Vocations


Welcome to the vocations page of the Witney deanery.

If you have reached this page, either you or someone you know is being challenged by God to consider their vocation afresh and make a response – it may be to a lay or ordained ministry, or simply to see a new way to serve God.

Events are listed at the bottom of this page.

From the moment of Baptism, all Christians are called by God to serve as part of the church in the world. This may be in any place you may find yourself in your daily life. The varieties of calling or vocation are many, Ephesians 4v11 and 1 Corinthians 12v28 list examples:
As God calls some
To be …Apostles
Some …Evangelists
Some …Teachers
Some …Preachers
Some …Pastors/carers
Some …

Through our response, our love and potential creativity with God are revealed and will be developed.

Have you thought how your God-given talents can be used in the church or your community? Today parishes need teachers; youth leaders; administrative support; computing skills; creative arts; practical maintenance…Can you help?

Maybe God is calling you to do something else:

• To preach or lead worship?
• To visit those in prison?
• To work with children?
• To care for the sick through pastoral visiting?
• To minister to the dying and the bereaved?
• In mission alongside chaplaincies/missioners in local or world communities?
• A life of prayer in a religious community?

There are opportunities, both lay and ordained in all these areas

What now?

First, come aside with God to pray and listen. Do you set time aside each day for prayer?

Second, make your response: talk it over with Christians you can trust, your family or friends, then with your vicar or church leader.

Third, let God equip you and be prepared to learn more. There are people recognised for their knowledge, wisdom and experience whose books you may read.

What the Vocations Adviser can help with?

Your Deanery Vocations Adviser is here to help you consider your call in some depth so that an appropriate response can be made. The Vocations Adviser may be contacted directly, but usually this is done after you have spoken about your call to your local Vicar. The Vocations Adviser will offer a one-to-one meeting of up to two hours in the first instance, and then follow up meetings of up to an hour as required. Sometimes “homework” might be encouraged.

In the past, such discussions have resulted in confirming calls as varied as emigration to continued volunteer work in the parish. If the call is to the ordained ministry, for example, one will need to have considered several areas of life and have some level of informed confidence in the call before seeing a Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO). Vocations Advisers have no “gatekeeper” status in terms of making decisions about suitability: that is with the DDO in consultation with others, so any doubts or fears can be shared confidentially before the process becomes “formal” in any selection sense. If after a time, a form of licensed ministry is definitely to be pursued, the Vocations Adviser writes a letter of recommendation including relevant references to discussions that have taken place, after agreeing the content with the candidate.

Contacting your Vocations Adviser:

The Witney Deanery Vocations Adviser is Rev’d Tim Edge, who is happy to be contacted by email or telephone so a meeting may be arranged. Contact details are:

Email: tim.edge@talk21.com or Telephone: 01993 773438.

Useful courses and links:

Oxford Diocese web site including vocations: https://www.oxford.anglican.org/mission-ministry/vocations/

National web site on Vocations: https://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/vocations

CPAS’s Talk Calling is for anyone in church leadership and vocations work who wants to enable young people to explore the God possibilities for their lives. Talk Calling is primarily aimed at 14 to 18 year olds, although it can be a useful resource for university chaplains and those working alongside students and young adults.

Link to Talk Calling: http://www.cpas.org.uk/church-resources/talk-calling/#.WiZvP3lpHIV

Vocations in Oxford Facebook page
You might also wish to look at the Vocations in Oxford Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/vocations.in.buckingham.archdeaconry

Prayer topics for vocations

From the National Vocations website: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/533937b9e4b0baa8f8428f34/t/54897f5ce4b051e70e181cb5/1418297180569/Some-Prayers-for-Vocation.pdf

For Clergy and church leaders:
Church support hub from the Ministry Division of the Church of England:
https://churchsupporthub.org/vocations/
“Setting God’s People Free” was released in February 2017. Adopted by the Archbishops Council, it sets out renewed approaches for clergy and lay ministry. See the link below:
https://www.churchofengland.org/media/3858033/gs-2056-setting-gods-people-free.pdf
The Great Vocations Conversation launched on Vocations Sunday 22nd April 2018:
See https://www.churchofengland.org/greatvocationsconversation for more details, and challenge to all the Church’s ministers.

Events

A full list of events can be found athttp://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/department-of-mission-diocese-of-oxford-4059808109?s=26328885

Hearing God’s Call

Once each term, the 6pm Thursday Sung Eucharist will be “Hearing God’s Call”.
This is an opportunity for those considering God’s Call, in whatever form, to gather to
pray and worship together, meet with others on a similar journey, talk to members of the Diocesan Vocations Team, or sit quietly and pray.

Further details to follow.

ViB Exploring Vocation

These sessions are designed for people very early in the process of discerning their call. You do not need to have met with a Vocations Adviser or to have any sense of where this process might take you.

Come and join us in a series of six stand-alone sessions for anyone exploring their sense of call to ministry in the Church of England. These sessions will loosely focus on aspects of the Criteria for Licensed and Ordained Ministry

All sessions to be held at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Churchill Avenue, Aylesbury HP21 8NH

Session 5: Criterion D, Personality and Character

 Wednesday 9th May 2019 8pm—9.30 pm

 Contemplative Living

 ‘Fashioning Life after the pattern of Christ’

 Speaker: The Revd Catherine Butt –  Catherine is Vicar of St Frideswide, Water Eaton (Milton Keynes)

https://vib5_contemplativeliving.eventbrite.co.uk

Session 6: Criterion C, Spirituality

 Wednesday 10th July 2018 8pm—9.30 pm

Vocations Brunch for the Oxford Diocese

Is God calling you to some aspect of service in the church or community?

Then come along to the Vocations Brunch Sunday 28th April 9.30am – 12 noon for the Oxford Diocese at Church House Oxford, Langford Lane Kidlington, OX5 1GF

Come and meet others who are exploring where God might be leading.

Come and share Communion with Bishop Colin

Hear from those who are in various areas of ministry

Have an opportunity to ask questions

Come and find out how to take the next step

Open to all – free event – book via Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vocations-brunch-for-the-oxford-diocese-registration-54913113601?aff=erellivmlt