Sometimes words can be a bit scary – perhaps one of the most scary is “vocation”. To many people it is priests or monks or nuns that come to mind when the word is used, someone who seems super spiritual or simply not us. Yet the word simply means “calling” and that means that vocation, our calling in Christ, is not an optional extra for those considering ordination, or the religious life or authorised ministry, but about all of us. We are all called by God.
All of us are called by God to be disciples and to grow in our understanding of what faith is about. God equips each of us with gifts and skills, so that we can be part of the body of Christ, serving others. As we journey through life we always need to ask the question: “Am I using my gifts fully? Sometimes we will be able to answer “yes” but ,at other times, we may feel that there is more that we can do to live out God’s calling. That is where Vocation Advisers come in!
During the year the Vocations Team puts on a number of events, and holds regular vocations days under the title: It’s Your Calling. It’s Your Calling is held three times each year, once in each Archdeaconry, and takes place during the day on a Saturday. It is aimed at those exploring where God may be calling, and looks at our journey and the gifts that God has given us, as well as the Biblical understanding of vocation. The day gives an opportunity to meet others on a similar quest and to take time to think where God could be calling. After It’s Your Calling, there is an opportunity to make contact with a Vocations Adviser, for an informal chat. To find the latest dates and for a booking form, click here.
Vocations Advisers are not there to promote one type of ministry, but to listen to your story and to help discern what God might be saying; they are there for you. If at any time you would like to speak with a Vocations Adviser, you should first speak with your incumbent and then contact the Vocations Adviser in your Archdeaconry.
Bromley and Bexley
The Rev Alison Newman
Tel: 01689 854451
The Rev Jim Fletcher
Tel: 01474 703819
The Rev Mark Griffin
Tel: 01732 452462
Each Archdeaconry has a team of men and women, lay and ordained, who are able to help. Should you have any questions regarding vocations please do not hesitate to contact: