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Have you ever wondered whether what you are currently doing with life is in fact what God wants you to do?  What does it feel like to be called by God?  How do you discern a call? God calls people to all kinds of work, in all kinds of places.

A calling is not limited to work inside a church building, or even to a Church focused ministry – God’s Kingdom is far broader than that!  Teaching, working for justice and peace, caring professions, acts of service, advocating for those on the margins of society – each of these and so much more can be callings exercised in the wider world as well as in church. Every single one of us has a calling – it is not just those who wear dog collars!

If you need assistance discerning or working out what that calling is, then do be in touch initially with your parish clergy.  Or keep an eye out for a series of events coming up in the Diocese over the coming months.

For those for whom a church-based ministry may form part of their calling, please do, in the first instance, speak to your parish clergy who will put you in touch with the vocations team at Cuthbert House where Pamela Wilson and the Revd Alastair Prince will assist you in discerning that call.

Alastair Prince – 0191 374 6015 or alastair.prince@durham.anglican.org

Pamela Wilson – 0191 374 6024 or pamela.wilson@durham.anglican.org

Vocations Events can be viewed here

The Ministry Experience Scheme

The Ministry Experience Scheme is overseen and accredited by the national Church to give residential ministry experience and vocational exploration for young people aged 18-29. Here in Durham Diocese, it’s based in three linked parishes in Sunderland.

To find out more and get involved, please read this explanatory document: MES Durham diocese brochure.pdf