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24/02/16

Diocesan Vocations Adviser, the Rev'd Ellie Clack has been getting to know the diocesan and national picture when it comes to vocation, especially to ordained ministry. A particular focus in her work is looking at younger people and ministry. During the last few years there has been an increase in numbers of ordination candidates under the age of 30 – although numbers still remain relatively low.

In particular, women under the age of 30 are currently under-represented, making up less than a quarter of that age group.

In recent research undertaken by Dr Liz Graveling of Church of England Ministry Division, the development of vocational support, initiatives and events has proven to be effective in encouraging vocations, especially amongst young people.

In this diocese, Ellie has been working with a small team of people to develop a Young Vocations Team comprising: Bee Arnold, Gareth Irvine, Stella Bailey and Andy March.  They have been looking at ways to connect with young people, and what might be helpful when engaging in conversations about vocation – who is God calling you to be, and what is God calling you to do?

Over the coming months you will see more from the Young Vocations team as they look to launch a new concept based on the principle that vocations often beginning with a 'nudge' from God.  There will be a facebook page, website page and the chance to contact members of the team for mentoring and support for young people, and clergy who are supporting younger candidates.

The team will also be running regular pub trips aimed at 18-25 year olds who would appreciate an informal environment in which to talk to some people about ministry and what it is like to be ordained in your 20’s.  The first of these took place at The Varsity Pub, Coventry on Monday 22nd February.

On April 23rd, in light of the low number of young women coming forward for ordination, the diocese, in partnership with the Cathedral, are hosting an event aimed at women aged 16-35. 'Young Women: Your Call' will use the amazing space of the Cathedral to welcome women to explore and reflect on their calling through keynote speakers and a series of workshop/seminars.

The day is free for all registered participants and registration is now open by going to http://ow.ly/WHFmm (there is also more information on the diocesan website www.dioceseofcoventry.org/ywyc).

This event has been organised by a planning group of clergy from the diocese and cathedral, led by Ellie Clack, and if you would like to be involved in any way (including speaking, praying, welcoming, serving refreshments, offering information….) please contact Ellie directly ellie.clack@covcofe.org

Finally, if you have any queries or thoughts about vocational discernment – perhaps as someone who would appreciate opening up the conversation about what God may be asking you to do with your life – please come along to the next in our Vocations Evenings on Thursday 11th February at St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Chapelfields, at 7.30pm. These events are open to all and you can register your place by emailing DTP Administrator, Sarah Palmer on sarah.palmer@covcofe.org


 

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