accessible, these Called events will run in three different formats across the year:
- One day conference format
Next dates: Saturday 15 June 2019
- Two day weekend retreat
Next dates: Winter term (dates tbc)
- Five week evening course
Next dates: March 2020
The new course ran for the first time in January this year. Here are some comments from those who attended:
“Extremely helpful to explore vocation options”
“It was an extremely well- thought out course. The pace was good and met the needs of a diverse group of people, all of whom were made to feel welcomed and valued. There was a clear structure, but scope for fluidity; the Holy Spirit was definitely at work.”
“Offered people the opportunity to hear from and talk to people who have been through this and are actively following their individual vocations”
“I realised that vocation is a lifetime journey not a specific end point to be striving for”
“It reminded me of the need to find time to just be with and listen to God. If I don’t stop and listen, it’s a lot harder to hear.”
If you are interested in attending or would like a conversation about how you can discover more about your part in God’s mission, go to the Vocation pages on the Diocese website or contact DDO & Vocations Adviser, The Rev’d Ellie Clack, on firstname.lastname@example.org or Serving Christ Learning Mentor, Jen Thornton, on email@example.com