The links above take you to pages which explain the nature of vocation and what people should do if they think they may have a calling to some form of authorised ministry.

Julia Mourant
Vocations, Recruitment and Selection Officer

01962 710984

Vocations Days

Saturdays 10 am – 3:30 pm

We hold Vocations Days every 2-3 months and you are welcome to attend.

The next Vocations Day will take place at Old Alresford Place on:

Saturday 15 March 2014

Vocations Days offer:

  • A space for prayerful reflection on vocation, listening to God and guidance.
  • Some information about different lay and ordained ministries.
  • No pressure to make any decisions, just time to ponder and ask questions.
  • No charge, lunch included.

Let me know if you'd like more information: Julia Mourant

Ordained? Me??

An event for young people (14+)

Have you ever wondered whether God might be calling you to be a vicar?  Perhaps people have told you they think you’d be good at it, or that they think you should consider it…
It’s a pretty scary concept!
Bishop Tim would love to invite you to a day where you can chat with other people thinking about ordination, explore the options, your passion and your fears, and start to ask the question: “might this be for me?”
Worship, workshops, Q&A.
Cost: £FREE! (including lunch)
When: Saturday 8 March 2014, 10.30 – 4.00
Where: The Ascension, Thorold Road, Bitterne Park, SO18 1FU
Details: pete.maidment@winchester.anglican.org


CPAS You and ministry weekends

You and Ministry residential weekends are designed to help people explore a variety of vocations in the Church of England: orgained leadership, Church Army, Reader or pioneer ministry (lay or ordained).

Each weekend provides opportunities for you to discern where God is leading, gather information, hear Bible teaching, ask questions, talk in confidence with impartial advisers and share fellowship with others considering their call: all in a relaxed atmosphere, with good food!

For more information or to book, contact Kirstin Macdonald 01926 458436 or vocations@cpas.org.uk or look at the CPAS website: www.cpas.org.uk/exploringcall

Lifecall - called for a purpose
for 16-25 year olds

These relaxed one-day events for 16-25 year olds will help you explore God's call on your life and work out your next step. You'll explore what the Bible says about how God calls and guides. You'll meet younger ordained or pioneer leaders who will talke honestly about their own calling, their current work and what life's really like in the job.

Lifecall events are held several times a year in different parts of the country.

For further details look at www.cpas.org.uk/lifecall

Minority Ethnic Vocations Conference - 21-23 March 2014

Ministry Division, together with CMEAC, organises an annual Vocation Conference for those from minority ethnic backgrounds wishing to explore the possibility of ordained ministry. The Conference this year will take place at the Wilson Carlile Centre, Sheffield 6pm on Friday 21st March and finishing at 3.15pm on Sunday 23rd March. There will be talks, worship and discussion as well as the opportunity to visit parishes and hear from serving clergy. The cost is £125 which is all inclusive and non-refundable. Concessions are available for students and the unemployed - please email edna.dolor@churchofengland.org for more details, or click here for an application form.

Vocational Retreat at St Columba's House, Woking

This is a great opportunity for adults of all ages who are either in the process of testing a vocation for public ministry in the Church or who are wondering how they can develop their service in the world.  This ecumenical retreat is open to people of all traditions.

Though primarily a residential event, a limited number of day visitors will be welcomed. 
The Revd. Haydon Wilcox will lead the Retreat.  He is engaged nationally with the development of peoples’ ministry.  He is also Chaplain to the Community of St. Peter and a local Vocational Advisor in the Guildford Diocese.

The cost is £220 and includes full residential board in single en-suite rooms.
More information? Contact Haydon t: 01252 621639  e: haydonwilcox @mac.com
To book ring Caroline Lazenby  t: 01483 713005  e: retreats@stcolumbashouse.org.uk

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