New year, new path?

New Year is traditionally a time of resolutions and new beginnings. For some of us this will be a new hobby, an ambitious exercise plan, or an intention to refocus our priorities on something important to us. Others of us might go for something more light-hearted such as my decision a few years ago to learn to brush my teeth with my left hand (partial success!). Or perhaps this New Year signals time for a change in direction for you, a sense that God is calling you into something new?

We may approach this time with mixed emotions; new beginnings can often also mean we have experienced an ending of something else, that we are at a crossroads in life, or we may have some barriers to overcome before entering this new season. It might feel scary, exciting, exhausting, hopeful, lonely, or maybe a mixture of all of those at different times. These feelings are understandable and okay.

It’s helpful to remember we are not alone. The Lord promises to be with us wherever we go (Joshua 1:9, Matthew 28:20), and our pathway forwards can be guided by God’s calling on our lives. What are you called to? Are you feeling a nudge to explore a new path?

“Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9

Vocation 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. This takes discernment and time. One of the ways in which you can begin to explore this is through the ‘Called: Mission, Ministry & Me’ events. The events combine teaching, discussion, reflection and prayer to seek together God’s call for us as part of the Body of Christ. There is 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.

Perhaps this might be your New Year activity?

Here are some comments from those who have attended previous courses:

“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 realise now, that call has been with me for years, in one form or another, but perhaps remained dormant, or frustrated, for want of a sympathetic and understanding heart.”

“I realised that vocation is a lifetime journey not a specific end point to be striving for”

The next event is a five week evening course running on Tuesday evenings 7:30-9:30pm, from 14 January – 11 February 2020 at All Saints Church in Warwick. There are also further dates available later in the year, so click here to find out more and book your place. 

If you have questions, contact Serving Christ Learning Mentor, Jen Stewart, on jen.stewart@covcofe.org or DDO & Vocations Adviser, The Rev’d Ellie Clack, on ellie.clack@covcofe.org  

We look forward to journeying alongside you as your discover your next steps.

Jen Stewart
Learning Mentor for Empowering Leadership and Gift-based Ministry