Too Young To Lead? 2015

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undefinedThe diocesan vocations team hosted a day to encourage people aged 16 to 35 to explore being future ordained leaders. Our two Young Vocations Advisors, the Revd Calum Piper and the Revd Helena Roulston shared stories of their own faith journey and call to ministry.

And two curates from our diocese, the Revd Laura Rhodes and the Revd David Cowie, shared their experience of residential training in Oxford as well as telling how it now feels to work in a parish setting for the first time.

The day – held at Chester Cathedral on Saturday 10 October – was partly organised in response to a national drive to encourage younger people into ordained leadership.

Director of Ordinands, the Revd Magdalen Smith said, “It was so encouraging to see 16 young people come to explore ordained ministry. From the day we have already had two people want to begin the journey of discernment.  It was also wonderful to be in the sacred context of the cathedral – a building steeped in the history of our faith which takes up right up to the contemporary context”.

As well as people from within our diocese, several people came from the Liverpool area, one from Yorkshire and one from London, with the youngest participant being 16.

It is hoped another similar event in the future. The next vocational event is the annual Called to Serve held at Foxhill Retreat and Conference Centre on Saturday 30 January from 10am to 2pm. Anyone interested in any of the licensed ministries (Ordination, Reader and Pastoral Worker are welcome). There will also be representative of the religious life and the Church Army there. The event (to include lunch) is free. To book, phone Anne Cody at 01928 718834 ext 237 or email ddo@chester.anglican.org

Booking is essential and the closing date is Friday, 8 January 2016.